Okie dokie - so you want a fancy shmancy DPN and circular needle case? Here's how to get a swanky case of your very own! If anyone makes one of these cases, I'd love to see pics...
1) A yard of silk brocade.
2) Another yard of a textured material for the lining of the case. I used raw silk, but anything thin with a bit of grip would work.
3) An unholy number of straight pins.
4) Sewing machine.
5) Libation of your choice (Red wine makes the brocade easier to work with....well, at least that's what I kept telling myself.)
Here's the pretty fabric I chose. Apologies for not thinking ahead and using a lighter colour.
First step is to determine how large you want your finished case to be. I wanted to have a large case - so I used the full width of the brocade (36 inches - the finished case is slightly smaller due to seam allowances). Cut off three strips which are 5 inches tall (plus seam allowances on all sides), and the same width as the body of the case.
Do this for both fabrics. These strips will eventually be your tiered pockets.
Put the strips of the brocade and lining fabric right sides facing together, and sew the long sides together (making a tube). Repeat with all three strips. Flip them right side out and press the edges. (Don't skip the ironing...doing so will make you cry in the long run.)
Place the strips against the lining fabric (lining fabric facing lining fabric). Do so in such a manner that the bottom strip is flush with the bottom of the lining, and the other strips overlap each other (by about .5 of an inch). I've folded up the corners of the strips so you can get an idea of what I'm blathering on about. Pin them into place, and sew them down ONLY along the bottom edge of each strip.
Place the brocade face to face with the brocade of the strips. Align the edges of the brocade with the edges of the lining and sew along all of the sides, leaving a small opening at the top of the case (about 2.5 inches).
Turn the case right side out.
Pin the opening closed, iron the edges and topstitch.
Now, you'll have to sew the pockets for your needles. I like having both my DPNs and circulars in the same case, so here's what I did:
Circulars: Divide the case into quarters and mark the points. Sew a straight line through the points, through all of the layers. Ta da - ya got pockets for your circs. If you want a case just for circs, you can sew the lines through all of the strips. If you want to store DPNs in your case too, lift the bottom strip away from the sewing action when you're putting the pockets for the circulars in place. You don't want to catch the bottom strip - it should flap freely until you're ready to sew the lines for the DPN pockets.
DPNs: Each of the pockets is custom measured for the needle size - take your set of DPNs, measure the width of the set and add about .5 of an inch. Measure that same distance on your case, and sew a line from the bottom of the case, up to the bottom of the strip above the DPN row. (There should be .5 of an inch at the top of the DPN row that's unsewn.) Here's what it looks like with needles in it:
I don't sew a closure on my cases - I use a big safety pin, and I put my stitch markers on it. Then I use the whole shebang to pin the case closed.
As for keeping the case portable, I like to fold the case in on itself (outside edges to the centre, and then fold it all together.) and sew a ribbon on the outside to tie it all together.
Hope this is all clear as mud. As noted above, the required libation may have impaired my ability to write legibly.