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Look, I probably shouldn’t love these as much as I do. I fully acknowledge that they’re a modest amusement at best, a scandalous waste of time at worst. But somehow I find them unspeakably charming and am completely unable to resist.

They just hit all my sweet spots.

They turn a very modest collection of supplies (a single sheet of material, a few feet of ribbon or tape measure, a bit of sewing thread) into something both adorable and useful using only the most basic of sewing skills (a handful of straight lines of stitching). They offers the faint hope that I will maybe, just maybe, finally be the sort of person who always knows where their scissors and darning needle and tape measure are. And they let me go ‘ooooh, tiny book!’ which is clearly just one of the things my brain likes to do!

Now, will they be enough to finally turn me into a truly organized person? I mean I assume not. But I’m willing to find out!


General information

This 16-page pattern shows you exactly how to turn a single sheet of material and a bit of tape measure into an adorable little needlebook! It walks you through the whole process, from picking your material to cutting it out, folding it up, and sewing it together with lots and lots of step-by-step photos of the process.

Skills & scope

If you can cut out a shape and sew a straight(ish) line, you can make these! Seriously, there are a handful of straight seams holding the whole thing together. I am terrible at sewing and I can make one of these in about half an hour. You can totally do this!

Tools & supplies

You need three things to make these, the material for the book itself, something for the closure, and thread. For the material, you want something that’s thin enough to cut with scissors, flexible enough to fold easily, and that won’t fray when it’s cut. For the closure, you want ribbon or a piece of tape measure about two feet long. For the thread, ordinary sewing thread is great. There’s a post with more details and links to exactly what I used over here.

You’ll also want a few basic office supplies (a way to print out the template, a pen to trace it onto your material, some scissors to cut it out with, and some binder clips (or paper clips, or clothes pins, or tiny hair clips) to hold the material in place while you sew.

And, while you probably could sew this by hand (if you do, you’ll want a thimble and possibly an awl to prepunch holes, depending on how thick your material is), I think you’ll have a better time if you use a sewing machine. You don’t need anything fancy (it’s all just short, straight seams), but a machine makes quick work of the project!

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