A needle book is a small collection of fabric “pages” that is a convenient way to store needles when not in use. Needles can be sorted on different pages, and it is a convenient way to transport and store needles.
For this project, you will need the same pojagi fabric as other projects, some small scraps of cotton fabric and 20″ of matching ribbon.
1. Cut fabric
From two different colours, cut one each of 2″ x 3″ and 1-1/2″ x 2″. Cut a solid piece 3″ x 6″ as the lining. Mark and cut in the traditional pojagi method.
2. Join pieces
Join the 1-1/2″ x 2″ pieces on the long end to make a piece 2″ x 3″ using the traditional pojagi seam. Add a 2″ x 3″ piece to each side of this, using the picture for reference.
3. Add the lining
Fold seam allowances to the inside, and match to the lining wrong sides together. Pin to keep in place.
Stitch the outside edge with the traditional pojagi stitch.
4. Prepare the inside
Cut three pieces of 2-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ of cotton fabric using pinking shears to finish the edges. Fold in half and press to crease.
Fold the pojagi piece in half and press the middle crease. Lay the cotton pieces on top, aligning the centre folds.
Stitch along the centre fold through all layers. Add a 10″ piece of ribbon onto each side of the cover.
The pages can store either hand or machine needles.
And the ribbon ties to keep it closed.
Enjoy this needle book yourself and make one for a sewing friend.
If you enjoy this, be sure to see the other pojagi Christmas projects.
Elizabeth DeCroos is the designer and teacher at Epida Studio. She loves to work in quilting, pojagi and embroidery and teach these techniques to others.
Learn more and get her to speak to your group.