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How To Make A Knitting Needle Holder From Vintage Linens

Monday, February 10th, 2014

From our managing editor, Jami Boys.

You may not know it, but Jami, from An Oregon Cottage, has been writing on here for a year now. She handles all of our regular features like our weekly notebook, the giveaways, freebies, and round-up posts that you see on our site. She has become my right arm and I would be lost without her. Jami has a diverse background in frugal homemaking, manages her own blog, manages this blog, and is my new managing editor. How is she managing it all? I have no idea! But, I am so excited she has agreed to share her expertise on frugal homemaking with us!

How To Make A Knitting Needle Holder From Vintage Linens

I love vintage linens, especially linens that women have used their time and talents on to create works of art using embroidery, drawn-thread techniques, applique, crochet edgings and other needlework crafts. Since cruising thrift stores is a major pastime of mine, I have amassed quite a collection because I have a hard time leaving such treasures in a heap on a table.

How To Make A Knitting Needle Holder From Vintage Linens

However, I’m not a purist and I recognize that since we don’t use doilies, table runners and other small linen items in our homes anymore, I need to find other ways to be able to use and appreciate these little pieces of art once again. In the past I have made cafe curtains from old tea towels, pillows and tote bags from tablecloths and attached small embroidery pieces to the tops of ready-made pillows. Reusing these special pieces is also a way to use worn or stained linens that still have useable areas.

Since one of my other favorite hobbies is knitting, today I’m sharing how I transformed two vintage linens – a table runner and a pillowcase – into rolled knitting needle holders to organize and carry both my straight and circular needles. And the best part? It’s super easy and uses only straight line sewing!

How To Make A Knitting Needle Holder From Vintage Linens

Supplies Needed

(same for all types of linens)

Vintage linens – table runners and pillowcases for this example worked best because they were long enough for 13″ straight knitting needles (if making a needle holder for crochet hooks, tea towels would be long enough).
Coordinating ribbon – a 32″ piece of ribbon for tying in a bow. A grograin ribbon where both sides are the same is best.
Fabric marker – either vanishing or eraser style
Straight pins, sewing machine & coordinating thread

How To Make A Knitting Needle Holder From Vintage Linens

How To Make A Needle Holder From a Vintage Table Runner:

1. Fold linen piece with wrong sides together, using the needles you want it to hold as your measuring guide. Leave a top flap for folding over either over the needles or the other way, depending on if you want to see the tops of your needles (this example has the flap cover the needle tops, the next goes the other way leaving them visible). Pin edges where they meet.

2. Fold ribbon piece in half and insert folded edge 1/4″ into pinned edge; pin in place.

3. Set your machine to a longer stitch length (3.0) which makes a cleaner stitch for decorative sewing and doesn’t bunch as much as smaller stitches can.

4. Sew a straight line right along the edge of your linen. My embroidered runner had a crochet edge, so I sewed right where the crochet started.

5. As you come to the ribbon pinned to the edge, make sure it is straight and sew right over it, catching it in the edge.

6. Use a fabric marker to mark where the needle pockets will go.

7. Start at the bottom of the folded pocket and make marks at intervals for the individual needle pockets. For the 13″ bamboo straight needles I used here I made 1-1/4″ pockets which held sizes 13 to 5. You can make the pockets all different sizes as well for a custom needle holder (see below).

8. Use the marker and a ruler to make marks evenly up the inside pocket at about 3-4″ intervals – just enough that you can follow with the sewing machine.

9. Starting at the bottom of the large pocket, sew from the first mark straight up to the top of the pocket, using the marks as a guide. Bar-tack at the beginning and end to lock in stitches (sew back and forth one time before starting and ending the seam). Repeat to make remaining individual needle pockets.

How To Make A Knitting Needle Holder From Vintage Linens

Add your needles to the pockets. I like to organize them from largest to smallest.

How To Make A Knitting Needle Holder From Vintage Linens

Fold the flap over the needles, roll up keeping the embroidery visible, and tie with the ribbon. That’s it! Pretty easy, huh?

How To Make A Knitting Needle Holder From Vintage Linens

I also made a needle holder from a pillowcase that had embroidery and a scalloped crochet edging. The benefit of using a pillowcase is that it comes out thicker, liked a lined fabric.

How To Make A Knitting Needle Holder From Vintage Linens

How To Make A Needle Holder From a Vintage Pillowcase:

1. Follow the same steps outlined above, but make sure that your pillow decoration will fold over the way you want – either covering the tops of the needles or leaving them visible. You can see above that I left mine visible as I usually have the sizes marked on the needle tops and being able to see them will make them easier to find. If you plan on traveling with them and think they may fall out, cover them with the top flap.

2. Sew right along the edge of the case to make the seams for the large pocket before marking for your needle sizes. I made this case to hold some smaller 9″ bamboo needles and some circular needles.

3. When making custom sizes like this, it’s best to start measuring from each edge the sizes you want and work towards the center, so the last center pocket can be a larger or smaller size. In my example, the two outside circular needle pockets on each side (4 total) were 2-1/2″, the next three pockets on each side were 1/14″ and the center pocket is 2″ which ended up being perfect for the size 15″ needles.

How To Make A Knitting Needle Holder From Vintage Linens

You can make holders for all your needles – double pointed, circular, crochet hooks, or any others that you use. And wouldn’t these make a sweet gift for the crafters in your life? I know they would appreciate not only having their needles organized, but also the beauty of the original handiwork.

Vintage Linen Paint Brush Holder

Not a knitter? If you have paintbrushes to organize, you can make holders this same way for them, as this example from Jeannie Oliver showed on Instagram.

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Amy’s Notebook 02.05.14

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Crochet Hearts

Source: Everything Etsy

 

I’m simply in love with these adorable crochet hearts - I can think of so many ways to use them!

This is a super cute and simple Valentine’s Day Wreath that would be fun to make.

Here’s a fun craft to do with our daughters – make no-sew elastic hair ties and headbands! There’s even a suggestion on how to package them for gifts.

I’m completely inspired to try some of these yummy looking 11 cauliflower recipes.

My kids will flip for chocolate shortbread heart cookies – especially since they are dipped in chocolate!

Are you loving this diy mudroom bench as much as I am?

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I hope you enjoyed this collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, and thrifty ways to spruce up your home. Nothing brings me more joy then to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration!

 

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Amy’s Notebook 01.29.14

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

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Source: No Biggie

 

I’m loving this sweet (and free!) Valentine – or any time – printable created from a Beatle’s song printed in a heart shape.

Anyone have a glue gun that doesn’t need to be cleaned? Not me, making this glue gun cleaning tutorial perfect timing.

This diy homework and art station is sooo adorable!

I’m completely drooling over these chocolate almond butter bites – going gluten free is looking better and better!

Goodness, one pot of vegetable stock stretched to make 5 dinners? Fabulously thrifty!

Doesn’t this Broccoli Slaw with Cranberry Orange Dressing sound like the perfect mid-winter salad?

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I hope you enjoyed this collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, and thrifty ways to spruce up your home. Nothing brings me more joy then to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration!

 

Amy’s Notebook 01.22.14

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

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Source: Inspired By Charm

 

Oh, my, these wool felt ball coasters are SO cute. I.must.have.

I love a good Mod Podge craft and this list of 20 Mod Podge projects includes everything from shelf upcycles to pencil makeovers. Inspiring!

Looking for some creative ways to celebrate Valentine’s day? The 28 Valentine’s day ideas here are some of the most beautiful I’ve seen!

I can’t wait to try this black bean and quinoa enchilada bake – I’m loving quinoa lately and this fits my new gluten-free diet, plus it looks like the whole family will like it, too!

Drooling over this unique take on traditional morning glory muffins: morning glory oats. What a healthy and yummy way to start the day.

And using window CD envelopes and printable tags for Valentine treat pouches is simply genius – and so adorable!

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I hope you enjoyed this collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, and thrifty ways to spruce up your home. Nothing brings me more joy then to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration!

 

Amy’s Notebook 01.15.14

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Chicago Loft

Source: Design Sponge

 

Now one part of me wishes I lived in a Chicago loft with brick walls and cool vintage finds. Love.

I think this adorable rolled-up paper Valentine Wreath would make such a fun project to do with my daughter!

This black bean soup with chorizo and chicken looks so yummy – what a nice, hearty middle-of-winter meal!

Oh my, I love one-dish dinners like this drool-worthy baked salmon & vegetables that are both quick & healthy, don’t you?

This amazing weathered gray IKEA coffe table hack is genius!

Mmmm, here’s a slow cooker lentil chili that’s sure to warm you up on a cold night.

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I hope you enjoyed this collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, and thrifty ways to spruce up your home. Nothing brings me more joy then to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration!

 

Amy’s Notebook 01.08.14

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Heart themed party

Source: Kara’s Party Ideas

 

This is an adorable heart-themed party idea – there are so many applications for this from birthdays to Valentine’s Day to wedding showers!

I’m not sure I could actually make this, but I could sure use this diy scarf hanger – actually a couple of them!

I love this detailed tutorial on how to create a vision board, but I love the title even more: Dare to Dream. Yes.

I’m thinking with all of our cold and snow my kids would flip for this caramelized white chocolate “hot chocolate.” Who am I kidding? They’d flip for this anytime!

I’m simply drooling over these spinach and feta stuffed chicken breasts.

Here are 7 ways to eat (& drink) turmeric – nicely timed since I keep hearing about the benefits of eating turmeric!

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Amy’s Notebook 01.01.14

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

Happy New Year! How about we start the year off with some great recipes, diy ideas, and even a fantastic list of iPhone apps for 2014? I’m looking forward to another year of discovering wonderful things to help us to grow, learn, and have fun – and of course, sharing them with you!

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Source: The Lemon Bowl

 

I’m so excited to make these almond joy pancakes – gluten free or not, I think my family will flip when they see them!

Start the new year with some black-eyed pea dip – it may bring luck {or not!}, but either way it looks yummy and good for you!

Do you think any of these 15 kitchen shortcuts will change the way you cook in 2014?

Thinking about simple ideas for holiday organizing as you’re putting things away this year can help to make sure next year is a breeze!

These before & after photos of IKEA hacks from 2013 are truly inspiring – I’m seeing a trip to the blue box in my future!

Here’s a really nice roundup of must-have iPhone apps, many that can help you get organized in the new year.

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Amy’s Notebook 12.26.13

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

mustard from scratch

Source: Food 52

 

I’m thinking the new year should include learning to make mustard from scratch - and customizing it with flavors like chipotle or local honey.

This slow cooker sausage, hash brown and cheddar breakfast casserole that you prep the night before would make such a perfect New Year’s breakfast!

Yum – I’m eyeing these mini muffin frittatas as a fun addition for an appetizer party.

How about a new year’s resolution to not get locked out of the car again by making a simple magnetic key hider case? Not that I’ve ever done that.

I’m loving this list of some of the best reads for kids from 2013!

I’m thinking a lot of us may be needing 10 cold-day ideas to keep kids busy over the next few months!

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I hope you enjoyed this special after-Christmas edition of the Notebook! A collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, and a few ideas to help you ring in the new year. Nothing brings me more joy then to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration!

 

Amy’s Notebook 12.18.13

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Snowman in a jar

Source: The Connection We Share

 

Aren’t these snowman-in-a-jar playdough kits absolutely adorable? So easy to make and put together, they’d make a great stocking stuffer to be played with all winter long.

I’m in love with these awesome diy star wire ornaments that look way more complicated than they really are. I can see these used so many ways: as ornaments, hanging from a chandelier, as gift toppers…the list goes on!

If you’re looking for a special, heirloom-worthy gift for a little girl check out this sweet diy dollhouse tutorial. This is the type of gift that will be passed down through the generations.

Easy microwave caramels? Sounds just about perfect for our simplified holiday this year!

Do you love eggnog? Here’s a great recipe to make your own eggnog and control the sweetness, spices and type of milk used. Perfect.

Using a yummy jelly-chili sauce glaze on baby carrots? Genius!

 

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20+ Easy DIY Stocking Stuffers for All Ages

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

20 Easy DIY Stocking Stuffers - MomAdvice.com

Just in case you may have gotten the idea that handmade gifts were only possible for the “big” gifts on our list, I wanted to share with you that it’s possible to make some fun, easy, and even last-minute diy stocking stuffers. You know, to go along with all those gold coins and such. So I’ve gathered some stocking-sized Mom Advice projects that have garnered lots of smiles over the years as well as some projects from other lovely blogs and websites to give you diy stocking ideas in four categories to cover all your age group needs:

  • Stocking stuffers for girls
  • Stocking stuffers for guys
  • Stocking stuffers for kids
  • Stocking stuffers for everyone

Some can be completed in minutes (literally), some need a bit more planning (but just a bit), and all really are easy and can save you money, always a plus during the holidays, right?

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Stocking stuffers for girls

 

1. Ribbon Rosette gifts: Sweet Little Ribbon Rings and Rolled Ribbon Rosette Hair Accessories @ Mom Advice

2. Knitted gifts: Quick And Easy Knitted Boot Cuffs and Cute Knitted Headbands @ Mom Advice

3. DIY Lip Balms @ Martha Stewart

4. Solid Lotion Bars @ How Did You Make This

5. Map Pendants @ Unfortunately Oh!

DIY Phone Cover: road map

Source: Maps.com

 

Stocking Stuffers for Guys

 

1. Diy Map Case For iPhone and iPad @ Maps.com

2. Personalized CD @ Mom Advice

3. Hot Pepper Sauce @ Real Simple

4. Neon Perpetual Calendar @ Caravan Shoppe

5. Homemade Aftershave @ Jeanetics.net

Robot stocking stuffer

Source: Crafts Unleashed

Stocking Stuffers for Kids

 

1. Design A Robot {in a tin} @ Crafts Unleashed

2. Braided Yarn Bracelets @ Gerbera Designs

3. PB Kids Knock-Off Nightlight @ Crafts Unleashed

4. Wrapped Candy Coin Rolls @ Martha Stewart

5. Star Shaped Crayons @ Living Well Spending Less

Knitted Coffee Cozies - MomAdvice.com

Stocking Stuffers for All Ages

 

1. Knitted Coffee Cozies @ Mom Advice

2. Hot Cocoa & Vanilla Chai Drink Mixes @ Mom Advice

3. Easy Microwave Peanut Brittle (or any nut) @ Mom Advice

4. Peppermint Bark @ Living Well Spending Less

5. Diy Hand Warmers @ In Habitat

You can find a lot more ideas on Mom Advice’s Gift Giving Pinterest Board! What are your favorite easy diy stocking stuffer ideas?

 

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