Crochet Hook Roll & Shadow Box


Since graduation on the 6th (huzzah!) I’ve been working on setting up my new office craft room. One large haul from Ikea later, I’m still trying to get everything organized and force myself to get rid of some things. It’s awesome to have places for things though! Even just halfway done the new setup is pretty awesome.

This morning I got rid of a whole box of stuff, and finally went through the box of wedding paraphanelia – it’s been almost a year, I figured I should sift through it and at least downsize it. Months and months ago I got a set of 4 picture frames which are actually deep enough to be shadow boxes for $4 at Goodwill. I might paint them, but I might not- in the meantime, one of them is large enough to accommodate my headpiece from the wedding! It has gotten a bit banged up, to my dismay, so I was thrilled to find a safe place for it to go.

My veil and fascinator (which I wish I could wear in regular life).

That’s not really a craft since all I did was put it in a frame, but I am jazzed that it’s safe now! I might find some colored backdrop to put behind it. But I might be lazy and leave it as is.

Anyways, In the spirit of getting organized, I decided to make a roll for all of my crochet hooks, so they’re not scattered all around and next time I’m in the mood for a crochet project, I can have everything with me all neat and tidy like.


Upcycling clothes into something new.

I used an old pair of jeans that had some thigh holes going on, and a skirt I got at the swap-o-rama several months back because I loved the print. So this project was nearly free! That always puts me in a good mood. I hesitate to call this a tutorial, because I’m not sure I did the best photo/explanation job, but maybe between this and other images it will help someone figure out how to make their own. I did not use a pattern, simply looked for examples of what I was thinking of in my head and got started.

It took a little thinking on how I would use the skirt, since it was gored and therefore had curved seams. I cut a panel from the waist since it was the straightest area.

I wanted to use the waist band as an edge but it was curved as well so I ended up chopping it off.

To counteract the curve of the seams, I used a ruler from the smaller corners (top) to mark straight lines so my piece would be rectangular.

Then I used this piece as a template when cutting my old jeans. At first I had planned on just making the pocket rectangular as well, but…

I really liked the teal trim with the print and wanted to incorporate it somehow, so I used it as one edge on the pocket and made it curve downward so that my yarn needle, which is short, would have a place to fit.

Then I jumped the gun and pinned my pieces together without realizing I needed to sew the lines for each hook slot first. Oops.

After unpinning the main body panels, I used a pencil and ruler to mark straight lines on the pocket piece, and made sure that the top had a lip on it that I could fold under, so when it was finished there was no raw edge at the top of the pocket. Then I just straight stitched over each marking.

Hook pockets

After which point you obviously want to trim all the little leftover hanging thread.

NOW you can pin it all together for real, right sides facing each other.

Except, you’ll want to do your tie right the first time, unlike me. I opted to use some sheer ribbon I had on hand (cause every other color pretty much clashed with the palette I had going on). However, as you can see, I tucked the folded end of the ribbon in wrong, so that if I hadn’t realized my error halfway through I would have had a tie on the INSIDE when I flipped this right side out. Meaning I basically would have had no tie at all.

This is the right way to do it. Tuck the folded edge so that it is sticking outside of the panels, and the long ends should be chilling inside what you're working on. I poked mine through the area I left for turning my work right side out so I could be sure it didn't get caught up while I kept sewing.

Then you’ll want to turn your work right side out, and press the edges together in that little opening you left.

I used a crochet hook to try and poke the edges out so that things would lay as flat as possible. Then I ironed around the rest of the edges before attempting to top stitch all around.

Hopefully your top stitching is better than mine, because mine never comes out straight and pretty like everyone else’s. I ironed the top flap to help it stay in place- you can sew inside the seam to help it stay down, but I ended up not doing that because there were some thick seam areas that I think would have been too hefty for my sewing machine to handle.

Finished piece.

I left my collection some room to grow. And the little blue needle I always seem to lose fits in its teeny tiny pocket just perfectly!

Tie it off with a sweet little bow.

I'm not going to show my office yet cause it's still in various states of disarray and I kind of want it to be all put together. But here's two cubes in my mostly organized new Expedit bookcase! The yarn collection.

Again, I wish my top stitching at the end had been a little neater, but for $0 I think it turned out pretty nice. And things that help me get organized are priceless anyways.

One response »

  1. You did a great job on the weekend travel bag. I know what you mean about being impatient, happens to me. I like doing a lot of different types of sewing and get in a hurry. Never good ……… : (

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