Leather is amazing to work with. Felt is amazing to work with. Add some bright copper paint and a sewing machine and you've got yourself a nifty little project!
If you have a free hour and are in need of a carry - all for your ever growing collection of needles ( admit it, you, like everyone else buy a little packet at the grocery store now and then too!) The best part is the materials can be inexpensive for the crafty detective.
I headed over to the beloved Reverse Garbage (in Brisbane) and low and behold they had a collection of leather sample samples that must have been from a swatch book. I struck gold and bought about 10 swatches at I believe, 20 cents a piece.
You can choose to paint or adorn your needle book any way you please but as this is a tutorial for the construction and make up of the needle book itself, I will mention here that the dotty print is a paint job for the night before you undertake this project. Painting on leather can be done with a good quality acrylic. Also important to note is wiping over the area to be painted with a light cote of rubbing alcohol to remove any residual surface oils.
So let's get into this little project. If you do make one, post some pics on the facebook page or instagram using #lurvmakingstuff
- three sheets of felt (or more if you want more than six pages)
- soft leather 20cm X 13 cm
- leather scrap for closure piece 10cm X 2.5 cm
- pinking shears (not required to complete the project)
- sewing machine
- leather needles for sewing machine (if your leather is soft you may be able to get away with a denim needle - do a test if you are unsure!)
- matching threads to your felt or leather - your choice
- Cut the leather outer piece to 20cm X13cm ( Obviously you can get creative and make your own sizing depending on your needs/availability of materials) Pink around the edges, if you're into that look!
- Stack and carefully cut the three pieces of felt 19cmX11.5cm. It's a good idea to pin the edges for cutting so they don't slip around.
- On the top piece of felt only, with fabric pencil, mark the halfway point at 9.5 cm. Draw a dotted line 0.5cm either side of the middle. Draw a line marking 1cm at the top and bottom to create a clear rectangle that we will sew over later.
- Using a scrap of leather, in any colour (contrasting is more effective) cut out a piece 10cm X 2.5 cm.
- With pen draw out the point on the end.
- Cut out.
- On the front of your needle book, measure 3cm in from the centre edge. Make two small dots with a pen about 2.7 cm apart.
- Repeat this step 2cm in from the centre edge.
- Cut with sharp scissors to create a small flap imbedded in the leather.
- On the back of your needle book, place closure strap in the middle and sew 3 cm from the edge. Double check that when the flap wraps around to the front, it will slip perfectly into the clasp you just cut out.
- Place all three felt pieces over leather. Make sure to pink top and bottom only.
- Sew around rectangle, follow dotted line created earlier.
- Once the felt is sewn in, use pinking shears to cut side edges. Cut all three edges together so the triangles match up perfectly.
- To make it easier to turn the pages, and for fun, you can tier the corners by snipping the corners, as seen in image.
- Cut all threads
- Gather and sort your needles.