Saturday, August 6, 2016

TUTORIAL - bonus Splendid Sampler needle-book!

It's been a while since my Splendid Sampler block was shared, but to celebrate the half-way point of this mammoth year long project a few of the Splendid designers are sharing various things on our blogs.
Today it's my turn and I have a needle-book tutorial for you using my free Splendid Sampler stitchery as the cover!



First of all you'll need to download my free "Blossoming" stitchery pattern (here) and once you've completed the embroidery trim the block to 6 1/2 inches square.

You will also require these fabrics and trims:

One, 6 1/2 inch square of pink floral fabric
One, 6 1/2 inch x 12 1/2 inch rectangle of blue check fabric
One, 7 1/2 inch x 12 1/2 inch rectangle of pink/red floral fabric
One, 5 1/2 inch x 12 1/2 inch rectangle of green floral fabric
Two, 1/2 inch x 13 inch lengths of cream cotton lace
One, 8 inch x 14 inch piece of scrap cotton quilt wadding
One, 2 inch x 4 1/2 inch scrap of cotton quilt wadding
Assortment of trims such a buttons, labels, ribbon or fabric stamps


Let's Begin:

Sew the square of pink floral to the left of the stitchery block.
This is your needle-book cover.



Fold the rectangles of pink/red floral and green floral in half lengthwise and press the fold flat.



Sew the lengths of cotton lace along the top edge of the folded and pressed fabrics so that half the lace peeks over the top front.




Lay the blue check fabric onto the rectangle of scrap quilt wadding. If you have a little fabric stamp pin it 2 inches in from the left side of the fabric. 
Pin the small scrap of wadding 1/4 inch down from the top right edge of the fabric, about 3/4 inch from the side edge. Blanket stitch in place with two strands of embroidery thread or a length of Perle 12 cotton.




Sew the fabric stamp in place with running stitch.



Lay the pink/red floral pocket across the bottom edge of the blue check fabric, and lay the green pocket on top of that. 



Use a pencil or a heat erasable pen to draw a vertical line from the top edge of the red/pink pocket to the base of the green pocket, 3 1/4 inches in from both side edges. Use your machine to sew a double seam (sew up the line, then down again)  down both those drawn lines.
This is the inside of your needle-book.




Place the right side of the needle-book cover over the inside of the needle-book. Pin together.
Sew around all four sides with a 1/4 inch seam, leaving a 3 inch opening along one side for turning out later.
Trim away the excess quilt wadding.




Turn the needle-book right side out, pushing out all corners gently with a rounded tool such as a large knitting needle or a chopstick.

Blind stitch the opening closed and press the needle-book flat.

Machine sew along the middle seam between the front and back cover. This stabilises the fold as well as creating two pockets inside the needle-book.

Hand sew a line of running stitch around the front cover with two strands of thread or a single strand of Perle 12 cotton.
Sew a line of running stitch around the back cover.




On the inside sew a couple of buttons beside the fabric stamp (or decorate how you like).



You can use one of the buttons to hold a ribbon scissor keep.
Fill your pockets with sweet stitching supplies and tools.

Enjoy your new needle-book!



All of the Splendid Sampler blocks are the same size so you could use this tutorial to make any number of beautifully varied needle-books!
What about a Splendid Needle-book Swap within your quilt guild or sewing group?

Most of my time is taken up designing and stitching six new embroidery patterns for each monthly issue of The Stitchery Club so I've only been able to sew four of the other Splendid blocks shared thus far. 

I love each of the blocks in Splendid so hopefully by years end I might have a few more made and then I can display them as a table runner for my sewing room!


IDEA:

All of the Splendid Sampler blocks are the same size so you could use this tutorial to make any number of beautifully varied needle-books!
What about a Splendid Needle-book Swap within your quilt guild or sewing group?

Visit the Splendid Sampler blog (here) for links to the other designers sharing blog posts today!




If you've enjoyed stitching my "Blossoming" design you might be interested in The Stitchery Club!
Once a month my members receive 6 new stitchery patterns via email.
Here's one of the patterns members will receive in the next Club issue.
To see the other five designs, or to find out more about The Stitchery Club go HERE.




Have a splendid day!



64 comments:

Elvira said...

Gracias por el tutorial, que seguro haré
Tus puntadas son cada día más preciosas
Muchos besos

Sharmayne said...

Thanks Jenny for this lovely idea with such great directions. I'm placing it on my list to do as I could use one for myself and some for Christmas gifts! Blessings to you my friend xo

PatSloan said...

I LOVE needlecases!!! This is so adorable Jenny.. Hugs!!!!

JES said...

Just adorable! Thank you for sharing :)

Winifred said...

Thanks Jenny that is a lovely needle case. Very kind of you to find the time to post this.

Hope Blossom & Cully May are doing well & you are getting over all that stress. Sewing does help. Crafts are a great stress reliever I find.
Take care x

Mary Reed said...

Thank you Jenny for your beautiful designs.

Susan said...

This is a beautiful needle case and I was to make one. I just have one question. Do you sew the lace to the folded edge or the I the other edge? In the pictures I can't tell one edge from the other. Thanks.

Ruthie's Place said...

Hi Jenny,

What a sweet needle case, thank you so much.

Warm hugs,
Ruthie

Liz Dyer said...

Nice tutorial! This has been a fun journey. Thank you.

Bev Whittaker said...

Your block was one of my faves! I have wanted to do hand embroidery for a long time, and this quilt-along has given me the round Tuit that I needed!

Pat Olivier said...

Its a beautiful little needle case. I love your blogs and I love your designs.

Karen Cutter said...

Thank you for your pattern. I haven't done your block yet as I have not long started.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this pattern. Finding embroidery and your designs has been the absolute best part of The Splendid Sampler for me! :)

Águeda said...

Thank you very munch. I love your tutorials. This is an other great! Hugs.

Jodi - usairdoll said...

Beautiful! Thanks for the tutorial.

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LJ said...

Thanks, Jenny. I've started making grands a needlebook when they reach their teens - I know I'll be using this pattern, for sure.

Carol Hemmingsen said...

I have been following you a very long time! You are a very talented artist/designer/quilter! Thank you for your blocks! I have your block drawn out but I love your idea for a swap!

desertskyquilts said...

That's WAY more than a needlebook. It needs a different name, a bigger name. =) Project book, maybe! Everything you could need to keep with a project would fit in there. Thanks so much, Jenny!

Mama Higgins said...

Thank you for the wonderful tutorial! I've been looking for a little needle book and I think that I will make this one! Your tutorial makes it look fairly easy and so very sweet!

Doc Jericho's Daughter said...

Thanks, Jenny! Such a neat project! Beautiful blocks!

Annie. M. Perry said...

Thank you so much for your talent! Your block is one of the ones I am most proud of! I had never embroider before and find it to be so relaxing! Thank you , all my friends love your block when they gaze at my design board !

Sherry Walley said...

Thank you very much for the block that you designed and also this needle book.

Laura H said...

I love the header for your blog, and the four blocks you have done are beautiful! This project looks cool, i need to make one of these! :)

Jenny Trask said...

Thank you Jennifer for the lovely needle case pattern. Also, through the SS and you, I've discovered a new love of embroidery and am loving doing your Gentle Domesticity patterns. I'm planning on doing one of your Stitchery Club patterns as the front of the needle case. Thank you for your generosity and may you and your family continue to receive many blessings. 😀

Darlee Byron said...

Thank you for sharing. Your stitcheries are beautiful!! I've only made two SS blocks, so have many more to enjoy making. Luv your little needlebook. Sew cute.

shirley quilter said...

I loved doing your block Jenny. I want to do something combining embroidery and fabric like you did on your block...Your patterns are so darling.

Patrice Wiesner said...

Hi Jenny, thank you for tutorial, great idea! I love your sight! I have been saving your Heavenly Postcards! I am a retired Letter Carrier for the Post Office! You are a fun designer!

Lorrie said...

This is beautiful, Jenny. Thank you for sharing your creativity with us!

Dawn Zillich said...

You are a genius! What a great idea. Now I have three ideas for how to use my 100+ blocks at the end of this Splendid journey. Thanks.

AuntWeda said...

Thank you, what a clever idea.

SheilaC said...

So beautiful, thank you!

Purple Dragonfly said...

I can't thank you enough for Block 31 in the splendid sampler. It has opened a whole new world for me. It was my first attempt at hand embroidery and I fell in love. My husband says it is the best block in my sampler and I can't wait to embroider something else

Debbie said...

Loved your block Thanks you

katiejane62 said...

Thank you do much for all your designs and the directions for the book. With my new found love for the embroidery blocks I will be needing this!

Debra said...

That needle book is charming, and I will definitely be making one! Thank you, Jenny, I love all of your designs!

Ondrea said...

It looks like I shall be making this needle case as soon as I have cleared my sewing table to start a new project. Too gorgeous to pass up. So good to see you inspired with stitching after experiencing such a horrendous experience last week. Angel hugs.

Amanda Garvin said...

Love the needle book!!!

Robin in New Jersey said...

Thank you for the tutorial. It is so pretty! I can't wait to make one.

Cecilia said...

Beautiful! Thank you for the tutorial.

Deborah said...

The needle book is darling and I thank you for the tutorial and the idea of having a needle book swap. I might try making these as retreat prizes. THanks for particpating in the Splendid Sampler, it has been such fun.

abra said...

beautiful!

Sandy Uhos said...

Thank you for sharing your talents. Your projects and color choices are beautiful and refreshing!

Brenda said...

Good Evening Jenny! Oh this is a lovely tutorial and gift you have provided for us! It is going to be made into a gift for my daughter who is getting married in a couple of months. It will be a Christmas gift though, to many wedding preparations going on right now. LOL. I know of a couple other friends that would love this also! So thank you so much for sharing another stupendous stitchery project that will never go out of style because of your beautiful style! Have a fantastic creative day!

Audrey Johnson said...

What a great tutorial. I love your Splendid Sampler Block, it is one of my favorites! Thank you.

Kylie Mott said...

Thanks jenny, I love embroidery, so your block was my favourite so far.!!

Janet Ward said...

I love your embroidery... It was your embroidery that got me going into embroidery again! My grandma taught me as a child and for 15 years we enjoyed embroidery and sewing together... After she went to heaven, it broke me, I didn't have the heart... Then after seeing yours, I managed to start again, it took a day or so, then I was able to snap back right where I left off... Thank you for the lovely designs and the inspiration to make a beautiful hand design! Hugs... Jenny XX
THANK YOU FOR THE SEWING NEEDLE BOOK, And your participation in the Splendid Sampler... You are a Splendid Designer...

Janet Ward said...

Oh I almost forgot... Is the very last block on your page available anywhere?. Would love to get it...

Camille V said...

What a great project to share! The design is so cute and the directions are very clear. Thank you!

Annerose said...

Hallo Jenny,
vielen Dank für die wunderschöne Anleitung. Ich wünsche Dir noch ganz viel Freude mit diesem wundervollen Baby alles alles Liebe und Gute und viel Gesundheit für die Mama.
Liebe Grüße Annerose

Pauline said...

Jenny, thank you so much for a lovely project!

Lynda Lukas said...

Thanks so much for the needle book tutorial. I love that block, and was thinking what a cute little pillow it would make, too.

Janet Ward said...

Ahhh haaaa! I found you on IG!! I'm Janet Ward, another Splenderette! Saying Thanks for this Needle case... And asking is there any way to down load it, without the comments?? I really want to make it later... I posted on I think your FB sight too! Thanks for being a splendid part of the Splendid Sampler Designers group!! 💜

Anita Jacksonn said...

Your stitching is so beautiful, I would love to make the little case~ It is gorgeous. Thank you for sharing it. I am going to have to book mark this some how to save it for later! Too Cute!

Jan N said...

Oh wow, your blocks are so cute! The little needle book is just gonna be so fun to make, Thank you for sharing and for all you do!!

Unknown said...

What an awesome idea to use your block to make a needle/pin book! Thanks for your contribution to the Splendid Sew Along. Your block was a real challenge for me, but I got outside my comfort zone and gave it a shot, and did just fine! So thanks for the challenge and wonderful experience of growth and learning new things!

Susan Delaney said...

must make a needlebook..thanks for the inspiration

Sally Heilinger said...

What a sweet idea for a needlebook. This block has been my favorite so far. Time to make another one and turn it into a needlebook! Thanks for the tutorial.

Anonymous said...

Your tutorials are great and I love all your designs! Thank you! The needle book is a great idea! Charisma presents????? (If I get busy!)

Sharon said...

Thank you very much for the tutorial for the needlebook. It is beautiful!

Allison CB said...

Very cute!!!

Melody said...

Such a beautiful project.

cerato said...

Precioso proyecto. Gracias por compartirlo.
Saludos

Tuppence said...

Querida Jenny, siempre agradeciendote tus explicaciones y tutoriales, me son de gran utilidad
Un beso Nora

bri68 said...

thanks for sharing this marvellous tutorial...your designs are also so nice and cute