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
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.
Stitch the front door using two strands of black floss. There's no stitching on the back piece.
After you've stitched the doors, cut them out on the cutting line.
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.
This is what it will look like.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
And then you're done.
Now, because my day looks like this
[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!