9/16/11

tutorial: knitting bag


I love fall. In the past couple weeks, summer finally seems to be giving up around here. I have been soaking up the cooler temperatures and nice breezes, and have even noticed a few yellow leaves falling from the trees in our yard.

 The cooler temperatures lately have really made me want to knit. So I have been knitting away (more on that to come next week) and I have been wanting a new knitting bag. At about the same time I decided I needed a new bag, I began reading about Celebrate Color - a celebration of fall colors in fiber arts. Go read all about it - so inspirational and pretty.

I am not naturally drawn to fall colors. Orange and red aren't my thing, so I thought about my favorite fall colors. Mustard yellow, teal, brown. They aren't first-thing-to-your-mind fall colors, but they are rich and warm and cozy.

After all the chatter, let's get to the project, shall we?


My new knitting bag. My yarn embroidered knitting bag. I am pretty excited about this one. 


To make it, you only need a few inexpensive things: 


a canvas bag (not pictured - mine is 17.5"W x 13"H x 4"D from JoAnn)
yarn
tapestry needle (I used size 20)
pencil/paper (optional)

I started by tracing a circle (for the ball of yarn) onto my bag with a pencil. You could free hand a drawing of course, but I can't draw a circle without drawing an oval.


After I traced the circle, I just kind of filled in with the yarn lines. I didn't use a pattern and just added in lines here and there. You will want to make sure you don't draw an intricate or closely spaced design since the yarn is so thick and not great for detail. 


After I had my "pattern" drawn, I stitched it using a back stitch. You will want to use short lengths of yarn (about 12 inches) because the yarn gets fuzzy as it passes back and forth through the canvas. If you use a peice much bigger than 12 inches, it gets way too fuzzy and doesn't look so great. 


I also added 3 simple lines of running stitch at the top border of the bag. 


My favorite part is that you can see the running stitches inside the bag. Sweet. 


 It is already filled up with a knitting project, tools of the trade, and a gum wrapper and receipt from knitting night yesterday. It has been broken in! 

Happy fall, happy knitting, happy warm and cozy colors.

22 comments:

  1. This is adorable! I've never done an embroidery project but I think they are so cute!

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  2. You are so talented, girl! This is really really cute. And my best friend just happens to be a knitter. I shall file this one away for the best Christmas gift ever!

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  3. Cute idea! I keep thinking I need a new knitting bag, but really I don't. I have so many different kinds of bags!

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  4. it looks great!! I may do this but make a hook instead of needles :)

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  5. what a clever idea perfect for leftover bits and pieces...i want this on a tshirt!!

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  6. Allison, this is gorgeous!!! You're so creative - I only see new things on your blog :)

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  7. this is soo super cute!!! love it!

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  8. That is awesome! I wish I could knit, therefore needing a bag like this! Another great project Allison!

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  9. These are great fall colors, and a really cute tote! I'm so happy that you've chosen to join the Celebrate Color fun!

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  10. I love this! I am thinking Christmas gift for my Momma! Thanks for sharing!

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  11. Another win for Allison! So cute! I'm a bit jealous of your knitting prowess . . . My mom and I picked out a "simple" knitting pattern to try and branch out from crochet, and like 6 attempts later, it turns out I am still not a very good knitter. Oh well. I'm looking forward to seeing your finished knit cowl!

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  12. Thanks to all you sweet ladies for your comments! You all are the best!

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  13. This is SO cute!! I love it!! Your yarn ball looks so adorable!

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  14. I love your new knitting bag it's gorgeous! I'm going to have to make one for my knitting too! Love the colours! Also I'm a new follower, love your blog!

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  15. Hey Lady! I am looking for some guest bloggers for October to share fun Halloween crafts and recipes. What do you think? Want to join in the fun?

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    Kim @ Too Much Time

    http://kim-toomuchtimeonmyhands.blogspot.com/2011/09/good-morning-sunshine_19.html

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  17. Would LOVE it if you would link this project up at my turquoise lovin' party going on right now!! http://www.sweetlittlegals.com/2011/09/turquoise-lovin-5.html

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  18. Wow, I love those colors together! Lovely bag, great tutorial, thanks so much for joining in!

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  19. I love the colors and think they're great for fall. The bag is so cute. I'd proudly sport that bag around town. I hadn't thought to embroider with yarn, but great idea for a knitting bag.

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  20. Love it! Have pinned your post :)

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  21. I love this idea! So cute! Pinned and now I am following along! Really enjoyed the last 15 minutes exploring your older posts! Hope you are having a great day!
    Rebecca
    Heronscrafts.blogspot.com

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