12 Days of Handmade Gifts: Day ONE, Ashley from Mommy by day, Crafter by night

Today we are kicking off a series here on Sew Caroline to help you craft your way through Christmas this year! We will have 12 unique handmade (and semi handmade) gifts. One per day for the next TWELVE days! I hope you enjoy, get inspired, and go visit the other ladies’ blogs that will be featured here!
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Hey Sew Caroline Readers! 
My name is Ashley and I blog over at Mommy by day… Crafter by night. I just think Caroline is a doll! I have been following her blog for a while now so I was thrilled when she asked if I would come over and share an idea for her handmade gift series!  
 Today I thought I would share a really simple idea for a handmade gift for any fellow sewing friends, family members, etc in your life! A little house needlebook. It’s quick and easy, but packs a big punch since it is just so cute and tiny! :)
This project is perfect for using up small scraps of fabric lying around… All you’ll need is a bit of fabric, some trim (mini pom poms, ric rac, lace, etc) a couple buttons, some batting, and a hair elastic.
 
To start, cut the fabric for your little house. You will need Two pieces that are 3 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches for the main part of your house. Two pieces of fabric that are 3 x 4 1/2 inches for the roof of your house. And two pieces of trim that are 4 1/2 inches long. Lay your trim on top of the piece for your house and then pin the roof piece right sides together and stitch. Open and press the seam towards the roof and then top stitch above the trim. Repeat with the other house/trim/roof panel.
Next you will trim your roof. I chose to have a pointed roof but you can make your roof however you would like. Once your roof is trimmed you can personalize your house however you would like. I added a door and two windows and just raw edge appliqued them to my little house- then added a small button door knob to the door.
( Ok- in this next picture- pretend that both roofs are cut to a point!)
Next take a strip of fabric that is 1 inch by approx. 4 inches. You will trim off the excess so it doesn’t need to be exact. Now you are going to join your front and back of the house together. 
 Line the strip of fabric up with one side of the house (right sides together and sew with a 1/4 inch seam) then stitch the other side of the house to the other side of the strip of fabric. Once the front and back of the house are connected you can trim off any excess joining fabric.
Now that you have the outside of your needlbook complete you will use it as a guide and cut out one piece of batting and one piece of fabric for the inside of your needlebook.
 Next cut a 1 1/2 inch piece of an elastic hairband. Fold it in a loop and stitch it to the back side of the house. 
Now it is time to sew your needlebook together. Put the inside and outside fabric right sides together with the batting on top. 

 

Stitch all the way around the needlebook with a 1/4 inch seam allowance but leave a 2 inch opening on the base of the back side of the house to turn it all right sides out. Before turning it right sides out, trip the points of your house and clip the seam allowance generously in “V” of the roofs to ease the curve once it is turned right sides out. Be careful not to clip through the seams. If you turn it right side out and it isn’t laying flat or is puckering there you need to clip more- again- be sure not to clip through the stitched seam.
 Turn it right side out and hand stitch the opening closed. 
Next it is time to sew in your pages of your needlbook. You can add as many as you would like and can make them the shape of the house or a simple rectangle like I did. Just measure the size you would like it to be and cut it out of a piece of felt. Line up the pages and stitch a line down the middle of the sheets of felt to hold it in place. You can use a decorative scissor to make the edges of your pages pretty if you would like.
Now all that is left is to stitch a button to the front of your needlebook for your elastic to wrap onto. (I hand stitched around the edge of my needlebook too with pearl cotton just for fun but it’s not necessary!)
That’s it! Now you have the perfect handmade sewing gift to give someone just in time for Christmas! 
 
Thanks so much for having me! Feel free to stop by and say hi anytime!
xoxo, Ashley

10 thoughts on “12 Days of Handmade Gifts: Day ONE, Ashley from Mommy by day, Crafter by night

  1. This is such a cute little needle book! I am loving things made in cute shapes right now, so this definitely fits the bill. If I knew more people that would actually use these, I’d definitely make it as a gift. Maybe I need to make one for myself after the holiday season. :)

  2. So super cute! how fun!!! Can’t wait to see all the projects… I’m also hosting a Christmas series… Crafty Christmas… I love all the goodies going around these days… Emily

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