Wednesday, July 16, 2014

HST Needlebook Tutorial and Giveaway!

It's been awhile since I've posted a tutorial so I've decided to do one for this little needle book I made for the Schnitzel and Boo mini quilt swap a couple weeks ago. It's super cute, super fun and would make a sweet gift for someone special.

As a bonus, I'm also giving away the sample I made along with lots of other little goodies including fabric, a watercolor painting and some surprises!



First, pick out some bright fabrics and some low volume or light fabrics. You're going to cut eight 2" squares from each for a total of eight bright and eight low volume.

I like to use a method of making HSTs that yields two at a time. So, pair the fabrics up putting one bright square and one low volume square right sides together and draw a line diagonally from corner to corner. I use a mechanical pencil, but you could use a disappearing or water-soluble pen too.



Sew a parallel line of stitches a scant 1/4" away from either side of your drawn line (I like to sew my seams just under a 1/4" since the pieces are so small and to give me a little more wiggle room when trimming them down). Cut along the drawn line and press open. You now have two matching HSTs!


I made enough for two needle books, aren't they cute all lined up?

They're a little bigger than they need to be so you can trim them down to a perfect 1 1/2" square. Believe me, when you're piecing together something this small having accurate sizes and seams makes a difference.



Trim them and arrange them into two sections of eight, two across by four down. One section will be for the front and the other for the back.



Once you're happy with the placement, sew them together. Next cut out a 2" x 4.5" rectangle for the spine and place it between the two HST sections. This is the time to make sure your directional fabrics are going the right way. As you can see in my finished photos, I failed miserably at this part!


Go ahead and sew the two HST sections to either side of the spine.

Next, cut a piece of batting slightly larger that your needlebook cover, pin them together and quilt however you like. I simply stitched in the ditch on all the vertical seams, but be as creative as you want.


Here's a look at the underside if you're curious...


Next, you'll need to sew the strap. Cut a 2"x 1.5" square of fabric, fold in half longways and sew one short and one long side together using a 1/4" seam allowance. (Keep in mind if you're using directional fabrics which way is going to be up. Again, you'll see I failed at this detail, too!) Clip corner and flip inside out.


Cut two little pieces of velcro about 1/2"or so square and sew to the needlebook front and the strap as shown. I tried to keep my stitching as close to the edge of the velcro as possible without going off. Remember that the stitching on the strap will be showing on the front of the needlebook when it's closed.


At this point, I squared and trimmed my needlebook front, but you could also do it right after you quilt it, not sure why I didn't.

Place the strap velcro side up, centered on the back of the cover as shown and stitch in place 1/8" from the edge. That way it won't show when you sew the front to the back later. Trim off any excess strap hanging over the edge.


We're almost done! Next cut a piece of fabric for the interior of your needlebook that matches the size of the pieced front. It should be approx. 6" x 4.5". Place the front, quilted piece and your interior piece of fabric right sides together.


I'm a big pinner, as you can see. I'm not very good keeping things in place as I sew, so I really like to overdo it. :)


Sew around all 4 edges using a 1/4" seam, leaving a small gap through which to turn it.



Flip inside out and top stitch right next to the outer edge. This not only looks nice but will close the gap you used to turn it inside out.

Your needle book is starting to look like a little book!



Just add a piece of felt (or two) by stitching directly to the interior of your book straight down the center as shown. 




And voilá, you're done!



Now for the Giveaway Part!!!


As I mentioned in the beginning of the post, I'm also giving away this little needle book along with a goodie bag full of fabric scraps from all my collections (Backyard Baby, Bella Butterfly, Les Amis and my most recent one, Emma's Garden.) There will be some other surprises in there as well, including original artwork. It's going to be fabulous!!

Simply leave a comment below and I'll pick a random winner Friday (*edited) morning, the 18th at 11 am CST!

(*edited 7/26) Okay, so I waited over a week, but had to draw a new random winner because I couldn't get in contact with the first winner (I'm sorry, Sheri, I tried!)

... and the new winner is another Sherry... Sherry VF! Congratulations, I am sending you an email as we speak so I can get your address and ship your package out to you ASAP! :)






58 comments:

  1. I adore the needle book!!! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  2. I love all of your collections and have been collecting bits and pieces of bella butterfly. love this needlebook!

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  3. This is adorable! I'm going to have to make a few for my sewing sisters.

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  4. I've been wanting to make a needle book, so thanks for the tutorial! Also, what a fantastic giveaway!:-)

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  5. I have been wanting to make a needle case -- this is the perfect "nudge" -- your case is so pretty!!!!

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  6. Hi Patty! Thank you for this lovely tutorial and giveaway! You always have lovely ideas! and your fabric collections are GREAT!

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  7. how cute!! Such a sweet needle book! I like to make my HST like this too!

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  8. I just happen to have some 1" HST's laying around (left over from another project) that I can whip into a needle case. Great idea. I am a huge fan of all of your fabric collections.

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    1. Yay for getting a head start! Just a note, I mistakenly said to cut your HSTs down to 1" square, but it should've been 1 1/2" square! You can still use your 1" squares, you could just use more of them and adjust the size of your spine and interior fabric accordingly! :)

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  9. Very nice. I might have to make one for my quilty friends.

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  10. Cute! Thanks for the tutorial.

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  11. You make this look so easy. Adding this to my Christmas gift list.
    Thanks!

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  12. Great tutorial. I accidentally cut some HSTs last night that were the wrong size- I think I will use them to make a needlebook.

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  13. Love your needle book:) Thanks for a chance to win!!!

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  14. Great use of some of those little triangles I keep when stipping off corners...:) Thanks for the inspiration...I think I will make one.

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  15. So cute and functional! Thanks for the tut!

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  16. I have been needing to make a case like this for my doll making needles- this should be perfect!

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  17. Super Cute! Thanks for sharing.

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  18. Great idea, thanks for the tutorial!

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  19. So cute!!! I am going to have to make one of these... Thank you.

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  20. Wow. Those sure are tiny. Beautiful needlebook.

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  21. I love it, I think this is something I can do as a beginner. I also think my family members will love them. They are always looking for needles etc. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  22. love your needlebook! those tiny HSTs are adorable!

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  23. I love your needlebook!! ♡ I've only made one before, and it wasn't nearly this cute! Thanks for sharing your tutorial :)

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  24. I love home-made giveaways and I bookmarked your tutorial in case I don't win. svonfumetti at yahoo dot com

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  25. So pretty! I pinned this to sew later. : ) thanks for offering the giveaway.

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  26. Awesome project! What a great idea!

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  27. What a fun use for tiny HSTs, I always have a few leftover when I make Flying Geese, this looks like a great way to use them up! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  28. What a cute tutorial. I'm a big fan of all your fabric lines - I searched long and hard to find a source for some backyard baby to use in my little guys nursery!

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  29. Cute little needle book! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  30. Thanks for the tutorial! I love your fabrics; I always keep an eye out for your next design!

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  31. Thank you for the tutorial and giveaway. (If I am commenting twice please delete one. I can't tell if my comment went through.) :)

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  32. That doesn't look too hard- thanks for the giveaway- and taking the time to write a tutorial for the needle book! :)

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  33. Love the little needle book! I need to make one! Your fabric lines are all awesome - thanks for the give away!

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  34. This is so beautiful! I've been saving mini HSTs cut from another project, and I just might use them for this! sarah@forrussia.org

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  35. Thanks for your tutorial. The needlebook is so cute & practical!

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  36. Thanks for the tutorial! these would make lovely gifts for sewing friends. And thanks for your beautiful and inspiring blog. You fabric is luscious!

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  37. Thanks so much for the tutorial!

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  38. Cute needle book! Thanks for the tutorial.

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  39. Very cute needle book. Thanks for the great tutorial and for the chance to own one.

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  40. Oh what a charming needle book!!! I love your style so much! Thanks for the great tutorial and for the chance at a really cool swag bag! :D

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  41. I have leftover triangles that I've saved; totally making this over the weekend! Really fun; thank you!

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  42. how cute! I love it! Great way to use up scraps!

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  43. I absolutely love this tutorial. I also adore your fabrics. Hope to see you Sat!

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  44. Awesome and way cool! Oh my goodness, I'd be beyond thrilled to be the lucky winner of your giveaway! Thank you so much for the chance! ☺

    my nana maree @ yahoo . com

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  45. Cute idea for a gift for my quilting friends

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  46. I really, REALLY need one of these and can't believe I haven't made one yet. Thanks for the great tutorial. If I'm not lucky enough to win yours, I'll have to use your instructions to make one. Thanks!

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  47. Super cute! I think I'm going to need to whip up a few. Thank you!

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  48. And the winner is...Sheri Bisbee! Thanks all of you, I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and are inspired to make your own. Stay tuned for more tutes and giveaways!

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    1. Hi Sheri - I tried contacting you via google + as I can't find an email address for you in your profile. Please send me your mailing address so I can get your package out to you!! :)

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  49. Great tutorial, Patty! Sorry I missed the giveaway - I've been a lazy blogger/reader lately. :-)

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