Saturday, February 5, 2011

Castle Doors Needlebook Tutorial And Give Away

 I'm going to warn you right from the start - I had a horrid time with this.  Not with making it - that was easy!  What was difficult was trying to put the pattern onto a word document, and have it print out at the proper size.  I finally left it as a .jpeg, and uploaded it to my flickr.

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So - click on the picture to go to flickr.  Click on "actions" just above the picture, then "view all sizes".  You can download from there, at whichever size you prefer.  I did put a chart on the side of the design, so you can get close to the proper size.  I just can't tell you what a headache this was.  If anyone has any tricks or tips, I would really appreciate them.  I've done it before, but it takes me days and reams of paper to get them right.  If you have any trouble downloading, please email me!

And now onto the tutorial.  Are you ready?  I hope so - it's easy and you know that's what I like.  I got this idea after I'd seen Angela's Hexagon Needlebook Tutorial over at My Three Sons.  I loved the idea of having it on a ring.

Castle Doors Needle Book Tutorial
For this project, you'll need:

red fabric [or color of your choice]
white felt [or color of your choice]
ribbon to match your doors
key ring

Trace your doors onto your fabric [one piece only with the design].  You're going to trace both the cutting and stitching line.  Trace the cutting line onto two pieces of felt, and cut out.  Trace the stitching line onto another piece of felt, and cut out.  The smaller one will be the inside of your needlebook.

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Stitch the front door using two strands of black floss.  There's no stitching on the back piece.

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After you've stitched the doors, cut them out on the cutting line.

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Lay the fabric door on top of the bigger piece of felt, lining up all sides, and stitch just outside the black floss for the front door, and on the stitching line for the back piece.

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This is what it will look like.

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Once both doors are machine stitched, you're going to get your pinking shears and trim them all the way around, being careful not to cut through the stitched line.

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Next, take your smaller piece felt, the length of ribbon you want, and your key chain ring.  Put the ribbon through the key ring, and sandwich the ribbon on both sides of the small piece of felt,  putting that between the doors.

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I used a glue stick to hold my ribbon in place.  Make sure your small piece of felt on the inside is to the very top of the doors - you're going to want to catch it in your seam.

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Now you're going to stitch carefully around the top of the front door.  At this point, I changed the thread in my bobbin to red.   Double check that your inside piece of felt is getting caught in your seam, otherwise you'll have to do it again.  Listen to the voice of experience here.  And make sure the key ring is not going to go under your needle.

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When you open your needlebook, you'll probably have to trim the ribbon a bit.  I left mine a bit long inside to make sure I caught it all.

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And then you're done.

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Now, because my day looks like this

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[although it's a lot deeper now], and because I love ya, I'm giving this needlebook away.  Just leave a comment here on this post, and I'll put your name in the hat.   International comments welcomed!
Edit: Sorry, forgot to say give-away will close Friday, February 11th!

69 comments:

Sandra :) said...

That's adorable - you did a great job on it! *fingers crossed* :)

We're getting hammered with snow right now - more snow than we got during "Snowpocalypse", LOL! I hope both of our sons stay home tonight - maybe I should make cookies or something to bribe them ;)

Jeanette said...

Very cute. Handy idea for a needlecase. You have lots of snow & now we are sweltering in the heat. Seems my State of Queensland likes to be contrary this year. :), Hugs

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Oh Allie, this is so adorable! What a great idea! Love it :-)

BubzRugz said...

I always love unusual useful goodies.... this is really fun Allie... That snow looks so georgeous... from a hot spot down-under....
Hugz

Cat said...

Love your needle case. Your picture of snow looks like the one on my blog. Since you're not so far from me we get the same weather. Have a good one. Hugs.

Mary said...

Very cleaver and cute!

Cheryl said...

It's wonderful and you did a great job! Wow, now that's a lot of snow.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Would love to win your needlebook.

West Michigan Quilter said...

How cute. I couldn't figure out what you were doing when you gave us that tease the other day. This is darling. Great tutorial too. Stay Warm!

Sharon said...

Hey there I just love the colors. Wonderful idea for a needlecase. Please enter me in your drawing I would love to have it.

Melinda said...

Very nice needlecase - I would love to win it.

mariebeers said...

What a fun needle case, would love to win it. Thanks for the chance.

Marie

Nellie put the kettle on said...

Really cute little needle book. I don't have anything but a little plastic box for my needles so therefore if I have no luck may have to make my own!

Terry said...

What a cute needlebook! Thanks for the tutorial and the chance to win it! Your view looks about like our view!

Joy said...

Thanks so much Allie, this is really gawjus!!! I can't wait to make one :o)
Love n hugs,
Joy :o)

Melody said...

What a gorgeous project. Thanks for sharing.

Stitched With Prayer said...

Oh, I just love this needlebook. Thanks so much for the tutorial, the pattern AND a chance to win this one. Big Hugs coming to you...

Joanne Lendaro said...

Too Cute!! don't wanna talk about the snow..... =(

John'aLee said...

What a great tutorial Miss Allie! It is adorable!

Beth said...

What a darling giveaway. Thanks so much!

wordygirl at earthlink dot net

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

What a wonderful idea for a needle case Allie....I love it...

Debbie said...

Very good tutorial, Allie. I would be an honor for me to own a needlebook that you made. Thanks for counting me in.

Lyn said...

Hello Allie, unusual idea for the Needlecase .....love red....enjoyed your tutorial...love a chance to win...Hugs Lyn

Martina said...

Lovely! It looks so special, really grea!Thanks for the tutorial !

Robin (rsislandcrafts) said...

Adorable needle book! Great tutorial.

Your snow picture looks so dreary. I hope the sun pops out soon for you.

*Please do not include me in the give away*

Anne at Film and Thread said...

I hope I'm not leaving a duplicate comment, if so, please delete it. That is an adorable needlecase! I have one so am not entering the giveaway.

I think one of the problems with getting it to print out the right size is that it looks like you scanned it, but didn't crop the areas outside of the paper before you scanned it. That would make it print out too small. That said, I think people could just eyeball it and get it right without too much trouble.

Mama Pea said...

Allie, it's so cute! Thanks for the tutorial. I'm heading over to pick up the pattern now!

Shari said...

However did you come up with a castle door - brilliant idea. Lovely little needlebook too...

elizabeth said...

Oh so cute! Thank you for the pattern and the give away.

Whitney & Ryan said...

I can't wait to try it! And your outdoor pictures look just like mine (13 inches and it's snowing more today!) thanks for a chance to win!
Whitney

Terri said...

This is so cute. I'd love to be a part of this threadsthroughouttime@shaw.ca

Shelley said...

Allie, this is so cute! Love the door idea.
Sorry about the weather...snow....wishing we would get at least an inch.... :)

Michelle May said...

How darn fun is this!! Great job girlfriend! Love it!
The snow...ick, gag, puke, burrrr...! Do you think I've explained myself well enough with regards to the snow? hee,hee,hee.
xx, shell

Linda said...

Wonderful tutorial and project! So cute! :-)

Shasta said...

It is beautiful! I really like castle doors - don't know why, maybe because they are just so pretty. Thanks for the tutorial.

Kim D. said...

Your needlecase is adorable Allie. Thanks for the chance to win.

Anonymous said...

Hey just becoming a member, glad to be in! I'm Norma and I am inspired by my near death experience, I enjoy operating and currently being healthy and balanced :)

I've been involved in some other forums and have located this spot to have substantially more effective written content, so it makes sense to eventually post!

BTW, what can I do to change the little picture thingy like some people have, I like it but can't figure it out haha

em's scrapbag said...

Cute little needle case! Thanks for sharing the tute. Sorry it was such a pain.

Ivory Spring said...

Oh my!!! This is tooooo adorable. Please pick me! ;)

Hugs.

Loralynn said...

What a darling needle book! Love the tutorial too! You did a really good job with it.

Val said...

What a quick and pretty gift idea. I will have to make myself one too of course. But then, I might win yours! I don't know what snow is. I am looking out at my palm trees. Thanks for the giveaway and your Christmas gift a month sounds like a great challenge.
Cheers from Brisbane (and no, my palm trees haven't blown over)

Carmen Thomas said...

Allie, this is just uber sweet :) I am making it now and have added a little twist to it :) Will send you a pic and add to the flickr when I am finished. Thanks for the tute and thanks for hostessing this project for us!
Carmen in AK

shez said...

Love your needlebook Allie and i would love to have it living in my home.
cheers Shez
http://shez-enjoyinglife.blogspot.com

VivJM said...

Great tute, Allie. And a really original idea for a needlecase. You are a clever girl :-)

Cindy Jo said...

This is such a great idea! Thank you for such a detailed tutorial.

Fleurette@ Fleur's place said...

Wonderful tutorial Allie, that needlecase is just gorgeous, so unusual, thanks for the pattern!

Carrie P. said...

what a great little project you created. thanks for sharing with us.

Dolores said...

Our weather is cold so I'm going to stay inside and quilt (with the heat turned up of course.) Thanks for the tutorial. It looks quick enough to make several as gifts.

Kelly@ Charming Chatter said...

Aw that's really cute Allie! Great tutorial too - thanks for sharing!!

Ladybug said...

This is too cute for words. Thank you for sticking with it so we could all have a chance to make one.

lynne said...

very, very cute indeed! i have just fallen in love with embroidery again after MANY years...i love your design for the needle~keep. i really need to make this, i am forever just sticking the needles in the arms of the chair or couch i am sitting in LOL however, winning the one made by your would be MUCH sweeter!!!

apple blossom said...

that is adorable. I'd love to be entered thanks

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Michelle said...

I really like how you did the hinges. Thanks for the chance!

Marcia W. said...

Now that I'm doing stitchery, this adorable needlekeeper would be so nice to use. Thank you for the opportunity to enter your giveaway.

Lauranie said...

Whoa...that is ALOT of snow!!! Is it still like that??? And here I am complaining of the cold..but good news!!! My downstairs heat is back on...yay!! :) Cute, cute needle book!! Wouldn't it be sweet to have an old skeleton key attached!! Maybe the lucky winner can find one!! ;)

IHaveANotion ~ Kelly Jackson said...

How on earth did I miss this post? You know stitching things are right up my alley....big time. So much fun....so I guess I better be entered into your giveaway...thanks for the tutorial too :)

Kelly

Robin C said...

Hi,
I'm new to your blog, found it on a Seasons group list. What a cute needlebook. Very good idea and love the instructions. Very clear.

Where do you live in MI? I would die if I had to be in that kind of snow. Virginia just gets little bits at a time. Hope you thaw out soon.

Shebandowan said...

Great tutorial. Love your needlebook. Thanks for the chance to win it.

Janet

House of Mouse said...

Absolutely adorable needle book.


Love the snow....but I don't miss it!


Anett

Ladybug said...

I have made the needed changes that you should be able to email me now. Thank you for bringing the problem to my attention.

pamdux said...

What a great idea. Thank you for the chance to win.

Anonymous said...

its so cute andclever ideal

gill said...

Great tutorial! I love needlecases but I've never seen one this shape before! Fabulous!!

Simone de Klerk said...

Such a cute needlecase and a great tutorial!

Nihal said...

Innovative way of thinking and application. Yes, I'd LOVE to have it. Warm greetings from Istanbul~

maeve315@msn.com said...

Such a cute idea! Love it!

Val said...

How did I miss leaving a comment for this! Wow. I remember reading it and being amazed but I must not have been able to comment for some reason. Oh well, there will be more giveaways!!! Love ya!

GeeGee said...

Cute needlebook, very nice tutorial but I could not get pattern to print the right size. Tried everything I knew but it just came out too small. Need help!!!

Barb said...

REally cute!!!

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