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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!

Snow

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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Jacket Bag Tutorial.. Recycled Bag

Jacket Bag Tutorial.. Recycled Bag
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Recycled Bag Tutorial

Create a bag out of a former jacket #tutorial Jacket Bag Tutorial

 

The sleeves are used to make the handles and straps, and the body of the jacket makes the bag.

Before we start some quick tips – your sewing machine is going to be taking some strain stitching through various amounts of bulky fabric. Help it to cope by using the appropriate size sharp needle, using long stitches and sewing slowly.

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  • Start by aligning the jacket, ensuring the bottom of the front and back of the jacket are both straight, and together.
  • Cut across under the arm pit –I recommend using a ruler as a guide to ensure a straight line.

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  • Sew down the front of the jacket, alongside the top stitching. Tip: Remove the buttons, stitch the seam and sew back on.

Straps

  • Next create the handles and top of the bag out of the sleeves. With a little bit of juggling/measuring you can get a top of the bag (the equivalent of a waistband on a skirt), and handle out of each sleeve.
  • Cut the sleeves off from the rest of the jacket along the shoulder seam.

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  • From the longest part of the sleeve cut a 52cm long and 8cm wide piece. This will be folded to create a handle 3cm wide.
  • From the lower part of the sleeve, cut the bag “waistband”. The size will depend on the size of the sleeves, but ideally should be at least 4-5 cm deep, plus seam allowance.    You will either need two pieces per sleeve or to utilise the seam that runs under your arm. This makes the front or back of the “waistband”.
  • When making the handles and “waistband” I recommend using heavy weight interfacing to strengthen the fabric. This part of the bag takes the most strain when used.
  • To make the handles iron on your interfacing press the rectangle in half, then turn in a seam allowance of 1cm along both long edges and press.
  • Top stitch together, on both sides for good visual affect and to add strength.

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  • For the waistband allow 1cm seam allowance and cut the interfacing to the size without seam allowance. This keeps the bulk down, which your sewing machine will appreciate!!

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  • Measure your waistband, unpick the central seam (if utilising the seam in the sleeve) and insert the straps equal distance from the centre. My personal preference is for a 8cm gap between one handle and the next.
  • Re stitch the seam securing the handles.

If you would like a magnetic clasp into the waistband, now is the time to insert it – endeavouring to have the handles equal distance from the sides of the bag, and the clasp in the middle. There are excellent tutorials on-line for inserting a magnetic clasp if you are unsure.

Now you have handles, and the “waist band”.

Body of the bag

  • Compare your waistband size with the top piece of your jacket.
  • These need to match up. You can do this by placing pleats in the jacket, and/or by altering the side seams – this a trial and error process!

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As this bag is made from a larger jacket I am doing both.

  • Stitch in any alterations to match main bag with waistband.
  • Turn the jacket inside out, and sew along the bottom of the jacket. This creates a large pocket/bag.

Lining

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  • Lay the pocket bag wrong side out on top of the lining fabric and use it as a template to cut round.

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  • Create any internal pockets you would like.
  • Place the rights sides of you bag lining together and sew round. This creates a bag to match the jacket bag. Note I have not pleated the lining, making it to the size of the main bag, this is to make any internal pockets sit well.
  • Returning to the outside of the jacket bag add some width to the bag by folding the side seam to the bottom seam.

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  • Sew across at a 90 degree angle and sew the same width on the lining.

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  • Trim across.

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  • Hand stitch the lining to the newly created seams, before turning right side out.

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  • With the right sides together pin then tack the waistband to the front of the bag and lining. Do the same for the reverse of the bag. Tip If you are using a magnetic clasp do check it aligns and fastens neatly.
  • Stitch the “waistband” & handles to the body of the bag.

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  • Pin the side seams. Ensure the middle seam of each waistband is correctly aligned with each other.
  • Stitch the side seams of the waistband.

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  • Fold over the waistband, turn in the seam allowance, pin then tack.
  • Top stitch the ”waistband” at the top and bottom.

You’ve done it… excellent   One recycled bag:)

Recycled Bag Tutorial

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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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