Needle Book

Needle Book

As a result of the comparative product review for betweens needles, we have quite a number of small packages of quilt needles piling up in our notions stash. This would usually not be a bad situation. However, as we were not 100% satisfied with the packaging of some of the brands, we had to find a storage solution for all those needles. We aren’t real fans of pin cushions – there are many which are lovely to look at, but they are not really suitable for travelling with us to quilt guild meetings, quilt retreats or even to wander from one corner of the flat to the next wherever Jutta decides to set up her next quilting work place.

Urged on by this “need” and inspired by all the wonderful needlework items we found in “Jane Austen’s Sewing Box”, we decided to create a needle book. Our version is really easy to make, and extremely useful. Our outer cover is a work sample left over from the picture series made for “Crazy Quilting by Hand”, but there is a great variety of other options: a piece of fabric with an interesting pattern, an orphan block, a Confetti picture and much, much more (if you are not familiar with Confetti pictures, read the article “Confetti Pictures” from the Scrap Management series).

Needle Book

For the inside, use material that doesn’t fray and allows the needles to slip through easily. You don’t want any material in your needle book that dulls the needles’ tips faster than your quilt sandwiches...

Finished Object Size:

Variable: The finished size depends on the size of the cover you have chosen and on how many needles you would like to store in your needle book.

Our needle book measures ca. 4” by 5” (ca. 10 cm by 12.5 cm).




Read all the instructions carefully before starting the project. If you are still fairly new to quilting, we also suggest that you read our recommendations on fabric preparation and sewing.

Material needed:

  • Needle book cover: Anything is possible – you could choose a piece of interesting fabric, an orphan block, a piece of surface design from a class or another project. It should be the size of your finished needle book (when open!) plus ½” (1.5 cm) longer and wider.  
  • Inside cover: A rectangle of non-fraying material (e. g. felt) the same size as above
  • A piece of lightweight fabric the same size as above
  • Book pages : One or more rectangles of non-fraying material ca. 1” (2.5 cm) smaller than the needle book cover.

Material needed

Other tools and notions needed:

  • Rotary cutter, cutting mat, ruler
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Sewing machine
  • Sewing thread in a coordinating colour
  • Pins
  • Needle for hand sewing
  • A pair of sharp scissors


  • Fold the piece of lightweight fabric in half lengthwise and press the fold carefully. Place it on the non-fraying material for the needle book’s inside cover matching the raw edges as shown in the picture above. Pin in place.
  • Put the needle book cover and the inside cover on top of each other with right sides together. Pin in place.

Step 1

  • Sew together with a seam allowance of ¼” (0.75 cm). Important: Leave a gap of ca. 2” (5 cm) for turning and start and stop with a few backstitches to secure.

Step 2

  • Snip the corners diagonally close to the stitching. Turn the needle book inside out through the gap. Take care – you have used pins to secure the layers!
  • Close the gap with invisible hand stitches.

Step 3

  • Centre the remaining piece of non-fraying material on top of your needle book. Secure with three rows of stitching through the centre:

  • Make three seams through the middle of the needle book:

Step 4

  • Your needle book is completed. You can now keep it with the needles you are currently using. The pouches formed by the piece of lightweight material can be used to store packages of unused needles:

Step 5

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