I keep meaning to get to grips with my sewing machine! It seems everytime I take it out I’m about ten minutes late and I’m learning ‘on the hop’, how to make something! Maybe its not such a bad way to do things but sometimes it does leave me with precious little time to plan out what I’m at – which explains some fairly dodgy patchwork attempts that are stuffed into a bag sat the back of the hotpress! One thing I did manage to start and finish fairly recently is a funky little knitting needle holder for my Mum. She loves homemade things and is a great knitter. I modelled this on one I have myself but tweaked some of the things I wasn’t mad about to make it better and way prettier.
The concept is fairly simple. Its a roll up pouch with ties that secure it. When open, the needles are fitted into little slots / pockets at the bottom with a small flap of fabric on the top keeping them in place.
For this one I used two fabrics I really liked (who doesn’t like red and white spots?). I cut two equal lengths – roughly 60cm x 24cm, of each fabric. I tacked them together with wrong sides facing. I marked out equally spaced diagnols running across the fabrics in both directions (the spot pattern came in very handy here) and ran a series of diagnols to sew the fabrics together. I used red thread as I liked the effect this gave the plain navy fabric – which was going to be on the inside.
I folded the lower section of fabric up onto the ‘main piece’ and stitched a series of ten lines about 14cm long, and equally spaced, on the lower section. These created the pockets for the needles to slot into. I then prepared my bias by folding it in half, securing with pins and ironing it for a crisp fold. In total I prepared about 210cm of bias. I cut a length of 24cm for the area above the pockets, and a single piece about 40cm long for the ties, and the rest was for the outside. Pinning the bias in place first I stitched the edge just above the needle pockets. I pinned the ties in place and then did the outer bias edge which held them in place. When I got about a few cm from the end I trimmed the bias leaving about 1cm and tucked it under and finished the seam.
I added a seam just along the top ‘flap’ – to keep it in place and added a little stamped message on a piece of bias just inside.
My Mum was thrilled and says its particularly handy for keeping the grandkids away from her knitting stuff!
I’m going to do a smaller one for my crochet needles. One of these days!