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This project is an extract from 'Learn to Sew' by Emma Hardy and is published by Cico Books.  The book has 25 simple projects to sew for your home whilst you learn to sew.

Knitting Bag Project

Sew a bag to hold your knitting

Every crafter needs a knitting bag to hold balls of yarn and knitting needles, but many commercially available versions are more practical than decorative. This stylish bag is roomy enough to hold plenty of yarn and looks good as well. Interfacing has been used to make the fabric as stiff as possible so that it holds its shape, and all the layers are quilted to create a sturdy bag.

Skills needed:

• Machine sewing seams

• Topstitching

• Notching or clipping circular seams

• Slipstitching

• Sewing on buttons



40 x 12in. (100 x 30cm) of plain white cotton fabric

40 x 12in. (100 x 30cm) of batting (wadding)

30 x 15in. (75 x 38cm) of patterned fabric

Sewing thread to match fabrics

40 x14in. (100 x 35cm) of solid-coloured fabric

Fusible interfacing

2 buttons



Tape measure

Fabric scissors


Masking tape

Sewing machine


Sewing needle


Take 5/8-in. (1.5-cm) seam allowances throughout unless otherwise stated.


To Sew

Cutting fabric for knitting bag

1. Measure and cut a piece of white cotton fabric and a piece of batting (wadding) 30 x 12in. (75 x 30cm). Measure and cut a rectangle of patterned fabric 30 x 11in. (75 x 28cm). Lay the white cotton on the work surface with the batting (wadding) on top of this. Place the patterned fabric rectangle, right side up, onto this, lining up the bottom edges together. Pin the layers together.


Quilting the fabrics

 2. Stick a strip of masking tape vertically from the bottom to the top of the fabrics. Measure 1 1/2 in. (4cm) from the left-hand side of the tape, sticking another strip of tape parallel to the first. Continue at 1 1/2in. (4-cm) increments, measuring from the left-hand side of the tape, all the way along the fabric. Machine stitch along the left-hand side of each length of tape to quilt the fabric.

Making a fabric tube

 3. With patterned fabric right sides together fold the panel over, lining up along both short sides. Pin and stitch along the edge, and press the seam open.


Making a circular bag base

 4. Cut circles of white cotton, batting (wadding), and patterned fabric, all with a diameter of 9 1/2 in. (24cm). Lay the white cotton onto the work surface with the batting on top of this. Place the patterned fabric circle on the top, right side up. Pin the layers together. Stick a length of tape across the circle and measure and stick parallel strips on either side of the first at 1 1/2-in. (4-cm) increments as before, across the width of the circle. Machine stitch along one side of each length of tape.


Sew a knitting bag

 5. Measure and cut a piece of the solid-coloured fabric 30 x 13 1/2 in. (75 x 34cm). With right sides together (if there is a right and wrong side), pin and stitch both short sides together. Place this over the quilted tube, right side out, with the top raw edge lining up with raw edge of the patterned fabric. Pin and stitch the plain fabric onto the quilted tube.


Pin base of tube and stitch

 6. With right sides together, pin and stitch the circular base to the main part of the bag. Turn the bag the right way out and push the lining inside. Press the top edge of the lining to form a neat edge. Topstitch around the top and bottom of the cuff.


Clipping curves

7. Cut a circle of solid-coloured fabric for the base of the lining the same size as before. Turn the bag wrong side out again. With right sides together, if applicable, pin and stitch the base to the main lining piece, leaving an opening of about 4in. (10cm). Make small snips around the seam allowance and turn the bag the right way out through the gap in the lining. Slipstitch the opening in the lining closed, and push the lining into the bag.

Making the bag handle

 8. Cut a strip of patterned fabric 23 x 4in. (58 x 10cm). Cut a piece of interfacing to the same size and, following the manufacturer’s instructions, press with the iron to attach it to the wrong side of the fabric strip. Fold the strip in half along its length and stitch along one short end and along the length, using a seam allowance of 1/2in. (1cm). Snip the corners. Turn the tube the right way out and press. Turn the raw end in and topstitch all the way round the handle. Sew the handle onto the bag, finishing with a button at each end of it.


Completed knitting bag


Below you'll find a sneak peek at some of the other beautiful projects you can find in the book.

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Book Credit - Learn to Sew by Emma Hardy, published by Cico Books (£9.99).  Photos Debbie Patternson © Cico Books.  Illustration by Michael Hill © Cico Books.

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