Artful Thursdays are back! I have a super-quick project to share, made this in under an hour this morning – even with interruptions – it’s a great useful project and would make a nice gift, too.
What to do with all these?
Make a case! Somehow I’ve misplaced and re-purchased my size G hook three or four times. It’s a good thing I have a daughter who crochets now and needs somewhere to store her own hooks (and all my doubles!).
The first piece of fabric I grabbed out of my scrap basket happened to be the edge of a sheet – brilliant! No hemming needed! A pillowcase edge would work for this, too. Of course, you can add an allowance for hem to all these directions, iron and stitch them in place, too.
The fabrics:I like the light-weight cotton fabrics best for this project without any interfacing or batting necessary. Your completed project will roll up better this way.
Cut 2 fabrics 10” x 7.5” – one of the outside fabric and one of a contrasting lining fabric.
Cut two more pieces 10” wide, making sure the hemmed edges are on the 10” edge. One will be 1.75” high and the other, 4.5” high. (Remember, if you need to add your own hems to these pieces, cut them about 1.5” taller, fold, press, fold, press & hem.)
Working with all the fabrics right-side up, lay the 4.5” piece on your lining fabric along the bottom of one long edge. Now you’ll stitch vertical lines over this piece.
Close-up of stitching vertical lines below. I usually use my presser-foot as a guide, but most are about 1/2” or a little more apart. It’s easy to just lift and turn the foot at the end of each row and make your way back up again in the other direction. If you have thicker hooks or those with cushioned handles – be sure to make wider rows.
Clip loose threads and lay a hair elastic along one side, tacking it down with a few stitches. Next, lay the 1.75” piece, right-side up, across the top edge of your lining fabric. Hair elastics are great for these projects, very sturdy! (In the picture my elastic appears in the middle of the fabric – I think it works better if it’s more toward the top third of the piece.)
Turn your outside fabric piece over and pin it to the layered pieces, all right-sides together.
Stitch it around all edges, leaving an opening along one side. I use a 3/8” seam allowance.
Next, trim around the piece, making sure to clip diagonally along the corners. I have pinking shears, but they’re not necessary.
Poke out corners with a round-tipped stick.
Once your piece is turned right-side out, give it a quick press with your iron and stitch closely around the edges, making sure to capture the opening and stitch it closed.
Ready to be a home for crochet hooks.
Rolls up easily for storage.
My case is almost all filled up.
Mother-daughter crochet hook cases, complete!
Have a happy Thursday! Stop by and visit all the other crafty folks participating in the Artful Thursday project, too: