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Leaf Notions

These fall-inspired pieces keep sewing tools handy any time of year -- and it doesn't take a stitch to make them.




  • Rubber leaf stamps (4 to 6 inches)
  • White-ink stamp pad
  • Felt
  • Muslin
  • Iron
  • Fabric scissors
  • Fabric glue
  • Small funnel
  • Craft sand


  1. Step 1

    Stamp white-ink leaf images onto colored felt: Make three images for a needle book; two images for a scissors holder or a pincushion. To set ink, cover felt with muslin and iron on medium setting. Let dry, then cut out shapes.

  2. Step 2

    For needle book "stem," cut a 3-by-1/4-inch felt strip. Glue to the base of one leaf. Glue second leaf to the first at the base; repeat with third leaf. For scissors holder, glue two leaves together along edges, leaving an opening at stem end. For the pincushion, glue leaves together, leaving a small opening; let dry. Using the funnel, pour sand into opening until pouch is almost full; close opening with more glue.

Martha Stewart Living, October 2003



Reviews (16)

  • gayapriyapriya 18 Mar, 2012

    thanks for your great ideas martha:)

  • sara_higgy6 5 Oct, 2011

    Opps. The whole link didn't copy. Here it is again: Thanks again, Martha.

  • sara_higgy6 5 Oct, 2011

    Good leaf templates are online at Look at: Thank you, Martha.

  • ILOVECRAFTSTOO 4 Oct, 2011

    Your right, Martha usually provides templates for her projects. Since I live in New York and autumn is approaching, I am going to use actual leaves from outside, press them, and use them for my templates. I think I will cut them out of thin cardboard and store the templates for future use. I want to use my leaves for quilting, card making and scrapbooking. She always gives me such great ideas and inspiration. I love Martha no matter what!

  • PattyKris 2 Oct, 2011

    I wish Martha would have included a template, as she often does. That would have made it a bit more user friendly.

  • kamimono 15 Dec, 2010

    This would make a great gift! Since I don't have any stamps and I don't want to buy any, I think I will hand embroider the leaf veining by hand, maybe in a chain stitch and metallic thread to make it fancier!

  • vicnic 22 Oct, 2008

    I'm in a small stamp group

  • Ms_Ludeau 11 Oct, 2008

    An alternative to using a leaf stamp --- trace an actual leaf to form your pattern and then use the sewing maching to mark the veining. Good luck and have fun with your project.

  • debbie7 10 Oct, 2008

    A Child's Dream has all different types of wool felt!

  • Manitz 10 Oct, 2008

    The veining on the leaves can be made with a white gel pen or you can try using white acrylic paint and a liner brush.

  • EWjunk 10 Oct, 2008

    If you don't mind not having the "veining" on the leaves, I think you could trace around some appropriately sized leaf cookie cutters - or any other seasonal cookie cutters! Christmas trees or gingerbread men could be decorated with a few beads sewn or glued on...

  • Kqlawonn 10 Oct, 2008

    There are two additional leaf templates under Warming Trends; Felt Projects - Gift Topper Leaf that would work well also.

  • jimswife 10 Oct, 2008

    There is a good template I found, it is under "cork leaf coasters". Good Luck!

  • sewswell 10 Oct, 2008

    I have lots of stamps, but no leaves this large. A template for the leaf shape would be nice, especially for people who don't stamp. These are really cute.

  • Bishoy 8 Sep, 2008

    It's Too Beautiful !

  • Bishoy 8 Sep, 2008

    It's Too Beautiful !