Needle book/ Minimalist Sewing Kit

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n13I recently made three of these for teen boys in my life who are bound for adventure, so I’ll call them “Minimalist Sewing Kits”.  This “Be a Man” fabric has special significance in our family and over the years pieces of it show up here and there.  Only a little bit of the famous yardage is left, but this small project really stretches the remaining amount.

However, if the fabric is a different print, you have an attractive and useful “Needle Book”.  I first made myself just such a needle book several years ago (photo above) and it has been an indispensable part of my knitting bag ever since.

Supplies-

2 pieces of card stock to coordinate with your fabric, I used 2 1/4″ X 1 3/4″ but anything around that size would be fine.

A piece of wool felt and a piece of fabric 3″ X 1 3/4″ (If you vary your card stock size, you might need to adjust other sizes as well)

A small piece of fabric for the front 1 1/8″ X 1 3/4″

Elastic 4 1/2″ or a length of thin ribbon about 24″ long or a ponytail hairband

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I fussy cut this fabric, but for most prints that wouldn’t be necessary.  Stack the felt, then the fabric, face down and the elastic folded in half.

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Mark and sew the center line, back stitching over the elastic (or ribbon or hairband) and at both ends.

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Slide 2 pieces of wax paper between the felt “page” and the fabric “page” so any glue that might seep through the fabric won’t stick to the felt.  With a good quality glue, glue the pieces of mat board to the fabric leaving the elastic free in between the card stock pieces.

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Set a nice heavy book on top and let it dry overnight.

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Then fill it up!

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I wrapped a small piece of cardboard with thread and pinned it in the back.  This is optional, but would be needed if you’re making the “Minimalist Sewing Kit”

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All set!

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