Little Letter Needle Book Tutorial

by Kelly on April 12, 2010

in I Designed It, I Made It, Sewing, Tutorials

Imported from my former blog.

Welcome to my first ever tutorial! I sincerely hope you enjoy making your own cute Little Letter Needle Book.

Let’s begin, shall we?

Here is the pattern in PDF form (you will need to download this for the template):

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You will need:

Little Letter Needle Book template,
2 pieces of fabric for front and back of envelope;
scrap of fabric with a picture, suitable to be used as the “stamp”;
snap fasteners or Velcro;
water-erasable pen or similar (optional);
and the usual sewing accessories, including pinking shears.


Using the envelope template, cut one piece from your fabric you are using for the inside of your envelope, and one from the fabric you are using for the outside. Then, using the felt square template, cut two rectangles from felt. The last bit of cutting you will need to do is to cut a small square from a scrap of fabric, using pinking shears. This will be your “stamp”, so you can fussy cut a small picture if you have one!

Cutting the stamp:

Pieces all cut out:

Transfer the markings from the template to the right sides of both pieces of fabric, using a water-erasable pen or a disappearing ink pen. You don’t have to do this if you don’t have one of these, but it does help with placement later on.

Pin the stamp to the right side of your piece of fabric you are using for the outside of the envelope. The stamp placement has been marked on the template as a guide. Straight stitch around the stamp, about 1/8″ from the edge of the stamp, using a contrasting thread.

Sewing on the stamp:

Next, sew along the lines marked “stitching lines”, using the same thread you used for the stamp. I used a triple stitch so that they would stand out, but this is not necessary.

Take your felt squares and fold them in half (short end to short end), then finger press them to make a fold line down the middle. Pin the felt squares to the right side of your fabric you are using for the inside of the envelope – placing them in the middle of the square marked on the template. Sew down your finger-pressed fold lines. I used a triple stitch again – for strength this time. Again, not necessary – a few runs back and forth of normal straight stitch should do the trick.

Sewing on the felt squares:

Pin your two pieces of fabric together with right sides facing. Sew all around it with a neutral coloured thread and using a 1/4″ seam, leaving an opening where indicated. When you’re done, fold the seam of the side that was left open to one side and press it well. This helps to make a nice edge after you have turned it.

Pressing the edge with the open seam to one side:

Clip all the corners and turn it out the right way.

Clipping the corners:

After your envelope is turned right way out, poke out all the corners gently, using a chopstick, the end of a pen, the end of a paintbrush or anything pointy really!

Pushing out the seams:

Make sure the seam that was left open is folded inward, then press all the seams gently to make them nice and crisp for topstitching.

Topstitch around the whole envelope about 1/8″ in from the edge, using a neutral coloured thread.

Topstitching around the envelope:

Fold the envelope along the fold lines, in the order shown in the picture below.

How to fold the envelope:

Press along the folds to make creases, then press the front of your envelope gently to make it nice and pretty. Be careful not to let the felt inside get too hot, or it may melt slightly or go crinkly. (I have melted my felt before by using an iron that was too hot!)

Pressing the fold lines:

Sew on some snaps or velcro to keep the top flap down.

Snaps added:

Lastly, if you used a water-eraseable pen, wipe off your markings with a wet cloth.

That’s it! All done! Now swoon over the cuteness you just created!

These cuties would make a great present for a stitching friend. Or, if you participate in swaps, they would be a great little added extra to add to your package! For a faster version (as a last-minute gift) leave off the stamp and stitching lines on the front and instead make your envelope out of some patterned fabric (as shown in the piccie above).

If you like my tutorial, please feel welcome to follow me or subscribe to my blog.

I would really love to see your own Little Letter Needle Books if you make them. What a nice treat that would be!

I have made a Flickr group where you can add photos of your own Little Letter Needle Books. Please visit the group here:

and add your photos.
Much appreciated.

Happy stitching!

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1 Flickr: caseyplusthree September 23, 2009 at 11:16 pm

this is the cutest idea!


2 justcallmemarthaa flag October 8, 2009 at 4:04 pm

Hi Kelly,

I tried your tutorial and loved it! I actually automatically stitched mine with right sides facing eachother ;-) If you have time, have a look on my blog, I used your pattern to make fabric envelopes for some party invites. Everyone loved them.


3 CC flag October 12, 2009 at 1:16 pm

Oooooo, thank you,thank you for this tutorial. I have it bookmarked and I so hope I have time to make some before Christmas. They"re just as sweet as can be. I just love them..:).


4 Big Mook Craft flag October 13, 2009 at 4:57 am

Hey I made it!!!! Wonderful idea and tutorial sorry my blog is in HEBREW but you can see the photos!!!


5 Skebba flag October 13, 2009 at 5:26 am

WOOT! I'm so happy that my tutorial has been "tested" by some of you guys. Thanks Leoni and Big Mook Craft for letting me know! *Happy dance*


6 Carine Calé flag October 14, 2009 at 3:16 pm

Dear Skebba,
Congratulations for your big idea and amazing tutorial!!!
I put your link in my brazilian craft blog,, with your link and name.
Thank You very much!!!
Best Regards!!!
Carine Calé


7 Karissa flag October 16, 2009 at 1:45 am

I made it, too! Pictures are in my Flickr photostream:


8 mama misisipi flag October 21, 2009 at 6:29 am

That is so cute thanks for the tutorial.


9 Anjie flag November 23, 2009 at 1:54 am

A little letter needle book, perfect! Then the thought came to me, the needle case should have a companion, a pin cushion. Keeping to the postal theme I designed a parcel pin cushion, over stuffed and tied with string. I have credited you and put a link to your blog. If you would like to see my pin cushion it's on


10 Khris flag January 18, 2010 at 10:20 pm

Thanks for sharing your tutorial with us. I have put a link to you on my freebies blog if that okay. Khris


11 casserole flag January 19, 2010 at 12:40 am

This is so stinkin' cute!! I linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:



12 SewDivaDiane flag January 19, 2010 at 6:19 am

I love this! Thank you!


13 Magdalena, The Craft Revival flag January 19, 2010 at 9:10 am

This is the cutest little needle envelope ever. I have be wanting to make something to keep my needles in and will be tackling this project today.

Thanks so much for sharing it with us.

Just too darn cute!


14 Papgena Made It flag January 19, 2010 at 9:40 am

I found you via Craft gossip.
I love this, so, so cute! Thank you for sharing. It will go to the top of my to do list.
If I succeded I'll be post again to show you.
Thanks again!


15 Anonymous flag January 19, 2010 at 3:20 pm

Great! I just made one, but I also added in some interfacing to keep it from being too floppy.


16 Flöckchen flag January 20, 2010 at 5:54 am

Hello from germany,

thank you for these great tutorial! It's a loveley needle bpok.

Thanks again!



17 Kim flag January 23, 2010 at 2:05 am

This is so cute! I'm going to make it for my pen pal over seas! I linked you on my blog!


18 Anonymous flag February 3, 2010 at 11:19 pm

Thank you , I love this !
I just made two , I think they will make nice little gifts.
I will try to add a photo on flikr later
Thanks Again


19 Danaou flag February 15, 2010 at 6:53 pm

Merci beaucoup pour ce pique-aiguille-enveloppe !!!
Bonne idée !
Bizzzes de l'Abeille du Jardinoux !


20 naomi flag February 26, 2010 at 1:06 pm

this is such an awesome tutorial!!
Very, very cute!
Thanks for visiting my blog too,


21 Ale flag March 8, 2010 at 2:20 pm

ohhh… its.. lovely.. ;DDD kisses


22 ANNA flag April 13, 2010 at 1:51 am

Hello Kelly! I have seen your comment in my blog, yes, the cupcakes were really good :-) ))

Your little needle book is so cute, perhaps I try to do one…
Thank you!
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23 PolkaDotDaze flag April 22, 2010 at 7:36 pm

I am so glad I found your blog!
Thanks for the tutorial.
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24 2paw flag May 10, 2010 at 11:05 am

Thank you for such a lovely tutorial. I can see myself making quite a few of these as gifts!!
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25 helmi coenders flag May 11, 2010 at 5:59 am

Thank You, This is a verry good idee.
I try to make one to.


26 Sabr flag May 11, 2010 at 8:30 am

Too cute! Can’t wait to make one for a travel embroidery kit! Thanks for sharing!


27 rose flag May 11, 2010 at 1:12 pm

Those are so cute and very practical. I will have to make one for my lovely sister!
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28 Manja flag May 13, 2010 at 10:02 am

Hi Kelly,

many thanks for this nice guide for a very charming letter needle.

Greetings from Germany, near Hamburg

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29 Flickr: Atelier Mimos da Fau May 13, 2010 at 11:31 pm

Lindos e úteis. Parabéns!


30 roe flag May 21, 2010 at 11:00 am


I saw this via…shoot; I can’t remember, but I immediately came to your site hoping that it wasn’t too good to be true. I wasn’t disappointed: this. is. the. cutest. thing I’ve seen in weeks. I may or may not have stopped breathing a little. (laughs)

I’m definitely going to make this! And put your tutorial on my “Love This! Make This!” blog series. Thank you for being super creative and for the inspiration, for me and others!


31 Kate flag May 26, 2010 at 11:05 am

Adorable!!!! I want to make some!
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32 tiffany flag June 3, 2010 at 8:19 am

LOVE this tutorial! I promptly made up 3. I used buttons to close 2 of them and got frustrated with the buttonholer on my machine so I gave up and used sew on velcro. I like the velcro better! :) Thanks for a great tutorial!
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33 carla louise flag June 24, 2010 at 5:28 pm

I love your adorable Little Letter Needle Book project. I made 4. Thanks for the pattern and I hope that you will view my finished project on my blog!



34 maria celina flag July 10, 2010 at 6:00 am

KELLY, genial tu tutorial, me ha encantado, besos


35 helen September 9, 2010 at 5:19 am

This is a lovely simple project that I think might actually get me sewing again. I’ve been needing a needle book for ages but have put off buying one on the basis that I could make one…but not actually made one. Bingo! I’m so impressed by all your creative commenters- how anyone could have the time to make these as party invites I don’t know! Amazing people :o )


36 Cheryl flag September 9, 2010 at 6:05 am

Very very cute!
What a great tutorial!
Thank you for the PDF!


37 Rosana flag September 9, 2010 at 7:09 am

Lovely idea…I´ll feature your blog on mine….so you can leave the credit
Hugs from Brazil


38 Lisa Brown flag September 9, 2010 at 11:55 pm

This is adorable! Thanks for the tutorial!


39 melina bee flag September 10, 2010 at 2:47 am

wow, that is adorable! I do not like to sew but may have to make this out of my love of snail mail and also b/c as a vintage lover, you always need a sewing kit on you… these would make amazing gifts I imagine


40 Karencg flag September 10, 2010 at 12:06 pm

I saw this cute project last week & thought was too cute. My intent was to make ONLY one and show my friends & share the pattern. That turned into making four unique letters for my friends. This will make a wonderful thank you gift for my dear quilting friends. Thank you for sharing…. we appreciate it…K


41 Flickr: Made by BeaG October 3, 2010 at 6:33 pm

These are lovely!


42 mania flag October 19, 2010 at 6:54 pm

it’s so cute and lovely!!!


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