HOW TO MAKE… A CRAFT SET
Matching sewing thread Tailor’s chalk
For the bag
Main fabric, 50cm (19 ") Contrasting fabric for lining and straps, 1m (393/ ") 8 Zip, 45cm (17 ")
For the case
Main fabric, 50cm (19 ") Lining fabric, 50cm (19 ") Bias binding, 2m (79") Thin wadding, 1m (393/ ") 8 Two snap fasteners Snap fastener tool
For the pincushion
Scraps of patterned fabric Soft toy stuffing
If your fabric collection is anything like ours – we’re talking fat quarters spilling from drawers and stuffed into baskets – you’ll be keeping an eye out for makes like this craft set to put it to good use.
These makes aren’t just lovely to look at; they’re practical too, and designed to help keep your knitting needles, crochet hooks and pins neat and tidy. That way, you can put them all in one place, then fill the extra room in your craft corner with even more new fabric.
Knitting needle bag
01 Mark out two 45 x 17.5cm (17¾ x 67/ 8") rectangles on the main fabric. Add a 1.5cm ( 5 /8") seam allowance and cut out, then repeat with the lining and wadding. These will be the sides of the bag.
02 Cut two 70 x 10cm (275/ 8 x 4") pieces of contrasting fabric for the handles. Fold both long edges into the centre, with wrong sides ( WS) together, on each piece. Fold both in half along the length, then sew both long edges on each handle.
03 Place one bag side on a piece of wadding, right side (RS) up and aligning the edges. Mark on two lines from top to bottom, 12.5cm (5") in from either short edge. Pin one of the fabric handles to the bag side, using the marks for placement, and aligning the handle ends with the bottom edge of the bag side. Repeat with the remaining bag side, wadding and handle.
04 Attach the handles to the bag sides by sewing along each long edge, over the original line of stitching. Stop 3cm (1¼") from the top of the bag side, and backstitch over the seam slightly to secure the thread. Repeat with the second bag side and remaining handle.
05 Place one bag side RS up and fold back the handle. Position the zip along the top edge with RS together, then place a piece of lining fabric on top, aligning all edges. Pin, then use the zipper foot to sew along the top edge, close to the zip teeth. Fold back the lining fabric, repeat with the second bag side, then open the zip.
06 Position the two lining pieces with RS together, and the two bag sides with RS together, then lay the fabrics flat. Pin, then sew around
the outside, 1.5cm ( 5 /8") in from the edge, and leaving a 5cm (2") gap.
07 Square off each corner of the bag by flattening it out, aligning the side seam with the bottom seam. Sew across the corner at a right angle, 2cm (¾") in from the point, then trim the excess fabric.
08 Turn the bag RS out, sew the gap closed, then tuck the lining inside the bag through the zip.
Crochet hook case
09 Cut a 20 x 30cm (77/ 8 x 117/ 8") rectangle from the main fabric, then repeat with the lining fabric and wadding. Cut three more rectangles from the lining fabric, two measuring 6 x 24cm (23/ x 9½") 8 with a 1.5cm ( 5 /8") seam allowance, and one measuring 16 x 26.5cm (63/ 8 x 10½") with no seam allowance.
10 Place the two 6 x 24cm (23/ x 8 9½") rectangles with RS together and pin along both short edges and one long edge. Sew using a 1.5cm ( 5 /8") seam allowance, then trim the seams, turn RS out, and press. Pin bias binding along the three closed edges, then sew. This will make the flap section.
11 Take the 16 x 26.5cm (63/ 8 x 10½") rectangle and fold the right-hand short edge to the WS by 1.5cm ( 5 /8"). Press in place. Fold the fabric in half along the length with WS together and press again. Pin bias binding along the folded top edge and right-hand short edge and sew. This will make the pocket section.
12 Lay the remaining main fabric piece RS down and place the wadding on top, then the lining fabric RS up. Measure and mark 2cm (¾") in from both edges at the corners on the right-hand side – this is where the fasteners will go. Add the positive sides of the fasteners, making sure the caps are positioned on the main fabric piece.
13 Fold the left side of the case to the WS, a third of the way along the length. Measure and mark 2cm (¾") in from both edges at the folded corners on the left-hand side, then add the other half of the fasteners at the marked points.
14 Open the case with the lining facing RS up. Position the pocket in the bottom left corner, aligning the raw edges, and pin. Mark 5cm (2") intervals along the bottom of the pocket, then sew vertically up from these marks to form five pockets, also sewing the right-hand side of the pocket in place.
15 Position the flap in the top left corner, aligning the long raw edges, and 1cm ( 3 / ") in from the 8 short edge. Pin in place.
16 Pin bias binding around all four edges of the case, finishing it neatly in the top left corner. Use zigzag stitch to sew around the inside edge of the binding, joining all the layers together. Fold the case into three and close with the fasteners.
17 Cut a 9cm (35/ 8") square from two pieces of leftover fabric. Pin with RS together, then sew along three sides, using a 1.5cm ( 5 /8") seam allowance. Trim the seam allowance, then turn RS out.
18 Fold the fabric on the open edge to the WS by 2cm (¾") and press. Bring the seams at either side of the opening together, turning the flat square into a pyramid shape, and pin. Slip stitch closed, stopping half way to stuff the pyramid firmly, before completely closing.