Tuesday, January 27, 2009

How to make a crochet hook case

The cool thing about trying to keep my consumption of consumer goods to a minimum is that I get to avoid spending hours in shops looking for the perfect thing, likely not finding it and having to make do with a lesser option. Instead, I get to make exactly what I want to my own specifications.

This crochet hook case is a good example. I made it over the last two nights with second hand cotton, my grandmother's thread and button, and my super fabulous second hand sewing machine.

Here are more pics of the finished product:

Here's how to make your own:
  • 2 pieces of fabric that are 16"x10" (in my case one green and one blue)

  • 2 pieces of fabric that are 16"x6" (one green and one blue)

  • 1 piece of fabric that is 23"x1" (I left mine with a rough edge but if you want to finish it you'll likely need it to be 23"x2"

  • thread

  • a button

  • pins

  1. put the 2 16x6 pieces of fabric right sides together and sew along one of the long edges 0.5" from the edge

  2. turn right side out and iron the seam flat

  3. position this piece along the lower edge of the 16x10 piece that will become the lining of the case (in my case this was the blue piece). Pin the two pieces together (in my case this meant the right side of the 16x10 piece was facing up as was the green side of 16x6 fabric piece.

  4. mark where you want the crochet hook slots to go - I had to do this with pins as I don't have any fabric chalk

  5. sew where you have marked with the pins. You can go all the way to the top or not. I decided to leave about 1 inch from the top.

  6. put this piece right sides together with the remaining 16x10 piece (in my case the green piece) and sew along all the edges leaving about 6" on the top long side (in order to turn the piece inside out)

  7. turn inside out and sew up the hole with an invisible slip stitch

  8. roll up the case and tie with the 23x1 piece.

  9. mark where you'd like the button to go

  10. sew the button on to the case attaching the strap to the case

Pics to go with these instructions can be found on flickr.


Amber said...

OMG! It's beautiful. I love the colours. It looks amazing and I bet it's way better quality than most things you can find in a store. Very impressive!

Green Grrl said...

Thanks Amber! :) I'm really pleased with how it turned out. Next project is going to be a case for the utensils and chopsticks I want to start carrying around to avoid plastic.