In my world New Year means organizing and cleaning. This includes organizing my crafting supplies, tools, and machines. I’ve been keeping them in boxes and bins which I stuffed in my hall closet.
For the last few months those boxes and bins seemed to have found their way into my family and dining rooms, not to mention my kitchen counter. I have to admit it’s been a pain searching thru my stash looking for materials, glue, scissors, and other supplies when I’m ready to craft. My lack of organization in this area is wasting precious time spent hunting for materials, when I could be sewing, crocheting, stamping, or whatever.
Clearly I needed a plan. I decided I’d start small and organize the tools I need for my Cricut. I needed them handy when I use the machine for cards, pennants, etc. I know I could have gone to the store to buy a plastic or canvas organizer, but why bother when I can make one, probably cuter than anything at the store, cheaper too!
With less than a skein of yarn and a plastic hanger I crocheted this cute hanging caddy. The pockets can hold stickers, buttons, scrapers, and more. The top section holds my Cricut tools. Best of all I used colors to match my proposed craft room, but that’s another story.
To make this caddy I used a foundation single crochet. It’s a new stitch I learned recently and I love it! For those of us who find working a foundation chain then a foundation row tedious this is the perfect stitch, both rows are worked together, saving time! This stitch is worked vertically at first until you have the desired length, then you turn it and work across the foundation as you would normally. If you’re not familiar with this stitch here’s a tutorial from futuregirl.com, I’m sure you’ll master it in a few minutes.
You can make this caddy any size and color you want. You can use it to store just about anything you want to keep handy. If you’re a knitter or crocheter it can hold hooks and needles. You can even use it to organize your bathroom, kitchen, or where ever. If you prefer you can make 3 rows of pockets instead of the top row I made to store my tools. Best of all you can decorate it anyway you want. I used appliqued hearts because I was gearing up to go into my Valentine mode, but you can decorate it with lace, flowers, or even just leave it plain. The possibilities are endless!
The directions below are for a caddy measuring 13″ wide (perfect fit for the hanger) 19″ long.
You can make it wider by adding more stitches to the foundation row or narrower by subtracting stitches. To make it longer just work more rows.
I made large and small pockets and divided them in 3 compartments by stitching them to the backing. You can make any size pockets and divide them as you please, just be sure the width of your pockets match the width of the backing.
The top row is 4 rows of star stitch, so you have to make your foundation row an even number that is close in width to the width of the backing. To make it even with the backing just edge it all the way around with a row or two of SC. Place your tools, pens, etc. in the holes between the stitches to hold them in place. You can replace this with more pockets if you prefer.
To download printable pattern click here!
#4 yarn in color or colors you want
Hook size K 6.50 mm
Hook size F 3.75 mm – for applique hearts
FDSC – Foundation single crochet
Ch – chain
SC – Single crochet
HDC – half double crochet
DC – double crochet
Star Stitch (instructions below)
Hook size K
38 FDSC, Ch 2, turn (Ch 2 counts as DC for every row)
Rows 2 – 30: DC in each st across, ch 2, turn
Fasten off after last row and weave in yarn.
Hook size K
10 FDSC, Ch 2, turn
Rows 2 – 21: DC in each st across, ch 2, turn
Do not fasten off after last row, continue with SC around entire edge, make 3 SC at the corners. Fasten off and weave in yarn.
Hook size K
5 FDSC, Ch 2, turn
Rows 2 – 21: Repeat rows 2 -21 of large pocket and edging.
Hook size K
Row 1: Insert hook in 2nd. ch from hook, pick up yarn, repeat this for the next 4 ch st, you will have 6 loops on your hook, yarn over and draw thru all 6 loops, ch 1 to close the stitch, *insert hook into the hole you just made with the ch st, pull yarn thru (you will have 2 loops on your hook), insert hook in last stitch you worked for the stitch, pick up yarn (you will have 3 loops on your hook), pick up yarn from the next 3 ch st (you will have 6 loops on your hook), yarn over, draw thru all 6 loops, HDC in last st, ch 2, turn
Row 2: Work 3 HDC in each hole you made in row one (hole is from the ch 1 you worked to close each st), HDC in last st, ch 2, turn
Row 3: Pull up loops from the next 5 sts (you will have 6 loops on the hook), yarn over, pull thru all 6 loops, ch 1 to close stitch, *insert hook into the hole you just made with the ch st, pull yarn thru (you will have 2 loops on your hook), insert hook in last stitch you worked for the stitch, pick up yarn (you will have 3 loops on your hook), pick up yarn from the next 3 ch st (you will have 6 loops on your hook), yarn over, draw thru all 6 loops, HDC in last st, ch 2, turn
Row 4: Repeat row 2. Do not fasten off continue to edging
SC around the entire piece, work 3 SC at the corners.
Sew pockets on to the backing. Start at the bottom, make sure the edges of the backing and pocket are aligned. Sew on both sides and the bottom of the pocket. Using a back stitch make divide the pocket into compartments, sewing from top of pocket down to the bottom.
Sew on the small pocket the same way leaving 3 rows of backing between the large pocket and small pocket.
Sew on tool panel 2-3 rows above the small pocket.
Fold top of backing over the straight edge of a plastic hanger and stitch into place.
Weave in ends.
To make the heart appliques I used 2 different patterns, I wanted different hearts.
Here’s a pattern from Planet June, I made small and large heats.
For a granny square type heart I used the pattern for the medium heart from Outside the Box. Click here for patterns.
Stitch appliques on the pockets.