Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Circular Knitting Needle Holder Tutorial

Circular needles can get so tangled and messy! All different lengths and thicknesses in a jumble of wires in the bottom of your knitting basket - no good! Here is a tutorial to help you make a circular knitting needle holder that will keep them all neat as a pin!

1) Collect your materials:
-Fabric scraps at least 13" x 10"
-Fleece iron on interfacing if you are using quilter's cotton (if you are using decorator's weight fabric no need for interfacing.)
-1 yd ribbon
-washable fabric marker
-coordinating thread

2) Cut out your pieces as follows:
-Cut two pieces 13" x 8 1/2" for the outside and inside cover
-Cut two pieces 13" x 8 1/2" of interfacing
-Cut four pieces 11" x 5 3/4" for the outer pocket piece
-Cut four pieces 11" x 7 1/2" for the inner edge of the pockets or the "pages"
-Cut two pieces 11" x 7 1/2" of interfacing
-Cut two pieces of ribbon 10" long

Note: This pattern makes 8 pockets if you wish to make a holder with more you could add another page insert. Add 1" to the width of the cover piece to accommodate the extra page. Make 3 page inserts instead of two.

3) Iron on the larger piece of interfacing the wrong side of the inner cover piece. Iron the smaller pieces of interfacing to the wrong side of the two of the page pieces.

4) Finish the raw edge of the top of each outer pocket piece. Fold over by 1/2" and sew close to the raw edge.

5) Layer the page pieces as follows:
-Lay one page piece face up then lay one outer pocket piece with the wrong side facing the right side of the page piece. Lay the next outer pocket piece with its right side on top of the right side of the previous outer pocket piece. Lay the next page piece with its right side against the wrong side of the last outer pocket piece. Pin and sew all around, making sure to catch all layers. Leave a hole for turning.

6) Clip corners, turn, press and top-stitch.

7) Place the cover pieces wrong sides together and stitch all the way around, leaving a 2-3" gap for turning. Clip corners and turn. Press and top-stitch thereby closing gap. Put to the side.

8) Repeat for the next page.

Note: You may choose to make more than two page inserts in which case you will repeat these steps for each page insert you make.

9) Draw a line down the exact middle of each page insert.
10) Draw a line down the middle of the inner side of the cover and then draw a line 1/2" on either side of the middle line.

Note: If you are making 3 page inserts instead of 2 then you will need to draw a line 1" to the left of the center line and another line 1" to the right of the center line. You will sew a page insert on to each of these three lines.

11) Line up one page insert along the left more line on the inner cover, pin and stitch.

12) Line up the other page insert along the right most line on the inner cover, pin and stitch.

13) Make a mark 1/2" between the top and bottom of the front cover at the two outer edges. Fold one end of each ribbon over by 3/4" and pin each one to the center of each mark. Sew and square with an "X" to secure the ribbon. Cut a diagonal on the other end of each ribbon.

14) Put your circular needles in and you are done! Good work!


KathrynBrooks1 said...

Awesome tutorial. Thanks so much for taking the time to do this. I made a really cute holder using your post, and now my needles are finally under control.

pattyc said...

You made a mistake on the cover pieces. They should be sewn RIGHT sides together. Also, you didn't give seam allowances. It appears you used a 1/4" seam allowance. Is that correct?