Sew Super Simple Knitting Needle Cases
Recently, I was in the market for some knitting needle cases, but the ones I saw in the store were kind of flimsy. I found a few tutes on the internet, but they were a little too fussy for me. I wanted something a bit more simple that I could crank out fast. Using one of the aforementioned store-bought cases as inspiration, this is the super-easy alternative I came up with over the weekend.
Stuff you’ll need:
- One half yard of pre-quilted fabric.
- Two packages of double-fold bias tape, 1/4″ or 1/2″ variety. I used both, and although the 1/4″ is a bit more difficult to work with, I think I like it better.
- One yard nylon webbing, found in the notions department.
- Six inches of hook and loop (Velcro).
- Thread, scissors, tailor’s chalk sewing machine, measuring tool.
(The materials listed above will make 2 cases, one for your 10″ needles as well as one for your 14″ needles. The following are instructions for a 10″ needle case, but the same instructions apply to the 14″ with one change. I’ll tell you about that later.)
Step 1: Cut fabric 14″ x 18″
Step 2: Apply double-fold bias tap to one of the 14″ edges.
Step 4: Apply double-fold bias tape to the other 3 sides. Doing this, you’ll be creating one large pocket at the bottom.
Step 5: Fold the top down 3″ to gauge the of your Velcro closures (about 1″ of hook and loop will do). Sew into place, as shown.
Step 6: With tailor’s chalk, mark and sew lines on the big pocket on the bottom to form little pockets for your needles. You might want to use a few sets of needles to gauge the width of your pockets. I sewed 1 1/4″ pockets to hold my larger needles (#11) and 1″ pockets to hold the smaller ones (#5).
Step 7: Sew 11″ length of nylon web to center back of the case. Make sure you don’t sew the needle pockets shut! Of course, you could do this step before step 6, but if you do, then make sure you don’t sew the web into the pocket lines, if you know what I mean. ;)
Step 8: Sew 1″ of the hook and loop to the ends of the nylon web.
And you’re done with the 10″ case! To make a case for your 14″ needles, simply sew 5″ of the quilted fabric to one of the 14″ ends of the piece you cut in step 1, then just follow the directions as written. In all, I spent about 10 bucks for two cases. Not bad!