Monday, April 23, 2012

Sewing Edge Needlebook

Hi, I'm Amy and this is my first post on the Sizzix blog. Most of my projects will probably be fabric based or somehow related to sewing! Today I am going to show you how you can use the Tim Holtz Alterations Sewing Edge die to make a needlebook with quilted cover and a felt page for needle storage. I sewed two versions to show what different looks can be achieved depending on your fabric choice. This one has a vintage feel with the McCalls pattern fabric.

This one is bold and modern.

We will use the die to create an applique. I wanted a silhouette look so I used Kona Black fabric. I cut the fabric 6" x 4" (a 1/2" wider than the die in order to account for seam allowances). I then applied Steam-A-Seam 2 fusible webbing to the wrong side of the fabric. I tried sending it through the Big Shot that way and the die cut the fabric fairly well but there were a few spots that needed some snipping with the scissors. Because it is important to have nice smooth edges with raw edge applique, I tried again. I added a scrap piece of chipboard on top of my fabric and then ran it through the Big Shot. My cut was nice and clean. I would definitely recommend that tip for sharp edged applique designs.

Because we cut the fabric 1/2" wider than the die, in order to account for seam allowances, it is necessary to clip either edge in order to remove the excess fabric from the top of the cut. Then cut two 6" squares of the fabric used for the outer cover of the needlebook.

Next, remove the paper backing from the Steam-A-Seam 2 and fuse the black applique to the lower edge of the cover front with an iron.

You could choose to leave your applique alone at this point. The manufacturer claims that it is not necessary to stitch the edges to secure them.

I normally like to stitch around the edges anyway. To do this, I put on my free motion quilting foot and lowed the feed dogs on my machine and carefully followed the edges.  Though,  I think it is probably overkill for a project like this that will not be washed.

With my edge stitching presser foot, I attached some measuring tape twill tape below the die cut design.

Then I embellished the design using embroidery floss.

You will need to cut two more 6" squares of fabric for the inside cover. With right sides together, stitch along the left hand side of the front cover pieces using a 1/4" seam. Repeat for the inside cover. Cut a piece of cotton batting 6" x 12".

Make yourself a quilt sandwich and baste. Try your best to line up your inside cover and outside cover seams!

Quilt as desired.  I added rows of turquoise stitching spaced 1/4" apart in the black area below the measuring tape twill.  Then I changed my thread to white and made a box with an "x" on the back cover.

I then bound my needlebook using more of the black Kona.  I cut my binding strips to 2 1/4", my preference for small projects.  If you want, at this time, you can catch ribbon into the inner binding edge at the center of each side in order to tie the book closed. 

I matched my felt to the embroidery thread used to embellish the cover.  It is cut 5" x 9" and centered.  That allows room for Velcro on either side if you would prefer that method of closure.  Pin the felt with your pins far from the center seam because you are going to flip the book over and stitch along the seam line on the outside of the needlebook to secure the felt page.

Now you have no more excuses for lost needles!

Amy

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misc: thread, sewing machine, scissors, ribbon, twill tape, embroidery floss, basting pins, wool blend felt



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68 comments:

  1. Thank you for the inspiration to sew again!
    I follow you on FB.

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  2. Love the combination of sewing and diecuts.

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  3. What a great Idea. I'm always loosing my needles the scissor and thread look so awesome on this I'm so going to make this.. Might make 2 and give one for a friend for xmas.. Thanks so much for sharing this. :)

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  4. This is a great use of that die! The needle book has such appeal and is useful besides.

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  5. What a fun blog!! Never been to Sizzix before! Thanks for the fun tutorial.

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  6. Adorable, Amy! Such a great project! I looks great & most of it is just straight stitch - I think my daughter will enjoy trying it out! Thanks!

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  7. I totally love that and it looks so fun to do as well!

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  8. This is a fabulous project, Amy! Thanks so much for the step-by-step!...Nancy :o)

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  9. I "liked" Sizzix and Glue Dots on facebook! :o)

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  10. I follow you both on Twitter.

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  11. This is an adorable project! I like you both on Facebook

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  13. Fabulous first project Amy, very creative!

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  25. Great idea making the applique a silhouette! Nice work!

    Jennifer :)

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  28. I already liked Glue Dots on Facebook

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  30. I love this tutorial!! This die is so cute!! Your project turned out beautifully!!!

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  31. I like Sizzix and Glue Dots on FB!!

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  32. what a great idea - perfect gift for the seamstress in your life!

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  33. Beautiful book. I love it. Great idea. Johanne L.

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  37. I already like you and Glue dots on FB. Thanks for the chance. This is a really neat project. I love those scissors.

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  39. I am following you both on twitter

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  40. What an awesome tutorial!! That would be such a sweet gift! Thanks!

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  42. I left a comment at glue dots! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  46. I have also tweeted about this wonderful giveaway!

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  47. This may be a duplicate comment, cause the first one just seemed to disappear so I am commenting again. Just had to tell how much I loved this needle case. I am a sewer too. Loved them both, but the second one is my favorite. Like the tape measure fabric you have choosen and of course black and white is also a favorite of mine. Great project.
    Marcie

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  48. cool project! I only have a sidekick so I'm super jealous of projects that can use big dies.

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  49. already following sizzix and gluedots on twitter
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  50. already a fan of sizzix and gluedots on facebook.
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  51. What a cute and useful project!

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  53. Congrats, Lisa! I am so happy that you won the prize!

    Thanks for the chance to win these awesome goodies!!

    I love the project above; the taper measures are so cute!!

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  54. Oh, I left a comment on the Sizzix blog! Thank you for the chance to win these goodies!!

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  55. I follow both Sizzix and Glue Dots on Twitter.

    Thank you,

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  56. Oh, and I retweeted this to all of my followers on Twitter!!

    Thanks,

    Renee craftymom123

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  57. What an adorable project and useful too! tfs

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  58. Thank you for the chane to win.

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  59. I love this project. That die is right up at the top of my wish list.

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  60. Great project and giveaway. Thanks.

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