Little woven needlebook

A continuation of the Week of Weaving Series.

Two inch weavette squares are my favorite to make. They only require about 2 1/2 yards of yarn, and whip up in no time. I seem to always have scrap sock yarn (fingering weight) lying about, so I like to double it up and weave it into a little square. So far, this is my favorite use for pairs of 2 inch squares – little needlebooks.

I admit it, not everyone needs a needlebook. But your crafty friends sure will love it. And if you don’t already have one, you will wonder how you ever did without. Constructing the needlebook is easy. It has a front and back cover made from 2 inch woven squares and pages made from felt. Want more instructions? Here you go (More pictures in my Flickr photo set).

Little Woven Needebook Tutorial

To get started you need:

  • 2 two-inch woven squares (you can substitute knit squares or felt squares)
  • Coordinating embroidery floss
  • two felt sqares, two inches on each side
  • Embroidery needle
  • Pinking shears (or regular scissors)

The plan is pretty simple – sandwich the felt between the woven squares and sew ’em together. I trimmed my felt squares on three sides to be just a bit smaller than the woven covers.

Stack the pages in between the woven squares. Make sure that the untrimmed edges of the pages are flush with the edges of the woven squares.

I used a blanket stitch to sew up the spine (more details in the flickr set).(edit: Crafty Daisies has piced up some of my slack. Head over to their embroidery lesson #4 for blanket stitch instructions) When it was all finished I added buttons to the front. That’s it!

They are a little on the small side, but even my long tapestry needles fit in on the diagonal.

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