It's one of my Patchwork friend's birthday just before Christmas so on Saturday I made her a little patchwork needlebook to go with some other sewing goodies.
I have made a few of these needlebooks for other friends and my sister and all have been well received. The pattern is from a tutorial I saw ages ago on nanacompany's blog.
I have a Needlebook "Project Pack" to hand with my sewing supplies which contains everything I need for these needlebooks: suitable scraps of fabric, narrow ribbon, 1.5" squares, red and green fabrics for the strawberry, matching embroidery floss, instructions, strawberry template, white felt for the 'Pages' etc. Scraps of batting are also in a handy pile.
So when I want to make one as a little gift I can just grab the pack and get started.
I like to use Perle cotton for the hand stitching and I have a large sweet jar full of them. A few years ago I passed a sweet shop which was giving away the empty sweet jars so I took one. Ideal for my Perle cottons and as its made from clear plastic I can see inside to check if I have the colours I need.
So here's the one I made for my dear friend:
An appliqued strawberry on the front and the back is made from a patchwork of 1.5" squares.
Now a little visit to a re-opened sewing supplies shop in town so I can choose some useful goodies to go with it!
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