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I have finally figured out, after years of sewing, what the point of having a needlebook is. I have seen many sweet little needlebooks but always thought, "Why do I need that when I have a pin cushion?" but then, the other day, while searching for a needle and realizing that it was probably lost inside my pin cushion, a light bulb went on and I knew why a needlebook would be so great to have.
I have a few pin cushions, including the tomato with a strawberry on a string. (Who came up with that design anyway?) Most of the pin cushions are too soft and the pins stab through to the bottom. I like my sawdust filled tomato because it is firmer and I think the sawdust is supposed to keep the pins sharp, or else the strawberry is an emery that sharpens needles. But, my pin cushion must be old because I can't find sawdust filled ones anywhere. This one says it has high quality cotton filling. I have looked at some in stores lately and realized that some of these newer replicas are actually merely filled with Styrofoam! Not a good substitute if you ask me. So, watch for quality. Anyway, the idea came to my mind that I could simply recover my old tomato pin cushion and instead of a strawberry on a string, I could have my needlebook on a string so that they would always stay together. I whipped my idea up and I think it came out kind of sweet. I will tell you how I did it and what I might do differently when I make more as gifts.
I went to Walmart and found some cute fat quarters of flannel to use to make this project. You will also need:
Click on the pictures to see how I made this simple project.
I think that my fabric circle was a little larger than it should have been, and that contributed to the bunchiness. Each pin cushion will need a different size circle, so cut your circle just large enough to cover the pin cushion with a little to tuck in for a clean edge.
Alternatively, You could cut sections of fabric into elongated ovals and stitch them together to form the ball shape. That would take a different type of measuring that you would have to figure out, but it may end up looking smoother. It would also involve using your machine.
Now, on to the needlebook!
You will need:
These sets would make sweet, inexpensive gifts for a beginning sewer, a newlywed or just because. I hope you enjoy it!
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Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!