From Tablecloth to Knitting Bag
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I had another tablecloth belonging to my MIL's that's been in the cupboard for years and I'll never use it because I don't like the colours for my kitchen, it doesn't match anything. My MIL has always been a quality buyer and the material in this tablecloth reflects that. I soaked it in napisan for several days, as it was quite yellow from being stored away for years. The soaking brought the cloth to life and there is too much goodness in the material to just put to away again for another 5 years.
I have this messy area in the family room where I 'dump' my knitting and crochet needles and wool. I've been 'thinking' about tidying this corner up for some time now but I usually find other interesting things to do instead.
It's not like I don't have anything to do, there's heaps of projects on the go and many more running through my head, but with Spring fast approaching (it's here really, but not technically) I need to get some order into my life and house. At first I thought I would turn the tablecloth into a baby blanket for my niece who is expecting her second daughter next month, but she assures me she has plenty of blankets. So back to the messy corner and with the tablecloth in mind, I decided to make a large bag that would hold the needles and anything else I had in mind to store in it.
By the end of the day I made this and today I have been tidying up the corner. I've taken some time out from cleaning to have a 'cuppa' and visit Rhonda at Down To Earth for 'On My Mind' day.
I have hundreds of knitting needles, because friends keep giving me their stash when they decide they no longer want to knit. It's a conditional share, they can borrow them back any time they like. I'm kinda the storage lady. Now I have the ideal storage and all the needles are grouped in size.
Months ago I made a valiant attempt to tidy my knitting corner up (this is one of many hobby corners around the house) by making a knitting needle roll. But it wasn't big enough and I could only store the largest needles. But at the time it was a start.
So the corner is a tad neater. I've been able to discard some paper bags that held needles and wool and everything is together which is the main thing. I like this bag much better than it's intended use - the tablecloth. I recycled all the material, used a sheet no longer used as the interfacing and found an old piece of grey material for the lining and scraps for the handles. I can think of a hundred uses for this bag and it only cost me my time and the electricity to crank up the sewing machine.
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If you would like the pattern for this bag, I would be happy to post it out to you, just send me an email with your address. Cheers