I mentioned a few posts ago that I got a new set of bamboo dpns- size 0 to size 10, 5″ length and 5 needles of each size. I got them for a steal on Amazon, so I don’t expect them to last me a lifetime.
When they arrived, I realized I had a bit of a problem though: all the needles look the same! Sure they’re labeled, but my little OCD brain blew a circuit. So I went shopping for a double-point needle bag to organize my 55 newest friends.
Yipes Stripes! These bags are expensive! (At least for my little craft budget). The Della Q bag is beautiful– silk/tafeta with enough pockets for a full set of DPNs and Circular needles. And (be still my beating heart) each pocket is labeled. *Swoon*. But at $90, that is way outta my league.
So I decided to make my own! I grabbed an old button-up blouse from the donation pile and within 2 hours I had a Needle Burrito! Here’s how I did it:
First- the design. I knew I wanted to store all my DPNs, which would require a double layer of pockets- and those pockets can’t be too big so that the needles disappear into them. Oh- and I wanted the button-up front of the shirt to work as the latch. At the beginning, I had the idea to use the colar as an internal needle flap- but that got left behind as the project got more complicated.
Second- disassemble the shirt! Fun times ripping apart seems! Then square up the pieces so they’re usable.
Third- sew together the back panel (aka main body.) I buttoned it up to make sure they would work when I was done:
Fourth- clean up those edges! At this point, I realized that the shirt fabric is a little flimsy for this project- so I pulled out some lightweight interfacing and ironed it onto the main body. I would have liked to have this hidden behind some matching fabric, but I didn’t have enough. C’est La Vie!
Fifth- sew up the center panel and pin into the bottom of the main body like so:
Next comes the tricky part- making the needle pockets. I had originally measured them all out, but I’m glad I went with a more practical approach- forget measuring and use the real needles! I’m glad I did this because I never would have thought to leave enough fabric in each pocket so that the needles could actually fit in them. See what I mean?:
I started sewing from the center and worked my way out. This resulted in the bottom flap to evenly scrunch up instead of scrunching all on one side.
Lastly- Fil’er Up!
When I get the gumption, I’ll make little labels for the pockets so I know which needles are which. And I’ll tidy up the tie-up, too.
But for now: Voila! A needle burrito!