Before I start my next lesson I want to say thank you for looking at my blog and letting me teach you how to sew. My mom and I decided we would start with some really easy projects before moving onto harder ones. If you have a sewing machine that’s great! I’ll be doing some projects with that soon, but first we’re going to do some hand sewing and mostly use felt just to get some practice making things and using a needle.
This project is making a needle book. It’s a nice little place to keep your needles safe.
Once you have your needle book and pin cushion you have almost everything you need for a sewing kit. You can see a pictures of mine at the top of this post.
To make the needle book you need the following supplies.
1 piece of felt (8 inces by 3 inches)
needle and thread
measure and mark with a pen an 8 inch by 3 inch rectangle.
cut it out
fold in half and pin the two sides together.
I decided to round off the raw edges of mine because I like how it looks. You don’t have to if you don’t want to. You could also use pinking shears (those zig zag scissors) to cut this out and that would give it a fun look.
thread your needle and tie it off. Here’s a trick to tying off your thread quickly. Wind the thread around your finger so that it makes an X. Then roll the thread down and off your finger and once you pull the thread it will form a knot at the end of the string.
Now it’s time to sew on your button. Pick a spot for your button near the edge of the felt and push the needle up through the back. If you have a 4 hole button like I picked, you can do a criss cross or if you have a 2 hole button you just go up and down.
Keep alternating between down and up until the button is tightly attached to the felt. You don’t want it falling off.
When you’re ready to tie off your thread here’s how my mom taught me to do it.
Insert the needle on the back side under a few of the threads and pull it through slowly until you just have a little loop at the end. Then using the needle tip go over under a few times just around the needle and pull it through. That will make a knot right next to your felt. Trim the thread, flip it over, and admire your work.
Now it’s time to cut the button hole. Fold the felt over and see where your button is placed . Directly above it on the top piece you want to cut a small x to work as a button hole. Make it small at first, you can always make it bigger. I’ve made that mistake and it’s a bummer when you make your x so big that the button keeps falling off.
Yhea! You did it. Now you can open it up and insert some needles.
In my sewing kit, which is an old cigar box my grandpa gave me, I have my pin cushion, needle book, thread, some buttons, and normally I have some scissors, a pencil and a ruler too but they weren’t in the picture.
A sewing kit like this could be a really great present for a friends birthday, a gift for your mom or grandma or just something for yourself. Make a few! They’re really fun.
Thanks for reading and happy sewing!
My next project will be making a pillow and blanket for your favorite doll or stuffed animal. Check back for that soon!