So here it is:
I have seen patterns for some very snazzy knitting holders out there, with individual pockets so you can store and see your matched pair of needles in a wink. Getting all my knitting needles in one place is a big enough achievement for me, so this barrel shaped case works just fine. If you are ultra-organised and have one of those flash knitting needle organisers or you are not a knitter but still want to give this project a go, this tutorial will also show you how to make the little sister - a pencil case:
I also thought I would show you these:
If you would like to give it a go, just click on read more.
What you will need:
- 1.2m (50cm) of piping. I bought my bias tape pre-cut and then made my own piping. Jodie from the Haby Goddess has recently shown us a lovely chair makeover. She has a great post on making your own piping if you are interested.
- 35cm (18cm) zipper
- For the main body of the case - a rectangle cut 42 x 52 cm (25 x 24 cm) in your main fabric, your lining fabric and an iron-on medium weight interfacing
- For the barrel ends of your case - 2 circles of main fabric and 2 circles of lining fabric with a diameter of 18 cm (9cm). You will also need two circles of your iron on interfacing. Cut these with a diameter of 15cm (6cm).
Let's start by ironing on the interfacing. Fuse the rectangular piece to the wrong side of the outer fabric and the circles to the wrong side of the lining. Centre the circle on the lining fabric so that the margin around it is even - this will be your seam allowance.
Cut your piping into two equal lengths.
Pin your first piece of piping to the edge of your rectangle that measures 52cm (24cm) - Line up the raw edges of the piping with the raw edge of the rectangle. Using your zipper foot sew it in place. Sew directly on top of the line of stitching that holds the cord inside the piping.
Now it is time to make a little home for your zipper. You are going to make a window in both the main fabric and the lining in which your zipper will sit.
Fold your main fabric in half so the sides that do not have the piping attached meet. Iron this crease in. This is to mark the centre of your fabric where the zipper will eventually sit.
Cut the widow in the rectangle, clipping carefully into the corners. Trim back your seam allowance to 0.25cm.
Fold your circular barrel ends in quarters and iron them to create 1/4 markings around the circumference. Open up the end of your case and mark the quarter points as well.
You will now have something that looks like this:
So in the end you'll have something that looks like this - two floppy barrels joined together with a zipper you can't see:
Put your hand in through the hole you left in the base of the lining, grab hold of the main fabric and turn the whole project inside out. Stitch up the hole in the lining and then tuck the lining back into the bag.
Well, would you look at that... It's magic, fully lined and ready to go.
I would have liked to show you a final picture of my bag full of knitting needles. The problem is I can't seem to find many right now!!! It will probably take a while. This will have to do: