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Sewing-time Needlebook

December 30th, 2013

I’m so excited to post that I have a tutorial and guest-blog post at Liberty of London’s craft blog.  Liberty of London.  That’s so thrilling for me to type, I think I’ll type it a third time.  Liberty of London.  Holy Coke Zero, I’m all Ja’mie-like super crazy excited over that!

I’ve made a really nifty needlebook based off one of my smaller needlebooks. The Liberty needlbook has a real book feel… like a storybook, but for sewests. A story-time needlebook. You can read my guest-post and see my tutorial here.
Sewing-time Needlbook

I used fabrics from Liberty’s Stile collection. Like all of the Liberty fabrics, this one is my fave. This one really is my fave. For real. Until the next Liberty collection comes out.
Sewing-time Needlbook
Sewing-time Needlbook

I made a second sample with fabrics from stash.
Sewing-time Needlbook
Sewing-time Needlbook

And then I got cheeky and decided to mix things up.  My friend Elizabeth has passed on many of her scraps to me, and I lovingly use the Elizascraps when ever I can. I think I think up things to make for the sole purpose of using her yummy scraps.   Note: the center cat fabric is Cocoland Cats by Kokka which I got from Pink Castle Fabrics.
Sewing-time Needlbook

And then there were more, plus the addition of Robert Kaufman Essex Yarn Dyed linen in Steel and in Olive.  I’m mad crushing over these new Essex colors.  I also found some seriously yummy sparlke cotton at my local JoAnn’s.

Sewing-time Needlbook
Sewing-time Needlbook
Sewing-time Needlbook
Sewing-time Needlbook

I got jiggy and tried out some pockets in the pockets. Just a few stitches made on top of D unit and E unit.  I also rounded my “pages” corners. Sewing-time Needlbook

If anyone would like to make the scrappy version, the only thing different than the tutorial is the outer exterior unit.
Sewing-time Needlbook

Sewing-time Needlbook

If you make one, please consider submitting your finished project to my Happy Zombie flickr group, as well as tagging it #sewliberty, @happy_zombie and @libertylifestyle if you post on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.

- Liberty Craft Blog - Needlebook tutorial and guest-post
- Liberty Craft Blog
- Liberty of London
- Liberty Lifestyle Twitter
- Liberty Lifestyle Instagram
- Tag your fabrics and projects with #sewliberty, @happy_zombie and @libertylifestyle

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19 Responses

  1. The fabulous Jenniffier allegedly said:

    Super cute. Thanks for sharing.

  2. The fabulous Cynthia allegedly said:

    I love your cute little needle books!

  3. The fabulous Bekk allegedly said:

    These look so cute and neat! I made my mum a needle book a while ago but it looked so sloppy compared to these! I’ll have to follow your measurements and see if I can make one as nice as yours. Lovely project.

  4. The fabulous Anne allegedly said:

    These are so cute!! I’ve linked to your tutorial on
    Craft Gossip.


      Thank you so much, Anne!! - Monica

  5. The fabulous Cristina allegedly said:

    I love your needle books! All of them! Liberty or not 😉

  6. The fabulous Kim Bates allegedly said:

    These are fabulous! I must go make some right away!!!!

  7. The fabulous Mary Ann allegedly said:

    Now if I had any sense I would begin making these now for my friendship group’s gifts next year! I love this scrappy version too Monica!

  8. The fabulous Bearpawquilter allegedly said:

    I think I just found my prize/gift for next year’s quilt retreat. I usually make one for each person - only 12 not so daunting! N

  9. The fabulous Gabrielle Crystal RoseBonniee~ allegedly said:

    Cute pattern. Lovely photos ! Great post ℓα ℒιcσrηe - ℒa vie est ℓa petite ℓicorne.

  10. The fabulous Barbara G. allegedly said:

    I love this little needle case. I think I’ll make one for my used sewing machine needles with a little time left on them. I would label the page with type.
    Thanks for the tutorial!

  11. The fabulous Lorna McMahon allegedly said:

    Sorry Monica… It’s late. It’s New Year’s Eve. And I have far too many tabs open!
    Happy New Year, Happy Zombie!

  12. The fabulous DianeP allegedly said:

    Thank you, Monica, for coming back to your blog to give us such a nice present for the New Year!

  13. The fabulous Ann in NC allegedly said:

    Your books are great!! WOW, Liberty of London!!! All the best to you in 2014!

  14. The fabulous Sarah allegedly said:

    Very pretty! I’m more blown away that you know about Ja’mie! She is such a symbol of Australian tv. Private school girls really do talk like her!

  15. The fabulous Kay allegedly said:

    Wonderful. A girl can never have too much Liberty in her life. Popping over to see the tutorial now xx

  16. The fabulous Lysa allegedly said:

    It’s my professional opinion, one can NEVER have to many needle books! Nor projects to make more needle books from! Congrats on The Liberty Craft Blog Post! It looks Snazzy!

  17. The fabulous Bev allegedly said:

    Those needlebooks are just too cute and adorable! Thank you so much for sharing, the pockets are also a addition!

  18. The fabulous Lyn Kaufmann allegedly said:

    Adorable, need, and you obviously had WAY too much fun making these! Thank you so much for sharing the tutorial. I know what I will be pulling fabric out for today.

  19. The fabulous Kathy allegedly said:

    I don’t quilt but I can definitely see where I need one of these. Thank you for posting.

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