DIY Vintage Sewing Needle Book

I’ve made a lot of craft projects over the years, but there are a few that remain absolute favourites.

Back in 2012 I designed and made this vintage look needle book.

I still use it every week in my studio.


Vintage Sewing Needle Book by Shabby Art Boutique


It appeals to me on many levels… it’s got a shabby, vintage time worn vibe, which I love.

It is both functional and practical. I like having a page for every type of needle, so I can always find exactly what I need.



It holds a lot, but is still small enough to be portable and easily thrown into my sewing bag for travelling or crafting play dates.



There are even handy pockets inside for scissors and threads.


Vintage Sewing Needle Book - inside cover - by Shabby Art Boutique


For the past five years, this has been one of my most popular E-patterns sold in my Boutique…

But now I am offering it here for you as a free project.

It would be a perfect handmade gift for that creative friend or family member. I’ve made a few of these needle books for gifts and they are always greatly appreciated.

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Vintage Needle Book tutorial and free printable by Shabby Art Boutique


The tutorial and pattern for this project is quite detailed, so I’ve broken them up into 2 PDF files that you can download to your own computer.

Download Vintage Needle Book tutorial here.
Download Vintage Needle Book pattern sheet here.


For your convenience, I’m providing affiliate shopping links to the products I used:

Rhinestone and pearl button from Etsy. I love these buttons!

Cream wool felt.

Reynolds Freezer Paper.


I hope you enjoy making and using this needle book as much as I have.

If you’d like a run down on the different types of sewing needles, see my post here.

Happy crafting


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  1. This is such a pretty item whilst also being useful.
    Thank you so much for the PDFs.
    A good few years ago I made quite a few needle cases for friends as Christmas gifts so I know you are right in saying that they are a popular gift idea. Thank you once again Kerryanne and have a fabulous week.
    Toni xx

  2. I’m totally blown away by your creative talent. I’m so happy that I found your beautiful blog. Thank you so much for all your wonderful ideas. I wish you a lovely day

  3. Kerryanne, thank you so much for such a beautiful tutorial. You are so generous. Bless you. Pat.

  4. Thanks so much, Kerryanne! At the moment all my needle packs are stuffed in a tin. This would certainly inspire me to do more handwork.

  5. That is just such a beautiful project, Kerryanne! I wouldn’t use one any time soon, but maybe sometime in the future I will get back to needlework.

  6. I wanted to say thank you for your work and this tutorial. I love needlebooks and want to make this one for a Christmas present. I appreciate the pattern and the tutorial. it was a kind and generous thing to do. I just love pretty things.

  7. Shirley Flavell says:

    Thank you very much for the pdf of the needlebook. I love it. I will make one for myself(I have made a few of your beautiful patterns up) and for a friend who is a stitcher and going through chemotherapy at the moment. Have a great week Kerryanne and take care.

  8. vivian says:

    I Love Needlebooks and I Love Vintage…..both in one pattern….thank you so much for sharing this….
    I will certainly put this in my WIP basket….when I get organized in my craft room, I will be able to create one.

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