I'm finally back after a wonderful Christmas holiday! I've been busy applying to jobs and knitting up a storm in the evenings.
This project was a Christmas present for my littlest sister. I obviously had to wait until after the holidays to post this tutorial, but it's ultra-delayed since I've been busy applying to jobs. Knitting rather than writing a tutorial is more enjoyable after filling out an application.
I have 14 sets of 5 8" bamboo double pointed needles, sizes 1- 15 that I bought on Amazon for less than $30. I sewed a simple case to keep them all organized. When I got my littlest sister the same needles for Christmas, I wanted to sew her a much-improved version of my case. It's grid quilted similar to Vera Bradley purses. The pattern is entirely my own, but I used Amanda Jean's Grid Quilting Tutorial at Crazy Mom Quilts.
This case is for 8" double pointed needles in sets of 4 or 5. It fits US sizes 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10.5, 11, 13, and 15.
What you'll need:
2/3 yard fabric in main pattern
2/3 yard fabric in coordinating pattern
21 x 23" piece of low-loft batting
6" quilting ruler (optional, but super helpful)
3/4" or 1" wide painter's tape
t-shirt transfer paper (and required materials)
X-Acto knife, cork-backed ruler, and cutting mat (optional)
1/4" wide ribbon
clear nail polish (optional)
Prepare the fabric.
Step 1: Launder and iron your fabric according to manufacturer's instructions. I have a weird need to wash everything before I use it. I guess I do it to remove residual chemicals and dyes from the manufacturing process and to prevent shrinkage in the event of a later washing.
Step 2: Measure and cut the fabric and batting into 21 x 23" pieces. Be mindful of the direction of the pattern.
Step 3: Layer the fabric to create a quilt sandwich.
Step 4: Starting at the center and working outwards, pin the layers of fabric together roughly every 4" in a grid pattern.
Step 5: To diamond/grid quilt, use painter's tape to mark off evenly spaced straight lines. My diamonds ended up being sideways, because I forgot that the short edge is actually the bottom edge of the case. In the middle of the pinned quilt, place a piece of painter's tape on a diagonal. My fabric was polka-dotted on a diagonal, so I followed the pattern. Aim for a 60° (or 120°) diagonal. Remove any pins in the way. Add another strip alongside or overlapping the first to create the desired thickness. My tape was 3/4" wide, and I overlapped 2 strips to create a 1" wide diagonal.
Step 6: Sew along the edge of both sides of the tape. Be careful not to sew the tape to the fabric, and do not back stitch.
Step 7: Remove the tape, and adhere it (along with a new strip) on either side of the sewn lines. Sew along the new edges.
Step 8: Repeat this process until the entire piece is quilted. The tape strips can be reused 4-5 times before they need to be replaced.
Step 9: Return to the center again, and tape a diagonal in the opposite direction (roughly 120° or 60°) to create a diamond. Repeat the sewing and taping process until the entire piece is quilted.
Step 10: Trip the piece so that it measures 18.5 x 20.5".
Make the labels.
Step 11: Design and print needle size labels onto the T-shirt transfer paper according to the manufacturer's instructions. I printed the labels in a chart, so I would have cutting lines to follow. I also printed more than necessary in case of a mistake.
Step 12: Cut out the labels. I'm a perfectionist, so I used an X-Acto knife.
Step 13: Lay out a length of ribbon still attached to the spool. Following the manufacturer's instructions, iron on a label roughly 2" from the end of the ribbon. Cut the ribbon from the spool about 1.5" to 2" from the label.
Step 14: Repeat for the remaining labels.
Sew on the labels.
Step 15: Arrange the quilt so that the main pattern is facing down, and the short edge is at the bottom. Fold up the bottom edge 6" and pin. This step is merely for visualization purposes.
Step 16: From left to right, measure and mark the following intervals along the top of the revealed main pattern: 1/4", 12 mm, 13.5 mm, 16.5 mm, 19.5 mm, 21 mm, 22.5 mm, 24 mm, 27 mm, 30 mm, 33 mm, 36 mm, 39 mm, 48 mm, 54 mm, and 60 mm. You should have 1/4" remaining.
Step 17: Fold, center, and pin each label as shown (to the top layer only). The ribbon should be positioned so that the fold is 1.5" below the edge quilt edge. Unfold the quilted piece.
Step 18: With a 1/4" seam allowance, sew the labels to the quilted piece.
Step 19: Trim the ribbon, so it's flush with the quilted edge.
Make the binding. (Also refer to my Quilted Christmas Tree Skirt.)
Step 20: Measure and cut the binding fabric (the coordinating patterned fabric) into 2.5" wide strips. I made cross-grain binding, because that's the orientation that worked best. Flexibility doesn't matter, so just cut it in a convenient orientation.
Step 21: Take two strips, and with right sides together, place the ends together at a right angle, as shown. Pin in place.
Step 22: Sew the strips together along the diagonal, as shown.
Step 23: Cut off the corner, leaving a 1/4" seam allowance.
Step 24: Continue sewing the strips together in a similar manner until you have 88"+ of binding.
Step 25: Press open the seams.
Step 26: With the right sides out, fold the binding in half lengthwise, and press.
Sew the pockets.
Step 27: Cut a strip of binding the length of the case plus a little extra.
Step 28: Arrange and pin the binding to the reverse side of the edge with the labels.
Step 29: Sew along the edge with a 1/4" seam allowance. Trim the ends of the binding to be flush with the edges of the quilted piece.
Step 30: Arrange the quilt as in Step 15. Fold up the binding as if you were to bring it to the front. Pin it out of the way, as shown.
Step 31: Working from left to right, sew each pocket. Start with the 1/4" seam allowance, sewing from the folded edge to the raw edge. Do not sew into the binding pinned above the raw edge.
Step 32: Continue sewing each pocket. Mark subsequent sewing lines with painter's tape, as shown. Use a quilting ruler to make sure everything remains square.
Step 33: If you haven't already, unpin the binding. Fold over the binding, and hand sew it to the front, as shown. (Also refer to my Quilted Christmas Tree Skirt.)
Finish binding the case.
Step 34: Pin the binding to edges of the outside of the case. Leaving a couple of inches of extra binding eat each end, start and end at the fold but do not bind along the fold.
Step 35: Cut a piece of ribbon twice the length of the case. Fold the ribbon in half. On the right side, 4" from the bottom folded edge, insert the folded end between the binding and the quilt.
Step 36: Sew along the edges with a 1/4" seam allowance. Be sure that the pocket seam is hidden.
Step 37: When you get to the corners, create a mitered edge. With the needle in the fabric, turn the corner. Back-stitch off the top. Fold the binding up to create a right angle, and then down again at the edge. Continue sewing in the new direction.
Step 38: Fold the binding to the inside of the case and hand sew. Tuck the ends in and tack them in place, as shown. Miter the corners, as before.
Finish the case.
Step 39: Insert the needles, fold over the flap, and roll up the case (starting at the small end).
Step 40: Use the ribbon to tie the case closed.
Step 41: If desired, trim the ribbon and seal the ends with nail polish to prevent fraying.
Step 42: Admire your work!
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