Gifty Galore 2015 – Project 11


Welcome to Week 11 of Gifty Galore!

I chose to make a project by Jenny of Elefantz—she published a tutorial about a Pincushion/Needlebook made with old CDs. To read her tutorial, click HERE.

The fabric for the top and bottom of the Pincushion/Needlebook  is 7820 Spring Aqua from the Vignette Collection by Laura Gunn for Michael Miller Fabrics. The fabric for the inside was from the Luminescence collection. Unfortunately, the print I used is no longer available, but there are still several other lovely options to choose from.

Here are my materials: The fabric, some ric rac, #5 pearl cotton, yellow wool felt, Pellon® Fusible Fleece, and two old CDs.


For the top, I fused fleece to the WS of the fabric, centered the hole in the CD on the center of a flower, traced the CD with a Frixion Pen, and cut out the fabric/fleece 1/4″ larger than the drawn line. Then I couched the sparkly ric rac with #5 pearl cotton on the drawn line.


For the back, I fused fleece to the WS of the fabric, used basting spray to adhere the fabric/fleece to the CD, and cut it out 1/4″ from the edge of the CD.


It was getting late last night when I was trying to finish this project, so I don’t have a lot of photos. After adhering the fabric/fleece to the underside of the top CD, I used the pearl cotton to blanket stitch the raw edges. Clover Wonder Clips helped me to hold the layers together while I stitched. I forgot to leave an opening for inserting the stuffing for the pincushion, so I had to remove an inch or so of stitches. A Point 2 Point Turner helped me to stuff small clumps of polyester fiberfill under the top fabric to form the pincushion. My stitches got a little messy when I tried to close the opening.


The bottom half is assembled in the same manner. I sewed the ric rac on the drawn line around the perimeter and used it to secure the wool felt as well. I folded the felt so there are two layers and used pinking shears to add a decorative touch. I have used a blanket stitch for appliqué a lot but not for this purpose – my stitches did improve on the lower half.


The tutorial mentions a hinge and clasp—I just folded some fabric in fourths and top stitched around the edges. The hinge gets inserted during assembly and secured with the blanket stitch. I didn’t have any press studs (snaps?) so I just used tiny pieces of Velcro®.


Turned out pretty cute! Here’s a pile of supplies for my next one!



Be sure to check Jenny of Elefantz for her lovely embroidery designs, projects, and tutorials!

We would LOVE to see how your projects turn out. Head over to the new Gifty Galore Flickr page and post your project photos there for everyone to enjoy! Of course, we would also love to see your pictures on our Facebook wall. Please post any questions about this project below in the comments and we will gladly respond to you directly.


  1. Kathleen D - September 14, 2015

    Very cute project… love how you re-cycled the old discs!

  2. Debra Armstrong - September 14, 2015

    Cute, practical, Recycles!

  3. Amanda Best - September 15, 2015

    Oh that is so cute! I love needle books and have some vintage ones. This would be a great little gift for sewing friends. Thanks!

  4. Linda Christianson - September 16, 2015

    Ok I am lazy, I just quilted some fabric panel hearts, then I cut the hearts, about the same size as your project. I serged the edge. No CD added. I use them for coasters, or to hold needles or big pins with fancy tops. The pins are placed into the heart like you did your needles. It has been great to take on trips or to have right besides me.

    • Annie - October 21, 2015

      I think this’s might bea dumb question, but is the CD left in or removed, and do you use just one CD or one for the top and one for the bottom.
      Thanks, this is really a great project. Can’t wait to try it.

      • Ann - October 26, 2015

        Hi Annie. There are two CDs, one in the top and one in the bottom. They both remain in the needle book for support. Be sure to post pictures if you make one! The links are at the end of the blog post.

  5. Jenny of Elefantz - September 19, 2015

    Your version is so cute!

    • Ann - September 21, 2015

      Thanks for the great idea Jenny! I wish I wasn’t in such a rush when I made it but it turned out pretty well. It will be handy in my hand sewing bag. A big thanks for the inspiration!