Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Sewing a Knitting Needle Case

I was in Jo Ann Fabrics with my 40% off coupon burning a hole in my purse when I saw this packet of 5 sets of sock needles.  I bought it to have spares, since I feel a major sock knitting jag coming on, plus 5 sets of needles for $10 (less 40%) is a great deal.

When I got home I decided to make a knitting needle case to keep track of these skinny needles.  I found a 10" orphan block left over from an old project, and I cut a piece of scrap flannel to the same size.

For the inner pockets, I cut another 10" square of fabric, then folded it in half with the pretty side out, and marked some lines for stitching the pockets.

For the top flap, I cut a 6 x 9.5"  inch piece of fabric, folded it so the right sides were together, stitched up the short sides, and then turned the right side out.  The top flap isn't sewn into pockets, but is left loose.

After adding a quilt-style binding and a tie, I marked the needle sizes on the pockets with marker and sorted through my collection of new and old needles. 

Not bad for a little impromptu project.  Plus I found my way back to the sewing machine, where I spent some time on the Madonna quilt I'm making with Debra.

Sometimes I guess I have to just put a toe in the water and see if I'm ready to take a dip. 


Allison Ann Aller said...

What a brilliant idea. Now you will never lose a needle...and I can see how that would be easy.

Your Alliance quilt is up in the first batch at auction on Oct. 25 on eBay. I am so excited about it!

Kay said...

I was also going to comment about your Alliance quilt. It looks lovely!

Judy S. said...

What a great idea! I keep my dpns in a plastic shoebox..... Those JA coupons get me almost every time too!

Magpie Sue said...

Dipping out toes in the water to see if we're ready... isn't that the truth?