Her little needlebooks are so adorable and I swiftly put it on my to make list. That was a few years ago now and I’ve only just got round to making one now!
I’ve had this cute Kokka fabric in my stash for a few years now, I think I probably had a fussy cut needlebook in mind when I bought it, but like most fabrics I own, I was too fearful to cut into it. I’m glad I finally plucked up the courage to use it, it really is very cute.
This wasn’t the first idea for the front cover, initially I made it into a patch and appliqued it onto some felt and then fabric, but I just wasn’t happy with it, not only that it didn’t leave much room for a button.
I realise this won’t make sound very ‘professional’ but I kind of made it up as I went along. I just picked some fabric and played with it until it looked right. Sometimes I spend soooo much time looking at and deciding on the fabric, even longer than the project at times! I know I wanted to use the Little Red Riding Hood as the centerpiece for the front, but I just couldn’t decide on how to focus it. There was only one of these pictures left on the fabric, so the pressure was on to get it right! It’s then I saw some lovely Lecien floral and thought the two fabrics worked quite well together.
I love this fabric! It’s so cute, I’m really wishing I’d bought more than just a fat quarter! I thought it be nice to handquilt around the pictures, so they were highlighted rather than hidden by the stitches.
Couldn’t resist adding a little embellishment to the inside too! Including a handy ruler fabric tape. It is slightly smaller than I had intended, but it is handy being pocket sized, will fit nicely in my bag if I need to take a little project with me.
I’ll let you into a little secret, I’m not sure I’m that happy with it. I’m too much of a perfectionist for my own good, and I can see far too many imperfections for my liking, but it was a fun little project and have already planned to make another for my mum. I think I will make the next one a little bigger and plan it out a bit more too!