I’ve taken to stashing my current knitting project in my Better-Than-Basic Bag and working on a sweet little baby sweater during my now frequent visits to the OB waiting room. (36 weeks and counting!) When my interchangeable knitting needles‘ factory-made vinyl case bit the dust last week, and I
ignored my family encouraged my children toward self-directed play for a couple of days while I worked a new needle case out of my system.
I love when projects hit me like that – with a clear vision of what I want and the obsessive drive to see it through until completion.
Even better, is when it does turn out like I hoped (even if it takes some seam ripping and errors to get it there).
The exterior of my new knitting needle case is a “Polished Pearl” metallic leather, because… well… I am obsessed with leather and I have so much lying around from my bag testing. The exciting colors and prints of quilting cottons can get a bit overdone in bag making, and recently I have been trying add more texture into my designs. Leather being such a gorgeous one.
Then again, you don’t want things to be so subtle that it turns out boring.
So on the inside….
I used a gorgeous collection of prints by one of my favoritist designers, Bari J. Her designs are always spot on for my taste, and I hoarded this particular fat quarter bundle for far longer than it deserved. Good fabrics should be USED.
I didn’t follow any tutorials for this case. Instead, I based the needle pockets on the original vinyl pouch, and then kept adding more pockets from there.
This project was a lot more improvisational than many of my bag projects, but it was really fun to work out the construction details as I went along.
Details which include a double-sided zippered vinyl pocket dividing the case in half, and two smaller vinyl zipper pouches.
Vinyl is always a fun material to play with. In a lot of ways, it is like leather. You can’t pin it, it is a bit sticky, you need a strong needle, longer stitches…
… and successful use of it brings your sewing project from “handmade” to “handcrafted” (if you get what I mean).
Unfortunately, I don’t have a tutorial in the works for this. Baby is coming too soon for me to promise anything of the sort. Also, while I am pleased with my results, I don’t think my construction methods are sorted out enough yet to be up-to-snuff for a good pattern design.
Material Source List:
- “Polished Pearl” leather remnant from LeatherHideStore.com
- By Annie’s Soft and Stable quilt-able foam interlining
- Spring’s Whisper Emma Grace Fat Quarter bundle from FatQuarterShop.com
On My Needles:
Now to finish up this sweater…