A very good friend of mine started learning to knit and weave a couple of years ago. She's doing great at both. Well, as all knitters know, the ever growing collection of needles eventually need a place to stay where they can be all together, organized, and safe. Yarn shops don't always carry needle cases. When they do, they tend to be a little pricey and usually not very pretty. I made one for myself a few years ago and I love it! So, I thought, what better gift this Christmas than to make a needle case for her.
An added bonus to this project was that I did a little de-stashing from those bulging fabric bins. I only had to buy one extra fat quarter and was lucky enough to find the right one. I used a total of four fat quarters, left over black fabric and some left over fleece as the batting inside. I even had thread to match. I love these colors and prints.
I used the fat quarters as my guide for how large I was going to make it. I just trimmed them up to square off the edges. I used one fat quarter for the outside; one for the inside; one the two levels of pockets with black fabric inside the pockets to make it so I didn't need another fat quarter; fleece on the inside; and one more fat quarter for the binding.
The stripes made it easy to keep my seams straight for the pockets. I alternated the top row pockets with the bottom row to help the needles fit better when the case is all rolled up. The case is a perfect fit for 9" and 10" needles with a flap that folds over to secure them when the case is rolled up. However, 14" needles can also be stored in it. The top flap just won't fold over quite as far. It even holds her circulars! Yay!
Rolled up and tied...
All her needles are safe and sound and all in one place.
And, she loved it! :-)