Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Knitting Needle & Crochet Hook Holder

For X-mas I decided that I was going to make something for my mom and my brother's girlfriend to hold knitting needles and crochet hooks.  I looked at a few different ideas on pinterest for makeup brush storage.  I then came up with my own pattern, modified for knitting needles and crochet hooks.  So, I used a paper bag to make my pattern.  I cut out an 14 in x 19 in rectangle from the bag.

I then pinned it to the material and cut it out.  I did this with the material for the front, the back, and the batting.

I then pinned all three together with the good side of the fabric facing out.

 I then used the bottom of the bag as my pattern for the bottom pocket.

In the picture above you can see that I used the same width as the bag bottom but I doubled the height.  I then folded the material in half with the good side of the fabric facing out and ironed it.  For the smaller pocket I just kind of guessed/estimated the size I wanted and cut that out, again with the height doubled.  I then folded it in half, good side of fabric facing in and sewed around three edges, turned it inside out and ironed it.  I left the side that goes along the edge open.

I then pinned the two pockets in place and sewed around the edge of the entire thing.  As you can see the open edge of the smaller pocket gets sewn when you do this.  I then sewed the other side and the bottom edge of the smaller pocket.
After that, I spaced out pocket dividers and sewed down the height of the pocket.  This is to separate your crochet hooks and keep them upright so that they don't fall over in the pocket.  I then sewed dividers in the larger bottom pocket for the knitting needles.  

 I then cut out the binding and the ties.  I used a piece of the bag that was about 2 in wide for the ties and about 3 in wide for the binding, both were about 10 in long.  I just kept moving the piece to cut out a pieces that were long enough for the binding and the ties.

 I then folded the strip in half, ironed it, then folded the edges into the middle and ironed it again.  I then sewed down the open edge.
And now you have your ties.  I folded the ties in half and ironed them again as seen in the picture above.  For the binding I also folded the material in half, ironed it, folded the edges into the middle and ironed again.  I did not sew shut the open end.  Instead I pinned it around the edge of the whole thing, stuck the ties in where I wanted them so that when I sewed the binding the ties would also get sewn.  Now, I am not a quilter and I'm sure there are some quilters our there who will say I did the binding all wrong, but that's ok, it worked well enough for my purposes lol!  

Here you can see how I pinned it all together.  I then folded the top down and stitched across to make a flap.  The purpose of the flap is to keep all your needles from falling out the top.

 Here is a picture of it opened up, this is the one I made for my mom.

 So you can just slip in all of your crochet hooks and knitting needles, close the flap, roll it up, tie it shut, and you have the perfect portable storage!  Ta-Da!!!  Here is the one I made for my brother's girlfriend.
I'm thinking I'll need to make another one for my mom as she has about a million needles crammed into hers lol!  It is bursting at the seams!   

Thursday, February 7, 2013


So awhile ago I bought my mom tickets to Wicked for Christmas.  Of course I made her take me as her date :)  So I made this gift for my mom to remember how much fun we had together.

Here is a little closer view...

And and even closer view...

The last picture was a little blurry...but you get the picture.  I won the frame at a scrap-booking retreat. I can't even remember what company made it.  But it was pretty cool.  Its magnetized and came with a bunch of different doo-dads to embellish with and has a black ribbon that runs across it.  The paper I used is from Graphic 45.  It is awesome paper!!!!  I used the green diagonal striped paper as the background.  I then cut out the witch with the Wicked saying on it out of the paper and attached that with magnets.  I embellished the shadows and the word wicked with black stickles and added purple stickles to the witches hat and stockings.  I had someone take a picture of my mom and I at the event so I attached that to the background paper.  I also bought the embelliment pack that went with the paper.  This is where I found the other three embellishments on the page.  The monkeys wings are also stickled with black.  I put crackle over Glenda, attached it to black paper and then attached that to the background paper.  The bigger one with the lion etc.  I attached with mini clothes pins to the ribbon.  I used a sharpie to color the clothes pins black.  Ta-da!!!  The cool thing about this is that everything is attached to the frame with magnets so if you wanted to change it out it would be very easy to do so.  Although my mom is not allowed to change this one out lol!  Thanks for viewing!