Stowe Bag by Grainline Studio & Fringe Supply Co // Closet Case Files
Sewing Projects


Did I intend to write an installment for the Snoqualmie Knitalong this week? I did. Did I run into problem after problem (read: mistake after mistake) with my left front cardigan that required me ripping and reknitting approximately 4300 times? I did. Did I decide to leave the knitting post till next week when I wasn’t filled with impotent rage? DING DING DING.

So instead, let’s discuss knitting bags, those handy things you can throw your tortured projects into when you secretly just want to throw them in the trash like a burnt but laboured-over dinner. A much more practical and less destructive solution, right? Keep them out of sight until cooler heads prevail.

Stowe Bag by Grainline Studio & Fringe Supply Co // Closet Case Files

Last week my friend Michelle came over for a Stowe Bag sewing party. She’s a major knitter (as in, knits extremely elaborate Icelandic motifed sweaters on tiny 2.5 mm needles for 3 years at a stretch) but doesn’t have as much experience sewing, and wanted a little help. It was a good thing, because we realized after ironing our fabric that the pattern calls for double fold bias tape, one of those things that’s always nice to watch someone else sew first. Thankfully I had a box full of the stuff so we weren’t stopped dead in our tracks.

I thought this would be a good stash-busting opportunity so I reached for some Ikea upholstery I’ve been hanging onto for far too long (why I ever thought I’d actually make and wear a psychedelic unicorn dress is beyond me), along with some Essex linen left over from one of my many Inari dress projects.

Stowe Bag by Grainline Studio & Fringe Supply Co // Closet Case FilesStowe Bag by Grainline Studio & Fringe Supply Co // Closet Case Files

The large bag is seriously roomy, and took up way more fabric than I would have guessed. I love the thoughtful pockets inside (big enough to fit folded pattern instructions), especially helpful if like me you’re constantly going back and forth to your boyfriend’s house and always seem to be missing a measuring tape or pair of scissors. I can now happily carry everything but the knitted kitchen sink in this thing, with room to spare for puppy food, puppy toys and a change of clothes for me if I happen to remember. Basically it’s become my overnight/dog diaper bag, along with holding my naughty Snoqualmie.

While the colour palette is a little, ahem, loud, it’s a cheerful way to carry my mostly cream knitting projects. If I make another, I may gravitate towards a sturdy monochromatic fabric that will blend in a  little better with my mostly neutral wardrobe.

Stowe Bag by Grainline Studio & Fringe Supply Co // Closet Case Files Stowe Bag by Grainline Studio & Fringe Supply Co // Closet Case Files

The little guy is the perfect size for a small project like a pair of socks. I accidentally sewed one of the pockets to the outside but I’m just going to call it a design feature. Not crazy about the white or blue bias tape however… next time I’ll try and make self-fabric bias  so it doesn’t feel so contrasty and cheap looking. Uggh, store-bought bias tape. My kingdom for a reliable source of handmade stuff in pretty prints and colours.

We’re headed up to the country this weekend with some French friends, so needless to say I’m bringing both bags so I can go crawl up in the corner and knit when my brain hurts from trying to understand what everyone is saying after a few bottles of wine. Hope you have a great long weekend!

  • Tara O.

    “My kingdom for a reliable source of handmade stuff in pretty prints and colours.”

    I know we could all make bias tape ourselves, but I have been following sobiased on etsy and instagram. She basically takes all our favorite fabric and turns it into bias tape and recently had a stash busting/remnant sale. =)

    • Ahhhhmazing! Thanks tara.

    • madeonthecouch

      I have used her too and she is fab !

  • Kristin

    Is this bag lined? I’m struggling to comprehend how something like this could take over 2 yards of fabric!

    • I think its because of the shape and size of the handles and internal pockets… It didn’t take over 2 yards though. Maybe a yard and a half or so?

  • I’d so make and wear a psychedelic unicorn dress…That being said, your bags are awesome!

    Bon Weekend!

    • Oh yes! I would, too, if I’d seen this fabric at Ikea. I try to make my accesories neutral so that they don’t clash with the loud prints I seem to favor.
      My decision to buy a swift and ball winder had a lot to do with frogging a Norah Gaughan sweater. It really helps the process if I can use a cranky tool for it. I wonder if I can use it to plan/make/serve dinner this evening. I’ll get back to you on that one.
      Enjoy your French (canadian) weekend!

  • Hélène

    J’adore ces deux tissus. C’est super ton week-end avec des amis français. Ils vont probablement essayer de te parler en anglais, mais tiens bon, tu vas devenir parfaitement à l’aise en français! Bravo Heather Loup!

  • Poppy

    A few years ago my Mother gave me a simplicity bias maker for Easter – truely the best ever gift. I use up left over fabrics, so i have a small collection ready – gingham is my fav ever.

  • sallieforrer

    I personally LOVE the psychedelic unicorn fabric bag!! Bags coordinating with wardrobes is overrated. Bags that are so bright you can’t possibly ever misplace them?? Now that’s the bag for me! Have fun this weekend! xoxoxo

  • Cute! I love that crazy bright print!

  • Fat quarters. They’re cheap and you get something like five yards of some of the prettiest bias tape. I now hit the fat quarter area whenever I fabric shop so I can add to growinng stash of the prettiest bias tape.