Made using the gorgeous Madhuri fabric range from Riley Blake, our knitting needle wrap would make the ideal Christmas present for the knitter in your family – we will also be posting instructions for a matching knitting bag this month so why not make the set!
Approx. finished size (unrolled): 8.75” x 14.5” long
18” x 15.5” for the outside fabric.
9” x 44” for the internal fabric and binding (thin quarter)
2” x 30” for the tie (this length is flexible, you can get away with as little as 20”).
9” x 25” heavy weight fusible interfacing
Start by cutting the following rectangles:
1 x front fabric 15.5” x 9”
1 x front fabric 3.5” x 9”
1 x front fabric 7” x 9”
1 x inside fabric 9” x 25”
1 x heavy duty fusible interfacing 9” x 25”
Put the remainder of the inside fabric to one side, you will need this later.
Take your 3 pieces of front fabric, place the largest piece in front of you, right side facing, and pin the other two pieces on, one at each end. If the pattern has a picture with a definite direction, like the elephant fabric below, then you need to take care to make sure the fabrics are facing the right way, they need to be pinned so that they are facing the same direction as the main fabric (see below).
Sew together at each end, then iron the seams flat, you should now have a piece of fabric like the one below.
Now take your internal fabric and iron your interfacing onto the reverse, if you are not used to using fusible interfacing, the rough feeling side needs to be put on top of the fabric, rough side facing the back of the fabric, using a cool iron, slowly iron the two fabrics together, when they are stuck, turn over (so you are looking at the fabric), turn the iron up and give the fabric another blast.
Once you are happy that they are stuck together, place the internal fabric on top of the front fabric, wrong sides facing, and the fold up each end at the seam line, and iron in place.
Now take the leftover internal fabric. You need to divide the fabric up into 2” strips to make your binding/bias tape, these need to be cut at a 45 degree angle to create a stretchy tape, capable of going around the curves without creases.
To mark your fabric up you can use a ruler with a 45 degree line marked on it (see first image below), or take a piece of paper and fold the bottom left corner up to the top edge (see image 2) the slope created will be 45 degrees. Take your paper template or ruler and place it on your fabric, mark your first line and then move 2” across from that line and mark the next one, continue until the whole piece of fabric has been marked up, cut the strips.
Arrange the strips in order of size, with the largest in the middle and then next smallest each side, and then the next smallest….
Sew the pieces together to create one long piece. Join the strips together diagonally, lining one strip up with the next one as show in the first image below, as well as getting the raw edges lined up, you need to take care to line up the area circled correctly, the best way is to fold the end of the joining piece over (the one you can see the wrong side of below) by the width of the hem, then line that crease up with the top of the joining piece (the one shown right side up), you can see that this results in the wrong side piece beginning slightly higher than the right side piece, and finishing before the end of the right side piece, but that the actual line of the seam (your crease line) starts and finishes at the start and finish of the right side piece. Sew together.
To turn this into bias tape, fold the tape in half and iron the crease in. Then open out the fabric and fold the bottom edge up to the crease, iron into place, fold the top edge into the same crease and iron into place, then fold the whole thing over again (using the first crease) and iron once more.
Cut 9” off the end of the tape and put the rest to one side.
Place the 9” strip over the raw edges of the bottom pocket, so that one side is behind the pocket fabric, and the other side is on top. Then sew together along the bias tape (don’t forget to move the rest of the wrap’s fabric out of the way!).
Next we are going to sew the pockets for the needles. Start at the top of the pocket, approx. 1.5” in from the side, and sew a line straight down to the bottom of the pocket (where the seam is with the front fabric). Move across 1” and sew your next pocket, keep doing this until you have sewn all your pockets.
At this point we trimmed off excess fabric and checked that the wrap was still rectangular.
Apologies but the wrap in the pictures will now change as I made a mistake on the top of the yellow elephant wrap!
Measure in from the edge ½” and place the template on the fabric, so that the curve in at the bottom, mark up and trim the fabric away (note that I forgot to measure in ½” and so had to remark it, that is why there is already a curve in the image below, you fabric should look square when you mark up the curve!). Repeat this process on the other side.
Now place your template so that the curve is around the top left corner of the whole wrap. Mark the curve, don’t worry that it goes over the flap and internal fabric, it is meant to. Trim the excess off and repeat on the other side.
Now you need to attach your bias/binding tape to the edge of the flap. Start at the top of one side and ease the tape around the curve, gently pulling out any creases, and sew into place.
Next you need to attach the bias/binding tape to the outside edges. Start by folding the end of the tape inside itself, cut a triangle shape at the end of the tape, fold it over, iron and then close the tape, you won’t be able to see the raw edges!
Pin the tape around the outside edge of the wrap, starting at the bottom of the needle pockets, go over the top and down to the bottom of the second side, trimming and folding the end as described above. Then sew the tape into place.
The final step is to make and attach the ties. Make a length of bias/binding tape as you did for the main part of the wrap, you can use a straight off cut as you don’t need to sew around corners with this piece. Close the ends of the tape as you did above, then sew it closed.
Turn your wrap over, so you are looking at the outside fabric, and place the tie on the edge, about half way down, with approx. 1/3rd of the tape pointing out of the wrap, and 2/3rds of the tape pointing over the wrap. Sew the tie into place by sewing over the line of stitches created when you attached bias/binding tape, we went over the line a couple of times.
Now fill you wrap up, wrap up and tie up!