Starfish suggested a tutorial for the dpn holder, and funnily enough I had taken some pictures as I went with that thought in mind, so here goes. It’s my first tutorial and I’m a self-taught sewer, in the spirit of all or nothing it is also my entry to the Sew,Mama,Sew tutorial competition. The key is to iron, or press, at every stage.
This is what you will end up with.
1. Choose two co-ordinated fabrics – or mis-matched ones if you so desire :)
Cut the fabric to the desired size. You will need:
* a main fabric, I cut mine 20 inches by 18 inches, this is folded in half and becomes the front and back (10 x 18)
* a top flap the length of your needle holder (in this case 18 inches) and double the height that you want it to be ( I cut mine about 4 inches high)
* a pocket for the needles (the height that you want the pocket to be plus 1/2 inch seam allowance), again, it is the length of your main fabric.
* ribbon, or a tie made from the material you are working with. A note on this: I cut a 1 inch strip sewed it with a 3/8th inch seam and pulled it through. I DONT recommend this – it took longer to do this than to sew the entire holder! Use a bias maker or cut 1 1/2 inch stip, fold both raw edges to the centre, iron and top stitch down.
Here are all of your cut out pieces. The piece at the top is folded in half ready to sew around the sides and the bottom.
2. Make the ties – see note above
3. Sew the main fabric together enclosing the unfinished end of the tie in the seam – the rest of the tie is inside the material not sticking out (I used my 1/4 inch foot). Go over the tie closer towards the edge a few times. Leave a 2 1/2 inch gap at the bottom for turning.
4. Trim the corners a few milimetres from the seam, turn through and iron/press well. If all has gone well it should look like this.
5. Roll up the fabric from right to left and mark where you want the second tie to go. Attatch. Unroll and sew on – I went back and forth a few times to secure it.
6. Iron a half inch seam on the pocket fabric Align with the bottom and side edges of your base fabric and pin on.
7. Fold the fabric for the top in half and sew together, leave a 2 1/2 inch gap for turning. Turn and iron well.
Attatch to the top of your base fabric with the gap at the top (you will have ironed it so that the seam allowance is folded into the opening).
8. Sew sides of pocket and base of pocket using 1/4 inch seam.
9. Sew flap on also using a 1/4 inch seam. NOTE don’t sew all the way down the sides of the flap. I sewed about 1/4 of an inch only.
10. Top stitch across the top of the flap as close to the edge as possible. Repeat for the sides and base of the pocket. This will close your turning gaps and neaten it’s appearance.
11. Using chalk or another removable fabric marker, mark where you want the needles to sit and sew down.
Remember to do a few stitches at the beginning and end of each row to secure it. I left two larger pockets to hold needle gauges and stitch holders.
12. Fill with needles and enjoy
Finally I can’t go without a gratuitous kid picture.
The Gorgeous Girl has discovered the cat:
His days of peace and quiet are over. Fat Boy is actually purring really loudly in this photo.