Remember this project?
I totally love it. It's what I keep all my crochet hooks in.
But I got to thinking, is there a down and dirty way to make this without having to cut out fabric and piece it together? Enter: the placemat.
It's a double sided, ready-made chunk of fabric. And heck if I can turn it into a purse, I can surely sew it into a crochet hook holder. It's a Lazy Girl Project (just coined that term, wonder if someone's already trademarked it?? A quick search shows that it is a blog, and they make purses, go figure!) I digress, and again wonder what we ever did before google.
OK, back to the task at hand. Get yourself a cute little placemat. I found mine at Target, and for once used my smarts and bought more than one cuz they were so darn cute.
Step Two: Fold a length of ribbon (approx. 20-24") in half and sandwich in between the two layers you just created on one side. Sew along the length on both edges. Do as I say, not as I did on this one. I didn't sandwich the ribbon, and ended up with this zigzaggy mess putting my ribbon on after the fact.
Step Three: Stitch the pockets. Be sure to backstitch at the beginning and ending of each line. Use your hooks as a guide for width, keeping in mind that the larger hooks are quite thick. I sewed several pockets at a narrow thickness (maybe 1/2-3/4") and the rest at about 1". I left a large pocket at the end for scissors, stitch markers, and stuff.
Step Four: Stitch along the length of the fold of the top flap. This just helps to create a crease so that it folds in the right spot every time.
Then fold it up:
And tie it closed:
That's it! Seriously, a 30 minute project. Give it a try!