Welcome to the 7th day of the Minnesota Designer Blog Hop. I'm so glad you stopped by!
My name is Terry Atkinson and I've been designing quilt patterns ever since my youngest daughter Megan climbed onto the kindergarten bus. She's almost 20 - and I haven't run out of ideas yet! I really enjoy what I do because every day brings something different - sewing, writing instructions, teaching, designing fabric, setting up our Quilt Market booth, shopping, coloring on graph paper, taking photos, testing patterns, and even blogging. My husband Kirk works with me and he does all of the boring stuff - shipping orders, paying bills, ordering supplies etc. Pop over to our website to learn more about us and our business, Atkinson Designs.
I had so much fun making bags this spring for my Big Bags, Little Bags book, that I thought I'd share another one of my favorite bags with you. The "Sock Sack" is shown above next to a turquoise Yo-Yo Tote from Big Bags, Little Bags - these are two of my favorite travel companions.
if you are not a knitter, you can find all sorts of uses for the sock sack -
I even use one to hold my portable GPS when we travel . . . what will you put
Now, let's get back to the Sock Sack!
Just toss your Sock Sack in your purse and you can take your knitting anywhere. It holds everything you need to knit socks or mittens - just leave the yarn in the bag and pull the yarn from the middle of the ball as you knit. The easy zipper pocket holds stitch markers, scissors, notes, and all of your other little stuff.
2 fat quarters (1 print, 1 main color)
1 - 9" zipper (or longer)
cut 2 - 1-1/2" x 20"
cut 1 - 10-1/2" x 10-1/2"
cut 1 - 5" x 6-1/2"
cut 2 - 5" x 2-1/2"
cut 1 - 4-1/2" x 6-1/2"
cut 2 - 2-1/2" " x 8"
General Info: All seams are 1/4". Zig-zag the seam allowances together after stitching each seam to keep them from raveling. I like to use the serpentine zig-zag or the feather stitch to finish the seams because they help the seams lie flat.
Center the zipper on the edge of the pocket with right sides together and edges even. The zipper pull should be facing down! Using a zipper foot, stitch 1/4" from the edge. Finger press the seam and topstitch a scant 1/4" away from the zipper, making sure to catch the zipper tape underneath.
Place the pocket on top of the 5" x 6-1/2" main color rectangle. Pin. Stitch all the way around, about 1/8" from the edge. Unzip or zip the zipper as needed to keep the zipper pull out of your way. The zipper pull must end up inside the stitching as shown! Trim the ends of the zipper even with fabric.
Stitch the 2-1/2" x 5" main color rectangles to the top and bottom edges of the pocket. Press seams away from the pocket.
Stitch the 10-1/2" main color square to the side of the pocket panel. Use a zipper foot, and unzip the zipper as needed to keep the tab out of your way. Press.
Fold the pocket over so the raw edge meets the opposite edge. Pin and stitch the seam, making a tube. Adjust the bag so the pocket is centered and stitch a seam across the bottom edge.
Casings: Stitch a double 1/4" hem at each end of the 2-1/2" x 8" contrast pieces. Press each casing in half, wrong sides together. Note: These will be slightly shorter than the width of the bag.
Matching centers, pin the casings to the top edge of the bag on the outside of the bag with raw edges even. One casing will be pinned to the front and one will be pinned to the back, and there will be a little gap at each side where the casings meet. Stitch a 1/4" seam through all layers around the top of the bag. Zig-zag the seam.
Fold the casings up and topstitch a scant 1/4" from the seam, making sure to catch the seam allowance underneath.
Ties: Press each tie in half with wrong sides together. Press the raw edges to meet at the fold. Fold in half and press. Topstitch through all layers close to both edges. Make 2.
Thread one tie through both front and back casings beginning and ending on the right side. Knot the ends together. Thread the other tie through the opposite way, beginning and ending on the left. Knot the ends together. Trim ends at an angle.