I made this quirky crochet hook roll this week from my very favourite fabric - Ann Kelle's Urban Zoologie Owls. I thought that a straightforward tutorial might be of interest to some of you so here goes, my very first tutorial!
Large scraps of the following fabrics - 1 feature fabric, one complimentary solid, 1 contrast solid for binding.I used Ann Kelle's Urban Zoologie Owls and Kona Solids - a lime green and a navy.
Large scrap cotton batting
24" of matching ribbon
Small square Bondaweb or similar
Seam allowances are 0.25" unless otherwise stated.
Front - from main solid - 5.25" x 8.5"; from feature fabric - 2 pieces measuring 3.25" x 8.5".
Front - fussy cut small detail piece from feature fabric - size dependent on pattern but approx 2.5" x 2.5".
Back (main panel)- from feature fabric, 11" x 8.5"
Back ( folded panel) - from feature fabric, 1.5" x 11"; from main solid, 1 piece measuring 2.5" x 11" and 1 piece measuring 7.5" x 11".
1. Using Bondaweb or similar, seal fussy cut small panel to main solid front panel, centering carefully.
2. Using thread to matching contrast binding colour, stitch around edges of applique leaving raw edges. I used a triple straight stitch (topstitch) setting on my machine to emphasise the stitching. Stitches do not need to be perfectly square, slightly wonky lines add to the charm!
3. Pin feature fabric front pieces to main solid & stitch carefully.
4. Iron seams to darker fabric side.
1. Pin feature fabric between solid pieces and sew, iron seams to darker side.
2. Fold in middle to give piece measuring 5" x 11" and iron.
3. Line up folded piece with main back piece and pin in place
4. Decide how far apart you want your lines for your hooks and mark in place.
I marked the edge seams 0.5" in from raw edge, and marked a number of wide lines at 1" each, then smaller spaces for narrower hooks at 0.5" each. I use a Clover Hera marking tool which marks a sharp crease on the fabric. I love this tool, it's one of my best buys ever! You could also use tailor's chalk or a water soluble pen.
5. Stitch lines as marked. Work from middle of fabric down to bottom.
1. Place front piece on batting scrap leaving excess batting on all sides and pin in place.
When first side is done, do same on other side. The centre panel of solid fabric is not quilted.
3. Trim excess batting using rotary cutter.
For this roll I used double fold binding. If you need detailed instructions on binding check out great tutorials on Jaybird Quilts or Oh, Fransson!
Using contrast solid, cut strips for binding. I cut on the straight grain to a width of 2". Cut 2 strips of approx 24" and join using 45 degree seams.
Fold in half, wrong sides together, and iron.
1. Line up back piece on top of front piece, matching raw edges, and trim any excess fabrics.
2. Pin binding in place, matching raw edge of binding to raw edges of roll.
3. Fold ribbon in half and pin on one side of roll, between binding and fabric. The folded edge should line up with the raw edges of the binding and fabric.
4. Stitch binding in place all the way around, making provision for mitred corners.
5. Fold binding over to back of roll and pin, ensuring mitred corners are lined up correctly and machine stitch close to the edge of the bindgin. Ensure that your stitching is picking up binding on the opposite side. (Or handstitch if you prefer)
6. Apply Fray Stop or similar to the ends of your ribbon to seal. Alternatively, turn the edges of your ribbons under and stitch to seal the end and prevent fraying.
Fill with your crochet hooks, roll up and admire!! Alternatively, you could use this roll for makeup brushes, just adjust the width of the stitched lines.