Introduction: Knitting Needle Holder

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This is a great holder developed for my handmade knitting needles or any knitting needles you may have. Its great as a gift to give your needles or to use while traveling with your knitting, keep extra needles you may need in this holder while on the go. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=6288389

Materials:
*scrap fabric at least 14 inches x 16.5 inches if using one fabric, or if using separate lining fabric 7 inches x 16.5 inches of each 2 fabrics
*fusible interfacing
*iron
*sewing machine and matching thread
*one button of your choice
*elastic tie
*pins
*ruler
*removable fabric marker

Step 1: Cut Your Fabric

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Cut out you fabric, 3.5 inches x 16.5 inches, and 3.5 inches x 10 inches of both fabrics, four pieces total, this gives a seam allowance of 0.5 inch on each side, also cut 2 pieces of iron on interfacing, one of each size

Attach your interfacing (I use iron on) to the back of your main fabric pieces, not the lining pieces

Step 2: Using 2 Smaller Pieces

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Take your 2 smaller pieces and pin them RS together

Step 3: Sew One Side

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Sew one short side of these pieces that are pinned together, close to the edge

Step 4: Press Seam and Turn RS Out

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press back side of seam open and then flip so fabrics are right side out

Step 5: Put This Piece Together With Larger Lining Piece

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Lay your newly sewn piece on top of the long lining piece, right side of lining pieces facing each other, (pink) main fabric on top and sewn end towards the middle ( thie picture shows it towards the left)

Step 6: Pin and Measure

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With these pieces lined up, pin together and then measure the mid point, to where your going to sew your line that creates the left and right pockets, mark this line to sew whith chalk or fabric pen that can easily be removed

Step 7: Sew the Line for the Pockets

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Sew the line you just drew, up the middle, stopping at the top of the pocket (I conveniently have stripes on my fabric so I didnt need to draw a line)

this step will also connect the longer lining piece to your pocket

Step 8: Attach Your Button

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At this point I add the button that the elastic will hook to, or other closure you may want to use (Velcro, snaps)

by using an elastic closure it helps make your closure easily adjustable, I usually place a button right down the middle line about 3.5 -4.0 inches from the top of the pocket, lower for a longer piece of elastic, higher for a shorter piece of elastic, sew this button on through all layers

Step 9: Sandwich All Pieces Together

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you should now have your pocket piece which has been sewn together, and your remaining larger main fabric piece.

Lay your pocket piece and your remaining fabric with RS together, Wrong sides out

Step 10: Pin Elastic in Place

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Pull the elastic hair tie out of your hair like I did and pin it to the top of the holder, not the pocket end, having most of the tie inside the pieces and just the tip of it outside so you can see where the center is, the part that is pinned inside is the length of the elastic that will hook to your button

Step 11: Sew All Pieces Together

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Next your going to sew 3 sides of the holder together, both long ends and the end with your elastic leaving the other short end open (the bottom of the pocket stays open for turning later)

you may want to backstitch over the part with the elastic piece to secure it, since it will be stretched out when attached to the button

Step 12: Trim and Turn

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Trim your sides and corners and turn right side out through your opening at the bottom, poking out your corners with a spare knitting needle

Step 13: Topstitch Opening Closed

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Fold in seam on open end, press with iron and top stitch closed

Step 14: Enjoy

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Enjoy your new holder or give as a gift with your homemade knitting needles and stitch markers

Comments

TabbyDeAnne (author)2011-12-28

5 Stars! Wonderful idea and very cute fabric patterns! Thanks for sharing!

kamadesign (author)2009-05-28

How long are your needles? I noticed that the holder is too short for a standard sized needle (about 14") Or maybe I did something wrong? When the holder is open it's 16,5", which means it's shorter when you take the flap down to close. I will have to add another piece of fabric to make the flap. Otherwise I think it's a great idea and a great tutorial.

moosieknits (author)kamadesign2009-07-27

Hello, I've actually never had anyone mention this but you make a great point, I think?? the needles I was using were 10inches, I really don't remember but I'll look at that tonight and can make some revisions for different size needles! this seems to be a popular tute ~ thanks

kamadesign (author)moosieknits2009-07-27

That would be awesome. I have problemswith fixing my holder to my longer needles. I sewed on an extra piece for the flap, but now it's kind of too long so it flops to the side showing the needleheads. Does that make sense? I don't know how to fix it. I think I'll post it on my blog tomorrow, maybe you can think of a solution? Thanks kamadesign.blogspot.com

moosieknits (author)2009-02-21

I also have this posted on my blog, just so no one else wants to leave rude comments on my blog about copyright violations

brynphalan (author)2008-02-24

I made myself something similar a year or so ago. I liked it so my and accumulated so may knitting needles that I made a second one for myself and one for my mom, too. My first needle holder has five pockets for five sizes of double pointed needles. If I was smart I would embroider the size on the outside of the pocket.

canida (author)2007-07-03

Cool! I've poked countless holes in old bags carrying knitting needles around- this sounds handy.

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