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Recycling for September

I am feeling well enough to sit at the computer for a while now.  Most of last week was spent just laying around.  My head ached so badly I just couldn't do anything much.  I think it will still take another week or so to get over my reaction to that food additive.  But I did go into the Guild and on the sale table saw this needle book that caught my attention.  It had been made out of curtain fabric with a beautiful bead used for the closing.  I have all those soft furnishing sample pieces and I thought I would see how that would make up.  I am quite pleased with the result.

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This needle book is based on a  Octagon.  Luckily I have a template that came with a book I bought years ago, but they are not hard to draw up.

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My fabric is heavier than that which was used in the original piece, so to get the finish I wanted I had to use the largest size with 3.25" edges.

I used a lighter weight patchwork fabric for the lining and some left over batting for the leaves. A bead for the closure and 3 strands of stranded cotton to make the cord.  I cut this 75" long so that there was a little extra to play with.

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I cut one main fabric and one lining and pinned these together at each of the corners.

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I then sewed these together using a .25" seam, leaving one side open to turn the piece through to the right side.  Before doing this I took a little of the fullness out by notching each point.

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After turning through I slip stitched the opening closed.  If I had used lighter weight fabric I think this could have been done when edge stitching.

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Next step was to press this really flat.  I used my water spray and a lot of steam from my iron to achieve this.

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I then edged stitched the piece using the edge of  my machine foot as a guide.

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Because the furnishing fabric is a bit lumpy I ran another line of stitching inside this to get the edge to sit flat.

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For the leave I cut a 6" circle from waste quilt wadding and marked it into 4 quarters using a water soluable pen.  I positioned this in the centre of my piece and attached this piece sewing on the marked lines.

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I started stitching at the edge of the leave, reversing at the beginning and end of each line.   Then removed the markings before ironing the piece flat.

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The next step it to fold the 2 sides into the centre and then press well with your iron.  This next step is better described in pictures rather than words.   I started with wonder clips to hold the pieces in place.

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But because of the thickness of the fabric found that clothes pegs worked better.  After this lots of steam from the iron to get it to lay flat.

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The final step was to make the cord.  I did this with 3 strands of stranded cotton using an old fashioned pencil and the door knob.  I made it long enough that one side made a loop when attached in the middle and threaded the bead on the other end. ( This is different to the original piece there they used a button and cord.)

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And it is finished.

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I intend to make these as Xmas gifts for my friends.  I like the furnshing fabric, even if it is a bit heavier.  A great way to use those swatch samples.



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Queenie Patch

Your tutorials are so easy to follow. You are a great teacher and we, your online students, can follow these instructions as easily as your students in the classroom.
It is a great way to use up odd bits of fabric, thread and beads.

Carolyn Foley

Thanks.  This needle book works well and costs almost nothing.


Hi Carolyn
What a lovely clear tutorial! I will definitely be making some for the ladies in our craft group.
Would you mind if I write to you? Your address was visible on one of your posts re a parcel received. But I wouldn’t want to intrude on your privacy.
Wishing you a lovely day
Jeanne from W.A.

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