Patchwork knitting bag.

After many years I've finally finished my patchwork knitting bag.

I’m gobsmacked that this is actually a finished item. My skewed memory tells me I started this three years ago but it may be even longer than that.

Finished! Patchwork knitting bag.

I am properly happy that it’s all done and in use. It looks so much better than I thought it would too. I was getting bored of seeing lots of little unstitched hexagons.

My finished patchwork knitting bag!

Lots of indivdually tacked hexies sat in a paper bag for over three years. Every now and again I’d get them out of the bag to look at them and that was about it. Back in they’d go and I’d do something else instead. Eventually I found that it was time to start.


I laid them out and took a picture to work from so I knew the “random” order that they’d go in.

Pieced together.

Eventually I began the slowish process of stitching them together and I was happy to discover that it wasn’t really that slow to do afterall.

Hexies stitched.

With a couple of weeks of sewing little and often, I was finished with stage two.

What it looks like from the back.

I liked the crinkle of the paper as I had it on my lap, I don’t know why. With stage two finished, it dawned on me that I’d have to actually put in some effort to move on to stage three. I knew I had to do it immediately because it would otherwise sit in the cupboard for another three years.

The pattern for this is from Cath Kidston’s book, Sew!. The book has so many lovely looking things but I have to be honest, I think the instructions are rubbish! For this particular pattern it wouldn’t have hurt to have a couple of illustrations demonstrating how to insert the lining, would it?! I had a look online but only found other bloggers or reviewers who were frustrated with it too. Nothing that helped unfortunately. With that in mind, I decided to take photos of what I did. Maybe it’ll help someone else. Or maybe it’ll just remind me how I did it, in case I fancy having another go.

And I haven’t even mentioned that the instructions were just plain wrong! It said to fold the lining fabric lengthways. They don’t mean that, they mean the other way. Who wrote that?! That wasn’t the first mistake either. The other error was to do with sewing the hexies together. When joining the outer sides together it told me to sew three rather four of the hexie strips together. If I’d done that, my bag would have had a massive gaping hole at one of the sides! Jeez! Anyway, moving on…

Making the lining for a patchwork knitting bag

Here are a few pictures showing what I did. Hopefully they’ll do the trick. Do I need some words to go with them? Already feel like I’ve written loads… I suppose I ought to.

Step1: Fold lining fabric widthways.

Step2: Measure 25cm from the bottom fold and mark with a pencil. Or line up the bottom seam of the hexie fabric with the bottom fold of the lining and mark where opening near the top sits (which should work out as approx 25cm).

Step3: Sew that bit on both sides. Then press, continuing the fold to the top of the fabric. Press a seam across the top bits too.

Step by step pictures to lining a patchwork knitting bag

Step4: I snipped the corners to avoid bulk. The instructions don’t tell you to do this but the seams are bigguns.

Step5: Put the lining inside the bag, wrong side out.

Step6: Pin stuff.

Pinning the edges. Patchwork knitting bag.

Pinning stuff.

Getting out the sewing machine. Patchwork knitting bag.

Machine stitch the lining to the top of the hexies. Do this on both sides. I think I did this after slip stitching the open sides… I can’t recall. Sorry. Mind you, on that picture above, I can’t see the any stitches. I was drinking Cava at this point so it’s a bit foggy (it was the weekend!). Not sure that bit matters, it’d probably work either way.

Attaching the handle onto the patchwork knitting bag

This was a fun bit. I managed to catch the end of Adventures in Babysitting, so I sat and watched that whilst pinning the handles in place.

Slip stitches. Patchwork knitting bag.

By the time I got round to sewing the hem down I was watching Alien. I haven’t seen it in years, it is such a good film. A proper film (not like Prometheus, ugh, terrible).

A patchwork knitting bag from Cath Kidston's Sew! book.

I’ve impressed myself by finishing it, I still can’t quite believe it. It’s good, isn’t it!?! I took the pictures of the completed article at Grandma’s house.

The only thing I might change is the green fabric at the top. It’s a bit deep and makes the bag slightly too long.

A patchwork knitting bag.

Would it be that much of a bother to unstitch it and do it again? I could take the time to shorten it but I think I’m nitpicking, it’s probably OK.

Interruptions during sewing

And I did it with many interruptions. I took many photos with a child sat on my head (see odd middle picture) and the cat kept sitting on it at any given opportunity!


I was asked via Instagram if I would like to link up with Me, You and Magoo for Crafting is My Therapy. I’ve not done a Link up before but I think I just share this lovely badge and everyone can share a bit of creativity! Is that right?

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39 thoughts on “Patchwork knitting bag.

      1. I guess it’s a test of your skills…and how incredibly useful the internet is xD I don’t know how many times I’ve read instructions for something, cursed it for not having useful pictures and gone to youtube for answers πŸ˜€

      2. That’s a good way of putting it. The internet didn’t have the miracle answer this time (or, more likely, I just didn’t find it) and my certainly brain was tested!

      3. Hopefully your blog post can be the answer to help other people at least, someone has to be the first one to have the answer!

  1. Your bag is so pretty. I have been wanting to do English paper piecing for a while now and the thought of making something as beautiful will spur me on. The green looks great too. Well done for finishing it πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you. It really didn’t take that long. I was pleasantly surprised! My least favourite bit was cutting out all the paper hexagons, but I’ve saved them just in case I want to do it again!

  2. Love it! I like the green bit at the top,if you were going to change it,I’d only narrow it a bit,it sort of brings the colours all together if you see what I mean.I’ve stitched the shoulder bag from Sew and the instructions for that were dodgy too πŸ˜• Oooh and agree about Prometheus,I was so looking forward to it then really disappointed!

    1. Thanks! The green is there to stay but it is too deep and would look better if narrowed a bit. I’m probably too lazy to bother though.
      Glad imy not the only one who had trouble with the book. Style over substance.

  3. Gorgeous – reminds me of my first ballet bag that my mum made me. I’ve never tried patchwork. Oh, and Adventures in Babysitting is a top film – in my humble opinion x

    1. Thanks! Do you still have your ballet bag? It is a good film, I used to love it when I was a kid! Sadly, I missed the beginning but it was on Film Four and they always repeat films!

  4. This is lovely and reminds me of when I first did paper piecing over thirty years ago. I’d happily spend weeks hand stitching tiny hexagons together and never got bored.

    1. I don’t know why I ever thought it could be tedious boring, it was such a nice thing to do. I shouldn’t have put it off for so long. I remember my Nanna showing me how to do it when I was little. She spent years stitching hexagons and I never thought to ask what she was up to. On my 18th she gave me a patchwork blanket with them all together!

  5. I’m so pleased you agreed to join in with #craftingismytherapy, lovely to have you on board. This patchwork project is right up my street…I love it. It’s a shame the Cath Kidston book wasn’t up to scratch as far as the instructions are concerned. It looks like you sorted it all out fine by yourself though. Glad you didn’t give up & leave it another 3 years 😁

    1. Thank you for asking me! It was only recently that I learned about link ups and I think a crafting one sounds perfect for me. Looking forward to seeing what it’s all about!
      I am a great procrastinator in lots of ways so it’ll probably take me another three years to make bag number two!

  6. What a lovely bag, and it must be so satisfying to have got it finished! The colour of the lining is gorgeous. That’s a shame about the instructions not being very good, I’ve nearly bought that book before but as I’m quite new to sewing things that would have really confused me so I’m glad I didn’t, I’ll stick to online tutorials like yours which looks much more accurate and I hope it helps people stuck with the project!

    I love watching TV and films while I’m crafting and I find that the finished article reminds me of what I was watching, I have a granny square blanket that was largely completed to Broadchurch and it reminds me of every time I look at it.

    Thank you for linking up to #craftingismytherapy πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you! I’m really pleased with it.
      I think I’m more of a visual learner and really need pictures to fully know what’s going on. It was a challenge but at least it didn’t defeat me! I was looking at another of the projects in that book and the words just baffled me. Having seen some of the comments here, I now feel guilty about being so mean about a book with so many beautiful things. I was just being honest though!! Think it’s a case of style over substance which is not what you need on this occasion!
      I know what you mean about associating film and tv with projects. I do that all the time. I quite like it. Although some are pretty random. I’ve got a couple of Walking Dead blankets, a Camelot blanket, a Taylor Swift blanket and so many more…

  7. Oh this is such a lovely bag – your choice of fabric is fabulous, and so helpful to document the lining process. I had a patchwork kit as a present when I was a child, but haven’t done any for years, its nice to be reminded of how to do it with the little bits of paper etc And I love that your cat would sit on it at any given moment – mine (two of them) are a lot like that. Someone bought me the Cath Kidston Sew book a while back, have yet to make anything but good to know to watch out for the unhelpful instructions! Love your blog, am signing up to follow you now… πŸ™‚ #craftingismytherapy

    1. Thank you! I enjoyed patchwork more than I thought I would and will definitely give it another go. I have distant memories of my Nanna teaching me when I was little but I never really gave it a chance until now.

  8. Thank you so much for this! The book is rather useless so I’m bookmarking this 😦

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