March is our favorite time of year for two things: 1. organizing and 2. knitting. In theory, we’d like to start knitting in the fall to prepare for holiday gifts and the winter months ahead, but it always seems to be the busiest time of year, and sometimes it just isn’t practical to start knitting a sweater on size-4 needles in the middle of November. As we start to get a little stir crazy waiting for spring (for those of us in winter climates, it often doesn’t come for another month or even two, if we’re especially unlucky!), we continue to cozy up at home and start our spring cleaning. In a moment of energized organizing, we made ourselves these knitting-needle cases to arrange and store knitting needles. No more rubber bands holding together unmarked double-pointed needles! No more mismatched pairs! This is so easy to make and so handy to have that we’re thinking about making them as party favors for the “Hunt, Gather and Host” knitting party we’re hosting for friends next week (stay tuned!) – bbbcraft sisters
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- painter’s drop cloth or heavy canvas
- sewing machine
- thread in two (or more) different colors
- sewing scissors
- twill tape, 1” wide
- number stamps
- stamp pad
- straight edge
- ironing board
1. Cut a piece of canvas 21.5” wide by 35” long. Iron with a hot iron.
2. Across the top and bottom 21.5” wide edges, use twill tape to create an edge. Fold in half over the edge, pin in place and sew with a sewing machine.
3. Fold canvas in half so that the twill-tape edges line up, and then pull the top layer down so that there is 3” between the two edges, with the twill tape slightly lower than the top edge.
4. Fold in half again with the twill edges on top and once again, pull the top two layers down about 2.5”. You should have a piece that is about 11” long with three sections. Iron and place pins around the edges, if necessary, to hold in place.
5. Measure 0.5” in on both sides and make a small dot with a pencil. Draw a line from the top to the bottom on either side. From the dot on the left, make a dot every 1.5” until you reach the right-hand dot. There should be a total of 15 dots, which will create 14 vertical sections with a small pocket for double-pointed needles and a longer pocket behind for longer needles. Draw faint lines from the bottom fold to the top of the second twill tape to create guides for sewing.
6. To add the wrap to tie around the case, cut a piece of twill tape 44” long. Slide the end of the tape between the bottom two layers of the needle case. (You may need to pin this to hold it in place. The sewing machine may prefer no pins, however, in which case, just hold it in place, and sew slowly!) Using a contrasting color thread, sew along the far right and left edges, using the lines you drew. We used dark gray, but it would be cute to use a bright color here!
7. Using white or cream thread, sew along the rest of your hand-drawn lines, stopping just at the top of the top twill-tape edge. Now you have your needle pockets.
8. Using rubber stamps and the stamp pad color of your choice, stamp numbers (plus “c” for crochet hook and “s” for scissors, if you like!) along the bottom to mark needle sizes.
9. Organize your needles, roll and wrap!