Friday, 4 March 2016

How To: Sew A Crochet Hook Roll

Today I'm sharing a tutorial for using felt, fabric and ribbon to make a roll for storing your crochet hooks or other creative tools like pencils, pens, or knitting needles.

 

This project originally appeared in docrafts Creativity magazine in 2014 and was made using cute heart fabric from this bundle, ribbon from this pack and coordinating felt.


The measurements listed are for a crochet hook wrap. To adapt this project to fit different tools you’ll need to draw your own templates. This is very easy! Just lay out your tools on a piece of squared paper and measure the size you need for the pocket. Then draw a larger rectangle for the wrap template, leaving at least 1cm space around the bottom and sides of the pocket and plenty of space for the tallest of your tools.

 

You will need:

- Patterned quilting cotton or other fabric
- Coordinating felt
- Sewing thread to match the fabric
- Thin wadding
- 1 metre ribbon
- Pins and a sewing needle
- Sewing scissors
- An iron and ironing board
- Paper, a pencil and a ruler
- Crochet hooks or other tools to fill the wrap
- Optional: air erasable fabric marker

To make the roll:

1. Use a pencil and ruler to draw and cut out two paper templates: a pocket template (13 x 22.5 cm) and a wrap template (17.5 x 24.5 cm).

2. Use the wrap template to cut out a piece of thin wadding. Then use the same template to cut out a piece of fabric, adding an extra inch of seam allowance around the edge.

3. Turn the fabric over so the “wrong” side is facing you and place the wadding on top. Then fold the excess fabric around the wadding, pinning it place. Secure the fabric with large tacking stitches and remove the pins.

4. Use the wrap template to cut out a piece of felt. Then use the pocket template to cut out two pieces of fabric with an extra half inch of seam allowance around each shape. Lightly mark the pocket shape on the back of each piece of fabric with a pencil.

5. Fold the edges of the fabric pocket pieces, tucking each corner in neatly and pressing them with an iron. Pin the edges in place and tack them, then remove the pins.

6. Place the two pocket pieces together, wrong sides together. Using thread that matches the fabric, sew along the top edge with blanket stitch, joining the pieces together.

7. Position the pocket on the felt, as pictured, and pin it in place. Use more matching thread to blanket stitch the other three sides, securing the pocket to the felt. Then remove the tacking stitches.

8. Place the two halves of the wrap together, so the felt covers the wadding and the edges line up neatly. Pin the layers together.

Tip: arrange the pins vertically so they won’t be in the way when you sew the lines in the next step.

9. Use matching thread and running stitch to sew a series of vertical lines along the pocket to create the slots for your tools. Sew through all the layers of the wrap, removing the pins as you sew.

For the crochet hook wrap, sew these lines approximately 2cm apart. For other tools, make the slots as large as you need. The heart fabric I used is perfect for this step as you can follow the pattern to help keep your lines straight but you may find it helpful to mark your stitching lines with a ruler and an air-erasable fabric marker.

10. Cut two pieces of ribbon, approx. 50cm each.

11. Hold the two ribbon pieces together so the right sides are facing each other and tuck the ends between the felt and wadding layers at one side of the wrap. Position the ribbons so they are halfway down the wrap and sticking out at a right angle from it then pin them to the felt.

12. Sew the ribbons in position with whip stitches, taking care to sew into the felt and not through it so your stitching is hidden. Remove the pin.

13. Stitch the edges of the wrap together with blanket stitch, sewing through the ribbon as you pass it. Then remove the tacking stitches from the wrap.

14. Fill the pocket with tools, and roll up the wrap. Tie the ribbon in a bow around the wrap then trim the ribbon ends as needed, cutting the ribbon at an angle to help prevent fraying.


This tutorial is for personal use only: you can use it to stitch as many tool wraps as you want for yourself or as gifts for friends. You may borrow a photo if you want to blog about this project, but remember to credit me and link back to the original source, and do not reproduce my entire tutorial on your site. Thanks!

Fancy some more free tutorials? Check out my tutorial archive
 
For even more crafty goodness, check out my books: Super-Cute Felt and Super-Cute Felt Animals.

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5 comments:

Katrin said...

Thank you so much. I always wanted to make such a roll - without a sewing machine. All the other tutorials that I've seen required one and I find it difficult to transfer. Now I will finally make a roll for my fineliners :-)

Kay said...

Thank you of this tutorial, the will make great presents. x

Cream Linen said...

Thank you for the tutorial and lovely idea.
Tina

Silly Little Sheep said...

It looks very sweet :)

BugsandFishes said...

Thanks guys!

Katrin - I have this problem with a lot of sewing tutorials too, as I haven't used a machine in about 15 years! I hope you'll have fun sewing a roll for your pens :)

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