When my lovely friend Vannessa very kindly sent me three gorgeous fat quarters of fabric I knew I wanted to make a treat for myself and an open wide zippered knitting pouch seemed like the perfect project.
It is rare for me to have fabric that doesn’t really have a purpose, I don’t tend to buy fabric unless it is to make something specific – most often for a commission or present and occasionally, as recently, to make some clothes. But nowadays I really can’t justify buying fabric on a whim and many of the smaller things I make are made using fabric left-over from other projects. Which is great, satisfying, economical and all the rest of it, but it does mean that three beautiful pieces of fabric, picked just for me, really are very special. I had them lying out for a few weeks just to admire before cutting them up and making my open wide zippered knitting pouch last week.
I have used the Noodlehead pattern for the open wide zippered pouch many times. I think it is my favourite way to make a zippered pouch and such a great free tutorial. I have a couple of small knitting project bags now so I decided to make this one big enough to for a bigger knitting project to hold several skeins of wool, plus pattern, notions and so on. I adapted the pattern dimensions to make it bigger and make the most of the amount of fabric I had. I quilted it with normal quilt batting between the layers to give it a little more body and help it keep it’s shape . I also added an internal zip pocket (something I have done often enough now not to have to refer to instructions but I have learnt from Lisa Lam’s The Bag Making Bible) to stop smaller things from getting lost at the bottom.
Thanks so much V. I love it!
Pattern:: Noodlehead Open Wide Zippered Pouch
Size:: adapted from pattern – approx. 46cm wide by 29cm tall by 13 cm deep at base (18″ wide by 11″ tall and 5″ deep at base)
Internal pocket:: based on Lisa Lam’s Bag Making Bible