Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Fabric Needlebook Tutorial

Last week Deena showed you how to print on fabric. This week I am going to show you how to make this fabric needlebook using a vintage printed image.

Fabric Needlebook Tutorial

1 8 ½ x 11 sheet of freezer paper
1 8 ½ x 11 sheet of muslin
5 inch x 15 inch piece of main cover fabric
5 inch x 15 inch piece of warm n natural batting
5 inch x 15 inch piece of lining fabric
2 pieces of felt, 3 ½ inches x 12 inches
Assorted embellishments

To download the free Vintage Image, Click here.


Print your image on to freezer paper backed muslin. Directions for printing on fabric are found Here. Cut it out leaving a small seam allowance.

Iron it to the fusible webbing and then cut it out along the edges of the image.
Take your main fabric for your needlebook cover and fold it in half.
Iron the image on to the fabric at a slight angle.

Now you can embellish the cover with buttons, charms, ribbon, lace, whatever you have on hand.
I used some rick rack, a tiny yoyo, buttons and a scissors charm.  

With cover and lining right sides together, lay them on the batting and pin together. With batting against the feeddogs, stitch all layers together leaving an opening for turning on the back side of the cover.

Clip the excess batting away from the seam allowance. Turn right side out and press. Slip stitch the opening closed.

Center the two pieces of felt on the inside of the needle book. Stitch the felt to the cover down the middle of the needle book.

On the back of the needlebook, handstitch a piece of cording or ribbon which will be used to tie the book closed.

On the front cover stitch a button to wind the cording around to hold your needle book closed.

Disclaimer: Printing on fabric in your printer is at your own risk.

Thanks for joining us again!
Bette Shaw