So, over the years I’ve done my fair share of crafting. Soapmaking, candles, sewing, decoupage, scrapbooking, embroidery, you get the idea. I’m not an expert in any one particular field but I picked up most of the techniques with very little assistance or instruction and without inflicting too much bodily harm (except for that one unfortunate exploding hot wax incident…sorry Jessica!).
The one miserable exception in my crafting life has been knitting. I’ve tried to learn how to knit at least a handful of times and each time has ended, quite tragically, in pain and frustration…not to mention a few damn ugly scarves.
Well not anymore! I found some poor sucker a lovely lady at The Baby Cafe to help me learn how to knit, woohoo! So in honor of my recent plunge back into the knitting deep end, I present my latest tutorial:
Knitting Needles Travel Case
– fabric (outer and lining)
– accents (ric rac, ribbon, etc)
– sewing machine
– sewing needle
1. Gather supplies and cut two rectangular pieces from both the outer fabric and lining. I made mine 24″x2.5″ but you can make your case to fit any size needles you want. Just make sure to account for seam allowance and add a bit to the length so that you can fold the opening over to close.
2. Add any of the accent pieces you want to the front of the case. Sew the button where you would like the top flap to fold to. Mine is approx. 2.5″ down.
3. Use random household device to mark a curved bottom. Stitch around the edges and curved bottom with your sewing machine (right sides of the fabric facing inward). Repeat with lining.
4. Trim excess fabric and cut small notches along the curved edge. Turn outer fabric section right side out (knitting needle helps!) and press.
*sorry there aren’t any pictures for the following instructions. Jackson got hungry and I had to finish the case while feeding him. Welcome to my world.*
5. Place the outer section (right sides out) inside of the lining (right sides in). Stitch together along the top edge(I had to do this by hand), making sure to add a small loop of elastic to the back edge. (oops, turns out I had one more picture to show!)
6. Cut opening in side of lining and carefully pull out the out outer section. Turn lining right side out and sew opening closed. Using knitting needle again, push the lining inside of the outer section and press all seams.
7. You’re done! Now go grab your knitting needles and get yourself a-knitting!