Review: Crochet Hook Clutch Sewing Pattern
Until last night, I have been storing all my hooks and tapestry needles in a little eyeglasses case. Every time I needed something out of it, I would have to dump the whole works out and sort through the mess to find what I needed. Listen folks, I consider myself to be a highly organized individual, so why have I been so unorganized with my most-used tools? Why have I put up with the chaos, the pin-pricks, the frustration, and the internal cursing for all these years? I don’t know. The only excuse I can muster is that maybe I have some deep, subconscious need to punish myself. Well, no more! I finally took a stand and made this hook organizer:
I followed this pattern that I found over at Little Birdie Secrets. I looked at lots of hook organizers, and this one was the closest to what I needed. I want to begin by telling you that I am not an advanced seamstress (seamster?), so all of the issues that I encountered must be chalked up to my inexperience/impatience with my sewing machine. First of all, see the buckling of the clutch in the picture above and below? That’s a result of sewing my hook pockets too narrowly.
I tried to follow the measurements given, but I have to admit that I could have been a little more accurate (read: more patient with the line drawing). Also, I thought I was all smarty-pants for thinking ahead about the seam allowances, but my first hook pocket still came out too small for my largest hook. So, my hooks are not entirely in order from largest to smallest. Now, usually I would rip out the seams and start over, but that’s a LOT of seams. Living with the imperfection seemed like an easier option.
I did make a couple changes. I added a flap along the top for extra hook-spillage protection (which, after completion, I realized I obviously didn’t need because of my tight pockets). I also added a square of felt above the needle pocket for regular embroidery needles and “stitch markers,” i.e. safety pins. Notice the empty scissors pocket. That’s where my little scissors will go once I locate it.
Look! All organized. Yip-yip! While my clutch didn’t turn out as pretty as I wanted, I am still happy with it. The pattern was simple, easy to follow, and was accompanied by clear, step-by-step photo instruction. If your hooks are in a mess at the bottom of a baggie or in a jumble stuffed inside a glasses case, do not delay – head over to Little Birdie Secrets and make your own hook clutch! Seriously, do it now.