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Wabi-Sabi Felt Needle Book by Pardis

My friend Carrie and I decided to take a small hand-sewn project with us when we took our girls to Florida in February.   Each of us grabbed a few pieces of felt scraps, needle and thread, and made a needle book for our sewing box.  Originally, I planned to use 3 longer rectangular pieces and fold them to get 6 pages, but the felt pieces were too small so I decided to hold the pages together by sewing a spine on it, just like a hard cover book!  Coming back home, I found this old button which is carved from a seashell, and painted.

I  love how the colors go with my scissors cover … by accident!  Instructions on how to make our Mother’s Day Scissors cover are here.

This is a perfect project to use whatever felt pieces you have on hand; wool felt scraps, favorite collected pieces or felt from old sweaters are all ideal.   A good size for a needle case is about 4 inches x 5 inches, give or take a little!

Cut 4- 6 rectangles of felt. Cut a strip 1 inch wide and the same length as your needle book for the binding. Arrange the colors as you’d like to see them as you open your case.

Pin the strip of wool felt around the long edge of the needle case, like a book binding. Sew up, close to the binding edge, making sure you go through all the layers of felt. Use backstitch to get a good tight seam. Trim the felt squares as required to even them up.

Cut a 1 inch wide by 3 inch long strip of felt to make the closure. Sew onto the back cover, using backstitch again. Make a slit in the felt using sharp scissors. The opening should be just slightly bigger than your button. Add a special button to the front of your case, and it’s ready to use!

If you like, you can sew around the edges of the buttonhole to keep it from stretching, using blanket stitch. You could use a fancy embroidery floss and blanket stitch around the edges of your needle case- a canvas for your beautiful stitches as well as a perfect organizer for all your future stitching!

The winner-chosen at is:
Michelle, who wrote “I have just done a course on felting yesterday and really was suprised by what I had achieved in one day and will be doing this as an attachment to my craft list.”
Congratulations Michelle!

National Nonwovens

National Non-Wovens has generously offered a wool felt assortment pack for the lucky winner! Their gift includes eight 100% wool felt sheets, in a collection of gorgeous colors.

Please leave a comment on this post by Tuesday, April 24th, 2012,  for a chance to win this wonderful giveaway.


Posted by Living Crafts on Apr 20, 2012 03:56 PM | 399 Comments

399 Responses to “Wabi-Sabi Felt Needle Book by Pardis”

  1. Muireann says:

    What a great prize! I’ve been planning to make a felt needle holder for months, this would be wonderful. Thanks for the chance to win!

  2. Margaret says:

    this is a lovely little thing! and a fabulous giveaway! thank you!

  3. Melissa says:

    Nice project idea. I love working the the wool felt. I have had great success doing kids projects with it… decorated black with silver paint to make purses, poodle skirts, christmas ornaments, pincushions, etc.

  4. Lateadah says:

    Beautiful! I would love to be entered in your drawing!

  5. terri clark says:

    What a cute project. I think that we can have our older students make some of these for us to sell at our Winter Faire fundraiser.

  6. Carol Dewan says:

    This is a great project! I am in the process of making Christmas gifts and this is one I plan to make. Wool felt is such a great prize giveaway!

  7. Kath says:

    Great little project – love using up scraps.

  8. Shell ~ says:

    ~ Oh, so lovely colors ~
    What a nice prize. :)
    I like the way the binding is made and the special button closure.
    Fun project.
    Shell ~

  9. Anna says:

    What a great little sewing book! Thanks for the tutorial and thanks for the chance to win. I NEED some felt, I have so many projects brewing around, but don’t have the materials.. namely the felt. I hope I win!

  10. BJ Mickel-Close says:

    Wool is good for needles, it’s a wonderful project, and a great giveaway!

  11. FroggyMama says:

    I’ve been wanting to try out some wool felt for a while now – thank you for a great giveaway!

  12. Dawn Edwards says:

    Great project….thanks so much for sharing. Would love a chance to be entered into your most generous give-away.

    Thank you.

  13. Julie S. says:

    What a cute little project! I also love the scissors cover. Thank you so much for the wonderful tutorials!!

  14. Melissa H. says:

    What a great project! Thank you for sharing both of these ideas.

  15. Patti B. says:

    Beautiful felt. Would love to be in the drawing.

  16. shelley shanti says:

    Thanks for all the inspiration…

  17. Corinne Ryan says:

    What a sweet project.

  18. Bilee says:

    I am def going to make this with some wool sweater scraps- I can never keep track of my knit/woven machine needles :)
    I <3 the tutorials very much.
    If I win the giveaway I am going to make my 2 1/2 year old daughter some lovely felt items :)

  19. Sandra M says:

    This needle felt-book is just perfect! And I love your scissors cover!

  20. Kelley says:

    I absolutely love working with felt, although I don’t do a lot of it. and I adore the little felt needle book. Great project!

  21. Marilyn E says:

    What a beautiful and colorful little felt project,the scissor case is also sweet! Would love the chance at winning the felt giveaway. Thanks also for the inspiring tutorials!

  22. Cecelia says:

    Such a great idea. I love that the sewing box is a cigar biz. I have a few really nice ones I got atty a garage sale.

  23. Mary llimpus says:

    What a fun project look forward to making some

  24. Susie H. says:

    Thank you for the beautiful inspiration! There’s nothing quite like pure wool felt…! Hope you enjoyed a nice vacation.

  25. sarah says:

    gorgeous! thanks for the chance.

  26. Cynthia Baxter says:

    Love that wool felt! Thanks for all your creativity & caring sharing.

  27. Renee says:

    What a cute project! 8 sheets of felt… That is a great givaway as well :)

  28. Sue Knoth says:

    What a cool project!

  29. Emmy B says:

    What a sweet little project.

  30. Bilee says:

    always meant to make a needlebook to keep my machine needles separate – would love to win the wool to make my daughter some natural playfood :)

  31. Rebecca says:


  32. Savannagal says:

    I love this idea. I have so many loose needles laying around. This is perfect. Thanks.

  33. Christine says:

    What a neat project. Thanks for the tutorial.

  34. ginny says:

    I love their felt and use it in many projects.Would love to win some.

  35. Emma says:

    what a nice idea! and more practical than the wood needle cases we have- which don’t fit our biggest needles. Awsome giveaway too.

  36. Julie D. says:

    Beautiful inspiration!

  37. Shelby says:

    Beautiful project…I love felted wool. That scissors case is gorgeous, too!

  38. Nancye says:

    Fabulous. I would love to make one of these!

  39. amy delaterre says:

    Thanks for the felt needle book tutorial, what a lovely thing to make, I’m going to do it! And thanks for the chance to win!

  40. Kim says:

    I was looking for a simple project for my class for Mother’s day…thanks!

  41. Jenni says:

    This is a sweet and simple tutorial. My 6 year old had a bit of trouble going through all pieces at once. We had fun decorating wIth embroidery stitches

  42. Cynthia says:

    I’ve been meaning to make a needle case forever, maybe this will be my inspiration!

  43. Leisa says:

    What a colorful way to organize, and no more stepping on needles…

  44. julie says:

    Hope I’m not too late!

  45. Chandra says:

    When I very first subscribed to Living Crafts I was offered the kit for the scissors holder pictured next to the book. I still remember the promotion code, “MOM”. I never received it. But I’m a loyal fan of Living Crafts mag. I think I may just try to make the scissors holder on my own along with the felt book!

  46. Jane LaFazio says:

    oh my! adorable. love the set…and I adore working with felt

  47. Mary Dunlap says:


  48. sherrey says:

    A unique piece of work. Lovely colors, practical, and enjoyable to make. Thank you for inspiration!!

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