Handled Storage Tote

knitting-toteDesigner: Sheila Sinclair Snyder

Need a place to stash your stuff? Whip up a handled bag by stitching together sweater-wrapped clothesline.


  • Approximately 100′ of 14“-wide clothesline
  • Old sweaters: various shades of gray, various bright colors
  • Sewing thread: gray


Finished size: 8″ tall (with handles) × 17″ wide

Assemble the Tote:

1. Cut old sweaters into 114“-wide strips, cutting each as long as possible. Wrap a dark gray strip clockwise around the beginning of the clothesline, overlapping the strip along the length.

2. Fold the covered clothesline over on itself 10” from the end. Referring to How-To Sew a Cord Coilbelow, and using gray sewing thread, sew between the clothesline rows along the 10″ length to begin the bag bottom. Continue adding gray sweater strips and coiling the clothesline to make an approximately 3×11″ oval coil for the bag bottom. Do not trim clothesline.

3. To begin the bag sides, lay the wrapped clothesline over the top of the outermost row of oval coil. Shift the base under the sewing machine foot so the oval is flipped up slightly on the left side of the foot. Continue sewing between the rows, adding sweater strip wraps, and coiling the clothesline on top of the base.

4. Where desired, add strips of light gray to make horizontal rows around bag sides. Add random, brightly colored short strips as desired.

5. When the bag sides reach approximately 7″ tall, add a handle to one wide side by leaving a 7″-long portion of the covered cording unstitched. Shape the handle as desired, leaving a gap between the coil and the handle. Backstitch at the beginning and end of the handle where it attaches to the coil for extra reinforcement.

6. Continue sewing the coil until you reach the opposite side. Repeat Step 4 to add a handle opposite the first handle.

7. Continue sewing one more complete round around bag sides, adding a second layer to each handle.

8. Trim cord to end along the top of a bag side near the base of a handle. Wrap a sweater strip onto the cord, extending the wraps past the end of the cord by 1″; trim strip if necessary. Finish sewing the covered cord to the coil, reinforcing at the end with backstitches.

How to Sew a Cord Coil:

1. For a round base, coil one end of the cord tightly around itself a few times until the coil is the size of a quarter.



2. While holding coil firmly, place the coil under your sewing machine’s zigzag foot with the cord extending off the right side toward you. Use a wide zigzag to stitch between the cording rows, catching the cording on both sides to hold it together.

3. Slowly rotate the coils counterclockwise as you zigzag-stitch in between the rows. For long continuous curves, you may wish to switch to an open toe sewing machine foot. Tilt coil as you stitch to build sides.

Sleeved Snow Scraper


Designer: Elizabeth Beese

Fend off snow and ice with a scraper outfitted with a sleeve.


  • Ice scraper
  • Sweater sleeve
  • 12“-wide elastic
  • Large safety pin
  • Heavy-duty thread
  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks


Assemble the Ice Scraper:

1. Starting at widest end of sleeve, cut a tube at least 12″ long. Turn tube wrong side out.

2. On widest end of sleeve, turn under raw sweater edge 34” twice. Pin in place, then stitch close to bottom edge of fold, leaving a 2″ opening, to make a casing.

3. Secure one end of elastic on a large safety pin and feed through casing. Overlap elastic ends and pin, adjusting length to provide desired amount of fullness. Pull overlapped elastic ends out of casing as far as possible and securely machine-sew together. Redistribute fullness of elastic, then stitch remaining opening of casing.

4. On narrow opening of tube, use heavy thread and a running stitch to sew about 12” from edge. Insert handle end of ice scraper into sleeve and gather tube edge tightly around base of scraper handle. Tie threads tightly and hot-glue in place. Turn sleeve back over handle of ice scraper to conceal the handle, sweater raw edges, and the glue.

Man Knits Bow Tie for Jimmy Kimmel!

One man made his claim to fame through the unexpected—knitting! Now deemed “the knitting guy,” this Jimmy Kimmel audience member became an internet sensation after he was caught knitting during the filming of an episode.

After Kimmel chatted with him, the man decided to knit the T.V. host a bow tie. Watch the video below to see the behind-the-scenes clip!

Flowerpot Fancies

flowerpot-fanciesDesigner: Sheila Sinclair Snyder

Spruce up a potted plant with a colorful wrap made from a salvaged sweater.


  • Sweater (felted or unfelted)
  • Ribbing from coordinating sweater or cording


Assemble the Wrap:

1. Cut two 11″ squares from a sweater, matching any patterns as you choose. If you are not using a felted sweater, when cutting the squares, be sure what will be at the top edge of the finished bag is at the ribbing (bottom hem) of the sweater so this edge does not need to be finished.

2. With right sides together, use 1/2″ seam to sew side and bottom edges, rounding the bottom corners as you sew.

3. To make a tie from cording, weave 35″ of cording through the knit of the sweater about 212” from top of bag; begin and end in center of one side of bag. To make a tie from ribbing, cut a 1×20″ or larger piece of ribbing; hand-sew center of ribbing in place in back center of bag about 212” from top of bag.

Beaded Snowflake Wall Art

snowflake-patternsDesigner: Jann Williams

You’ll get a flurry of compliments when you make these beaded snowflake beauties.

Materials for Midnight Snowflakes:

  • 12″ square of dark gray wool
  • 6″-diameter vintage metal embroidery hoop
  • Transfer paper
  • Stylus or dried-up ballpoint pen
  • Caron Wildflowers embroidery thread: white
  • Embroidery floss: white
  • Embroidery needle
  • Bugle beads: silver
  • Beading needle
  • Snowflake pattern


1. Trace the pattern onto white paper. Lay a piece of transfer paper onto dark gray wool. Lay pattern on top of transfer paper in desired location. Using a stylus or dried-up ballpoint pen, carefully and firmly trace over design lines so design is transferred onto wool.

2. Insert embroidery in hoop, positioning design off center as shown in photo. Pull fabric taut. Stitch short in-and-out stitches, also known as stab stitches, on pattern lines.

3. Referring to photo, stitch silver bugle beads to each snowflake arm with a beading needle and one strand of white embroidery floss.

4. When all stitching is complete, turn the hoop over. Stitch a running stitch approximately 1-1⁄2″ outside the hoop in the fabric that extends past the hoop edges. Pull the thread to gather the fabric; knot the thread. Trim away the extra fabric approximately 1″ outside the gathered line.

5. If desired, cut a felt circle that is slightly smaller than the back of the embroidery hoop. Whipstitch the felt circle to the gathered fabric on the back side of the hoop.

Materials for Up-Close Flurry:

  • 10″ square of light gray suiting fabric
  • 4″-diameter vintage metal embroidery hoop
  • Transfer paper
  • Stylus or dried-up ballpoint pen
  • #8 perle cotton: white
  • Embroidery needle
  • Seed beads: silver and light blue
  • Beading needle
  • Snowflake pattern


1. Referring to Step 1 of Midnight Snowflakes, transfer design onto light gray suiting fabric.

2. Insert embroidery in hoop, centering design in opening. Stitch fly stitches using white perle cotton for each V shape shown on pattern.

3. Using a beading needle and one strand of white embroidery floss, stitch three silver seed beads to each snowflake arm end. Stitch a blue seed bead between every other fly stitch.

4. Referring to steps 4–5 of Midnight Snowflakes, finish back of embroidery.