Made With Love - Felt Needlebook Tutorial
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The Perfect Pinkeeper!
Submitted By margery on 10/12/08
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I first saw this darling idea when my grandma gave me her special needlebook, which a little girl had made and given to her long ago.  It was composed of two pieces of soft purple felt, stitched together in the middle to form a simple little book.  It even had a jaunty Scottie dog on the front, complete with enormous button eye.  Have I ever mentioned how partial I am to Scottie dogs?
I have come up with my own version of the little felt needlebook, and I think it's the perfect gift for all of your sewing friends.  It would even serve as a darling little scrapbook!
To make one needlebook, you will need:
one 9 x 12" piece of wool or arcrlyc felt 
scissors, or rotary blade and cutting mat
embroidery floss, needles
extra embellishments such as buttons, beads, different colors of felt, etc.
Select your material
Cut it exactly in half crosswise
Take one half, and cut it exactly in half crosswise again
You now have the two leaves of your needlebook!
Either by hand or machine, stitch the two leaves together in the exact center, crosswise.  Occasionally, I like to use my sewing machine first, and then topstitch by hand over the machine stitching with embroidery floss.  It is more securely fastened that way, while still preserving the "handmade" look of hand-stitching.
Now take your finished booklet and trim the edges even.
Now for the fun part - embellishing!
I took step-by-step photographs for creating my "Literary Heroine" needlebook for those of you who are new to embroidery and applique, but your imagination is really the only limit to the way you can dress your pinkeeper up!
Here are a few of the needlebooks I've created to get you started:
For applique, I have several templates you may use - simply right-click on one to save it to your desktop.  Remember, when cutting out your felt applique, to decide which side of the felt you wish to be on top.  Most felt has a different texture on each side!  The same applies when sewing your booklet together.
When you have all of your applique, embroidery supplies, etc, assembled, you're ready to sew!
I used a simple running stitch to applique my silhouette to a square of white felt, which will form a darling little pocket on the front of the book.
For instructions on making various embroidery stitches, is a wonderful resource!
To visit their embroidery stitch library, click this link.
French knots were used to fasten the pocket to the front cover.
Make sure that the back of your embroidery is as neat as possible, because it will be in plain sight whenever you open your needlebook=)  If I find that the inside cover is simply too messy, I like to sew another piece of coordinating felt on top to hide my under stitches.  It also forms an extra pocket inside!
Satin bows are always in style!
There you have it - a simple, useful, and adorable project I know you'll love to create!
Happy Sewing!

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