Sewing needlebooks can be a great escape from other equally important things... like folding laundry and feeding one's children.
I made these four gingham bound needlebooks just for fun. One is for a friend and the others will go in the shop, later. I also made these two needlebooks...
...for me! I think. This is the back of the cross-stitch bear needlebook:
As you can see, I've been taking a lot of liberties with my own needlebook tutorial. I don't even bother with the button closure anymore because I've found it isn't really necessary and I prefer not to fiddle with it every time I need a needle. Also, it's a lot of fun to do whatever design you like with the front and back covers, using as much or as little patchwork as you like ~ so long as the front and back are the same size is all that matters. And lastly, I've changed the position of my opening (for turning the needlebook right side out.) Do what you like, of course, but I just feel more comfortable doing my slip-stitching inside the needlebook and not on an outer seam.
So now I cut my solid backing piece a 1/2" longer so that I can cut it and sew it back together leaving a 2" opening for turning the needlebook. Press that seam open. Now you can stitch the entire rectangle at the outer seams and when you turn your needlebook right side out it looks, I think, a bit cleaner.
But whatever you do, please don't forget to feed your kids... your dogs... your cats. The laundry can wait :)