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Topic: Kimono inspired Needle roll **Now with Tutorial**  (Read 16404 times)
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« on: December 27, 2005 08:17:30 AM »

I made this baby for a friend, for Christmas.  I chose the patterns and designed it to look kimono like.  (The center strip is supposed to look like an obi.) 


Below is a picture of some stitch markers I made, and a removable strap to hold them.  I used snaps to secure it to the needle roll, and it is tucked in a pocket when not needed. 


Tutorial:
1.) Starting with paper, make a template for the pieces of the needle roll.  Use some sort of paper first, that way you dont make mistakes on your fabric.

2.) Pin templates to fabric as follows:  Exterior body and interior flap are fabric A.  Interior body and exterior flap are fabric B.  Main interior pocket will be fabric C, and Bottom pocket and outer Obi (the strip of fabric that wraps around the exterior to look like a kimono sash) are fabric D.  I used four different fabrics, but it isnt necessary.  (Do what looks good!)  Cut out all fabric.  Also, you want to cut two strips of ribbon for the outside of the wrap, and two for the inside, plus one more to serve as the tie.  All the pieces, except for the last one, will be cut to fit the width of the needle roll.  (I used 21)  Cut the ribbon that will serve as the tie longer than the width of the roll.  When it is folded in half, it should be long enough to wrap around the finished rolled and tie into a bow.

3.)  Starting with the main pocket (the diagonal cut one):  Fold a seam on the diagonal, and iron it down to make sewing easier.  Pin ribbon to the diagonal.  Using a thread that matches the ribbon color, stitch the ribbon in place.
 
4.)  Next, take the rectangle that will serve as the bottom pocket, and repeat the above step with another ribbon.
5.)  Take diagonal cut fabric and pin to interior panel, ribbon side facing up.  Using a water soluble pencil and a ruler, make marks on the top and bottom of the diagonal fabric at 1.5 intervals, keeping in mind seam allowances.  After marking top and bottom, use a ruler to connect each line.  Using the chalk marks as a guide, sew along each line.  (This makes the long thin needle pockets.)   

6.)  Pin what will be the bottom pocket to the bottom of the diagonal pocket.  Using the diagonal pocket as a reference, draw a line every three or so spaces.  Sew along the drawn lines.  IMPORTANT:  make sure when you sew your lines you are on top of a previously sewn line, otherwise you are going to sew through your previously made needle pockets.

7.)  Take the fabric panel that will be the Obi.  Fold the seams and iron them, making the obi as wide as you want.
   Find the center of the exterior body panel and position the obi over it.  Take the two ribbons designated for the outside of the roll, and pin them, and the obi, to the fabric panel.  The ribbons should be pinned along the top and bottom edge of the obi, so that it slightly hides the seam.  Sew through each ribbon, fastening the obi to the panel.  


8.)  Assemble the needle roll.  Place both exterior and interior panels together, wrong sides facing out.  Take the ribbon that will serve as the tie, fold it in half, and position it in the center of one side of the roll.  Pin it so that the ribbon is sandwiched inside the panels, leaving only a little loop made by the fold sticking out of the side.  

9.)  Starting near a corner sew all the way around the edge of the two panels, as if sewing a pillow case.  Leave a few inches open, for turning.  Trim excess fabric and clip the ends of the corners.
10)  Turn work right side out.  Using a pencil (or a knitting needle) push all the corners out and to a point.   Using a hot iron, carefully iron entire roll to create crisp edges.  Fold in the fabric around the open hole and starting there, sew around the roll one more time, to give the edges more definition.

11.)  The flap is saved for last because it is smarter to adjust the size of the flap to match the roll, rather than the other way around.  (During the sewing process, youre rolls dimensions will change!)  Sew the flap, wrong sides out, just like a pillow case, leaving one of the short sides completely open.  Trim the excess and turn the fabric out.  Iron it flat, and using the needle roll as a reference, fold the seams inward until it is the same width as the roll.  Starting with the folded opening, Sew a seam around the outer edge of the flap.  
12.)  Pin the flap to the top interior of the body.  The lining fabric should face down, and the fabric that matches the exterior should be facing up.  Sew along the top edge.  

The stitch marker strap is really easy to put in.  You can use ribbon, or like I used, the elastic straps used for bras and camisoles.  (I bought a scrap bag that had a ton of that stuff.)  Use snaps to attach it to the diagonal pocket and more snaps to make the loop that will hold the markers.  You dont need any special equipment for the snaps I used, but there is a holder that makes the job a whole lot easier!  (Pictured.)  Make sure your strap is long enough to fit into one of the bottom pockets.  

Also, depending on the fabric you use, you might want to add interfacing.  I didnt, and my needle roll, made mostly of stretch fabric, is a little too floppy.  

Voila!  Done!

« Last Edit: December 21, 2009 02:10:35 PM by rackycoo » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2005 12:20:43 PM »

That's awesome.  I wish I was your friend!  Grin
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« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2005 05:08:17 PM »

That's really cool!  Very inventive.  You have one lucky friend!
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« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2005 09:30:07 AM »

Wow. I need one of these in the worst kind of way and I can't sew worth a flip.  I could be your friend.   Grin  I LOVE this one.  Esp the stitch markers...so pretty!
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« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2005 01:08:59 PM »

nice work.
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« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2005 01:24:43 PM »

 Grin

Gorgeous!  Did you also make the stitch markers?  What a lucky friend...
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« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2005 01:38:49 PM »

Grin

Gorgeous!  Did you also make the stitch markers?  What a lucky friend...

Yeah, I put together the stitch markers, but I didn't actually make the beads.  (Someday...)  Really, it was very fast and easy.  Each stitch marker took seconds to put together, and the materials were super cheap!
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« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2005 02:24:03 PM »

you picked some gorgeous beads!  I should do that for a friend who recently started knitting. 
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« Reply #8 on: December 29, 2005 05:53:37 PM »

beautiful!!!  Nice work.
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« Reply #9 on: December 30, 2005 04:43:49 PM »

Wow. That is gorgeous!
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« Reply #10 on: December 30, 2005 06:23:37 PM »

That's beautiful!  I love the kimono type design, and the inside slanting pocket.  The little stitch marker strap and pocket is brilliant!

I made some needle cases for ym mum and grandma for Christmas, they were nowhere near as good as yours!   I didn't put that flap on the top, maybe next time...  It was the first time I'd tried to make them.

Anyway, great job! Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: December 31, 2005 09:56:10 PM »

where did you get the red floral fabric?
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« Reply #12 on: January 01, 2006 04:47:15 PM »


 I didn't put that flap on the top, maybe next time...  It was the first time I'd tried to make them.

The Flap is essential!  I learned that the hard way!  Wink

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« Reply #13 on: January 01, 2006 04:49:01 PM »

where did you get the red floral fabric?

Just at Jo-ann's fabric. (As a matter of fact, I got all the materials at Jo-ann's)  I spent at least an hour matching up fabrics for it.  I found the fabric in the quilting section. 
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« Reply #14 on: January 01, 2006 11:39:18 PM »


 I didn't put that flap on the top, maybe next time...  It was the first time I'd tried to make them.

The Flap is essential!  I learned that the hard way!  Wink

Why?  Because the needles fall out the top?  Damn, now I'll have to make new ones for my mum and grandma >_<  But that's ok, I told them if they turned out to be crappy because I didn't know what i was doing I can make more - all good practice!
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« Reply #15 on: January 02, 2006 07:28:52 AM »


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Why?  Because the needles fall out the top?  Damn, now I'll have to make new ones for my mum and grandma >_<  But that's ok, I told them if they turned out to be crappy because I didn't know what i was doing I can make more - all good practice!

That's exactly why.  I had the same problem.  I made a really pretty one that I can't use because the needles keep slipping out!  I made this mistake twice before getting it right.
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« Reply #16 on: January 02, 2006 05:44:42 PM »

That's really awesome! I especially love the removable stitch marker loop! That's really original. ^_^ The fabric is gorgeous too. You definately have one lucky friend.
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« Reply #17 on: January 02, 2006 10:51:26 PM »


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Why?  Because the needles fall out the top?  Damn, now I'll have to make new ones for my mum and grandma >_<  But that's ok, I told them if they turned out to be crappy because I didn't know what i was doing I can make more - all good practice!

That's exactly why.  I had the same problem.  I made a really pretty one that I can't use because the needles keep slipping out!  I made this mistake twice before getting it right.

Haha!  Yeh I don't think my mum and grandma will be doing much travelling with them so it should be ok...  But I will definately work out some kind of flap for next time!
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« Reply #18 on: January 03, 2006 05:35:27 AM »

so innovated.  Cheesy it's truly wonderful.
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« Reply #19 on: January 05, 2006 06:55:02 AM »

Thanks everyone!  I added a tutorial, in case anyone wanted to know how I made it!
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« Reply #20 on: January 05, 2006 06:59:44 AM »

That is absolutely GORGEOUS!
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« Reply #21 on: January 05, 2006 04:39:41 PM »

it looks beautiful, and thanks so much for adding the tutorial! i'm planning on making one for a friend, and i know she would absolutely adore the japanese style and fabric.
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« Reply #22 on: January 05, 2006 05:19:45 PM »

Awesome job!


I am looking for a way to carry my drawing pencils to and from class... do you think this would work?

besides making it taller for the pencils are there any other modifications you can think of that I would need to do?
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« Reply #23 on: January 05, 2006 08:55:05 PM »

Awesome job!


I am looking for a way to carry my drawing pencils to and from class... do you think this would work?

besides making it taller for the pencils are there any other modifications you can think of that I would need to do?

Knitting needles are pretty long, so I don't think you would need to make it taller.  If anything, you might have to make them shorter!  You should make the pockets more narrow, though.  If you do that, you can omit the flap.  The pockets have to be a little wide for the needles, because you have to accomodate different sizes.  Pencils are all pretty much the same width, so you can make the pockets tighter.  You could also make a wide pocket for a ruler or erasers.
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« Reply #24 on: January 30, 2006 06:32:56 PM »

Smooshy:

Your roll has to be the best looking, best functioning one Ive seen yet.Thanks for the gr8 tute!

What was the snap thingy that you showed in the tute? Snaps have been a mystery to me.

Skooty
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« Reply #25 on: January 31, 2006 11:13:34 PM »

OMG! You posted a tute!  Thanks so much, this knitting needle case is gorgeous!
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« Reply #26 on: February 03, 2006 06:12:08 PM »

I made a very similar roll-up, but for drum sticks.
making sure that you are careful about sewing the corners, trimming enough, and pressing the fabric, these turn out really well
yours is simply beautiful!
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« Reply #27 on: May 24, 2007 02:35:15 AM »

Arigatou, smooshyknit!

(Since it was a Japanese inspired project, I figured it could do with a bit of Nihon-go!)

This was the PERFECT gift to make for my knitting friend for her birthday.... which was.... erm.... last December. Oops! (I had a 4-month-old baby at home, OK?? Smiley )

I am the world's worst photographer, so please bear with the crappy images.

Open with the flap down:



Open with the flap up:



Rolled up:



Close-up of the "obi":



I think the flap needed to be a bit longer, and the channels for the needles a bit narrower (I made mine 1.5"), but on the whole, I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out!

Oh and I used denim for the outside, and some upholstery sample fabric for the inside.

I also think the pocket could have been embellished a tad more. But hey - it was my first one.

Thanks again!
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« Reply #28 on: June 16, 2007 06:18:45 AM »

Smooshy:

Your roll has to be the best looking, best functioning one Ive seen yet.Thanks for the gr8 tute!

What was the snap thingy that you showed in the tute? Snaps have been a mystery to me.

Skooty

Sorry it took so long for me to reply, but the snapped strap is a stitch marker holder.  It easily comes open to load and unload stitch markers, plus it comes off completely, if you want to take your stitch marker holder with you.

sweetpea74, your roll looks gorgeous!

Thank you all for such wonderful comments!

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« Reply #29 on: October 11, 2007 01:59:57 PM »

The pictures don't work anymore: [

I want to make this sooo badly but I'm a little dumb w/o pics.

HELP!
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« Reply #30 on: October 11, 2007 05:36:22 PM »

Here's the tutorial:  http://www.craftbits.com/viewProject.do?projectID=1153 .
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