Little Letter Needle Book Tutorial

by Kelly on April 12, 2010

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

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;
felt;
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.

Instructions:

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 Ms. Silk bouquets flag June 9, 2011 at 10:28 pm

This is definitely the cutest needle book I’ve seen so far! I’m gonna make one for myself as well, that’s for sure, with the very detailed tutorial you provide here, I’m pretty sure I can. Thanks so much, gotta run and buy the materials.

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2 martine flag June 22, 2011 at 5:20 am

Thanks for sharing this cute pattern.
Love it.
Greetings Martine

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3 monique flag August 13, 2011 at 5:58 pm

Merci pour ce joli tuto !

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4 Ruby Murray flag September 7, 2011 at 5:17 am

Thank you so much for this great tutorial I found ‘after’ I’d made mine (just my luck!!) Hope you don’t mind me using one of your photos, I’ve linked to your tutorial on my blog and given full credit. http://rubymurraysmusings.blogspot.com/2011/09/kicking-it-old-school-penpal-stylee.html

Thanks again for sharing this super cute idea.

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5 Lorina Daiana flag September 15, 2011 at 4:13 pm

AW these are soooo cute! :]

LOVELY! I can’t wait to try to make my own!

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6 estelle howell flag October 20, 2011 at 5:06 am

The idea is great,…. I love it. The tutorial perfect and very detailed. When putting tutorials please remember that not everyone can read english, and with good visual tutorials we can all share your project.
It was beautiful and great for those of us who are not fluent in the language.
Thank You.
Estelle

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7 cucicucicoo October 20, 2011 at 6:22 pm

very cute idea! i will be trying this myself! :) lisa

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8 harrysdesk flag November 14, 2011 at 9:28 pm

Such a cute idea!
I really have to try this one myself.
I have also included it in a post about great tutorials to make for women and girls for Christmas.
If you would like to have a look, you can find it here….

http://allysonadeney.wordpress.com/2011/11/14/17-handmade-gifts-for-women-and-older-girls-with-tutorials/

Thanks for taking the time to put the tutorial together so we can all have a go at making it.
Ally of harrysdesk.

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9 Kelly flag November 23, 2011 at 8:59 pm

This tutorial is wonderful! I can’t wait to make this. Thank you! :)

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10 Arianna flag December 31, 2011 at 1:37 am

Thank you! They’re adorable!

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