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Upcycling Greeting Cards Into Needle Books for Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Gifts

Upcycled greeting card Needle Book tutorial.  Made for an Operation Christmas Child shoebox.

I am always trying to think of ways to upcycle cards as they are so sturdy and lovely.  Here is my latest:  needle books for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes.  I want to include small sewing kits in several of my 10 to 14 year old girl shoeboxes this year.  My mom can no longer sew and I have a box of her sewing supplies.  I decided to check it out and see if there were any new items I could use in my sewing kits.  I found some pins and needles and to make a simple needle book I used felt and a greeting card.  These will be included along with thread, scissors
and other sewing goodies.

How to:
  • Remove the back of the card.
  • Fold up bottom about 3/8" to 1/2"
  • Fold top down so it just tucks inside like a matchbook. 
  • Cut a piece of felt just slightly smaller than the inside of the book.
  • Push the felt way down under the bottom fold and staple being sure to catch it, but leaving enough room for the top to fold under.
  • Insert pins & needles.
  • Fold top over.
  • Tip:  Decide which way is best for the card to be folded.  Some cards are best folded upside down--so the bottom of the card is what is tucking inside the flap.
Upcycling Greeting Cards into needle books
If you are interested in upcycling greeting cards for your Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes check out our other tutorials using cards.


Kristy said...

What a clever idea!

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

Thanks, Kristy! I remember missionaries to Chad, Africa telling us how just a card can brighten the bleakness of their homes and I try to think of ways to include them in my shoe boxes.

gram cheryl said...

I am just using felt but I bet I can adapt it real easily and this is much prettier.

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

It's fun to get ideas to adapt our own creations into even new projects, Gram Cheryl. That's what keeps the shoe boxes so unique.

Darlene Nemeth said...

What a fantastic project. Love it. Pinning it.

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

Thanks, Darlene! Enjoy!

Unknown said...

This is a great idea! I have made pin "cards' using felt and just dealt with getting pricked. This is brilliant, would stop the pain!

Redo It Yourself Inspirations said...

I love this! How clever and pretty! Reminds me of the old fashioned needle packages that aren't made anymore. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Creative Craft Challenge!

~ Robin

Diana said...

This is such a clever idea Cheryl. Thanks for sharing it at the Creative Challenge Craft Link up. I'm guest hosting this month and will be featuring your post tomorrow on my blog.
Adirondack Girl @ Heart

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

Thank you, Robin & Diana. Thank you for the feature, Diana, I look forward to features in linky parties and am honored to be one this time.

jlofgr said...

Such a cute idea...I wish I had not just tossed a stack of pretty cards as I was cleaning...

Cathy B. said...

I'm so glad I found this! I've been looking for ways to include pins & needles in my shoeboxes. I added another (shorter) layer of felt, one for pins, and the other for needles and safety pins. Thank you!

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