I am so excited for today’s post!! I, personally, have been feeling my creativity pull me to try more crafts and incorporate them into my creative journey and this project speaks to me on SO many levels.
Thanks to my friends at JOANN Stores and Cricut, one of my holiday blessings showed up as a gift of the new Cricut Explore Air 2, Cobalt and it is was such an answer to that pull of wanting to expand within my creativity - and can be just the same for you!
This season I’m really finding worth in being a Maker and all that it means to me. Though I primarily focus in fiber arts, that’s not where the entirety of my creativity sits. The project I am sharing with you today is one that encompasses this creative season for me and can be a great project for you, as well, to begin exploring within new mediums!
The Maker of Things Crochet Pouch is a super fun way to combine our love of crochet with another type of craft - the Cricut! Being able to make this pouch entirely by hand makes it just so special and really gives that “Maker of Things” statement so much truth. I hope you love this as much as I do!
Not familiar with Cricut?
The Cricut Explore Air 2, Cobalt is a super special machine for us crafters. Exclusively sold at JOANN Stores, it can cut and write up at the same time up to 2X faster than the previous Cricut Explore models!
It can cut over 100 different materials ranging from card stock and vinyl to specialty materials such as glitter paper, cork, and bonded fabric. Quickly. Beautifully. From cards to custom t-shirts to home decor, Cricut makes it easy to realize your creative vision.
Design on the go on your laptop, iPad, or iPhone! Browse and play with thousands of images, fonts, and ready-to-make projects. OR you can create your very own design from scratch! You can upload and cut out your own artwork absolutely free and turn the masterpieces into home decor, cards, gifts, fashion and more!
I, personally, have dabbled with the Cricut machine, but I would most definitely consider myself a novice so if I can do this project, you DEFINITELY can as well. ;) I’ve gotta give props to Cricut and their awesome package instructions because all I did was follow what it told me to do! Easy peasy!
Now let’s get started on making your very own Maker of Things Crochet Pouch!
-121 yds Vanna’s Choice Yarn (worsted - wt 4 / 100% acrylic) : Silver Heather
-I/5.5mm crochet hook
-4”x7” piece of fabric
-Hot glue gun
-Hot glue stick
-15” black pom fashion trim
CH - chain
MS - moss stitch
SC - single crochet
DC - double crochet
St - stitch
Sl St - slip stitch
sts - stitches
13 sts x 10 rows = 4”x4” in HDC
Width: 9.5” / Height: 6”
For this pattern, we will be using this stitch sequence as the Moss Stitch (MS) : [SC, DC] Repeat [ ] across. Do not place both SC and DC in same st, they are to be placed in separate sts. In subsequent rows, make sure to work the DC into the SC of the previous row. Each MS cluster is counted as two stitches.
We are first going to crochet the pouch and assemble it. While we are making it, we will be creating a rectangle and folding it to the correct shapes which we will then seam it up using yarn and a yarn needle. Once we have finished, we will create our handmade patch using the 4”x7” piece of fabric, foil vinyl and our Cricut Explore Air 2, Cobalt! Once we have applied the patch onto the clutch, we will add the pom trim to finish it up!
Being able to fully make this project by hand just feels so good!!
CROCHET POUCH PATTERN:
- Starting in 3rd st from hook, MS across. (30)
- CH 1, turn. MS across. (30)
- Repeat Row 2 until your piece measures 17” tall. Finish off, weave in ends.
- Fold rectangle into thirds, and leave one-third flipped up. Attach yarn to hook using slipknot and seam both sides using Sl Sts. Finish off, weave in ends.
- On the flipped up third, fold both corners towards the center to create a pointed end. Using a yarn needle, sew corners together. Finish off, weave in ends.
- Using Liquid Stitch, adhere the pointed end to the backing as to prevent that “pocket” to be floppy.
- Cut your pom garland into two strands - one strand with 7 poms, and another with 8 poms.
- Place pom garland strands onto back side of pointed end and adhere with hot glue (I know there are more “professional” ways to do this, but hey, this is what I had on hand!)
- Using your Cricut Explore Air 2, upload this image into the Design Space and processed using your favorite vinyl (I used Iron-On Foil in Rose Gold!)
- Using your iron and following directions as per the package, adhere the graphic onto your 4”x7” piece of fabric, making sure to place it in the center.
- Fold the edges of your fabric to create a more finished look and secure in place using Liquid Stitch. You will want about .5” at minimum from your text to the edge of your fabric.
- Using Liquid Stitch again, adhere the graphic fabric appliqué onto the back side of the pouch (empty side). Let dry.
Ta da!! It always feels SO GOOD to make things with your hands. What will you fill your Maker Pouch with? Crochet hooks? Knitting needles? Paint brushes? Your wallet?
Be proud of the fact that you made that thing entirely all on your own. You. Are. Amazing.
Share your progress online and use hashtags #handmadewithjoann, #cricutmade and #thehooknookers so share with our communities! Be sure to follow along with me on Instagram and sign up for my newsletter to see more fun inspiration and stay in the loop with what’s to come! Thank you to my friends at JOANN Stores and Cricut for helping me create such a fun project!
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This is a personal blog. All editorial content and projects are intellectual property of Jessica Carey, designer of The Hook Nook. This post was sponsored by JOANN Stores and Cricut but all ideas and opinions are my own.