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Monday, February 18, 2013

Creative Leftovers .. A Needle Book

Hello my dear friends,

as crafters we all seem to hold on to bits and pieces like little leftover scraps of fabric, lace, cut up or old torn doilies, old buttons, tarnished safety pins. You name it, we save it. We do it because as I once said before ... 'you never know' and this is one of those 'you never know' times.
Do you remember my 'Once Upon A Time' creation?

 I used a blouse I bought in a thrift store for the part of Cinderella's dress.
It was such a lovely fabric and color and I had the rest of the blouse leftover so I just had to come up with an idea to use it for and even if it were only a small piece of it and I did.

The piece I decided to use was the sleeve cuff ~ it was a very neat one with a frill on it.

And this is what I turned it into ...

... a needle book.

There are many photos to share with you but only few words ~ I hope you don't mind but sometimes I just like it that way.


I love thinking of creations that are made from leftovers.
It is such a neat thing to see all this 'stuff' laying in front of you, almost thrown together and then after a while this creation appears right in front of you.
Almost like a little bit of ... magic!

I hope this has brought a little joy to you because it has to me.

It would be so nice if you would stop by here at Todolwen from time to time and pay me a visit.

I hope you are well and life is treating you kind my dear friends.

Have a peaceful and creative day,

Karen B.


  1. Beautiful!! I have been on a needlebook/pincushion making spree...This is a wonderful Idea to add to my colloection! Thank you.
    xo Kim

  2. Oh Karen,
    This is so pretty...I love your creative imagination!

  3. Really, it is lovely.

  4. Karen this is just so fun and it turned out gorgeous!Hugs,Jen

  5. You come up with the best ideas! What a lovely little treasure.

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  7. Thank-you, thank-you. I, also, have been on a pincushion spree. Have 2 done so far, and this fits in perfectly. Going to try me a couple. What creative juices you have Miss Karen!

  8. How absolutely precious. I will have to make one of these one day soon.

  9. Karen, you are such an inspiration. I love your little creations!

  10. I have been seeing lots of needlebooks lately but I have not seen one so unique using the cuff of a blouse. How very clever of you. Thank you for always sharing your wonderful handmade gifts. Creative Hearts are Happy Hearts...

  11. Dear sweet Karen, this project is SO PERFECT!!! I just love that you used the cuff to create it ~ and of course your embellishments are perfect!! An absolutely wonderful needlebook sweet friend ~ hugs and love, Dawn

  12. Karen, this is the prettiest, sweetest, most delightful needlebook ever, and a brilliant idea too! I love the idea, and love even more your interpretation - it's just gorgeous....

  13. adorable and so clever.

    I used to make needle books...not at all like yours though.

    Thanks for all the sweetness you share with us.


  14. I love this needlebook very much, it is so lovely !!! What a good idea !
    Have a nice day.

  15. Wonderful needlebook. I love to make them and give them away to my friends. I guess I need to check out the Thrift store. Love your blog. Nancy P.

  16. Morning Karen, wow, I agree with all the above comments, specially Jillayne's. Your creativity is amazing. I am not a ruffly person, but I am going to haunt the second hand stores to find a blouse with that kind of particular cuff. Blessings and thanks so much for sharing.

  17. The things you think of..you continue to amaze me. This is just the sweetest thing. I think I don't have a creative thought in my head when I see what you come up with. The embellishments are just lovely.

  18. Wow, that really is the sweetest thing. I am inpired :)

  19. What a great use of a cuff! I love how you so often think outside the cuff!

  20. Karen-/ I think I've seen every needle book out there-- and this is the most beautiful one Ive ever seen!! I'm just in awe of your amazing creativity! This is simply stunning-- I'm totally in love--

  21. That's a very pretty needle book and a great use of leftovers. So creative.

  22. Your needle book is so beautiful! I love it!