Tutorial: Crochet Hook Holder

by Guest Poster on October 12, 2010 in Creativity, Sewing

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A few years ago, my daughter was given this similar holder to use for holding coloring pencils. It was a joy to take along our nature walks and unroll it when we would stop to draw and color in our nature journals. We soon found there was more than one purpose for this neat little holder. We have since made this multipurpose holder to keep our crochet hooks in one place for ourselves and have made it for our friends. I know some of you have already found the same purpose but thought it would be neat to show others how easy it is to make.

This simple holder will not take much time. Look for a place-mat that is somewhat stiff but still flexible to fold. I found some on sale for a little over $1.00, what a bargain! Choose a place-mat which can easily be thrown in the washing machine for a good cleaning once in a while.

All you need is:


Materials:

One place-mat
Two shoe laces long enough to wrap around to tie closed or an extra long shoe lace cut in two
One button, for decoration (We’ve even used a sea shell with a hole.)

Tools:

Sewing machine with matching thread. (I used transparent thread.)

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Step 1: Fold the placement over towards the top, not quite half way. If you choose to use this holder for crochet hooks, keep in mind not only the regular size crochets but also the smaller steel crochet hooks. You will want easy access to all hooks. Folding the bottom up around 4 ½ inches will work.

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Step 2: Place both shoe laces inside the fold of the right side of the place-mat close to the upper folded edge. If you are using a long shoe lace cut in half, be sure to place the cut side inside the ride side of the place-mat as you will want the finished side of the shoe lace on the outside.

To secure in place, pin shoe lace on place-mat and sew both thicknesses together. I usually will sew over outside seam already shown on place-mat.

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Step 3: Sewing slots of 1 inch apart will give you many pockets. It is not always possible to sew 1 inch slots evenly across the placement. I usually will make the smaller pockets on the outer edges.

Take a few minutes to measure and calculate ahead of time. It will pay off to know that all pockets will be big enough to hold something. You may need to make some pockets bigger than 1 inch wide.

When sewing straight down the folded place-mat, I use my ruler with the blue guide marked at 1 inch and slide it down as needed. It guarantees a much straighter line.

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Step 4: Repeat Step 3 until all pockets and outer edge is completed. Sewing both outer edges before sewing inside pockets may be an option as well. That worked better for me.

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Step 5: If you want, you can sew a button on the outer edge of the place-mat at the same place where of the shoe lace.

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Here is the completed holder. These make great gifts and are so easy to make. If you have other ideas as to what this holder could be used for, please comment below. I’d love to hear from you!

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—Carmen (Visit Carmen’s family blog at Pebble Crossing.)

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L2L October 12, 2010

What a neat idea!!! I am thinking this is perfect for colored pencil. Going to the dollar store this week to see how this would work to make a crayon holder as well!!!!! The light bulb went off!!!!!

Christina October 12, 2010

I love it! Thank you for posting it!

Kellie Watson October 12, 2010

I have seen this used for crayons and for stationary tools…you could fill it with pens and highlighters and give it as a gift with a journal or devotional book.

I have also seen the same thing done with a washrag and filled with baby items such as baby nail clippers, baby comb, nasal aspirator, etc… as a handy holder that can be carried in a diaper bag.

Amy Kempf October 12, 2010

Love this idea! I like to crochet and have my hooks everywhere! I’ll have to try this out and make one for my neighbor while I am at it!
Thanks for the idea!

Kasey October 12, 2010

Oh how fun and easy, perfect idea for a christmas gift!!

Carmen October 12, 2010

Great idea! Thank you! My girls and I have started crochet classes. This will help quiet the clinking sound of the hooks as we come and go! 🙂

Betsy October 12, 2010

I’ve seen similiar set ups for markers, crayons, etc. Do you have any ideas for storing knitting needles? Mine keep getting used for swords since I dont have any way to store them!

Theresa October 12, 2010

Thanks for this tutorial!
How about school pens or pencils.
Knitting needles.
Rotary cutters and fabric pens!
A shorter one could work for glasses and contact cases, maybe even an eye glass repair kit and a small bottle of eye solution or eye drops.
How about combs for those that carry a few!
That’s what I can think up right now. Thanks for posting this!

Moira October 13, 2010

Super Cute!! Thank you for the great idea, we are always looking for our hooks!
Shalom,
Moira

Nina October 14, 2010

This could be used to makeup brushes as well!

Thanks. Can’t wait to make mine….for all of the different uses suggested! My sons will love keeping their pencils, markers, and crayons in order with this.

Wardeh @ GNOWFGLINS October 14, 2010

Carmen, this is TOO cute! I’m going to tell my daughters I want them to make me one for Christmas. 🙂 They’ll probably want to make themselves each one, too. This is such a good idea!

CarmenV October 14, 2010

Thanks everyone for sharing more ideas with other women.

Maybe I’ll need to share my knitting needle case my grandmaman helped me with years ago.
blessings
carmen

Sandra M October 14, 2010

Why not look for “tough” placemats, with colours and patterns that would be appealing to a man, make the pouch with 2 placemats and with tools in mind? Make the handles go into the pockets, with the heads of the tools sticking out for each picking, I would guess around 1 1/2-2″ pocket size. If you want a couple of tools in the car trunk, or just a few are needed when hubby goes out…voila! Neat, tidy, wont be falling out and easy to carry! 🙂 I think I will make one for me… And one for the crochet hooks and maybe a half size for my electronic tools, etc…

Wardeh @ GNOWFGLINS October 15, 2010

Sandra: Here’s how I made tool roll ups for my husband.

http://christianhomekeeper.org/blog/homemade-tool-roll-up/

Much more involved, but he loves them!

vickie burkhardt October 30, 2010

Thank you so much for this easy inexpensive holder. I will make it soon.

Cathy December 26, 2010

Thanks for the great tutorial! I am going to raid my fabric stash and make some for presents! I have a few friends and family that could use them.

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