Tuesday, June 21, 2011

TUTORIAL: Make a Simple Needle Book!

 
Supplies
Felt - 2 colours
Template
Yarn 
Marker or pen
Scissors
Needle with an 'eye' big enough to fit yarn - the 'eye' is the hole in the needle where the yarn goes through

Read all the instructions with a grown-up to make sure you understand them.
 
To make a needle book first pick a template. A template is another word for guide. It is a shape to trace around.




The template can be your favourite cookie cutter or a shape cut out of cardboard. As long as it is a very simple shape, it will work.  

You can make it shaped like a gum ball, an alligator, or a woodland tree.

Remember to ask a grown-up if it is okay before you trace around the template.



Choose the felt colour you want for the cover of the needle book.

Fold this piece of felt in half. You will need to pin the felt together to make it stay folded. This will make the front and back covers of the needle book.

With the marker trace your template shape onto the felt. 

Trace the shape again onto the second piece of felt. You do not have to fold the felt this time. This will be the page of the felt book.


 
This is a photo of the folded felt with the template on it ready to trace.


This is a photo of the folded felt pinned together to keep it folded.

Cut following the marker lines that you drew.

Cut the line you drew on the folded piece of felt just outside the line. This will make the front and back covers of the needle book. Cutting outside the line will make the front and back needle book covers bigger than the page.

Cut the line you drew on the  second piece of felt inside the line. This will be the page of the needle book. Cutting inside the line will make the page smaller than the front and back needle book covers.

If you cannot make the scissors work well yet, ask a grown-up to help.


This is a photo of the pieces I cut for my needle book.
I cut the pink needle book covers with a special blade.
It cut a scalloped shape into the felt. You do not need a special blade to cut felt.
Regular scissors cut nicely too.  
See the pin holding the pink felt together?
The page of my needle book is brown. What colours will you choose?


Make a felt sandwich by putting the needle book page between the front and back covers. See the next photo. 

I have used brown felt for my needle book page.

I have used pink felt for the front and back covers.




With yarn or ribbon you are going to sew all 3 pieces of felt together.




Choose a needle with an eye that is big enough for the yarn.  Thread the needle. 

Do not tie a knot.




Politely ask a grown-up to make 2 dots on the felt with the marker.  The 2 dots are drawn close to the top of the front needle book cover. Like in the picture above and next. Do you see the dots? 

Remember to thank the grown-up for his or her help.:-)




Now you are going to make 1 ginormous stitch.  Poke your needle down through one dot...

... through the front needle book cover, and the page, and the back cover.




Poke the needle up through the other dot.  Be sure to catch all 3 pieces of felt with your stitch!

Carefully, pull the needle off the yarn. Tie a double knot with your yarn. Tie the kind of knot you tie when you want your shoes to stay tied.




Now, you can decorate the front needle book cover if you like. 

You can use fabric paint or Sharpie brand permanent markers. Sharpie marker colours won't run on felt.

You can glue on sequins or sew on buttons to make your needle book one-of-a-kind!

Put sewing needles in the needle book for safe keeping by using a scooping motion – like the motion you use to scoop ice-cream.


 

Your needle book is finished! 

Wow! Look what you made!

Can you see the 4 needle books in this photo?

Would you like to see more ideas? 

There is a needle book idea HERE

And HERE.

Right HERE

And finally - no tutorial, just photos HERE.

 © Sue Frelick 2011

1 comment:

  1. What a nice learn-to-sew project. Thanks for linking to the Kids Can Craft party. Would love if you'd add the party button to your blog:)

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