I have many needle books, some I've made, some I've received, some I've purcahsed and yet I always feel like I need another. I love needles too and I don't like to mix them up, I want to know where my size 11 Straw needles are for applique or where my Tulip piecing needles are for binding, so I tend to store a needle book with a project with the corresponding needles and pins inside. Like any quilter, I have a lot of projects on the go, hence the need for multiple needle books!
I couldn't resist Kim Kruzich's (Retro Mama) new #PinsandNeedlesBook Pattern, I bought it whilst it was still on offer. I haven't sewn one of her patterns before but I could see she had all the details I like- zip pockets, binding, clasp. I used a sweet scrap that I received from Tori in a swap and the rest of the fabric are vintage and feedsack scraps. So me of these tiny pieces have been in my stash for years, too precious to discard. I made the smallest size and the only change I made was to add a prong style snap with Prym pliers.
It's a very detailed pattern, nineteen pages and lots of words and photos, so you need to focus on the features you want to include and scroll to each relevant section. As well as the zip pockets that I've included, there's also a slip pocket option and a different strip style outer included.
I love a little make and I was really happy with how this turned out. Practical and pretty!
Kim is in the process of organising a #pinsandneedlebook sew along, check her Instagram feed @retro_mama for updates!