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Tutorial: Crochet And Leather Drawstring Pouch

pouch tutorial 1

Here’s the tutorial I promised a while back for the little drawstring pouches. These are pretty simple to make, so feel free to give it a try and experiment with different yarns and techniques.

(Sorry some of the pictures are a bit blurred, I have a new camera and I’m still getting used to it.)

Supplies: (pictured above)

– leather (or suede, canvas, or any thicker fabric would do)
– scrap yarn, I’m using a soft worsted weight
– suede lace (for the drawstring, but you could use any type of cord or even a length of crochet chain)
– a size E/4-3.50mm crochet hook
– scissors
– something to punch your leather with, I’m using a leather punch, but an awl or even using needles of bigger and bigger size to puncture and widen the holes would work, too
– a darning needle
– something to mark your leather with, I used a Sharpie of similar color to the leather, since the marking won’t be seen on the outside of the finished pouch, but a fabric pencil would work, too
– a template, if you plan to make more than one of these

All you need to know crochetwise for this project is how to slip stitch, chain stitch, single crochet, and possibly how to switch colors (I provide a link and a few tips on that below if it’s new for you). If you’re wanting to experiment with combining crochet and other materials, this project is a great way to get started.

Note: I crochet lefthanded, so that’s what’s shown in the pictures, however, if you let your mouse hover over the crochet pictures below they will flip so that righthanders can follow along easily.

To make the pouch base, I simply traced around the bottom of a water bottle. The diameter of my circle is 7 centimeters. Mark 20 holes around the edge of your circle, making sure to not get too close to the edge so the holes don’t rip open. I leave just under a centimeter of space between each hole and the edge of the circle. Since I’m making more than one of these, I made a template from a piece of cardstock. I’m tracing it onto the back of my leather here using a Sharpie, and also using it to mark where the holes will need to be punched.

I have a manual leather punch that I use to make the holes. It has interchangable hole sizes, but I will say that not all of them work so well. I knew this might be the case when I bought this thanks to reviews online, but for my purposes it works well enough. You can find these at Michael’s and Hobby Lobby, and of course online if you’d like to get one. For my holes I used a punch size close to the size of my crochet hook (although you can go a little smaller with your holes since the hook can be used to widen them).

To begin crocheting into your leather, start off with a slipnot and make a loop, but leave it a little loose. Put your hook through a hole in the leather and pull the loop through to the other side.

See how leaving the loop loose allows the top of it to sit just along the edge of the leather? This is what we want for each loop pulled through the leather. Secure this first loop by making a chain. You have the start of your foundation row.

To continue your foundation row – ch 1, sc into the next hole (leaving your loop loose and pulling it’s height to the edge of the circle as shown), *ch 1, sc into next hole* repeat until you come to the end of your row and join with a slip stitch (sl st) into the chain at the top of your starting loop.

When you’re done with the row it should look like this.

Row 1: do not chain to start here (feel free to use a stitch marker here if it helps you), but instead begin with a sc in the ch you joined with, and continue by working one sc in each stitch around. I work these into the back loops only as it’s much easier and looks nice and tidy. When you get to the end of your row join with a sl st into your first sc. You should have 40 sc around total.

Rows 2-15: sc into stitch you joined with, sc in each stitch around, join with sl st into first sc.

There are several techniques around for changing colors in crochet. One issue with doing so when working stripes is having a jog at the seam, meaning the ends of the stripe don’t evenly match up. Planet June offers a couple solutions to this here, but feel free to try out other techniques as well and choose what you like best.

You may also want to change to a new color for several rows then change back to your original color. Don’t worry about cutting and fastening off your first color and rejoining with a new piece when you switch back to it, instead just carry the yarn behind your visible work. As you work your first sc over the top loops of the stitch you’re working into, hold your unused yarn beside those top loops and work your stitch around it as well. Do this only for your first sc of each row, and continue until you’re ready to switch back to that color. Then your yarn will be ready for you. Hopefully the picture above helps make that clear.

Carrying your yarn up this way also makes the inside look much neater.

When you finish your rows fasten off and weave in any ends using a darning needle.

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Cut a piece of suede cord about 18 inches for you drawstring.

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To figure out where to weave in your drawstring, you don’t have to be exact with this project. I like to pinch folds into the top of the pouch and work to make them roughly the same size.

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Use a darning needle to weave in your lace. Again, you don’t have to be exact with this. Unless you want to, then go crazy! :)

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Tie a little bow, and once you’re done it should look like this!

Hopefully that was fairly clear. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask me! Hope you all are having a wonderful day! Remember you are loved, and God bless!

Overalls: Before

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Oh, how I love overalls. Comfy, easy, a little bit different. I’d wound up without any and had been on the lookout for some. These are from Wal-Mart (you’ve seen me wear them here before) and while they are supersoft and comfortable, and the cuffs can be rolled or unrolled, I’ve never really been a fan of pre-distressed denim (It’s particularly annoying on the back pocket of these, seen in the bottom picture). My sister-in-law pointed out that I could patch them with crochet or fabric, and that sold me on them. I’ve had them for a few months, though, and just haven’t given myself the time to work on that, so hopefully soon I’ll have some stuff done to them and I’ll share the changes here.

overalls 2

In the past at different times I’ve had pairs of jeans that I’ve drawn and painted on, worn until they can’t be worn anymore, and I’m thinking these overalls might be my next “hippie jeans,” as friends and family like to call them.

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We’ll see what happens with them!

Overalls: L.E.I.
Tank Top: Love To Love
Shoes: Faded Glory

Hope you’re having a beautiful Monday. God bless!

Sickness And Chain Rings

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No outfit post today – though I’ll hopefully get one up later this week – because last week I got super sick with the same thing my husband had the week before, and was still recovering this weekend. This means I didn’t get much done last week in the way of crochet or crafting of any kind, although I did make a few easier things and play around with some Tunisian crochet when I had spurts non-dizziness.

It was hard not being able to do anything creative while I was sick, so – again, when I wasn’t too dizzy – I spent a lot of time on Pinterest looking at inspiring clothing, crochet, and items since I couldn’t make much of my own. One thing I saw was a picture of the rings from this tutorial, and I thought hey, that wouldn’t be too hard to try, I could probably manage, and looked over at the bit of jewelry chain I had lying on my desk. Very simple to make, and there’s a lot you could do with this idea as far as adding embellishments, using different types of chain, etc., but it is a little weird having a ring that isn’t a solid round shape. It feels like I could lose the ring easily. Still worth a try, though!

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I was also able to do a bit of t-shirt recon on a men’s t-shirt from a four pack I bought, but that might show up in an outfit post soon. We’ll see.

Being sick is no fun, guys. I hope you and your families are all feeling well!

Found Around

Some neat and inspiring things I have found around the internet recently –

This gorgeous high low dress crocheted by Ashlee Elle of Dream In Vintage. I’ve shared her work before here. Her designs are so creative and inspiring, please go take a look.

These Fashionary sketches using flowers and watercolor by Grace Ciao. So beautiful.

This tutorial for a floral table runner from Jes + Em. These girls are from the southern United States like me, and I think it’s safe to say everyone around here is rejoicing that warm weather and new blooms have finally arrived, minus the pollen, of course. This is such a beautiful project and so well-executed. It would be great for a wedding or spring party, or just to have in your home as a happy reminder that the long winter is over and new life is beginning!

Hope these inspire you. Happy day, everyone. God bless!

Found Around

Some cool and inspiring things I’ve found around the internet recently –

This tutorial from Melody of Melmaria Designs on using crocheted flowers for printmaking. So cool and clever, and the resulting prints are just lovely!

This crochet top from Silvia66 on Etsy. The neckline is so unique and pretty!

This photoset of a needlefelted giraffe in various stages from Teresa Perleberg of Bear Creek Felting. I love the realism and how delicate the felting is.

Have a beautiful and joyful day!

Tutorial: Crochet Box Pleats Two Ways

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Several months ago I was searching online for a guide to making crochet box pleats, but all I found was guides for stitches that were more like gathered fabric than pleating. The closest I found, and it is a very great tutorial, was this post on crochet pleats from April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio. It goes along with a pattern of hers for a girls jumper that was published in Interweave Crochet, Winter 2010. It was very, very helpful and I’d recommend a look at it.

However, since there is a lack of tutorials for this crochet skill online where there are multiple guides for many others, I thought I’d try making a basic guide including two ways of making crochet box pleats. The first way is basically the same as Banana Moon Studio’s guide, while the second is different.

This post is quite long, so click through the jump to see the full post.

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Found Around

A list of neat or inspiring things I have discovered around the internet lately –

This leather high-waisted skirt from Otte. I think this may be from an old line, but it was super expensive, anyway. Would be totally possible to try and make your own dupe, though.

This tutorial for a mini smores fire from Chris on Man Made. So simple, and so cool.

These knitted snail tea cozies from Anke Klemper on Ravelry. Just hilarious and wonderful.

This fantastic crochet dress from Ashlee Elle on Dream In Vintage. I saw this a bit before I started the blog, but it’s still worth sharing now. I just love the shape of the sleeves and the fit of the whole dress. She also crochets some very cool graphic tanks, so you should check those out.

Hope you have a beautiful and blessed day!

Let’s Talk About: Collar Necklaces

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made by me

A few weeks ago, I decided I wanted to try making some collar necklaces. In particular, ones that drew from pointed or Peter Pan style collars. I’m really loving the look of these, lately, and my affinity for them has only grown since I’ve made and started wearing them. Above are a few of my favorites out of the ones I’ve made so far. I also plan on making some that are all crochet and chain, but I don’t have a place to block them right now.

Before I made any, I looked around for some inspiration as I do often before beginning a project of making something I never have before. It’s incredibly helpful to see other people’s techniques or ideas; It can help you figure out how to do what you see in your head, and to further define your ideas.

Bits of Envy on Etsy

This necklace from Bits of Envy has to be one of my favorites. I love how the collar shape is defined by chain and a bit of crochet. She has some other lovely necklaces and things in her shop, as well.

Like Freja on Etsy

Ampris Loves on Etsy

Of course collar necklaces look great with tops that have no collars. I love the idea of wearing them with plain t-shirts, or tops that have a simple shape. They can completely change the look of an outfit, sometimes making it a bit more formal or classy. Collared necklaces can also look great over strapless dresses and tops.

Alterations Needed

Alana Ruas

My Blomquist

Refinery29 (this one includes a tutorial)

As you can see, there is a wide range of collar necklace styles, and even this is only within the Peter Pan or pointed category.

In case you’re inspired to make one of your own collar necklaces, here are some tutorials.
DIY Erickson Beamon Inspired Collar Necklace made with old shirt collar and beaded from DC2NY Confessions
Peter Pan Collar Necklace DIY made with leather from A Beautiful Mess
DIY Collar Necklaces made with chain from Hello, Whimsy
Peter Pan Collar Necklace made with fabric from Sew Caroline on Rags To Stitches

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