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Manly Knitting Bag

Added May 14, 2012

by fmsarawlove

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The term doesn’t have to be an oxymoron – One of my best guy friends absolutely LOVES to knit. He just doesn’t always love how “girly” everything marketed to knitters can be. So, last Christmas I decided that I was going to try to get him a “manly” knitting bag so he could finally stop carrying around the baby blue leopard print bag he was rocking at the time (He apparently thought it was camo print…sigh Boys.)

I wasn’t really thrilled with the selection either so I rummaged through my fabric stash and this is what I came up with.

It’s super simple, but I think it gets the job done – I drafted the pattern myself from scratch. I stuck a huge pocket on the inside for yarn needles and other small bits and then created an elastic organizer on the opposite side to hold knitting needles, scissors, rulers, paper patterns etc… The rest of the bag can be filled with up to 20 or so oz of yarn. I’m really happy with the way it came out and so was he. To finish it, I stole the adjustable strap off of an old computer case and voila – unisex knitting bag that doesn’t really look like a knitting bag. Perfect for my crafty buddy :)

Material Notes

The outside of the bag is made from 100% lightweight gray wool (from an old pleated skirt – this is also where I got the buckles) and lightly patterned wool/poly blend (from an old pair of dress pants). The lining is made from some sturdy cotton I cut from a few ancient placemats. The straps are made from real leather that I cut from the cuffs of an old winter coat and the bag has been stabilized with buckram, interfacing and thin plastic (which I cut from an old art portflio). I stuck 2 leather circle cut-outs for decoration on the back – I stole them off of an old purse I had laying around.

As you can see, apart from the buckram and interfacing, the entire bag is made of re-purposed fabric.




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    Jun 6, 2012, 02.32 AMby passthepins

    I can’t believe you only started sewing recently. The quality is so good!! I bet your friend loved it and will find MANY uses for it! Bravo

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    Jun 5, 2012, 08.52 PMby corsetclaire

    Great colour, love the accent stitching and great use of recycled material. I am thinking of steeling the idea and changing some jeans into one, but with a very feminine lining

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    May 17, 2012, 09.27 PMby joost52

    So er… what does one have to do to become your buddy? Because you are an amazing friend to keep around :) Great job, I’m sure he’s going to get loads of use out of it :)

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    May 15, 2012, 05.16 AMby antony chauvin

    I love it, We would say not that it is a bag to be knit

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    May 15, 2012, 03.04 AMby PrettyCharlie

    (Applauds loudly) Well done! Points for imagination, resourcefulness and being a very thoughtful great friend! :)

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      May 16, 2012, 03.08 PMby fmsarawlove

      Aw! Thanks for the compliment…and especially the points ;)

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    May 15, 2012, 02.34 AMby klassykate

    haha well it looks neat compared to what mine looks like when I do edge stitching. :-)

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    May 15, 2012, 12.47 AMby klassykate

    I love this bag! great job on the neat stitching!

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      May 15, 2012, 01.13 AMby fmsarawlove

      Thanks so much :) Some of the stitching is not so neat…lol, but I appreciate the compliment none-the-less <3

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