Saturday, 23 April 2016

Knitting Needle Case

Stitch a cute pouch to keep all your knitting needles safe and tidy.
Sew a knitting needle case
Here is another Sewing my Stash project. My daughter needed a new case for her lovely set of bright larger size knitting needles after I inadvertently gave away her old one. It was a bit tatty and not very well made but still, I felt responsible (mainly because I was) so I needed to make a new and nicer one.

I found a very clear step by step photo tutorial (my favourite kind) on Crazy Little Projects to make this "Diaper and Wipes Case".
I started by making a straightforward version following the instructions from Amber at Crazy Little Projects using fabric from my stash. A friend recently had a beautiful baby daughter so I gave her the finished case. I added wipes but as you can see the case is plenty big enough for nappies (diapers!) and maybe nappy sacks and a spare vest as well. 
wipes and nappy case
Wipes and nappy case
The black velcro is a little bit clumsy but I couldn't find any white until I'd finished, then I found a whole packet! This patterned fabric has a bit of family history which I will share another time. I was really happy with how it looks with the bright pink lining. Sewing my stash success!

Then I realised this pattern could be easily adapted to pretty much any size and thought maybe this was my chance to make a lovely new case for my daughter's knitting needles. The fabric I used is not strictly speaking from my stash, one of the kids gave me a bundle of fat quarters for Mother's day (top present - well done darling!) Technically though the new fabric was added to my stash and then taken out to use - does that count?

I cut my fabric based on the same basic pattern shape as the original Diaper and Wipes Case from Crazy Little Projects but made it longer and thinner and without rounding the bottom edge.
Cut 2 of each shape and then the method to make it is identical (I'm not repeating it all here, the photo tutorial at Crazy little Projects is very easy to follow) until the very last step, when I added a loop of ribbon in the end seam of the top flap before top stitching. 
Then I added a button on the front, this was a little bit fiddly as the case is pretty thin but manageable.
A button in the same place on the inside would make this completely reversible too, I haven't but you could. Because you cut two of each pattern piece, I used 2 fabrics and mixed them up so the outer and lining has one of each type of fabric.
Pattern for a knitting needle case
knitting needle pouch
This basic pouch pattern could be adapted to almost any size. Do you have anything that you need to make a handy little pouch for?


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16 comments:

  1. A good idea, mine are in an old case but all the plastic slots have perished, so read in a heap.

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    1. I have a nice fabric case for my thinner bamboo needles, with proper little sections. These fatter needles are fine all in together, the colour coding makes them easy to match. Plastic does disintegrate over time - you must have had them a while though!

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  2. This is such a good idea and it looks great. Well done. xx

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    1. Thanks Anca, I'm pleased how it turned out.

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  3. What a great idea. I have two pouches: one for my longer needles, and one for shorter ones. Although quite often I realise that I store all the needles on the floor, as I end up tipping them out to find the ones I want.

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    1. Divide and conquer - that's the trick! And "a place for everything and everything in it's place" too of course (easier said than done!)

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  4. What a great handmade gift this would be for a crafter/knitter. Lovely. Thanks for sharing. #MakingHome

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    1. It would make a nice present, your right. You could make a shorter version for crochet hooks, or accessories like stitch holders and markers. The original size would be good for circular needles too I think, I'll have to make myself one of those now!

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  5. Really easy to follow directions! It would be great if you would share it at the DIY party!
    http://www.pleasuresofthenw.com/diy-party-2/

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  6. So clever! I am inspired to get my needles organized now. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. It's so sad when you can only find one of a pair, so it's probably worth having somewhere special to keep them!

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  7. Handmade and handy! Great tutorial! Hope to see you again at #HomeMattersParty

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  8. What a great idea and an such a pretty case too

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  9. Hi, Julie - that is so cute! I really love the print on the fabric as well. Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Featured and pinned. Love this so much. Best wishes, Linda @Crafts a la mode

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  11. What a great idea, Julie. I've featured your fab knitting needle case and your blog today.

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