Felted Needle Book

I decided to make a gift for someone at work who is also a quilter. I wanted something small, quick and different, so a needle book seemed to fit. This is my first attempt and I am thrilled with how it turned out, so I know I will be making more.

I have the luxury of owning a Baby Lock Embellisher that I purchased used several years ago after taking an Eleanor Burns 3-day class. All the class machines were for sale after the event and the price was one I couldn’t pass up. The machine has 7 barbed needles that felt your pieces together. No thread needed. Watch your fingers!

I really wasn’t sure where I was going with this project, other than small and felted. While I am not a “flower” person, it seemed an easy way to go, so I rummaged through my felting supplies to find the colors I wanted to use.

It’s amazing what you’ll collect without even trying. :)

I didn’t use a pattern just cut out free form flowers and leaves and used bits of roving as a backdrop and stamens on the flowers. I deliberately left the petals free on the edges to add dimension.

I also like the effect of the “spine” that was created in the middle when I felted the batting pieces in the book:

Next step was to decide on buttons:This style:

Or this style:

The only part that was sewn on this was the button, even the loop was felted in: 

Finished Size 3 1/2 x 4 inches:

Have you done anything lately that you’ll do again even though it falls outside of your normal pattern?
Enjoy the journey, Jackie

  • carol / Landscapelady

    Came out great! I have seen needle books and have wanted to try making one. One of those things on the list to try. So many ideas, so little time;-) I just made my first fabric postcard to mail yesterday, another one of those things on the list. I’m going to mail it today and am very happy with how it came out. Maybe next Xmas will start earlier and do a few more cause it was fun and fairly quick.

    • Jackie

      Thank you,

      I love making fabric postcards (and cards) I just hate to use them. :)

  • SandyH

    I just bought myself felting tools (hand-held) and have been playing with it. I’ve known about that machine for years but will wait until I see how much I do with the felting first–or snag a great deal like you did! I love the look and it’s a blast to do. I love your needle book–I’ll have to pull out my wool and play with a bit more purpose!

    • Jackie

      I doubt I would have done any felting if I hadn’t taken the class. I’ve made a few things that I have been pleased with. Now on to make another one!

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  • Bonnie Terrey

    My daughter-in-law is from Germany & she says it’s really big over there…flowers on purses, boots, hair, etc. I checked out a book from the library & they use felt with old wool sweaters to make flowers. They cut off the cuff & roll the cuffs under to make flower petals. :-)

    • Jackie

      It has become quite popular here as well.