I really needed a dedicated needlebook for my applique. So I used a couple of pieces of linen I had for the body. This is a tightly woven fabric and not what I would usually use but it matched the square of Liberty fabric I had. It did make doing the reverse applique on the cover a bit challenging. I made the finished size 4.5" X 9", with 1/4" seam allowances added when cutting.
I fused a piece of light iron on pellum, 4 1/2" X 9" to the back piece.
I used a template cut from freezer paper to cut out the heart design
I then fused a 41/2" square of pellum to the back of the Liberty print and tacked this behind the window made by the cut out design.
Then another square the same size was fused to the other side of the piece of fabric.
There are a number of ways I could have done the applique.
Clip around the edge of the cut out, iron back and applique. Removing the freezer paper at the end.
Clip around the edge of the cut out, iron back and then glue this seam allowance in place. Removing the freezer paper after stitching.
I choose to clip the seam allowance and iron into place, remove my freezer paper and needle turn the edge. There were a few wiskers on the linen but I dealt with these by running my needle through the glue and then pushing them into place with the needle.
I then did a running stitch to outline the heart and the outside edge of the needlebook in DMC No 5 thread. As I said earlier, this was a tightly woven fabric, so I used a large eyed Crewel needle to punch through the fabric. The holes this made were easily removed with a bit of steam from the iron at the end. I also stabbed not scooped with the needle. This made it easier to stitch and I also drew some lines with a fading pencil to keep the stitching straight and an even width from the edge.
I place the two pieces, right sides together and machined with a 1/4" seam allowance, leaving an opening at the bottom edge to turn through. This fabric was very stiff and it was difficult to get the seams to lay flat so I rolled them with my fingers, tacked and then ironed them in place before closing the opening with a ladder stitch.
The thread I used for the outline stitching is fairly thick so I ran a tail between the layers and then started stitching with a back stitch. I used the same technique in reverse to end the thread.
I then went looking for my woollen flannel for the leaves. It is somewhere but who knows where that is? (I also thought I might find the walking foot for my sewing machine. No Luck.) So I ended up having to use flannelette using my new wavey blade rotary cutter to pink the edges. I machined the two leaves through the middle and then hand stitched them into the middle of the book.
Nice little home for my new needles.