Sunday, 23 October 2011

knitting needle roll tutorial

Last week was a barren crafting-desert.  This week will be different.  I got so much done this weekend I surprised myself.  Not only did I finish 8 WIPs, I also completed 2 projects from scratch and am working on more as we speak.  Well, clearly not as I'm typing, but I'll be going back to them soon.  I'm not going to show you all as once as I might not make anything else all week and we'll be back to me posting about bin wars and stuff. 

I'm a member of the Crafty Christmas Club blog and one of the members over there was looking for a knitting needle roll pattern.  As I was planning on making one for my mum for her birthday anyway, I offered to put together a tutorial for her as I was doing it.  I thought I'd post it over here too just in case anyone is vaguely interested!

You all know by now that I'm no sewing expert - or expert in anything actually (Oh, maybe plastics.  And the USSR and Poland during communist times.  And maybe English grammar, none of which help me sew a straight line), however I do know how to make a knitting needle roll as it was one of the first things I made and I've since thought about how I can improve that design.  I made a couple of mistakes and they will help you to make a perfect roll!

I'm using the leftover Amy Butler home-dec weight fabric I used to make knitting/crochet baskets for both me and my mum eons ago. 

You will need:
Outer fabric 23 x 21 inches
Inner fabric 23 x 21 inches
Fusible fleece 22.5 x 20.5 inches
Pocket fabric 9.5 x 23.5 inches
Pocket lining fabric (I chose a plain white as it wont be seen) 9.5 x 23.5 inches
Approx 30 inches of ribbon
Matching sewing thread
Contrasting sewing thread

As I was using offcuts from a different project, the inner fabric wasn't quite big enough.  Instead, I cut what I had (to 23 x 19 inches), then added a strip 23 x 3 inches to the bottom, ironing the seams open.  You could of course make the whole roll, or just the outer piece, from patchwork.

Fuse your fusible fleece to the back of your inner fabric panel.  I cut it 1/2 inch smaller all round so the seams wont be so bulky and so that you can line it up easier than if it were the same size as the fabric panel.  Make sure you fuse well - it does take a bit of time, but trust me, it's annoying when it doesn't stick properly and unpeels later.

Now to create the pocket.  Pin the pocket and pocket lining fabric right sides together and sew using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.  Leave a big gap for turning along the bottom as it'll get sewn shut later.  You do not need to slip stitch it shut.

Turn the right way out, poke out your corners (I use my trusty paintbrush that's never seen paint in its life) and press.  I then top stitches 2 parallel lines in my contrast thread along the top edge, roughly 1/8 inch from the top and then 1/8 inch from that line.

You can either wing the next part, use a seam guide, or draw on your lines.  I didn't think about using the seam guide (which would have been a good idea) until I'd finished so I drew on lines using my fade-away pen.  The first was 2 inches from the edge, the next 1 3/4 inches etc down to 7/8 inch.  I then alternated between 1 inch gaps and 7/8 inch gaps - remember that knitting needles come in different widths.  Now pin the pocket panel to the bottom of the inner piece - I should probably mention at this point that the 23 inches is the width.  You may also notice my pocket panel is too small, that's because I cut it too short, I adjusted the measurements for you!

Sew down these lines with your contrast thread.  I made a mistake on the first few I did.  I started at the bottom and so the fabric puckered at the top.  Make sure you sew top down each line, then any puckers at the bottom will be hidden in the seam later.

Sorry about that poor photo.  Even though I took this in the sunniest room in the house during the day and turned the light on my sewing machine off, you have to remember that I live in England and it is October!  The following photo shows you what it looks like after you've sewn your lines, you can see on the ones to the left the puckers caused by sewing bottom up.  Snip off your threads from the front of the piece, don't worry about the back.

Cut your ribbon in half, place the two pieces together and pin about half way down on the right edge.  Make sure you place your pin at least 1 inch away from the edge of the fabric or your sewing machine needle may have a nasty accident.

It's a good idea to also pin the other end of the ribbon to the centre of the pockets to make sure you don't accidentally sew it into a seam later.

Place the outer and inner panels together, right sides in and pin all around, leaving a gap for turning.  I would strongly advise you do this on the left side (away from the ribbon) and above the pocket.  I stupidly left my gap on the pocket and had a right palaver hand sewing it up later.

Sew all the way round, turn, poke out those corners and press.  Now slip stitch or ladder stitch your opening closed.  I originally left the gap on the pocket as I was planning to top stitch all the way round, but after turning I realised it would be messy as there is a lot of bulk in the bottom edge and the bottom half of the side edges.

Fill with knitting needles - these are mine, I have ordered mum a set to go in this, but they haven't arrived yet.  Probably because I only ordered them after I'd made it!

To roll it up, fold down the flap onto the needles and roll from the left, then wrap the ribbon around the roll and tie in a bow.

Ta da!  One knitting needle roll and one very washed out photo.

That's a better photo.  See that red organza in the picture behind?  I bought that to make myself a scarf.  Bet it's over a year before you see me blogging about that!


Fiona said...

I need one of those!!! I don't knit that much but my needles are in such a mess!! Thanks

Sandra :) said...

Lovely knitting needle roll ... and ... I want to hear more about the organza!!!

Allie said...

Well done, brilliant girl - may I use your pic to link to you????

Just-Do said...

Looks great! Love the fabrics. Do you have an idea for something to store circular needles too?

Ms Muffin said...

Just wanted to say hello ... I have not been around blogland for a bit but am planning to write and hopefully read more soon ...
Love your new blog layout!!!!

Crafty Brooklyn Army Wife said...

I am loving this. I am a new knitter and would love to make (and I'm going to) something like this. I agree with Just-Do...will you be posting a tutorial for storing circular needles too?

Stopping by from TGC linky party. This is what I shared this week:

Quilty Conscience said...

This is too, too, clever! I had asked my husband to make me a tube out of small PVC with end caps but he's never gotten around to it. This is SO much better! I'm glad he delayed. Thank you! Toni

The Dotty One said...

Thanks for the tutorial. I have been meaning to make one of these for my crochet hooks so now I know where to come when I finally get round to doing it! Which will probably be in about a year....I have the same problem as you! Too many projects, not enough time!

KendasCrafts said...

Great idea! Definitly will have to make this for myself.

Shelly @A Creative Space said...

This is a really great tutorial. I bet it would work well for paint brushes too! :)

Karen said...

What a great idea. I'm going to make this for sure for my next Christmas Through the Year. You did a great job on the tute.

Bonnie ~ a wee Meenit said...

thanks for linking to our Christmas gifts for $10or less party!This would make a great makeup brush roll too!

Samantha said...

Did you ever make a red organza scarf after then?