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Needle Book: Easy Sewing Tutorial with Vanessa of Crafty Gemini Creates

Hey it’s Vanessa for Crafty Gemini Creates.
And in this video tutorial we are going to make this really cute needle book. So this
is going to be great to make for yourself and then also to give to your crafty friends.
If you’re involved in any online swaps this would be something great to give to a friend.
It has four different pages inside. I like to put pins on the front one. And you can
see that I’ve labeled them. And I’m going to show you exactly how I made every single
thing that you see right here. It’s great to put some of your wonder clips in. I even
put some of my embroidery floss. And then a variety of different needles that I use
for different projects. So let’s get started. So what we’re using here are charm squares.
They’re five inch by five inch squares. And I am using a collection called Veranda
by Michael Miller fabrics. And so the first you want to do is kind of decide the color
palette you want to go with for the outside. I’ll show you here what I did on this finished
one. You can see that it’s basically two larger rectangles of one of the charm squares.
And then we have one skinnier strip. So to do that we’re going to grab two squares
and we’re going to just cut them at 3 ½ inches. So this measures five so measure over
3 ½. Let me put this right here for you all to see. And at 3 ½ inches I’m just going
to cut it. And there’s one square and I’m going to do that to the next one. And we’re
going to repeat this process both for the outer and the lining parts of it. So basically
grab two squares that you want to use for the outside and the inside. So now here’s
what we have left. And you’re basically going to have three of these. So two of the
big ones and one of the little ones. And you can do it in any orientation that you want.
So if I do this I’ll put this one on this side. And then using your quarter inch seam
allowance you’re going to stitch these up to end up with one solid panel, ok? And I
have one here that’s already been done for you. You can see it right here. And this is
going to be the outer one, ok? I’ve then gone ahead and cut out a rectangle
that’s just a little bit bigger because we’re going to be quilting this. And this
is Quilter’s Dream cotton, their Request level. That’s the thinnest cotton that they
have. And it’s just enough weight for this type of a project. And then we’re going
to lay, this is the outer one and we’re going to lay it on top of the batting and
take it over to the sewing machine to quilt it. And quilting is real simple. All it is
is stitching through the layers, alright? So I have one here that’s actually already
been done so we don’t even have to bother sewing with that. But you can see, you can
do anything. Straight lines. Feel free to do some free motion quilting if you want to.
But just stitch through the batting and the fabric. And once you have that then you’re
going to trim it down like I have this one here. So you can see if you cut the batting
a little bigger, you know just go back and trim it flush to the outside of the actual
fabric squares, ok? And once you have that that’s going to be your outer panel. Then we’ll go ahead, like I said earlier,
and repeat it to make our lining. So here’s our outer one. And here is our lining. So
we did the same thing. Two of those larger rectangles and one small strip. So to make
one of the needle books all you need is one outer that’s been quilted and one of these
lining pieces, alright? So let me set some of these examples aside. And here’s another
one that I have for lining I think I’ll use that one. Now we’re going to create a pocket. So the
pocket, let me show you, is this pocket in here. You can see there’s a little pocket
in the back. And it comes out on the front as well. And then the pages are stitched down
the middle. To create the pocket, we’re going to be using Essex Linen by Robert Kaufman
fabrics. And I just cut out a piece that measures the same as my lining and the same as the
outer. They all should measure the same. Let’s head over to the ironing board because then
I want you to take this in half in way and press it. Ok, now at the fold, right here,
remember there’s raw edges on one side and a fold on the other, along the fold I want
you to topstitch an ⅛ of an inch or a ¼ of an inch away from the fold line is going
to work fine. That’s just to give it a nicer finish at the top of our pocket. And I have
a sample that’s already done and you can see how that’s done right up there. Then
you want to lay this on top of your lining. So the pocket is going on the inside. Say
this is my lining, I’m going to line up the raw edges with the bottom raw edge here.
You can put pins if you want to. Basically we’re going to head to the sewing machine
and baste it in place right at this bottom edge just to hold the pocket in place before
we start putting all the layers together to sew. So I’m just going to do that real quick
for you all. You can lengthen out your straight stitch, just do a quick basting stitch. And
I do it about an ⅛ of an inch away so that seam doesn’t show up in the seam allowance
in the finished product. Ok, so the pocket is in place. Alright. Then the next step is to attach our elastic
for the closure part. If you recall we have a button on the front and an elastic closure.
So for the elastic, I’m just using a quarter inch wide elastic. You can use anything you
want. You can even use a hair tie in a pinch. Anything that’s going to stretch. It can
be narrower than this but I wouldn’t really recommend anything really wider than that.
We’re going to cut a piece that measures three inches in length. And I just measured
that roughly on my squares of my cutting mat. You can see three right there. We’re going
to line this up. Let me grab my lining here. And I want you to line up the elastic right
above where the pocket ends right up here. And you’re going to turn this just like
this to create a loop. So don’t just loop it like this because the pieces are going
to be a little bit crooked. You want them to lay flat along the edge. So loop it this
way, ok? And we’re going to line it up right on the edge. And this is tight and small that
you’re really not be able to pin so the best way is to hold it and take it over to
the sewing machine and just stitch back and forth right at that, in the seam allowance.
About ⅛ of an inch away and again this is kind of basting it in place so we know that
it’s not going to move on us. And I just kind of go back and forth a few times. Alright so this is what your lining piece
should look like. You can see my other sample looks the same, ok? And then you have your
outer piece which is just the quilted one. So now you’re ready to start putting these
two together. We’re going to lay them so that the pretty sides of both are touching,
one on top of the other. And then you can take some wonder clips or pins if you want
to. You’re going to clip it around. Now we need to leave a little opening somewhere,
about two inches is going to work fine. And I usually will leave it open right around
here at the top part. We’re going to go to the sewing machine. And I am going to start
sewing somewhere up here, ok? I’m going to backstitch at the beginning, come down
pivoting on the corners, all the way around. And then when I come back up, pivot in this
corner and I’m going to stop right around here. The, the project itself is so small
you really don’t need that big of an opening so don’t feel you need to leave a big wide
space. The smaller the opening you leave that’s still large enough to flip the whole thing
right side out through, the easier it’s going to be to topstitch it closed and don’t
get, you know so you don’t end up with a wavy finish at the end. So we’re going to
take that over to the machine. And for this you want to use your quarter inch seam allowance
. Alright, then you want to go back and trim some corners. So whenever we have something
that’s sewn like that with pivots on the corners, just go ahead a trim off the corners
so you reduce some of that excess bulk. And then you’re going to reach in through the
opening and flip the entire project right side out. And I have one here that I already
did for you all. Then you’re going to push out all of the
corners. You can use a chopstick or a blunt end of a pencil or a pen and push out those
corners so you get nice crisp points, ok? And we have our opening right here so I push
in the seam allowances, press them into place so we have a nice finish at the top. Now we’re
going to go back and topstitch this all the way around. Alright. So the entire outside
part of our needle book is complete. Let me just trim some threads here. And now we just
need to go back and create the pages that going to go on the inside. So let me show you. You end up with a total
of four pages, ok? And it’s so easy to make so let’s get started. We’re going to cut
out, let’s set this aside. You can see, I’ve actually already, let me show you,
gone ahead and used a button right here. And if you look the charms that we’re going
to be using, I’ll get into that in a second, the little wool charms, they come with buttons
right here in the packaging so that’s the button that I used right for the outside of
my needle book. So that’s a great way to make sure of what you have if you’re going
to go ahead and get all the materials for this project. And remember that the link to
all the materials and products that I’m using in this tutorial is included for you
in the description box below. So let’s move on to making the pocket now. We have two rectangles
here that I’ve cut out. First of the fabric and the second product that you see here is
shape flex. It’s a pelon product and it’s just a fusible interfacing. It really helps
to stabilize it and I think it just works perfect in this project. We are using something
Linen here in this gorgeous color called Medium Agua. And I’ve cut out two rectangles that
measure 6 ¼ by four inches, ok? And that size if you look is just a little bit smaller
than what our finished outside is plus the seam allowance. So it’s going to stay snug
in there really nicely. Now we’ve cut out two rectangles of the fabric and then also
of the shape flex. So we just need to head over to the ironing board and fuse, make sure
that the fusible side is going to one side of the fabric, here the backside. Take it
over to your ironing board and we’re just going to quickly fuse this into place. That’s
just going to give our pages a little bit more stability. Alright, now that we have these two we’re
going to lay them pretty sides touching so one on top of the other just like this. And
you’re going to head to the sewing machine using a quarter of an inch seam allowance
. You’re going to stitch just along the long sides only. And backstitch at the beginning
and at the ends only because we need to flip this right side out and we don’t want it
to come apart on you. I’m just going to do the one side only to show you because I
have a sample that’s been made. So here it is, the stitch line on both sides. We’re
going to reach in here and flip it right side out and then give it a good press so it lays
nice and flat. And definitely roll out those side seams right to edge of your fabric. Ok,
so now you may be wondering how in the world is she going to finish off the edges. So I came up with a really cute and easy way
to do it because sometimes we end up with corners that are exposed and they’re not
as neat as we’d like them to be. So this is a really cute way to use the little wool
charms and use them also for the part here that we use to put in the needles. But then
I also used a separate print of it to finish off the edges of the pages. And I think this
is a really cute way to do it. So I’ve got my wool charms here. And these are already
felted so they’re not going to fray on you. I cut out one at 1 ¼ inches by the five,
right? Because they’re charms they measure five by five. So I cut it out at 1 ¼ . Then
I come back in with my pinking shears to give it a nice decorative edge. And you’re not
cutting away too much, ok? You still want to keep that width of the strip. You just
want to give it a pinked edge. Alright so we have a nice pinked edge on our strips here.
And these little charms are by In the Patch. They’re called Woolly Charms. And they’re
really cute. It comes in a bunch of different colors, different prints. And so depending
on the fabric collection that you’re using or what project you’re making you can see
that you can use them in some really fun colors. And they’re all felted so they’re really
fun to use in a variety of projects. So now the next thing we’re going to do
is baste this into place with some glue. So I’m going to use glue baste it here. And
I am first of all just going to put a little bead of glue close to one edge here. This
is just going to help me keep it steady for stitching. We are still going to sew through
it. So here’s what I do, one of these raw edges is going to get placed right on top
of there. And then on the other side I’m going to do the same thing and fold it over.
So it’s like a binding that you’re doing. And we’re going to bring this edge over,
ok? And I even like to hit it with the iron to help set that glue. And then you can also
put some wonder clips to help keep it in place if you want to. But that’s what we’re
going to do. Now we take it over to the sewing machine. And you’re going to backstitch
real well, several times right where the fabric, the Essex Linen here of the pages meets the
wool. And then come down and backstitch at the other end as well because we still need
to trim away the excess from the strip. And just make sure, obviously, that you’re catching
both sides of the strip. Alright, and then go back with your pinking shears and just
give it a trim. And you can see that’s a really cute way and easy way to finish off
the binding of the pages, alright? So now I have a sample that’s already made
here for you. And all I do is fold it in half and give it a quick press so you get a crease,
ok? And then do that to your outer piece or the book part of it. Fold it in half and give
it a press.And you probably guessed it, we’re going to match up both of those center creases
with the outer and with the pages. And just hold it steady in place and I can still see
the crease line here. And I’m going to take it to the sewing machine and stitch all the
way from the top of the outer book part, backstitch here a little bit, come down and backstitch
here because that’s where it’s going to get some wear and tear from the weight of
the pages. And just follow your crease line. You can mark it if you need to. Alright, so now here’s my favorite way to
add the little pads that we put in here to add our needles to. And it’s not something
like sewing because if we would have sewn we would have had to stitch them all ahead
of time. This is a really fun way to do it. And it requires the use of my favorite crafty
glue. This is Crafter’s Pick, the Ultimate Glue. Remember all the materials I’m using
is included in the description box below for you. There’s a link there. And you can find
everything that I’m using in this project. So this glue is amazing for fabric to fabric.
Plastic to fabric, all kinds of things. So this is what we’re going to do. And I like
this way better especially if you’re a beginner and you’re not that good at sewing or maybe
you know, you kind of end up with wonky seams, this is an easy way to do it where we can
add the pieces at the end. So here’s what I do, pick whatever you want that you have
left from your little woolly charms. Let’s do a little one here. And I just cut them
with the pinking shears. So you end up with a little piece like this. And you can always
trim if you think that it’s too big or too small. Go ahead and trim it a little bit more.
Cut out a different piece and then we’re just going to put some glue. And what I do
for some of these is I just put the glue on the two ends. And that way, let me show you
a sample here, remove this needle. And that way the glue is just on the two ends here.
So this part you can see I can put my finger through so it makes it really easy to just
kind of weave that needle in through there and so you can real simple just put a little
bead of glue on each side. So that’s what we’re going to do here, ok? And this glue
dries super fast. Don’t worry about having to wait too long. Once it’s in place it
will keep curing but I was able to put the needles in pretty much right after I finished
the project. And it dries clear so don’t worry and it’s non toxic. So it’s a great
product. Now what else. Let’s grab a different little chunk here. And you can switch it up
with different pieces. I’m going to cut a bigger one and show you what I like to do
with the front of my needle book is to cut out one for pins. And that way you can put
some really fine glass head pins if you’re doing any hand applique work. Let’s just
pink all the edges. I think this should be about fine. That’s a good size. Maybe a
little bit smaller on the one edge. So I like that you can customize, I mean right as I’m
doing it. You know it’s not going to be finalized until I get it glued down. So that
one looks good there. And for this big one I’ll just go ahead and dabble the glue on
all four sides, really close to the outside edge. You know so you’re not compromising
the space that you have left to put your pins or needles. And you don’t need that much,
just a couple, just tap it into place. You can even set it with a hot iron. That will
help it, the glue dry quicker. And so you just going to continue to do that for your
four pages, front back, this one and this one. And you can see what you end up with
like this. And then the last thing that I like to do
is to actually go ahead and write what types of needles or pins or whatever it is that
I’m using in here. Because I do several different types of things. I do some hand
applique. I do some needle turn. I do some you know, hand sewing your binding onto your
quilt. I do some big stitch quilting and sashy type quilt stitches. So of course they all
require different size needles and they can get really confusing really quickly. So the
pen that I like to use is a Pigma Micron pen. And I have it here in a size that’s not
too super fine. You don’t want it to be too thick because you still want it to be
able to have the letters be legible. So this is a 05 size. And this is a permanent pen.
It’s archival ink and it’s acid free and you can write on fabric. I use it often for
my quilting labels as well. And so then I just go back and write the words right in
there. Pins, milliner’s needles, my sharps, my sashiko needles and here are some embroidery
needles. And that’s it. I hope that you enjoyed this video tutorial. And that you’ll
give this cute little needle book project a try. If you enjoyed this video tutorial,
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