FREE TUTORIAL || REVERSIBLE SOCK KNITTING PROJECT BAG

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Reversible Sock Knitting Project Bag Tutorial on www.luvinthemommyhood.com

i love project bags. i love them almost as much as i love the stuff  i'm knitting and sewing in them.  i have tried making a few different versions of project bags now for my many wip's but i keep coming back over and over to this one style of bag.  it's my fave!  so after lots of requests since i sold some of these last summer at a fiber festival i finally got around to doing the tutorial for this reversible sock knitting project bag! yep - that's right, it's reversible!! weee!!!! more chances to use fun fabric! love it! and there is no hand sewing! love that even more!!!  it's easy, fast, fun and a great gift project to make.  you could easily whip a few of these up in one evening.

Reversible Sock Knitting Project Bag Tutorial on www.luvinthemommyhood.com
Reversible Sock Knitting Project Bag Tutorial on www.luvinthemommyhood.com

isn't it cute! i kinda want to hug them they are so cute. i think i have about 4 of them now in different fabrics.  you can surprisingly fit quite a lot into this small size too.  i have my sweater project in one at the moment and it's still fitting.  but if you would like a larger size (equally as cute, i have made those too) or even a jumbo (heck you could go smaller too), i give you instructions on how to do that below as well.

these little bags stand up great too. the square bottom is awesome for that. just remember if you are using a lightweight fabric to use interfacing on it to keep the stability of the bag or you'll get one that is a bit more floppy. now go recycle those ugly plastic bags, save your cloth tote for something else and give your knitting project a sassy new bag in your newest fabric crush of the moment! i promise it will bring a smile to your face and your knitty pals will all want one too <3

Reversible Sock Knitting Project Bag Tutorial on www.luvinthemommyhood.com
Reversible Sock Knitting Project Bag Tutorial on www.luvinthemommyhood.com
Reversible Sock Knitting Project Bag Tutorial on www.luvinthemommyhood.com

are you ready to get sewing?  this is a great beginner project but it's also a good base for an advanced sewer to go wild with piecing and sizing to create a custom bag suited to their tastes. 

>>REVERSIBLE SOCK KNITTING BAG TUTORIAL<<
Copyright 2013 www.luvinthemommyhood.com  All rights reserved.  This tutorial is for personal use only unless prior permission has been given.  If you are interested in handmaking & selling this item on a small scale basis please email me at luvinthemommyhood@yahoo.ca for inquiries.

||  FINISHED MEASUREMENTS  ||

Bottom is approximately 5.5"W and height is approximately 7.5"H.

Want a different size?  You can easily adjust the sizes of this bag.  Simply choose a different overall square size for the bag (for ex. 16" x 16") and then to calculate the size of the small square corners you cut out you need to find 1/4 of the width of the fabric to be able to create a square bottom for your bag.

You can also customize the size of the upper & lower pieces as well if you are piecing your fabrics. Just remember that no matter what you piece together your overall height (after piecing/sewing your fabrics together) is 12" and your width is 12".  You could easily do a patchwork one, add more strips, or do vertical strips instead. It's totally up to you! Just have fun with it!
  
|| MATERIALS ||

To make a knitting bag all in one print you will need:
- 4 pieces of fabric 12"W x 12"H (2 for your outer and 2 for your lining).
If you would like to make your bag with 2 fabric selections for your outer and lining like the one shown in this tutorial you will need the following:
- 4 pieces @ 12"W x 7.25"H (this will be the lower section of your bag)
- 4 pieces @ 12"W x 5.25"H (this will be the upper section of your bag)

You will also need:
- 2 pieces @ 12"W x 12"H of light-medium weight fusible interfacing. I used PELLON  931TD fusible midweight white interfacing. If you are using a mid-heavy weight fabric you may make it without it.
- ruler
- scissors and/or rotary cutter and mat
- coordinating thread
- removable fabric marker
- 1 yard ribbon, fabric or cording cut to desired length

|| INSTRUCTIONS ||

 STEP ONE: PREPPING YOUR PIECES

Seam allowance is 1/4" unless otherwise noted.

 *Note: I am going to show you instructions on how to assemble a sock knitting bag that is pieced using 2 different fabric selections. If you would like to just use one fabric choice for your outer and lining please skip ahead to after the first paragraph.

Reversible Sock Knitting Project Bag Tutorial on www.luvinthemommyhood.com
Reversible Sock Knitting Project Bag Tutorial on www.luvinthemommyhood.com

Place 1 of your outer lower pieces right side facing 1 of your outer upper pieces and pin along your long edge.  Sew with a 1/4" seam allowance.  Press towards the darker of your colors.  Topstitch along the RS of your fabric along your seam. This makes a nice neat finish.  Repeat this step for the other 2 pieces of your outer bag and then repeat for all the pieces of your lining as well.  You should now have 4 - 12" x 12" squares ready to be sewn.

Iron on your interfacing to the 2 pieces of your lining bag.

Reversible Sock Knitting Project Bag Tutorial on www.luvinthemommyhood.com

Next you will mark and cut out a 3" square from the bottom 2 corners of all 4 pieces of your fabric.  Make sure these are nice and accurate.  Feel free to cut out a 3" paper square if you'd like a template.

STEP TWO: ASSEMBLING YOUR BAG

Reversible Sock Knitting Project Bag Tutorial on www.luvinthemommyhood.com

With your 2 outer pieces right sides facing sew along your bottom seam (this is the fabric between your 2 square cut outs).  Note: If you have pieced your fabrics together take care here to match up your seams for a nice finish.  I like to pin from there first and then up and down. I find I would rather trim a bit from the top or bottom than have a messy seam lineup. 

Reversible Sock Knitting Project Bag Tutorial on www.luvinthemommyhood.com

Next sew along the 2 side seams.  Repeat this step for the other 2 pieces that will be your lining bag.

Reversible Sock Knitting Project Bag Tutorial on www.luvinthemommyhood.com

Press all your seams open. Now we are going to make those fun corners that allow the bag to stand nicely.  You will still have the 3" squares you cut out unsewn.  With your outer bag in your hand hold the corner bottom in your hand and pull apart the square so that the inner top corner of that little square is now lined up with same corner of the other piece of fabric. See photo above. This should create 1 seam you can sew along with a 1/4" seam allowance. Sew along that seam.  Press.  Repeat this step for the other corner of your outer bag and for both corners of your lining bag.  Your bag should now look like the image below.

Reversible Sock Knitting Project Bag Tutorial on www.luvinthemommyhood.com

STEP THREE:  MAKING THE CASING

Turn your outer bag inside out.  Keep your lining bag right side facing out.  Now place your lining bag inside your outer bag so the right sides are facing each other.  See image below.

Reversible Sock Knitting Project Bag Tutorial on www.luvinthemommyhood.com

We are now going to create the channel for the drawstring and also close up the bag.  Mark 1" down from the top edge of your bag.   Sew a line 1" down from this edge around the whole upper circumference of the bags leaving a 2.5-3" opening to pull your bag through. This will also be the opening for your drawstring to pull through.

Reversible Sock Knitting Project Bag Tutorial on www.luvinthemommyhood.com

Pull your bags right side out and nicely tuck the lining bag inside the outer bag.  See image above.  Press all along the upper edge of your bag so it's nice and flat.  Pin your opening closed.  Sew along the top edge circumference all around the bag this time with a 3/4" seam allowance.  This will finish your drawstring channel and close up the bottom of your opening. You now have a nifty pretty opening to pull your cord through without any hand sewing! Yay!!!!  I love this kind of top finish. It's easy, fast and looks great.

STEP FOUR:  ADDING YOUR DRAWSTRING

Reversible Sock Knitting Project Bag Tutorial on www.luvinthemommyhood.com

Attach a safety pin to the end of your drawstring. I like to use a soft off white tie cording (not sure if this is the correct terminology for this) most commonly used on pajama pants. If you do use this kind of tie you need to finish your ends. I simply fold over a 1/2" of the end and then fold again. I then sew down along the folded edge.

Reversible Sock Knitting Project Bag Tutorial on www.luvinthemommyhood.com

Now that you have your tie ready feed the safety pin end through the channel to the other side.  Open the bag up fully and make sure you have at least a 5-6" minimum on each end to be able to tighten the bag and tie a nice big bow :)  And that's it! You're done! Now go get your sock knitting on m'dears! Enjoy!

Copyright 2013 www.luvinthemommyhood.com  All rights reserved.  This tutorial is for personal use only unless prior permission has been given.  If you are interested in handmaking & selling this item on a small scale basis please email me at luvinthemommyhood@yahoo.ca for inquiries. 

Reversible Sock Knitting Project Bag Tutorial on www.luvinthemommyhood.com

As always please share your finished project pics! We LOVE to see your handiwork! Add your pics to the comments below and/or add them to our flickr group!  Thanks for sewing with me!

>>  FABRICS USED  <<

- "scattered sand in warm grey" by lotta jansdotter
- a random turqouise solid i can't remember where i got from :P
- "gallop horse fabric" by katherine codega

Do you like knitting socks?  Are you always on the lookout for a new project bag? I can never have enough! So far this is my favorite one! It's almost as addicting as knitting the project in it!

31 comments:

  1. i love it shan! it's so pretty!!! you're right this knitty pal wants one too ;) xo

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  2. I love my project bags and really need to make more of my own! Thanks for the tutorial.

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  3. Love it! Great fabrics, too! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  4. I can't wait to make one! I really, really (and I do mean really) need a project bag, and this is perfect. Thanks for the tutorial!

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  5. What a lovely tutorial! I have some fabrics waiting to be transformed into project bags so I'll can't wait to try this tutorial out...

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  6. I can't wait to make this! And the fabrics are so happy - I always want more mint in my life. ;)

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  7. Thanks for the tutorial, it's a lovely bag. I need to make one now!

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  8. Um I just can't seem to get into sewing... time has a lot to do with it! Crochet orders an 8 month old & 2.5 year old keep me plenty busy not to mention the house that stays in chaos haha... If you decide to make any more and sell (to ship) I'm interested hehe ;) I'm absolutely in love with the colors, horse pattern & polka dots you used on this one!!

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  9. This is a wonderful yet simple idea :-) Thanks so much for sharing.
    My husband has never been so keen for me to make something; I think he is sick of the plastic bags which currently house my knitting projects...

    I'm new to knitting, but please check out my first sweater I knitted using a DROPS pattern. I've added you to my reading list on Blog Lovin'!

    Mohair Sweater Drops Pattern

    Rin

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  10. Who, hoo...so excited to whip a few of these up this weekend! Thank you for an awesome tutorial!!!! <3

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  11. there goes that adorable wooden arrow again! Ha, I love it! Very cute bag, your fabrics are as always stunning. Well done Shannon!

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  12. Your instructions are awesome! I'm definitely making one of these, or maybe even more than one ;)

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  13. I was looking for something to make for a magic yarn ball swap we are doing. I was so excited to find this! I have already made 2 with some very cute vintage inspired fabric I purchased at a locally owned fabric store. Thank you!

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  14. Great tutorial, lovely fabric!
    My daughter is really into horses. Do you know where I could find the horses fabric?

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    1. the horse fabric is listed in the post above. Scroll down to the bottom of the post and I list and link the fabrics used. Thanks :)

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  15. It's called twill tape, m'dear. Thanks for the excellent tutorial!

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  16. Thank you for this excellent tutorial. My renditions of your bags can be seen here

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  17. This tutorial was so easy to follow. I just made my first bag tonight and I will be making all of my bags this way from now on for all my small/medium knitting projects. :)

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  18. Am absolutely delighted - took me about an hour and a half to make all told, and it's wonderful.

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  19. I made this, but added a pocket inside using the 3" scraps leftover. Thanks naming the type of interfacing you used. Most people dont do that, and it's hard to figure out what kind I need at the store.

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  20. I shared your pattern with my peeps on Facebook! I'm hoping that my Mom will make me one! I don't have a sewing machine so I had to ask her! Thanks for sharing your design with us! :)

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  21. Thank you for posting this tutorial. I'm a new sewer and got my sewing machine on Tuesday so after a practice wanted a simple but special bag to make and yours was it! Thank you

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  22. Love this tutorial! Thank you so much for sharing it. I think I will be making my outsides out of string piecing - especially vintage shirts. Love the no hand sewing also. I can and frequently do hand sew but as a finishing touch it always seems like such a big deal. I am sure there will be many, many of these made. Color matched to the socks? I knit a lot of purple socks. Vintage sheets are so pretty also ... thank you again for sharing this.

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  23. Thank you for this tutorial! I have been looking for an easy bag pattern. I've just started sewing and was able to make a bag from this tutoria lwith very little trouble.

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  24. What a great tutorial. I love all the step by step pictures! I'll be making this for Christmas gifts for my knitting friends!

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  25. Love the bag but cannot figure out how to post a pic.

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  26. Me again - I loaded my pic into Flickr - let's see how it goes.

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/68882317@N02/12794677693/

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  27. Just finished making a bag using your tutorial and I love it! The method for making the drawstring casing is genius! Thanks for sharing

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  28. Thanks for sharing this project! I've made two bags for my smaller projects and I love them. There's a series of photos of the first one here: http://woolgeek.com/2014/07/whats-in-the-bag/ It was so much fun to make and I've been using it non-stop since I finished it.

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