Monday, December 16, 2013

Little House Needlebook Tutorial

Can you believe that there is only 8 more days until Christmas!? Although most of my shopping and handmade gifts are finished up, I am definitely feeling like it is crunch time to finish up those last minute projects and gifts! So if you are like me and looking for something quick and easy gift to make a sewing buddy- I have the perfect project for you! 
 A little house needlebook. It's quick and easy, but packs a big punch since it is just so cute and tiny! :) I loved my Little House Zipper Pouch so much that I wanted to make a needlebook that was similar so I came up with this....

This project is perfect for using up small scraps of fabric lying around... All you'll need is a bit of fabric, some trim (mini pom poms, ric rac, lace, etc) a couple buttons, some batting, and a hair elastic.

To start, cut the fabric for your little house. You will need Two pieces that are 3 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches for the main part of your house. Two pieces of fabric that are 3 x 4 1/2 inches for the roof of your house. And two pieces of trim that are 4 1/2 inches long. Lay your trim on top of the piece for your house and then pin the roof piece right sides together and stitch. Open and press the seam towards the roof and then top stitch above the trim. Repeat with the other house/trim/roof panel.

Next you will trim your roof. I chose to have a pointed roof but you can make your roof however you would like. Once your roof is trimmed you can personalize your house however you would like. I added a door and two windows and just raw edge appliqued them to my little house- then added a small button door knob to the door.
( Ok- in this next picture- pretend that both roofs are cut to a point!)
Next take a strip of fabric that is 1 inch by approx. 4 inches. You will trim off the excess so it doesn't need to be exact. Now you are going to join your front and back of the house together. 
 Line the strip of fabric up with one side of the house (right sides together and sew with a 1/4 inch seam) then stitch the other side of the house to the other side of the strip of fabric. Once the front and back of the house are connected you can trim off any excess joining fabric.
Now that you have the outside of your needlbook complete you will use it as a guide and cut out one piece of batting and one piece of fabric for the inside of your needlebook.
 Next cut a 1 1/2 inch piece of an elastic hairband. Fold it in a loop and stitch it to the back side of the house. 
Now it is time to sew your needlebook together. Put the inside and outside fabric right sides together with the batting on top. 

Stitch all the way around the needlebook with a 1/4 inch seam allowance but leave a 2 inch opening on the base of the back side of the house to turn it all right sides out. Before turning it right sides out, trip the points of your house and clip the seam allowance generously in "V" of the roofs to ease the curve once it is turned right sides out. Be careful not to clip through the seams. If you turn it right side out and it isn't laying flat or is puckering there you need to clip more- again- be sure not to clip through the stitched seam.
 Turn it right side out and hand stitch the opening closed. 
Next it is time to sew in your pages of your needlbook. You can add as many as you would like and can make them the shape of the house or a simple rectangle like I did. Just measure the size you would like it to be and cut it out of a piece of felt. Line up the pages and stitch a line down the middle of the sheets of felt to hold it in place. You can use a decorative scissor to make the edges of your pages pretty if you would like.
Now all that is left is to stitch a button to the front of your needlebook for your elastic to wrap onto. (I hand stitched around the edge of my needlebook too with pearl cotton just for fun but it's not necessary!)
That's it! Now you have the perfect handmade sewing gift to give someone just in time for Christmas! 

I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I am taking the rest of December off to be spend time with family so I will see you in 2014! 
xoxo, Ashley


  1. This is very pretty! Thank you for the tutorial!

  2. Thanks for the post! Might have to clear some space in my Christmas mess to make a few of these:)

  3. Love this needle book and your tutorial is extremely clear to understand.

  4. This is the cutest! I don't have very many needles, but I think I need to make one of these for them!!

  5. Very Cute. I just made a needle book thinking I wouldn't use it much, just wanted to make something cute..but I use it all the time at my sewing table! Who'd a thunk it! This one is really cute. I intend to move in!

  6. this is really cute... i've been wanting to make one because i'm always misplacing my needles... love that it's shaped like a little house... thanks for sharing the tutorial : )

  7. This is so cute and beautifully made to perfection, like all your makes. I loved your little house zipper pouch too and have it in my "to make" list.
    Can I ask you if you used fabrics from a collection? You have the colour combinations so right, it is the cutest thing!
    Thank you for sharing.

  8. Thank you sew much for sharing your tutorial!! I should have been cleaning house today but had to take time out to make a few of your needlebooks. Posted photo's and your link on my blog tonight. Thanks again!!

  9. just found your blog- omg i so need to make this- too cute! many thanks for the tutorial- off to read more posts!

  10. So cute! Have to sew this! Merry Christmas to you:) From Trine in the North of Norway:) Btw - lovely blog!

  11. This is so pretty! I posted about it here:


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