Thursday, March 8, 2012

Miss Needlebook

Look what arrived with a recent shipment of Kona from Fresh Modern Fabrics! Alice sent along these enticing little snippets which I really could not separate in good conscience.

Snippets from Fresh Modern Fabrics

I love having a "blank check" to make gifts for the campers. What fun to make just anything and know I can find it a home! So tiny happy scraps become... a needlebook. Because everyone who sews can use a needlebook, I wager.

Miss Needlebook for a camper

The little urchin gracing the front is from "So Happy Kids".  I can't get enough of her, so please excuse the numerous photographs!  I took my color direction from the Put a Lid on It dishes scrap and added in pieced scrap trimmings from Oodalolly to round out the front.

from the back

The other two scraps landed on the back with some colorful Remix business.

the inside

Did you notice the vine-y quilting?  I followed the pattern on the green vine print from Nicey Jane that I used for the inside.  That was fun!  At first I was going to free motion it, but then realized that it was easier for me to follow the pattern with my feed dogs up. 

On the inside of my needlebook are two large pockets for misc supplies and a felt page for holding those needles.

in binding scraps

After quilting and layering the pocket, I sewed the felt page in.  Last of all, I bound her up with binding scraps, sandwiching in a bit of pearl cotton thread to use for closure, along with a button I'd rescued from some doomed piece of clothing.  I didn't follow any one tutorial, but did get ideas from the many tutorials linked up on this page.

recent stitches

And, actually, I've been embroidering lately, to keep my hands busy while I settle on a new big handwork project.  It just so happens I could use a book like this... But, ya know, I truly enjoy making things to give more than keeping them.  If I make them to give I have a reason to make many more!  Two more needlebooks are in the works!

recovered my board!

In other news, I recovered my ironing board, which had become sadly browned from use.  Tutorial here.

Miss Needlebook, not a Wallflower

Aw, doesn't Miss Needlebook look cute on that Amy Butler Wallflower print?  Yep, everything does.

Pezzy rainbow up next....

So... next up (besides the needlebooks) is another gifty project made with a rainbow of Pezzy Prints.  Now I must warn you that pezzy prints are so mesmerizing that they caused me to miss an important meeting last night.  Oops.

Please try to sew responsibly.

32 comments:

  1. Love this it's too pretty. The fabric is wonderful.

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  2. I love that Alice includes little scraps. It's such a fun treat! I think you used yours in the best way possible, and I agree; keeping them together is more fun! The needle book is adorable. Your new ironing board cover looks great! I scored some Pezzy Prints, too! They're so fun.

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  3. Needle books are so cute. Love all the little scraps you've used to make yours!! =D

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  4. Ah that's brilliant! I get fabric from Stitchbird here in NZ and she always puts in beautiful little scraps - and now I know what to do with them! Thank you :)

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  5. Such a cute little needle book! Love getting those bonus scraps with fabric orders - very clever idea to use them up :)

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  6. Ooh what fab wee scraps! Love the wee girl especially, and the needlebook is wonderful, so jealous of the lucky camper!

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  7. Wow - you are SO creative! It's beautiful.

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  8. The needle book is wonderful BUT I am dying over your ironing board. I am collecting each of the lotus wall flower prints and they are so dear to me. Probably the only fabric I will actually have hard time cutting. So pretty!

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  9. What a cute face looking up at the lucky person who receives the needle case!

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  10. that girl is adorable! I kept seeing her online, but was trying to stick to my "no more novelty prints" resolution (I never end up using any!), might have to cave. I can't wait to get a glimpse of this (in)famous pezzy tote! Love your ironing board, too!

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  11. Cute needle book! And I agree about the pezzy prints...so fun!

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  12. Love it! Can you believe that I don't have a needle book!? Well, other than the ones that came with my Great Grandmother's sewing basket. If I didn't have an embarrassing amount of wips at the moment, I'd add making one to my list!

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  13. So great! I don't have a needle book either! I love when I get little snippets from fabric stores. I usually use them in my applique work, but I really like your idea of making a needle book. May have to do that next!

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  14. LOVE the needlebook!! Such a creative use of that cute, cute, cute scrap.

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  15. i love that cute little girl. very cute needlebook rachel. i also love the look of your zig-zag binding. i have a baby quilt that is almost finished that i will be trying it out on. i promise to let you see it first! ;)

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    1. Yes, I'd love to see it! Zigzag has really made my bindings easy. What a relief!

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  16. that needlebook is so precious, and that green amy butler lotus is one of my very favorite prints ever. i wish that was my ironing board!! :)

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  17. That is just the cutest needlebook....love the fabrics!!! TFS
    ~Terry~

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  18. Great advice about sewing responsibility, hee hee.

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  19. Ooooh, I love that needlebook. Such a great use of scraps, and I love the pockets inside, too. So pretty, and cute, and adorable all way around. I love your recovered ironing board, too. That Amy Butler fabric is my all time favorite.

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    1. Wallflower is what she should be reprinting... in all colors!

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  20. I LOVE, LOVE, TOTALLY LOVE this! SOO CUTE & functional! AWESOME!

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  21. That is your defense. The Pezzy prints made me do it. You are funny.

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  22. How precious! I love how you positioned the little girl scrap!!

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  23. The needlebook is so lovely!

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  24. I L-O-V-E that you covered your ironing board in a highly coveted pattern!

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  25. I'm actually really excited that this little Miss gets to come live at my house! Yay! Thanks Rachel. I loved camp! Hope I can do it again.

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