Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Project Pouch Tutorial

Back in 2006 I had a two year old and a five year old and I was knitting a lot. I was just starting to feel on top of having two kids and was ready to be creative again. You would think I would pursue more knitting but somehow I worked fabric into the equation and started making knitting needle holders. Knithip was born I started a line of holders, had them in a few yarn shops, and then found this new thing called Etsy. Unfortunately I found sewing the same things over and over again really boring and I didn't want to get into manufacturing. I wish I had discovered quilting sooner it satisfies my love of fabric, sewing, and creativity. On top of all of that I discovered blogging! 
 What is this all about? Well I have been trying to figure out where I am going with all of this quilting. I don't have an answer to that yet and I don't really know if/when I'll figure it out but in the meantime I can share what I have already figured out knitting needle holders. 
 The Project Pouch is my favorite because I feel like it's such a functional design. I wanted to keep everything together for those coffee shop knitting sessions we were having all the time.
Without further adieu here it is...

                     A             B          C (bottom)  D (top) 
Cut Fabric
  •  Outside fabric A 6 1/2" x 18 1/2"
  •  Lining fabric    B 6 1/2" x 15 1/2"
  •  Pocket            C 6 1/2" x 6 1/2"
  •  Pocket            D 6 1/2" x 4 1/2"   
I usually choose a quilting weight fabric for A and C,D but a heavier fabric (twill or heavier cotton) for B to give it a little strength. You could also try adding batting or interfacing. 

With fabrics C and D fold top edge over 1/4" and press then repeat. Sew edge down with a slight 1/4" seam.

With fabrics right side up lay C on top of D and line up sides and bottom edge. Draw three lines 1,2, and 3 inches from the left edge on piece C. Pin and sew lines to create the needle/scissor pockets. Don't forget to back stitch.

Sorry about the shadow
Layout for sewing 
  • Place piece A down right side up. 
  • Lay sewn pocket right side down lining up bottom edge and sides.
  • Lay piece B right side down lining up top edge and sides.
Pin and sew a 1/4" seam all the way around edge. Trim extra fabric off edges turn fabric right side out and press.

Now all that's left to do is snaps or what ever closure method you prefer. Don't be intimidated by snaps they are so easy. Get a 40% off coupon for Joann's and buy a kit.

This is what I use although today I realized I need to buy more snaps so this project pouch is short a few.

This is the finished pouch I gave away for Giveaway day snaps and all. Have fun!



sacha said...

super wonderful!

Kate S. said...

Good idea! I have been using a pouch to keep my snips/needles/row counters type stuff in my knitting bag but this looks like a great way to keep everything organized! I confess when using a printout of a pattern I have lost it mid-project more than once - no good!