This was a joint design and effort between my husband and I, but I only did one seam and the rest of the work is his. He enjoys it so 🙂 it is also the first thing we have made. The design evolved as we went on.
We got the material as offcuts from a local store. We chose our size based on some long knitting needles I have. We selected a length. The sizes are variable, but you need 2 rectangles of cloth.
Firstly select your cloth and accessories.
Next cut your material to size, paying attention to right angles. First cut the inner piece. Folding a piece over to make the flap to hold the needles. Take your material and fold the hem over and pin in place, this will save multiple hemming. Cut the second piece of material with a 10cm overlap on 3 sides and enough material to cover the flap (image beneath this one shows it) and secure with a couple of pins, making sure your pattern lines up as you would like on the other side.
Pin the outer material to the flap, again folding the hem inwards to save you sewing extra hems. It is 2cm from the edge of the flap of internal material to the start of the flap of the outer material.
Top stitch (a close stitch to the seam, at least I think so!) across the seam where the outer material meets the inner material on the flap.
How it looks on the other side.
Pin the edges down on the top flap. Using pins along the inside edge ensures an even width. Stitch. Pin the corners into tucks ready for stitching.
When you have stitched the edges, stitch the corners.
Stitch the ribbon into the edge aligned with the band that is the top of the bottom flap.
The image below shows part of the inside (it’s quite large) with the top flap open and then the top flap over. The knitting needle pockets were made by stitching from the edge of the bottom flap to the top of the bottom flap, 6cm apart, stitching the flap to the back of the fabric. They final image is the finished product.