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Knitting Needle Case Tutorial

Knitting Needle Case Tutorial
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This knitting needle case tutorial uses one long piece of fabric, which is folded to create roll with a pocket for the knitting needles. It uses two contrasting fabrics for decoration and the smaller pocket for round knitting needles, cable needles and crochet hooks.

The finished knitting needle organizer case measures 18 by 12″, with 9″ deep pockets to hold the knitting needles in, and a 6″ deep pocket for smaller items.

You will need:

Base fabric 14″ by 98″

First Contrasting fabric:

10″ by 14 one piece – crochet pocket

2 by 14″ one piece

Second contrasting fabric:

2 by 14″ one piece

7″ by 14 ” one piece

To make:

Fold the bottom of the base fabric in by 9 1/2″. Press.

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  •  Iron over a double fold along the long length of the 2 by 14″ second contrasting fabric. Iron over 1/4″ along the opposite edge.
  • Place the raw edge of the main fabric in between the double fold.
  • Sew this strip onto the pocket.

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  • Mark the vertical stitching lines, using a quilters ruler and fabric marker, I make mine 1.5” apart which allows room for about 3 pairs of knitting needles.
  • Stitch along the vertical lines to create the pockets for the knitting needles.
  • Double fold and press the long length of the top of the crochet pocket out of the first contrasting fabric,  for the crochet hooks, cable needles etc.
  • Stitch this fold.

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  • Place this piece of fabric onto the inside of the bag and pin in place.
  • Follow the stitching lines from the knitting pocket down, skipping the first and third stitch line to create two pockets double width to allow for circular knitting needles.
  • I use pins to follow this down, but you could turn the fabric over and sew on the reverse to follow the stitch line exactly, or use ruler and fabric marker. That’s the inside of your bag finished 🙂

I like to decorate the outside of the bag with the two remaining strips of contrasting fabric.

  • Press and fold in 1/4 along the long edges. To try and ensure the best straight parallel lines use the fabric pattern as a guide plus a rule. Alternatively use stiff card to fold the fabric over and press to get a good straight fold.

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  • Place these on and stitch in place.
  • Cut a piece of ribbon 65cm for tying round your rolled knitting needle case, fold in one third/two thirds.
  • Tack in place so it doesn’t slip.
  • Fold the roll right sides together and pin in place.
  • Stitch down the two long sides of the bag.

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  • Turn the bag the right side out and press.
  • Finally fold over the final seam at the bottom. A double fold with fabric from the front of the bag makes a good finish to the inside bottom of the bag.

 

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Excellent, one finished bag, all within an hour:)

If having read all the instruction you would rather buy one please check out my Etsy shop🙂

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Recycled Jumper Cushion Cover – Tutorial

Recycled Jumper Cushion Cover – Tutorial
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Jumper cushion cover

Not sure what the weather is like with you but it is rather cold and snowy here. The perfect time to set too and make the woolly jumper cushion cover then!

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The previous cushion cover had seen better days!!

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I am using this jumper I gained from a local clothes swish:) It is acrylic and will easily unravel once cut.

Recycled Cushion Cover

Start by separating the front from the back. Cut the front cushion cover, using the old cover as a template. Machine stitch zigzag around the edges to stop the knitting from unravelling.

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Next step is to create the back. For ease use an envelope style back. Therefore you need two pieces of material with a big overlap to create the same size as the front panel.

Stitch two lines across the middle of the back of the jumper to cut between. This is just a precaution due to the potential unravelling. I marked this line with a ruler first to ensure it was parallel with the jumper hem.

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Zigzagged the hems, and turned under the hem..

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Place all the pieces together, right side together.

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Using the trusty old template as a guide tack all the layers together. Finally sew all round to create the envelope cover.

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As a finishing touch I decided to add a button 🙂 As a precaution I sewed two straight lines along edge of button-hole, before sewing the button-hole with embroidery thread.

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The finished cushion, the back as good as the front.

Cushion Cover tutorial

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Homemade Christmas Presents

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Time is rapidly running out for making homemade Christmas presents.

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My original christmas card design was pressed bracken trees on handmade paper. However I quickly became covered in sticky adhesive spray, and found the bracken difficult to stick down (as you can see!). So instead I have gone for an old christian music score folded into a tree shape.

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Traditionally I make Chutneys and Jams… sadly this years Apple & Blackberry Jam has gone mouldy although the chutney looks good…

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For the teachers I am thinking of a potted plant, the pot painted in blackboard paint, chalked on “Thanks for helping me grow”, also great for our fantastic childminder….

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For the children I would love to be making this playhouse/den, from the book ” The Handmade Home for Children” by Sania Pell. The reality is I think I have missed the moment and the children have grown up … instructions here.

Homemade christmas presents

For the few women I give gifts to I have nearly finished knitting a cowl, in beautiful Rowan Frost yarn, always a treat to knit in quality yarn:)

and a felt jumper recycled bag for my mother,

However that leaves the six men in my life (isn’t that always the case!). My search for upcycled man bags on Pinterest did not strike me with any inspiration. I’m not sure they are going to be into upcycled felted jumper I Pad cases, or cases made out of quality suit trousers. I love this IPAD cover from wool jackets from Etsy…   just don’t have any suits to upcycle!!

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So for my Dad I am thinking of twinning his toilet:

http://www.toilettwinning.org/

and the rest I am just going to ask what they would like… any suggestions of homemade gifts for men much appreciated!

PS I did find a link to 101 DIY gifts for men… there are some great ideas, just not the men in my life

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I am inspired by our wonderful world, creation is constant and yet changing. I feel it is important to respect the environment and where possible to upcycle/recycle. Blessed with creativity I try to appreciate it and develop it:) Thanks for taking the time to read my blog, please do sign up to follow my journey:)

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