{made} — fancy fixings.

I made my case a little bit bigger than the pattern to fit my larger hooks. Think it ended up being around 11 inches wide by 7 3/4 inches tall.

Wanted to use up some of my fabric stash, so didn’t use linen. I used two different fabrics that I had for the lining. I added some lace trim on the top pocket edge and the bottom flap edge for a pretty accent. Sewed everything with the machine except when I attached the lining to the crochet outer shell, whip stitched that all the way around by hand.

I added two clasps at both corners of the top flap to secure it when closed, some of my smaller hooks were slipping out of the side when I had it rolled and tied up.

The deep purple (almost black) beads I used are actually ones I had made a while back, they are blown glass.

Pattern is in the book Kyuuto! Japanese Crafts!: Lacy Crochet


made – tool wrap.

Dusted off my sewing machine and made a fun tool wrap for my Mother’s birthday present. It matches a knitting bag I had made her last year, coordination is key with these things :) Now I just need to make one for myself!

The pattern is from Simple Sewing. I found myself adjusting the pattern a little bit and customizing it because the way she suggests closing the top and bottom just doesn’t make sense. Well, it does but it seemed like the harder way of doing it; the reward wasn’t worth the hassle. (And it didn’t look like she did it the way she describes in the picture provided for the project, which seemed strange.) I’ve made two of these now and each one I’ve tried something different. Think the third time will be the charm.

Overall, I have really enjoyed this book and it has provided many gifts for people. It has a lot of projects that can be completed in a few hours and they are practical items you’ll actually use.

{photography by Jill Jeziorski}