Sewing a Knitting Needle Roll

Hi Crafters –

As an inspiring knitter, I  discovered, like any crafting projects, there were so many supplies and materials but where would I store all of these? As a crafter yourself, you know that piles of supplies and materials can and do become a storage space nightmare. Inspired by all the different knitting needle rolls for sale and for DIY, and in particular by this tutorial, I decided to sew one myself with some variations and I’ll share them with you as well as pointers I discovered while sewing. Refer to the tutorial for the original knitting needle roll.

  1. Choose the Right Fabric. Although you can use one fabric for everything, I’d suggest using at least 2 fabrics. I used two. My second fabric complements one of the colors of my main fabric. I decided to use one large patterned fabric as my main and small patterned fabric as my secondary one. You can also use 3 fabrics – one plain fabric for the outside, one large patterned fabric for the smaller pocket and one small patterned fabric for the larger pocket.
  2. Determine your Desired Tie. Instead of using a ribbon, I decided to use my main fabric as a strap for the roll to use with the D-rings. I cut 3.5″ x 28″ to allow me to loop around the roll a couple of times and then secure it. The ribbon wasn’t sturdy enough for me. If you wanted to use ribbons instead, I’d suggest not using D-rings, instead use two ribbons – about 28″ that you can tie into a bow when you roll up the knitting needle roll.
  3. Determine the Size of the Needle Pockets. Measure and mark out the lines for stitching the needle pockets using your determined intervals. For mine, I used for the bottom pockets – 1″|1″|1″|1.5″|1.5″|1.5″|1.5″|1.5″| and for the upper pockets – 2.5″|2.5″|1″|1″|1″|1.5″|1.5″|1.5″|1.5″|1.5″|. The two 2.5″ ones, I placed above the pocket with the flap.

So, it turned out great and looked much better than the ones I’ve seen on Amazon.

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Repurposed Placemat Throw Pillow

What’s a placemat pillow you ask? It’s a quick and easy way to make a throw pillow for your chair, bed, or couch using a placemat! I learned this technique from my sister and I’m excited to share with you today.

I got my LOVE placemat after Valentine’s Day one year and decided to repurposed it into a pillow. This project is great if you have or find a placemat you can’t use for the dining table because you don’t have enough for the table. Browse the store after a holiday or stop by a thrift shop and look for a vintage design.

First off, make sure the placemat you want to use has two pieces of fabric sewn together. Using a seam ripper, cut the thread along one side to create a small opening. Stuff the placemat with polyfill and seal the opening by doing a blind stitch by hand.

Here's my pillow before I blind-stitched the opening.

Here’s my pillow before I blind-stitched the opening.

If you haven’t done this before, check out this easy-to-follow tutorial by Amy at Positively Splendid. That’s it! Quick and simple and you’ll be done in about 15 minutes!

XOXO,
Dawn

 

Cupcake Fleece Pin Cushions

Hi crafters! I hope you liked my mason jar pin cushion I posted a couple weeks ago. I’ve had this pinterest pin for a cupcake pin cushion for awhile now but I never was able to find the ramekins Care used in her project. I was so estatic when I walked into the Dollar Tree and saw them in the Valentine’s section! Later, I also found a 2-pack of cupcake containers at the 99 cents store that would also work. With these items in hand, I could finally make my own cupcake pin cushions. There are a lot of cute cupcake pin cushion tutorials out there but I like Care’s because it’s quick, easy, and cheap.

Supplies:

  • cupcake holder or small plastic ramekin
  • 1/8 fleece fabric (I used red for the cherry and white for the flower—Make sure you don’t use felt!)
  • 1/4 fleece fabric (I picked pink for the “frosting”)
  • polyester fiberfill
  • sewing needle/thread
  • decorative buttons (optional)
  • bugle beads (optional, I used glass silver-lined Darice multi-color bugle beads, 1/2″ x 5″)

Directions:

I did slightly change the tutorial, here’s what I did…

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  1. Cut a 7-inch diameter circle out of the pink fleece.
  2. With the thread knotted at one end, hand-stitch the edge of the circle. Don’t cut or knot the other end yet.
  3. Decorate by sewing on “sprinkles” or a “cherry”. To make the cherry, follow step 2 using a 2-inch diameter red circle but knot off the end. Sew the cherry on to the pink fleece. You can also try using a red pompom for the cherry.
  4. Now, stuff firmly with the fiberfill. Pull the thread tightly and knot off. Don’t cut your thread yet.
  5. Cut a piece of pink fleece larger than the size of the opening and insert. Then, take your needle that was still attached to the fleece and sew the seal on.
  6. Voila! All you have to do now is place your pin cushion onto the ramekin or cup. Care actually drills two holes into her ramekin to securely attach her pin cushion to the ramekin. I actually like just keeping the pin cushion unattached so I can place buttons and other items underneath the cushion and inside the cup.

I made a couple other versions too:

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To make the flower, cut 5 quarter-size pieces of fleece and sew together. I used a little heart button for the center of the flower. For more detailed instructions, take a look at this video tutorial I based my flower off of.

I hope you found this project inspiring the way I found Care’s project. If you make your own pin cushions, please do share your photos!

XOXO,
Dawn

Repurposed Pin Cushion Mason Jar

I was walking around Joann’s and found this DIY takeaway on how to make pin cushions using jars. IMG_1780But I was a little disappointed because it didn’t explain how to make the actual pin cushion—it just asked for a premade store-bought one. So I decided to try to make my own. One of my colleagues gave me a mason jar with granola in it for Christmas so I repurposed the jar for this craft. I also remembered that I had a little jam jar that I saved when my friend, Windi, made me some yummy homemade jam. I really like this project because the pin cushion jar serves 2 purposes. I can store my sewing supplies like thread and buttons inside the jar AND I can stick my pins in the cushion. I think these jars would make great little valentine gifts for someone who likes to sew.

Here’s how to make them:

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Here's my finished creation!

Here’s my finished creation! The mason jar turned out so cute, I went on to make a mini version with the jam jar.

If you’re wondering where I got the cute heart pins, you can find them at Typo for a couple dollars:
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And I found the measuring tape ribbon for only 99 cents at Michael’s in the scrapbooking section:
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