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« on: June 08, 2007 02:46:14 PM »

for many moons I kept all my knitting needles in a bag that hung on a doorknob with no rhyme or reason, not knowing what on earth I had or what I needed for which project. I collect lots of crafting artifacts from thrift stores-
translation: lord only knows what I've got where & when & why

I've never wanted a storebought needle organizer because they either have too much storage, or not enough, or they're expensive, or they've got engineering flaws I would end up having to fix anyway, and they're made of that awful backpack material & they look awful

My solution: I made my own!

Vintage Fabric Needle Roll
(bad picture but you get the idea)

Canadian Physics Textbook turned into DPN/Circular/Crochet Hook storage


they work great, and now I know what I have!

CANADIAN PHYSICS BOOK NEEDLE STORAGE TUTORIAL
(say that five times fast)

1.find a cool book and tear it to pieces (there were some great illustrations that I had to save, recycle the rest!)


2. take your new empty book cover, lay it flat on your fabric & cut your rectangle with about 1 inch seam allowance


3. sew the edges of your rectangle (you won't use your book cover again until you've got everything sewn together)

see?

4. Now you'll start placing your needles, I started with my smaller needles on the right side. To establish a base from which to work, I sewed ribbon on the far edge (pick something STRETCHY! I had to tear the ribbon off and start over with nylon hem tape)


5. stack your needles (I put them in numerical order), I pinned them under the ribbon, and used some skinny green elastic to hold them in a few inches up from the ribbon, use your best judgement.
I found that pinning with the elastic loosely UNDER the needles still ensured enough stretch to keep them secure



6. sew the sides of your hem tape down.


7. sew down the elastic and hem tape where you put your pins (I foudn I didn't need to sew around every single needle, you'll probably find the same thing while you're pinning, my DPNs needed the most control and support-- like a bra, think of your project as a needle bra!)


when you're done it look-a like this:


8. repeat the process on the other side for bigger, taller needles


9. the fun part: Super 77!
I used spray glue to carefully secure my frankenstein fabric to the book cover


and used tacky glue to make sure the edges were double-plus-sticky
(careful not to un-do your beautiful spray-glue job)



10. add the ribbon closure with tacky glue, make sure to clamp it down


11. the least fun part: squish your project between the heaviest books you can find and let the glue set up overnight12. ALTHOUGH I AM RABIDLY OPPOSED TO HOT GLUE ON FABRIC (and you should be too!), I added a piece of the same ribbon with hot glue to the top of the left side for all my circulars


***I also reinforced the needle-catching hem tape on the bottom with a few dabs of hot glue,*** but not in any place that would be under pressure or weight! hot glue will betray you my sisters, don't be fooled by instant gratification...

I used the same fabric that covers our kitchen bulletin board,


go vintage or go home!  Grin everything you see in this post was bought for next to nothing at thrift stores, including the majority of my needles and crochet hooks. A little patience & a limited budget goes a long way.
« Last Edit: June 15, 2007 10:34:56 AM by theantihipster - Reason: now with tutorial! fancy! » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2007 02:51:46 PM »

Those look awesome!  I would love a tutorial for the book design... so creative!
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« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2007 02:58:15 PM »

Hehe, very nice! Creative!
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« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2007 03:20:19 PM »

I would LOVE a tute for the book if you wouldn't mind posting one. I really like the fabric you used for the inside of that one, and the one for the outside of the other Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2007 03:53:03 PM »

I hit the "This Rocks" button. I love the book idea! So cool! I have to copy you!
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« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2007 05:04:05 PM »

I can't for the life of me figure out how you did the book one..

Did you sew right through the cover?
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« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2007 06:16:57 PM »

What an awesome idea!  You are brilliant!
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« Reply #7 on: June 08, 2007 06:35:35 PM »

I just love the physics textbook hook holder! Geeky and crafty all rolled into one...does it get any better than that?  Wink
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« Reply #8 on: June 08, 2007 08:11:58 PM »

I love the text book holder and would love love love a tute if you would like to post one!! Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: June 08, 2007 09:09:44 PM »

very cool!
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« Reply #10 on: June 09, 2007 06:58:06 AM »

Ooo I love the textbook needle holder!  Looks like you've got quite a collection.
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« Reply #11 on: June 15, 2007 10:44:18 AM »

thanks ladies! I added a tutorial, now I want to see more interpretations of my idea, I'm very happy with the combination or form and function.

and I got all those needles from thrift stores (except for some of the circulars, they were on sale at Joanns or something)
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« Reply #12 on: June 15, 2007 11:12:51 AM »

Wow!!!!!!! that's really cool!! I am making a needle holder like you. Except that it's not made from a book, just fabric. I hope mine turns out as great as yours!! Grin Grin
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« Reply #13 on: June 15, 2007 11:50:54 AM »

This is such a good idea!  If you added a handle to it, it could be like the book purse that other people have made on here and then you could carry it places with you.
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« Reply #14 on: June 15, 2007 12:05:47 PM »

Totally inspirational (and awesome)!
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« Reply #15 on: June 15, 2007 12:28:42 PM »

this is awesome!  So super creative
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« Reply #16 on: June 15, 2007 01:37:53 PM »

This is such a good idea!  If you added a handle to it, it could be like the book purse that other people have made on here and then you could carry it places with you.

good point, I thought about that, but I decided it would be cool to have storage that looks like a book that I could keep on my bookshelf. Maybe I'll make another with a zipper around the outside that closes like a binder and keeps all the little stuff from falling out
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« Reply #17 on: June 15, 2007 04:07:47 PM »

okay i have finished mine, not as gorgeous as yours but hey it gets the job done. one more time now: that looks sooooooooo cool!!
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« Reply #18 on: June 17, 2007 06:46:10 AM »

Thanks so much for the detailed instructions--you made it look very do-able. Great project--I'll start one as soon as I find a cool book to tear apart.

I appreciate the time you took to write the tute!
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« Reply #19 on: December 21, 2007 05:42:43 PM »

This thing owns...but why is hot glue so bad?
I'm not a textile person, but I am a cosplayer...and hot glue has saved my life...
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« Reply #20 on: January 19, 2008 12:41:03 PM »

This thing owns...but why is hot glue so bad?
I'm not a textile person, but I am a cosplayer...and hot glue has saved my life...

I guess I've always had a love-hate relationship with hot glue (aside from the little circular burns they leave on my clumsy paws) because where I live (St. Louis) has pretty extreme, unpredictable weather. In a place that gets really, really hot & muggy as well as really, really cold & dry, adhesives tend to be pretty fickle. I've had problems with hot glue A. coming unstuck for seemlingly no reason and B. it leaves ugly bumps on the top of fabric more often than not. Granted I've also been rescued by hot glue, thus the 'love' portion of the relationship, I just try to avoid it when I can.
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« Reply #21 on: January 19, 2008 07:33:00 PM »

Makes sense.  I live in Michigan, so I can understand the unpredictable weather bit.
I live in my basement though, where it's usually really cold cause I have to keep a fan going at all times to circulate air, so I don't usually have to worry about my hot glue getting goopy once its set.
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« Reply #22 on: January 26, 2008 02:19:38 PM »

Found this a little late thanks to a random search for something else... That text book turned needle case is fantastic! 
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« Reply #23 on: January 26, 2008 10:59:12 PM »

This is awesome! I knew if I waited long enough, I would find something to do with that chemistry textbook I've had lying around (the bookstore wouldn't buy it back! bollocks!).

Thanks for posting this! Cheesy
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« Reply #24 on: January 29, 2008 07:59:37 PM »

This is awesome! I knew if I waited long enough, I would find something to do with that chemistry textbook I've had lying around (the bookstore wouldn't buy it back! bollocks!).

Thanks for posting this! Cheesy

haha, keep the diagrams, too! they're good for collage ephemera
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« Reply #25 on: February 08, 2009 10:57:21 AM »

I am totally making a version of this tonight....
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« Reply #26 on: February 18, 2009 09:29:43 PM »

I am totally making a version of this tonight....

sweet! post it when it's done!
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« Reply #27 on: February 19, 2009 01:55:06 PM »

That is awesome! I love how you thought to use the cover an old book. Ingenious!
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« Reply #28 on: February 20, 2009 01:34:48 AM »

Your physics teacher will be impressed with your ingenuity! Clever way of storing your needles and better still that you're recycling at the same time.  Grin Way cool!
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« Reply #29 on: March 05, 2009 03:18:41 PM »

That is awesome! I love how you thought to use the cover an old book. Ingenious!

thanks! there are enough of them lying around, might as well put some to good use!

Your physics teacher will be impressed with your ingenuity! Clever way of storing your needles and better still that you're recycling at the same time.  Grin Way cool!

I would like to make more things like this to house bobbins, needles, etc... I've gotten MUCH better at sewing and construction since I posted this. Thanks for the inspiration and your comments!

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« Reply #30 on: November 12, 2011 02:44:08 PM »

This is such an awesome idea I just have to try it
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« Reply #31 on: November 15, 2011 04:39:06 PM »

i got this book from the triftshop. it took like a half an hour to rip all the pages out and get it smooth. i made mines for dpn and circs. how did you get your fabric so smooth with the spary glue and all.



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