How to Make a Super-Simple Roll-Up for Organizing Your Crochet Hookscomments (7) August 27th, 2008
One of the most useful accessories for crocheters is a hook case. Whether you're hooking on the go or just want to keep everything together near your couch, the case is a perfect way to protect and contain your hooks. When I was shopping for yarn storage last week, I came upon some pretty place mats and realized that they'd be the perfect base for a hook case, especially for beginner sewers. The place mat allows you to skip a few piecing steps, and you can find some pretty elegant pieced place mats for not a lot of cash (I found this one on clearance at Target for $2.78). You only need to know how to sew a few straight lines to complete this project.
1 fabric place mat (approximately 14 inches x 19 inches)—stripes make it easy to keep your sewing lines straight
22-inch length of rickrack or ribbon (for tie)
Sewing machine or hand-sewing needle and thread
Press the fold. Fold the length of rickrack in half and place the folded rickrack in between the fold of the place mat, about 1 inch down from the top edge of the folded section (as shown above). Pin the rickrack in place so that it doesn't slide out while you sew. Sew the layers of the place mat together at the left and right edges, beginning the seam at the pressed fold and ending it at the edge of the folded section. Be sure to sew through all of the layers and through the rickrack on the left edge. Backstitch at the beginning and end of each line of stitching.
Mark a line every 1-1/2 inches along the folded edge of the place mat. You will sew along these lines to make each hook compartment. I varied the width of my compartments slightly, following the stripes in the place mat. If you'd like your hook compartments to be wider or narrower, adjust the markings accordingly.
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