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Inspiration strikes

Last week I have had a delightful couple of days with my mum who came to stay.. A trip to the local toddler group for some superb singing, followed by lunch out at one of my favourite cafes in Holt, plus just a little clothes shopping. I was very pleased to pick up a pair of … Read more

Storage ideas for knitting needles, how do you store yours?

Whilst tidying my studio and making knitting needle rolls I have been contemplating various ways of storing my precious knitting needles. Why not reuse an item from around your home? Although I have to admit to craving  a beautiful upcycle wine crate: How do you store your knitting needles? Check out my knitting needles case tutorial here.

Knitting Needle Case Tutorial


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.

Wondering how to store our knitting needles? learn how to make a knitting needle case following step by step sewing tutorial. DIY knitting needle cases make perfect storage and organizers #knittingneedlecasepattern #sewing

Knitting Needle Case Tutorial

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 a 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:)

 

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