Re-purpose: Shirt to Knitting Case
Now that exam season is over for the year, it's time to do something a bit more creative! A fair bit of dust had accumulated on my sewing machine since the last time I had chance to do any sewing...
Today's project is fairly simple: my friend requested I make a knitting needle case from her husband's old shirt.
The shirt is made from a really good, sturdy cotton - so it's perfect for this project. I even decided not to use any interfacing, because the fabric seemed robust enough on its own.
I began by drawing out my ideas. Ashley requested the case be something simple - she didn't want individual slots for each pair of needles, and she wanted something small and relatively portable.
I decided to make two separate pockets, because my own needles vary in length and I thought this might make sorting them easier.
Next I measured the length of the needles, removed 3cm so that Ashley would be able to see and choose needle sizes easily, and then added a 1cm seam allowance to each side.
Goodness me, measuring and cutting is so easy with checked fabric!! There's every chance everything I make from now on will have stripes
Then came the fun bit: sewing!
I started by hemming the top of each piece. Then I sewed the two smaller pieces together along the bottom and both sides. Next, I sewed this joined together piece with the final long piece. Super easy!
One thing I wish I'd thought of is making sure that the wrong sides of the fabric weren't showing. I only did a single hem so it looks a little bit untidy from the inside. But it will definitely do the job and hopefully Ashley will like it and get plenty of use from it!
I absolutely love recycling things that no longer serve a purpose, and remaking them into something new and functional! The great thing about this project is that there's still plenty of fabric left over. I might make a matching project bag as a surprise :)
I hope you enjoyed this post. I do apologise for the quality of the pictures! I had hoped to make a step-by-step tutorial, but the picture quality on my phone is shocking!! I'm definitely making charging batteries for my camera a priority!!