Friday, March 2, 2012

Needle cases

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Sometimes, I just have a hard time getting anything done, mostly because I keep starting things.  I’ve been knitting so much lately, am completely surrounded by piles of unfinished knitting—and there’s nowhere I’d rather be, really—but have little to show for it at the moment.  This little project actually came along in order to facilitate more knitting.  They are sleeves for my double-pointed needles. 
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They also gave me an excuse to try out my new sewing machine.  Yes, you heard me.  I know!  Three sewing machines is not too many…and this one is special.  More on her later, I want to make a proper introduction. 
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But you know what?  I’m in love.



Edit:  I’ve had a few requests to do a tutorial for this project.  I can’t add any photos to this post, but I can add text, so I’m going to do my best to explain the process with words instead of pictures
Okay, here’s what to do:

1.        Cut out your fabric, one lining and one exterior piece.  For my needle cases, it looks like I cut two pieces of 1 ½” x 14”.  [The needles are 6” long, and it needs to double, and have a flap—6” + 6” + 1.5” + seam allowance = 14”.
2.       Place the two pieces together with right sides facing, and using a ¼” seam allowance, stitch one short end together.  [You now have one long strip].  Press the seam open. 
3.       Make a mark at the other end of each piece [or, both ends of the one long piece you now have] about 1.25” from the raw short edges.  Mark both sides of each end. Fold the piece in half again, right sides facing, with the short seam at the bottom.   
4.      With right sides facing, bring the seamed end up (in the middle) to meet the marks you just made.  It folds up like a “W”—the exterior piece making a loop on one side, and the interior piece making a loop on the other side.  Pin the long sides.  [This makes a strip with two folded ends, and the short sewn seam at the bottom center, with the short opening and two flaps sticking up on top, over the seam.]
5.       Using a ¼” seam allowance, stitch four separate seams along the sides, from the folded ends up to the marks you made in Step 3.  The marks are right beside each other, with the raw-edged flaps sticking up in between.  Don't sew over the flaps. Backstitch at each of the four marks.  [You now have a tube that’s sewn on all four sides, with a vertical opening at the middle, underneath two unstitched flaps.]
6.     Clip the corners and trim the seams a little, to reduce bulk.  Turn the piece right side out through the flappy, unstitched opening.  If your piece is narrow (like mine were) you may need to use a chopstick or a pencil.  Use something with a dull point to get your corners pushed all the way out. 
7.       Stuff the lining into the exterior and press.  [The flap is still unstitched.] 
8.       Turn in the sides of the flap and press them.  Blindstitch them by hand. 
9.       Turn in the open end of the flap and press it.  Cut a short loop of ribbon or rick-rack and tuck it into the opening.  Blind stitch the opening by hand, giving a few extra stitches to tack down the loop as you go by it.
10.   Fold the flap over and press everything.  Use the loop to determine where your button should go, and sew it on. 

I hope this is helpful.  Good luck! 
 

19 comments:

  1. So pretty and functional. My friend made me a knitting needle case but I could use one for my crochet hooks. Add this one to my list! Deb.

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  2. I have three sewing machines too but they are all about a hundred years old and need some serious tlc before they could be used. I could do with a modern one but have no idea how to go about choosing one. I know nothing about sewing but really want to learn - any ideas??

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  3. Cute idea! I don't knit, but understand the unfinished projects due to starting new ones.

    blessings, jilly

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  4. I'm looking forward to seeing what you got :)

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  5. oh what sweet little needle cases! I actually make needle organisers in my etsy shop too, quite a different shape to yours, but I love your design :)
    Jesssie, xo

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  6. Hola Kristen me gustan mucho esos estuches sobre todo la alegría que le pones a tus trabajos puedes transmitírsela eso esta bueno, y si tres maquinas suena mucho ☺ yo tengo dos industriales y quiero ir por la de hogar que borda y si una es viciosa jaja besos Sandra.

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  7. That's a really nice idea! Both pretty and useful. I had no idea what to do with my dpns to keep them separate and know their sizes, so they are a bit muddled. I have a gauge for them but there is still a bit of guess work involved as there are two holes they fit into and you have to know which one it is, to know which one it is (if that makes sense). I've been using my dpns lately too. I did get on with my socks and I'm at the toe of my second pair's second sock. Thanks for the numbers you gave me, as they fit really well and I seem to have the perfect fit now.

    I have 2 sewing machines and I really shouldn't have. I certainly don't use either enough.
    Sara

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  8. I´m looking for inspiration and I found your blog! So nice! J.

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  9. Love your needle cases, they are too cute. I bet it was fun picking out the fabric and buttons. Can't wait to see your new machine!!!! YAY! How exciting!

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  10. Hi Kristen, is there a chance you might make a tutorial on how to make these needle cases? Or is there a simple way to explain (without the considerable ordeal of taking step to step photos for a tutorial) where to start, which seams should be sewn first etc. I tried to make a case from the top of my head and it turned out awful and bulky. Yours seem so clean cut and neat that I would love to hear more about how you made these cases.

    And thank you for your blog, this is not the first time google has brought me to Cozy Things while I've been googling for inspiration for making something :)

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    1. I have edited the original post with more information. Good luck! :)

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  11. Is there any way you would be able to make a tutorial for this post? I tried to make one, but it turned out awful. Super bulky and just gross-looking. Yours is so beautiful, it would be great if you could share with me how you made yours. Thanks.

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    1. I have edited the original post with more information. Good luck! :)

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  12. Hi!
    I adore your needle cases! Any chance you could give me/us a few more details on how you made them? They are so pretty and elegant, right down to the buttons! Thank you for any insight you can give us/me.
    Ayesha!

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  13. Oh dear, I can't really remember how I did it! I'll try to make another one to figure it out, and then let you know. :)

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  14. Thank you! I'll keep my fingers crossed. :)

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    1. I added a short explanation to the original post--minus photos, because I can't add photos to that post anymore--but I hope you find it helpful. Good luck! :)

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