Everyday Handmade: Needle Book Pattern and a Challenge!

by megan on December 13, 2011

Toadstool Needle Book by Cassie Barden


Woodland-themed motifs are a favorite for us both, so coming up with a new design to go with the Woodland Sewing Set was really fun. And who doesn’t love the iconic, retro toadstool? The amanita muscaria is a symbol of good-luck, famous for forming “fairy rings,” and is quite poisonous, causing delirium and hallucinations. Eye-catching and adorable (as fungi go), this colorful character makes a great appliqué motif, and sewn up as a needle-book amanita muscaria will definitely earn a place in your sewing kit. This needle book is very easy to put together with a few colors of felt, embroidery floss and only two stitch types.


• 1 8×8” sheet of wool-blend felt in each of the following colors:
• Light tan, for mushroom stem
• Mushroom (a medium brownish-grey), for book cover
• Red, for mushroom cap
• White, for mushroom spots
• Spring green, for grass
• Dark olive green, for book lining
• Forest green, for book pages
• Embroidery floss in white, red, spring green, mushroom and dark olive green.
• Freezer paper
• One size 4 sew-on snap



1. Transfer the template designs to your felt using the freezer paper. (For more info on using freezer paper, see the section on design transfer here).

2. Cut out all the designs using small, sharp scissors and peel off the freezer paper.

3. Referring to the embroidery illustrations below, use a blanket stitch and 2 strands from a skein of matching embroidery floss, stitch the toadstool pieces to the mushroom-colored cover in the following order:

i. Light tan toadstool stem
ii. Red toadstool cap
iii. Spring green grass (I recommend using a small running stitch for this one, as those points can be rather fussy with a blanket stitch)
iv. White spots









4. Using the matching olive embroidery floss, stitch either side of the snap to the center bottom edges of the needle book lining felt (see photos or templates for reference on the snap placement).

5. Layer the lining with the cover, wrong sides together, and using the mushroom colored embroidery floss, blanket stitch around the entire edge to secure them together.

6. Center the two forest green pages on the lining side of the needle book. Using matching top and bobbin threads, machine stitch across the spine of the book twice.









7. Fill the pages with your pins and needles, and you’re done!



















Download the pattern templates (and a pdf of the whole project) here:  and when you’re finished, show off your completed project by adding a photo of your Mushroom Needle Book to our Everyday Handmade Flickr group.

For more info on Everday Handmade, project photos from the book, information about trunk shows, and more, visit our website: handmadeisawesome.com

And Now, A Challenge!

Now it’s your turn! We’d love to challenge you to come up with your own needle book pattern! Use Cassie’s pattern above as a starting point or create your own from scratch using Adrienne’s Tips for Working With Felt to get started. Just make sure to incorporate felt into your final design. Send Generation Q a photo of your needle book to win a fabulous prize!

Note: Photos of entries in the Needle Book Challenge are due to megan@generationqmagazine.com by December 31. Be sure to include your full name and postal addy in the accompanying e-mail. The big reveal will be posted January 5.


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Lisa Sipes Identicon Icon Lisa Sipes December 13, 2011 at 11:18 am

Have I ever mentioned that I’m a big fan of fungus?
I might have to try my hand at this. I mean, I DID win a stack of felt fats, after all. But they’re so pretty I haven’t wanted to cut into them.


Loralynn Identicon Icon Loralynn January 5, 2012 at 4:45 am

Darling! I added a post about it on my blog to send more fungi-lovers your way!


Tracy Herron Identicon Icon Tracy Herron January 6, 2012 at 7:54 am

Brilliant! Never seen a cuter needle book, EVER!


Anne Identicon Icon Anne April 2, 2012 at 11:29 am

This was so stinkin’ cute. I am making it a project with my daughter to get her started with needle crafts!


helene Identicon Icon helene May 28, 2012 at 1:26 am

c’est tres sympa et trop beau


jojo Identicon Icon jojo June 5, 2012 at 11:44 am

trop beau j adore bravo c est une merveille mis ton lien sur mon blog bisesssssssssssssssss


Ann Identicon Icon Ann July 26, 2012 at 8:55 am

Awwwwe…. I was just going to rush off and design a needlebook when I saw this was from 2011! Never mind – I’m going to make this cute mushroom anyway. Thanks for a great pattern and tutorial.


michele picard Identicon Icon michele picard November 6, 2012 at 11:12 am

hello I find this needle case so cute that I want to do one for me and one for my best friend
Thank you very much


Salinah Bion Identicon Icon Salinah Bion November 8, 2012 at 5:35 am

Cheer….so cute and beautiful!!!! Love it so much….


Lorine Mason Identicon Icon Lorine Mason November 9, 2012 at 7:30 am

Love this cute little design – I am thinking it will be a great project for my ASG group. Thanks so much for sharing.


Silvia Identicon Icon Silvia November 11, 2012 at 10:40 am

Thank you!!! Wonderful project!! :) )


Sandra Beck Identicon Icon Sandra Beck November 13, 2012 at 9:06 am

Thanks so much love pin holders and pin cushions…


Joyce Antons Identicon Icon Joyce Antons November 13, 2012 at 11:48 am

This pattern is so cute and cheerful..getting my felt out now..Thanks for sharing.


Cherylann McGuire Identicon Icon Cherylann McGuire November 13, 2012 at 3:26 pm

Thank you very much! I think this is lovely and cannot wait to make a few for my friends. Cute Christmas present idea! Kind regards, Cheryl


Cathy Frye Identicon Icon Cathy Frye November 18, 2012 at 2:38 am

How adorable. Going to make a few of these so that they are handy and I can sew where ever I want in my house. Thanks for the pattern and tutorial.


aase irene sullivan Identicon Icon aase irene sullivan April 12, 2013 at 4:05 pm

love your patterns


Deborah Identicon Icon Deborah December 13, 2013 at 7:12 pm

How do you hide the starting and ending knot on the blanket stitch?


jake Identicon Icon jake December 19, 2013 at 12:20 pm

Deborah, I will admit that I don’t try to hide the knot if it’s on the back of the work. I just make it as tiny and tight as possible. If you have two or more layers and can work the first and last stitches through just the top layer, that could work as well. -Jake


Fiona mcginty Identicon Icon Fiona mcginty March 21, 2014 at 4:18 am

Such a gorgeous pattern. Just love it. Thank you!


Tulsi Identicon Icon Tulsi June 6, 2014 at 9:18 pm

Please tell me where did the tiny pink mushroom head pin in the picture come from?


jake Identicon Icon jake July 2, 2014 at 2:13 pm

Hi Tulsi:

We did not style that shot, and don’t know where the pin came from. The picture was given to us by the designer and is about 3 years old. I’ll send an email to her and see if she has an answer for you though.



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