Over the years I have been lucky enough to collect various crafting tools and I like to make sure that I look after them and store them as carefully as I can.
One of my treasured tools is my yarn swift. I love it because it is a wooden one which I think is sturdier and kinder to the yarn than a plastic one - although I have no proof of that! It is also such a useful tool. You simply pop the skein of yarn on to it, fix it in place and then you can wind a ball of yarn all on your own with no assistance and with great ease.
Until recently I had stored my swift in a cupboard, but after some rearranging to store other things in a better way there was no space for my swift. So I decided to make a bag or cover for it.
This is the finished article! Ta Dah!
You can see that it is the same size as the swift when it is folded up.
In case you don't know, this is what a swift looks like when it is opened up. The yarn then goes round the outside of the arms and it spins as you make your ball of yarn.
To make the bag I first hand sewed a piece of patchwork. I cut four inch squares and then pieced them together and then lightly hand quilted them to a backing fabric with some wadding in between.
I then sewed the backing and patchwork into a long cylinder making the bag shape.
Added a drawstring closure at the top.
This is what the lining looks like.
Then I had the finished bag or cover and a safe way to store my swift, it is protected from knocks and dust and it will not open suddenly on its own either as can happen if it is not tied round the middle or secured in some other way.
I really enjoyed the hand sewing, it is such a peaceful thing to do. Just a needle and thread and an embroidery hoop and I was at peace!
How do you store your crafting tools and your swift?
This is one of the posts that I wrote in August to be published in September but publishing it got delayed by my need to take a blog break.
Linking with Cooking and Crafting with J&J and Mosaic Monday