I am trying to restrict my fabric purchases for a few months and instead make things using what I have. In my scrap box, I had gathered a small pile of scraps from my big blue quilt, and I set myself the challenge of making something using them. I bought a 22-inch chunky zipper, and this is what I came up with: a knitting bag.
It was raining cats and dogs as I sewed this, so there are no progress photos. It was just too dark to take photos because of the clouds. I tried to take a photo of the ‘before’ pile of blue scraps, but it was too gloomy. The rain might be bad for photography and dog walking, but I love it. Winter here is when our neighbourhood looks green and my garden is happy and healthy, not scorched, dying and brown from the summer heat.
Essentially, I made a box pouch, using a method similar to the one I have used to make other box pouches, including these, but I changed the dimensions and added handles.
The finished bag’s dimensions are:
- height, 5½ inches
- length, 16¾ inches
- width, 6 inches
- handles, 21 x 1 inches.
The bag has some odd measurements as I was improvising as I went.
I thought about including internal pockets in the lining but decided against it.
The fabrics for the top, lining and handles came from larger pieces of fabric in my stash. I only had enough scraps to make the base and sides, which were made and quilted as one piece. Sadly, some of my pretty scraps have disappeared where they cannot be admired on the underside of the bag.
I used some of my stiff Matilda’s Own bag batting for the base and sides to give the bag rigidity, but I used lightweight fusible polyester batting for the top and ends. The softness of the top made it easier to attach the zipper. The handles have fusible interfacing to help them hold their shape.
I have not yet decided whether I will keep the bag for myself or put it aside as a gift. I am tempted to keep it for myself, but how many knitting bags does one girl need?