Thursday, January 27, 2011

Who Knew?

Business is moving right along in the Etsy shop.  Just when I think things have slowed down a little, I get another order.  Which is great!  A recent customer asked me if I'd be willing to do a different kind of custom order for her.  She had already purchased an interchangeable needle case.  What she wanted next was a notions case.

Do any of you have an overwhelming amount of knitting notions?  I know my collection is quickly growing.  A lot of times, one little pocket isn't near enough for all our "stuff."

What this woman asked for was a case similar to the needle case, except she wanted it to be a case of pockets and pouches.  I knew in some form or another, this was doable.  What I didn't know, was whether or not I could figure out a way to construct the case and make it mimic what I wanted it to be.

My needle cases come with one zippered pocket on the inside front cover.  It's a fairly sizeable pocket, and in my opinion, a good use of space.  For her, though, she needed more.

I just finished her case on Tuesday and I LOVE how it turned out.  The inside front and back covers each have a zippered pocket similar to the needle cases.

But the middle "pages" are more like zippered pouches and pockets!  This took time figuring it out.  I had a concept in my head, then I wrote it out on paper, then I went to execute the plan.

I'm not afraid to say that I encountered a few stumbling blocks, but by taking a break (as well as a few deep breaths), thinking it over, and coming back when I was ready to tackle the project again, I found success!
On this case, I made the strap/closure 6" long instead of 4."  This allows for the pockets to be fairly full, but the case to still be closed up neatly.  I also added 2 buttonholes to the strap.
This isn't an item I will regularly post in my shop, but I may have to make one for myself.  It seems pretty handy!  And if someone were to request one, I wouldn't turn them down. :)


  1. That is so perfect! Great material you used and love the colors.

  2. I love the colour of the material. Such a great idea too! Lovely!