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Tutorial: How to Add a Zipper to a Crochet Pouch

I have been crocheting tons of pouches lately and I love lining them with a coordinating fabric and finishing them with a zipper.  I'm not an expert at sewing by any means, but this method works for me.  I use it every time and I am always happy with the results.  I hope you enjoy this tutorial!

In the pictures shown in this tutorial, I am lining the Lee Change Purse.  But, this method will work for any pouch...just adjust the fabric and zipper sizes.

Materials needed- for the fabric lining & zipper (if desired):
• 5" zipper • Fabric- 2 pieces that are roughly 5" high by 6"wide

•Needle & thread
•Sewing machine (optional)
•a few ball head straight pins

Finished size: • Lee Change Purse- 4" high by 5" wide
Making the Lining:
1. Cut out 2 pieces of fabric that are about 1/2-inch larger around than your pouch.

2. Lay one piece of the fabric, right side up, on your worktop.  Place the zipper, right side up, on top of the fabric, centered.

3. Sew along the top edge o…

Free Crochet Pattern: Lee Change Purse

I designed this pouch with a change purse in mind.  I was thinking about how my daughter will be going to first grade next school year and she will need a change purse to keep with her for buying lunch, etc...  It is sized to hold dollar bills that are folded in half and change.  That being said, there are many things you could use this little pouch for besides money.

Ive done this pouch in lots of different variations- all solid, 3 colors (using the pattern: color 1, color 2, color 3, color 2, color 1), and in five colors- sometimes ombre and sometimes using 5 colors the look nice together.  The possibilities are endless :)

Here is an ombre-ish example:

Here is the one shown in this tutorial:

Materials needed- for the crochet pouch:
• U.S. H- 5.00 MM crochet hook • Worsted weight yarn- used here: Vanna's Choice • Tapestry needle for sewing in the ends 
Materials needed- for the fabric lining & zipper (if desired):
• 5" zipper • Fabric- 2 pieces that are roughly 5" high by 6&q…

Tutorial: Dyeing yarn with Wilton Delphinium Blue

About 2 years ago I started dyeing yarn.  When I started, I had no idea what I was doing.  It was an experiment.  Now, through trial and error, I have developed the way I usually dye yarn.  There are tons on different ways to hand dye.  To me, there is no real right way to do it.  You can experiment with what works best for you until you reach your desired results.

I dye with both permanent acid dyes and also food coloring.  Both are fun.

Today I am dip dyeing Nudis Sock with Wilton Delphinium Blue.  Dip dyeing is one of my favorite methods.  You get lusciously dark dye on one side and then very light colored on the other end of the skein.  When I dip dye, I do not presoak my yarn.  I just prefer to do it with dry yarn because I think it yields more dramatic results.

Materials needed: • 2 skeins of Nudis Sock yarn • Wilton Delphinium Blue food coloring • Plastic knife or spoon • White vinegar • Pot and strainer that will only be used for yarn dyeing (not food) • Dawn Dish Detergent
I am using 2…