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Kimber Pekora © 2004


Kimber designed this easy BOI for the October issue of CQMagOnline. She then shows us how it can be made into a quick and easy needle book. A wonderful gift idea for your stitching groups or where you may have several gifts to make.

Needle Book :

The needle book is 4.5" x 4.5".  I used a pretty print with a butterfly on it for the center fabric.  I then pulled some dupioni in matching colors.  There is also a pretty yellow fabric I bought when I was at a quilt show.

I used all Spun Silk #12 threads from  I chose to only do seam treatments, because I did not want the needle book to catch on my projects.  Sometimes fabrics or threads can snag on bulky embellishments.

Inside the needle book, I used some wool felt and stitched in some pages to hold the needles and pins.  I also made a small pocket for my scissors or packages of needles and other small items.

I took two lace appliqués and dyed them with Ozecraft Dyes from in the colors Linen and Persian Gold.  I then attached them to the inside, on the pocket and on the front page of the felt.  I added a MOP Star button to the front and a green loop for a closure to the back.