So last night as hubby was watching the UMD v. Duke game, the Caps game AND the Nationals spring training game ALL AT THE SAME TIME (whew)....
I thought I'd rather be sewing and maybe I'd make something for storing my crochet hooks.
My little plastic pouch just wasn't cutting it any more.
And here's what I came up with!
And I even made a little tutorial for you!
My FIRST tutorial!!
Took maybe an hour to whip up!
- 2 pieces of fabric cut to 10.5" x 7.5" for the inside and outside
(I used purple for the inside)
- 1 piece of fabric cut to 10.5" x 5.5" for the pocket
(mine is the same as the outside fabric)
- 1 piece of ribbon or bias tape cut to 21" for the tie
(I raided my ribbon bucket and found this magenta one)
1. Cut all the pieces out and admire how they look together.
2. Cut the top edge of the pocket with pinking shears.
(I only did this so I didn't have to fold over twice and because I love using my pinking shears.)
If you don't have pinky shears you could always fold over twice or serge the edge or sew with zig zag stitch.
3. Fold the cut side over 1/4", iron and sew in place.
4. Lay pocket on top of the inside piece with both pieces facing up. Align the bottom (raw) edges and pin the edges together.
5. Each hook will have its own pocket so mark those lines on the front of the fabric with disappearing ink. I lined up my hooks on a piece of paper in size order and drew about 1/4" on either side. Then I put the paper under the pocket piece and drew lines up to the top sewn edge of the pocket.
My purple disappearing ink was a little difficult to see on this fabric.
6. Pin in a few places to keep it from shifting. Then sew along each of those lines you just drew. I started at the top of the pocket.
This is what it looks like from the back.
(Ignore the fact that the purple fabric is too short. I really wanted to use it but all of my scraps from a pillow case weren't long enough.)
You can see on the right side in the above picture that I drew and sewed a horizontal line to create a shorter pocket for plastic needles.
7. Prepare your ribbon or bias tape. Fold it in half and pin to the left edge with the ties facing inside. Sew in place very close to the edge.
8. Lay pocket piece right side up and lay outside piece right side down (so right sides are facing). Pin and sew around leaving space for turning. I had my opening at the top.
Use this cool trick like I did for your turning hole. It makes sewing the opening closed SOOOO much easier and neater.
9. Cut the edges with pinking shears (or serge or zig zag around) and trim the corners.
10. Turn right side out and poke out the corners. This is when my bone folder comes in really handy. Iron it flat.
11. Top stitch all the way around as close to the edge as you can get. This will keep it flat and close your turning hole. I wanted to be really close so I didn't cut too much into the outside hook pockets. I used this setting.
I love the way top stitching looks, especially with contrasting thread.
12. Fill with crochet hooks and plastic needles.
Don't you love how colorful the hooks are?
13. Roll it up. Tie a cute bow. Admire your handiwork :)
See how those needles won't fall all the way to the bottom of the pocket?
This would be a great gift for a crocheter.
Or maybe for someone who wants to crochet and needs some hooks to get started.
What do you think?
Will you make one?
If you do, please comment and let me know so I can smile about it :)