If you have basic machine-sewing skills and can crochet the simplest stitch, this pouch is a cinch to make.


Trebizond-silk embroidery thread, in Silver and Burnt Orange, $5, purlsoho.comNylon coil zippers, from $2.25 each, purlsoho.comUltra Pima cotton yarn, by Cascade, in Ginseng, $11 for 100 g, purlsoho.comCotton Classic yarn, by Tahki Stacy Charles, $6.50 for 50 g, annieandco.com

Tip: Adjust the depth of the bag as desired: Simply cut longer pieces of fabric (but the same width, to fit the zipper), and crochet an exterior of a corresponding size.


What you need


How to do it

Part 1

Step 1

Cut 2 pieces of cotton, each 9 3/4 by 3 inches (for a long, narrow case) or 7 3/4 by 4 3/4 inches (for a short, wide case).

Step 2

Align zipper (9 inches for narrow case, 7 inches for wide case) with long side of one piece of fabric’s right side. (Zipper’s metal ends should be 3/8 inch in from fabric edges.) Pin in place and, using your machine’s zipper foot, sew in place. Repeat with other side of zipper and other piece of fabric.

Step 3

Pin fabric pieces together along perimeter. Sew with a 3/8-inch seam allowance. (You will not need to turn work inside out: Its raw edges and exposed seams will be covered by crocheted piece.)

Step 4

Using sport-weight cotton yarn and a size F crochet hook, cast on a foundation chain of 52 stitches (for narrow case) or 42 stitches (for wide case).

Step 5

To change direction, single-crochet into foundation chain: Skip first stitch, and work into second chain.

Step 6

Continue single-crocheting for 30 rows (for narrow case) or 58 rows (for wide case). Add subtle stripes as desired by working 2 strands at a time -- 1 cotton yarn, 1 silk thread. Cast off.

Step 7

Fold crocheted piece in half widthwise, and hand-stitch sides together with yarn and a darning needle.

Step 8

Slide fabric case inside crocheted case. Pin in place.

Step 9

Using a blind stitch, hand-sew zipper to crocheted case.

Step 10

Loop a small tassel through hole in zipper pull. View instructions on how to make your own tassel.


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