simple knitting needle case tutorial

Hi everyone! I just whipped up a very simple case for my knitting needles the other day, and since I took pictures of the process I thought I’d walk y’all through it.  The project is a very simple fold-over booklet with two rows of pockets, one for taller straight needles and a shorter set for DPNs and circulars. Ribbon or button closure is optional.

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I used some canvas-y IKEA fabric with a charmingly overwhelming pattern, and some red cotton pique to break up the print (I probably wouldn’t have gone with pique in this instance but I was stash-busting and didn’t want to buy fabric for such a small project).  Once you’ve chosen your fabric, make a pattern!  It can really vary based on how many needles you have (or plan to have!), but I made mine 18″ high and 24″ wide, with 2 rows of 2″ wide pockets.  (Note: I am not including seam allowances in my measurements and I won’t really mention them here, so don’t forget about them when you measure/cut!)

For cutting your fabric: you’ll need two chunks of fabric the overall size of your case.  One will be the backing, and the other side will be the part to which you affix your pockets.  Cut the tall pocket in your contrasting fabric (if you have one), and then the shorter pocket in your original fabric.  If, like me, you have an assistant, then I recommend making sure your assistant is less hell-bent on the destruction of the tape measure than mine is/was.

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  1. Roll under and press a seam for the top of each pocket piece. (Here comes the repetitive part.) Lay the tall pocket on top of the pocket lining piece and measure and mark the desired width of the pockets all the way across the fabric (don’t forget seam allowances!).
  2. Sew in straight lines.  This gets boring.  Beer helps with the boringness, but not so much with the straight lines.
  3. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for the smaller pocket piece.

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Almost done!  Place your two pieces (back and pockets) right sides together and pin.  If you want to do a ribbon closure, now is the time.  Position the ribbon so that the long bit of it is on the inside of the project.  Sew around the edges, leaving some un-sewn space for you to turn it inside out.  Clip your corners, flip it inside out, and ladder-stitch the unfinished seam closed (you can topstitch around the edges if you wish as well). You’re all done!

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