Today I have the instructions for sewing the needle book together. If you are looking for the pattern and the embroidery tutorial it is over here
To sew the needle book together
Place the lining fabric and the embroidered/quilted piece right sides together and stitch around the edge with a 1" or 2" gap for turning (see picture above). Stitch with a 1cm seam allowance.
Trim the edges and clip the corners. My edges are about 0.5cm from the stitching line
Then squish the whole thing through the gap and turn the right way around.
press it open making sure you have good sharp corners. Whip stitch the gap closed by hand.
Now you will need your piece of felt
Place your felt inside the needlebook with about a half centimetre around the edge as above. Find the centre by folding the whole thing in half (you can draw a chalk line on the felt if your fold isn't clear) then stitch down the centre line using running stitch and anchor 874.
To attach the fastening threads measure half way up the side of the needlebook where the lining meets the front cover.
thread your needle with 3 strands of Anchor 874 about 20cm long. Put your needle in at the half way point and pull the thread through as though you are making a tiny stitch (as above) but only pull the thread half way through then take the needle off. You are left with two tails about 10cm long.
Now tie a knot close to the edge of the needlebook to fasten your threads there.
Do exactly the same on the opposite side of the needlebook
Now you can tie the threads together to close the needlebook as shown below
I hope you enjoy stitching your little butterfly and (for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere) it reminds you that spring is on its way, especially when we get to February that longest shortest month!
Happy New Year and I will see you again in 2018