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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

A tutorial - who knew?

It's been a very long time since I did any sort of tutorial on my blog and as I created this little project this morning I thought perhaps I might share it with you.  It worked up very quickly so it's certainly do-able for some little Christmas presents (which is what this one is for).

Isn't this little strawberry needle case the cutest?

So, here's the tutorial (please let me know if you make any, because I'd love to see them!).


You will need the following supplies:  red and green felt; a piece of Freezer Paper (optional); yellow and red pearl cotton or embroidery floss; 1 green bead; scrap of Heat N Bond (optional).
NOTE: Print the pattern on a full-size 8 1/2 x 11" piece of paper.

Trace the patterns onto either paper or Freezer Paper.  You can either iron the Freezer Paper onto the felt prior to cutting out the pieces OR simply pin your paper pattern onto the felt.  I like to use the Freezer Paper because it holds in place really well, making your cuts on the felt more accurate.  It peels off really easily and can be re-used a couple of times if you're making more than one needlebook.

Cut two of the larger strawberry shapes, one of the smaller shape and one of the leaf from felt.  Using yellow pearl cotton (or 6 strands of embr. floss) stitch 'seeds' randomly over one of the larger strawberry shapes.  

Either pin the two larger shapes together OR use some small scraps of HeatNBond to adhere them together.  Using red pearl cotton (or floss) stitch the pieces together around the outside using buttonhole stitch.  

Place outer and inner strawberry shapes together and, using the sewing machine, stitch along the fold line.  Stitch two or three tacking stitches about 1/4" away from the seam (helps to hold the needlebook nicely closed).

Adhere the leaf to the front, using a green bead to hold in place.

Today the quote is from Dale Carnegie.... "When we hate our enemies, we are giving them power over us:  power over our sleep, our appetites, our blood pressure, our health, and our happiness.  Our enemies would dance with joy if only they knew how they were worrying us, lacerating us, and getting even with us.  Our hate is not hurting them at all, but our hate is turning our days and nights into a hellish turmoil"


  1. Anonymous2:02 PM

    This is so cute! :)

  2. This is a really cute little needle book Mary Anne! Thank you for sharing the tutorial! Christine x

  3. Thank you sew very much Mary Anne. This Strawberry Needlecase looks very doable. Your chosen quote is very fitting for the horror happening in our world today. Prayers for Peace.

  4. Yes, your strawberry needle book is very sweet. Thank you for the tutorial.

  5. This little strawberry is too cute!! Perfect to tuck away in an embroidery travel kit!!

  6. Anonymous10:15 AM

    Looks like an CQ'teer project if ever I saw one!! See ya soon.

  7. How cute is that? Great gift idea. Thanks, Mary Ann.

  8. Yummy sweet strawberry!

  9. What an adorable needle case! Lovely!

  10. Thanks for sharing the tutorial. Very sweet. I have not been in blog land for awhile and was looking back at all your beautiful pages from your garden journal...FABULOUS!

  11. This is a cute one! What other shapes will you come up with next!!


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