Thursday, August 12, 2010

10 Step Crochet Hook Roll

One of my daughter's friends recently started crocheting, so we made her a crochet hook roll for her birthday. It was a hit- even as a new "hooker" she has already lost her crochet hooks at the bottom of bags. (Aren't the possibilities for crochet puns endless? I'm going to refrain so I don't have to groan at myself when I make another one of these!)

I looked at a number of crochet hook roll tutorials, but couldn't find what I was looking for- just a small, simple roll that would be easy for a 9 year old to use and carry. This tutorial came close, and was a helpful starting point for the size of the roll. I ended up using different materials and construction for a softer roll, though- here are my instructions on how to make it.

This is a great project for fat quarters or larger scraps of material. You can use quilting cotton or home dec fabric.

You will need:

2- 10"X11" rectangles- one for the exterior and one for the inside.
1- 11"11" square
1- 10"x11" rectangle of quilt batting
approx. 30" of ribbon
fabric marking pen or pencil
a sewing machine and basic sewing sewing supplies
About 30 minutes to an hour

1. Have all your pieces cut and ready to go. Fold the 11"x11" square in half and press. This will be the pocket for the hooks.

2. Place the pressed rectangle on top of the lining rectangle, lining it up with the folded edge in the middle, and the raw edges along the bottom of edge of the lining. Pin it in place.

Mark off lines for sewing the pockets at 3", then every 1". This will give you a larger pocket for a small pair of scissors, and about 7 hook pockets.

Sew along the lines.

3. Next, lay the lining on top of the batting.

Fold the ribbon in half and position it at the top edge of the pocket, on the 3" scissor pocket side. Machine or hand baste in place.

4. Place the exterior rectangle right side down on top of the batting and lining. Make sure the loose ends of the ribbon is secured in middle. Pin the exterior in place.

5. Sew around the entire perimeter, leaving a 2-3" opening at one side.

6. Trim the seam allowance, to reduce bulk (pinking shears work great for this if you have them- I like how they reduce the bulk without cutting too close to the seam.) Make sure to trim off the corners on the diagonal and leave the seam allowance along the opening so it's easier to turn right side out in the next step.

7. Reach inside the opening and turn the whole thing right side out. Poke your fingers into the corners and along the seams to get them nice and smooth.

Carefully turn the tabs of seam allowance along the opening in and press, then pin. Also press the rest of the piece so it is flat and the edges are even.

Top stitch all the way around about 1/4" from the edge. Take care to secure the tabs you have turned and pinned along the opening as you top stitch.

8. Your roll can be finished now, but I added a flap at the top to help keep the hooks from sliding out.

To add the flap, turn the top edge down 1 1/2" and press.

Sew along the pressed fold to secure. Now the sewing is done!

9. Finish your work by pulling the loose threads to one side, knotting and burying the ends.

10. Finally, roll it up and get ready to take your hooks anywhere you go!

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