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.
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.
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.
I wanted to use the waist band as an edge but it was curved as well so I ended up chopping it off.
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…
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.
After which point you obviously want to trim all the little leftover hanging thread.
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.
Then you’ll want to turn your work right side out, and press the edges together in that little opening you left.
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.
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.