01 January 2013

Quilted knitting needle holder for my Mom!

Happy 2013!!  

This project started out with a call from my Mom who wanted a cool place to store all of her straight knitting needles.  She didn't want a store bought holder, and they rarely are large enough to put all your different lengths of needles and double points.  This call came a week or so before Christmas so I didn't have a lot of time!!

I started with an idea that came from a Della Q knitting needle case I have at home, but I wanted to have a quilted back to give the case a lot more interest.  Mom wanted pink so I had my theme!  I decided to use some Flea Market Fancy and a few other pink fabrics I had in my stash.



I cut a piece of batting as big as the entire knitting needle roll will be, and used Quilt As You Go method to piece the quilting.  This was my first try at QAYG and I don't think I'm very good at it, but I liked the way it turned out!

I then created the front of the holder with 3 levels of pockets like the Della Q bag, and marked the pockets with a hera marker so I could sew the slots easily.  Each pocket is a folded layer sandwiching interfacing.  


Below is the front of the finished holder showing the 3 levels of pockets.  I sandwiched the front and back right sides together, sewed all around and then turned right side out.  Then I topstitched all around.


And here is the back of the holder showing the patchwork!  The one thing I would change if I were to make another one would be to use a thinner batting or even QAYG on interfacing instead of batting.  The finished holder turned out just a bit too thick when rolled up



patchwork detail
Here is the holder actually in use by my Mom, and it even made it to Florida before Christmas!  : )


All rolled up and ready to store!


I will be posting a bunch more finished (mostly Christmas) projects soon!

Have a wonderful 2013!  Lily.


6 comments:

  1. Oh it's quilted so prettily! I don't think I've sen a holder before that could hold that many needles, that's perfect for somebody who wants to be organized!

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  2. It is perfect for all my needles and done to my specifications, I could not ask for more. There is room for expansion and it is so much better than keeping all these needles in a plastic bag in my closet, which should be used for storing yarn etc. I just love it. Thank you to my wonderful and talented daughter. Mom

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  3. Love the knitting needle case, Lily! Not only is it pretty, it also holds so many knitting needles!! I think you've done a fabulous job - it being your first QAYG project and from your mom's comments above, you must be thrilled! Happy New Year and hope this year will be another productive year for you.

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  4. Oh that is so adorable. I love all the different prints of pink. Awesome job.
    I once saw a tutorial with QAYG method but she only used strips and started from one end. May be that might have been little bit easier.

    Need to give that a try sometime.

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  5. Oh, this came out so nice! Both practical and very aesthetically pleasing... Happy New Year!

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  6. Really nice. I love pink :) I just started knitting last month... one of these may be in my future.

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