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26 August, 2011

Friday What's on my mind

From Tablecloth to Knitting Bag 

Welcome to What's on my mind today.  Thank you for taking the time to visit, I hope you enjoy what I've been up to and please feel free to leave a comment.  Take some time out of your day and visit Rhonda at Down To Earth and share with everyone what's on your mind today.

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.

Link back to Rhonda at Down To Earth and check out what all her readers have on their mind today.

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


  1. How clever!! I love your repurposed work station caddy!

    Funny, I too sit for a bit and ponder solutions and ideas, then bam I complete a project that makes me wish I had done it sooner. I am certain you will receive many compliments from guests visiting the home.


  2.'ve been a busy bee. Great catch alls for your goodies!

  3. I am so impressed. Chrissy, you are my type of lady, making something lovely out of what you have. Fantastic.

  4. Thanks for dropping by and leaving nice comments.

  5. I also suffer from an ever expanding knitting stash. Perhaps this is some sort of national or even worldwide epidemic lol.
    Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog :)
    x x x x

  6. What a fabulous idea! You are certainly one gifted crafter! I am in the process of making a sewing bag out of a recycled coffee bean sack, but I don't think it's going to be anywhere near the standard of yours. I love reusing and recycling :) Well done you! Regards, Ruth

  7. Nice job Chris, impressed how you creating something out of this and that's.... turned out great!!



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