Today Jess from Chaos & Love is guest posting for me! We met at SNAP and then were roommates at BlogHer. I love this girl!! She blogs all about her crafts, food, crochet — and she has some super helpful bloggy tech stuff for those of us who are less than talented in that area. Guess this post means I’m going to have to learn how to crochet, doesn’t it?
Hi there! I’m Jess and I blog over at Chaos & Love about food, crafts and being a work-outside-the-home mom of two boys. I’m so excited to be hanging out here at Let’s Eat Grandpa today because Cori is one of my most favorite people and I’m sure you’re all equally awesome.
As you can imagine, my life gets a little chaotic. Between a 3 hour round trip commute to work, juggling school and sports and blogging to keep my sanity intact, I need all the help organizing that I can get. These Seven Tips for a Lighter Purse that Cori shared a while back were TOTALLY inspiring for me.
Also? I was jealous of her cute gift card wallet (which I imagine could also be used for business cards). Since I’m chronically distracted, however, I never got around to a) asking her about it or b) looking for one. And then Cori asked me to guest post for her and I thought a little wallet like that might be something useful for you guys as well.
So this little wallet, or sleeve really, that I came up with measures about 4″ x 2.5″ and has a really simple button/loop closure. I used acrylic yarn and really basic crochet stitches. This project could easily be completed in under an hour. And you know what? I love it and I think others would too. It would make an awesome, not to mention inexpensive, little teacher gift (maybe sub an apple applique?) along with a $5 Starbucks gift card. The possibilities are endless, yo.
Here’s what you need:
2 colors of acrylic yarn
1 H crochet hook (or size needed for project to measure 4″ x 2.5″)
1 3/4 – 1″ button
small piece of felt
embroidery floss & needle
yarn needles – one large for weaving in ends, one smaller for sewing
Here’s what you do:
1. Make your wallet.
Using main color, ch 17.
Rnd 1: Hdc in back loop of third ch from hook, hdc in back loops of next 13, 3 hdc in both loops of next, hdc in front loops of next 13, 2 hdc in front loop of last ch, join in top of first hdc to form an oval. (31 hdc)
Rnd 2-7: Ch 2. Hdc around joining in top of first hdc. Join accent color. (31 hdc)
Rnd 8: Ch 2. Hdc around joining in top of first hdc. (31 hdc)
Rnd 9: Slip stitch 15, ch 10, skip 1 hdc, slip stitch around. Join and weave in loose ends. (31 sl st plus loop)
2. Turn sleeve right side out.
3. Place button on the front side of the wallet, in the middle, centered between rounds 7 and 8. Sew on using coordinating yarn and smaller yarn needle.
4. Cut 1.5″ square piece of felt. Trim down to applique shape. I did a freehand heart here but you could really use anything. Or nothing.
5. Sew on applique using embroidery floss and needle. I used big stitches and contrasting thread to give it a more vintage feel, you could obviously hide your stitches if you prefer.
And that’s it, friends! I told you it was quick and easy! There are so many possibilities with this pattern — I’d love to see photos of what you come up with! Feel free to post them on my Facebook page if you’d like!
It’s been great hanging out with here on Let’s Eat Grandpa today. I’d love to connect with you elsewhere on social media as well! You can click on any of the icons below to find me!
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