Guest Blogger: Lindsay Chieco
Every week, through the Bee Sew Inspired - Organize-Along, we are hosting guest bloggers! These amazing creatives are sharing with you, a fun and simple tutorial that you can make, to help organize something in your creative space!
Join me and welcoming today's guest blogger Lindsay Chieco in celebration of the Bee Sew Inspired - Organize-Along!
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Hello everybody! I’m excited to take part in the Organize Along with Jennifer of @Beesewinspired. I’m Lindsay Chieco (@linzentart on Instagram) and I’ve been sewing for about 9 years now, and organization is one thing I could definitely use more of in my life!! I am a Navy wife and mother of 3 children ages 13, 11, and 8, which as you can imagine makes organization a little difficult in all areas of life at the moment!
Today I’ll be sharing with you a tutorial to organize your needles. A little thing, but definitely
a helpful tool to have! For me I like to indulge in lots of crafts whether it be sewing, embroidery, knitting, or crocheting...all of which have their own needles to deal with. And I have been known to do a little hand sewing on the couch and lose my needle, only to have it pop up later in a painful way...oops!
Having a little needlebook helps keep your needles organized and close by! Let's get sewing!
What you need:
• (20) 1 1⁄2" squares of quilting cotton for the front (I used Quilt Fair by Tasha Noel. Her fabric
lines are perfect for fussy cutting!)
• (1) 4 1⁄2"x5 1⁄2” quilting cotton for backing (again, this is the perfect spot for a fun fussy cut!)
• (2) 4 1⁄2"x5 1⁄2" quilting cotton for lining
• (2) 4 1⁄2"x5 1⁄2" quilting cotton for pockets
• 81⁄2"x5 1⁄2" fusible fleece for front piece
• (2) 2 1⁄4"x5 1⁄2" medium weight fusible interfacing for pockets
• (2) 5 1⁄2" cotton ribbon for pockets
• 1 1⁄2"x30” double fold quilting cotton for binding
• (2) 6x4” pieces felt for pages
• 1 plastic snap
Let's Get Started:
1. Sew your 20 1 1⁄2" squares together in a 4x5 grid.
2. Sew your patchwork piece to your fussy cut 4 1⁄2"x5 1⁄2" backing piece using a 1⁄4" seam allowance. Your front piece will now measure 8 1⁄2"x5 1⁄2.” Fuse the fusible fleece to the back of your front piece and set aside. Quilt as desired.
3. To prepare the pockets, take your (2) 4 1⁄2"x5 1⁄2" pieces and fold in half from top to bottom so it measures 2 1⁄4"x5 1⁄2” and press. Insert your medium weight fusible interfacing into the fold and press with iron. Do this for both pocket pieces. Before top stitching, pin your cotton ribbon piece to the top of your pocket, right behind the fold so the top of the lace is sticking up. Top stitch along the front to stitch in place. The ribbon is optional, but I think it adds a little something to the pockets!
4. Take your 2 lining pieces and baste the pocket pieces along the bottom.
5. Using a 1⁄4" seam allowance, sew the 2 lining pieces with the pockets together. Press seams
open. It will now measure 8 1⁄2"x5 1⁄2.”
6. Place your lining piece wrong sides together with your top front piece. Lay your felt on top of your lining centered over the middle seam. I used crimped scissors to cut out my felt to give the edge a decorative look. This is totally optional, but again, I think it adds a little something.
7. Sew the felt to the lining and top piecing right along the middle seam to hold it all together. You will now have 4 felt pages in your book.
8. Prepare your binding in a double fold and attach it to your needle book. Hand stitch to finish.
9. Attach your plastic snap to the front and back of your needle book according to the directions on the package. Attach it after the binding so it doesn’t get caught up when you are sewing the
You are finished! Add all your needles to the felt pages, add binding clips to the pockets if you’d like. I’d love to see your finished needlebooks! Feel free to tag me on Instagram @linzentart.
Read this week's Blog post about Organizing your Embellishments HERE.
Watch this week's Organize Along YouTube video HERE.
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