I finally checked something off my someday list! (happy dance)
I made a case for my crochet hooks, so I can more easily take my crochet projects on the road with me when we travel this summer.
At first, I considered crocheting my crochet hook case, but I wanted something a little sturdier, so I put my sewing skills set to work. I thought it would be cute to still incorporate some crocheted texture, so I whipped up a double crocheted swatch to scan into my HP Sprout.Then I uploaded it into Spoonflower, and printed off a fat quarter of fabric with which to make my case.
I love it and I think it’s really fun that it just hints at the purpose of my case.
Okay, ready for the case tutorial? Let’s do it!
2 fat quarters or 1/4 yard of each main and lining – woven cotton material like quilter’s cotton works great
1/2 yard Fusible craft interfacing (thickest, single side, fusible interfacing you can find at Jo-Ann)
14 inches of 3″ wide elastic (black)
10 inch polyester zipper
leather piece/strap – cut to 1.5 in. x 15 in.
1- heavy duty snap and tools
matching or contrasting thread for main and lining pieces, as well as the elastic
basic sewing supplies
clover clips or small binder clips are helpful but are not required
jeans or leather needle for final top stitching is helpful
1 – 19 in. x 9 in.
1 – 9 in. x 2.5 in.
1 – 9 in. x 13.25 in.
1 – 9 in. x 3.75 in.
1 – 9 in. x 4.25 in.
2 – 2 in. x 1.25 in.
2 – 19 in. x 9 in.
Cut zipper down to 8.5 inches.
Seam allowance is 1/2 inch unless otherwise noted.
2. Center the elastic on the largest lining piece, with right side facing up, according to the pictures.
3. Pin and sew the 9 in. x 2.5 in. lining piece to one short side of the larger lining piece (9 in. x 13.25 in.), with the elastic sewn into the seam, right sides facing.
4. Press piece open and flat. Top stitch close to the seam.
NOTE: The 9 in. x 2.5 in. piece looks a little larger than it should because I accidentally used one of the other lining pieces (doh). It won’t change the steps at all, but you will see that piece shrink when I realize my mistake in a few steps. ;) Don’t let that throw you.
6. Open and top stitch along seam. Do NOT press with an iron. It is not necessary and ironing over polyester zipper teeth can cause them to bust open and break.
7. Place zipper face down along the other short end of the large lining piece, with zipper tape edge lined up with short edge. Make sure elastic is straight and centered. Place 9 in. x 4.25 in. lining piece on top of zipper.
9. Sew with a 1/4 inch seam allowance. It helps to use your zipper foot.
10. Open up the seam. Press in place on the elastic and zipper tape side ONLY. Avoid touching iron to zipper teeth.
If your lining doesn’t match the elastic, sew under the elastic. You will top stitch on top of the elastic when you sew lines for the crochet hooks, so that you don’t have to keep switching thread colors back and forth. If your lining does match your elastic, of course, skip this step and just top stitch over the elastic for this step.
13. Open, and press in place, being careful to avoid zipper teeth again.
Optional: You may fold the back pocket lining piece out of the way and top stitch along the other side of the zipper, if desired.
15. Divide the lining piece up as pictured. Sew lines along the elastic for your crochet hooks with matching black thread. Space them as desired. A 1/2 inch gap seems to fit most hooks, but the larger hooks with need a 3/4 inch or more opening, depending on the size of the handles of your hooks.
16. Layer your main and lining pieces together. Center and sandwich the leather strap in between the layers on the short end that doesn’t have the zipper pocket. Make sure the right side of the leather strap is facing the right side of the main piece.
17. Round all four corners with a cup, or anything round (I used a roll of washi tape). You don’t need to trim this down yet. It will serve as a guide for you will you sew.
19. Trim down the seam allowance at the corners to reduce bulk.
20. Turn it right side out.
Warning: this is BULKY and it will take good effort to turn it right side out. You will have to use a chop stick or a point turner to really work out the corners. Press your point turner along all the seams as well, to smooth everything out. The interfacing will fight you, so be firm….and don’t get discouraged. Once it all gets turned right side out, the final sturdiness of the case will be worth it.
21. The lining and main fabrics will be wrinkly when you’re done. Press with an iron (remember to say away from the zipper teeth!). Press the raw edges of the opening under and even with the rest of the seam as well. Clip in place.
22. Top stitch close to the edge around the whole case. Go slow and take your time. There are a lot of layers, so going slow will produce a cleaner top stitch and prevent skipped stitches and/or broken needles. It may be helpful to use a heavy duty jeans needle or leather needle as well.
24. Add the bottom of the snap to the case. Center it behind the leather strap and space it about 1/2 inch away from the edge. Follow the snap package instructions for the full how to.
Another warning: The layers are THICK, but it will work if you are diligent in keeping everything tight and compressed while you pound the snap in place. If you are having a tough time getting the shank through all the layers, try thinning the layers around the opening a little bit with a pair of small sharp scissors.
Wrap it and snap it, and you’re ready to go!
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by HP. All opinions are genuine. I heart my Sprout and think it’s an amazing tool for creatives! See my other post using the HP Sprout HERE. And learn more about the specs of the Sprout HERE.