Flamingo Pouch/Book Sleeve

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September 7, 2015 by holy rollin hooker

flamingo pouchSo my sister, who is an unapologetic bibliophile, wanted some kind of pouch or some such thing that she could put her books in so that when she placed them in her backpack the covers and pages would not bend or crease. Yes people…she is that anal. But apparently so are many in the bibliophile community. So I, being the awesome big sister that I am and after only a week or so of constant prodding, agreed to fashion such a pouch. She’s a bit on the quirky side, so I wanted to make something that reflected that rather colorful side of her personality.

It probably goes without saying that this could easily be used for more than a book sleeve. Use it as a tablet or e-reader holder, or add a long strap and use it as a small cross body bag that’s great for traveling and running errands.

Materials

  • (1) skein each of Loops and Threads Impeccable in:
    • Popsicle Blue
    • Arbor Rose
  • A trace amount of black and white worsted weight yarn (seriously, scraps are fine or this)
  • Size (I) crochet hook
  • Two largish buttons (the cuter the better)
  • Thread for sewing on the buttons

Notes

  • Don’t forget to chain 1 at the beginning of each row

Directions

Click HERE to download a PDF of the front and back graphs.

The graphs for both the front and back are labeled on the pattern. Follow the graph exactly as is for the front piece.

For the back piece follow the graph as is up to row 41 which is the last row shown on the graph. Fasten off.

Row 42: with RS facing you, join your contrasting color (which in this case should be the pink), ch 1, sc in same st as join and across. (26)

Rows 43-50: ch 1, sc across.

Row 51: ch 1, sc in first 3 sc, ch 3, skip next 3 sc, sc in next 14 sc, ch 3, skip next 3 sc, sc in last 3 sc.

  • This row formed the buttonholes

Row 52: sc in first 3 sc, work 3sc in ch 3 sp, sc to next ch 3 sp, work 3sc in ch 3 sp, sc in last 3 sc. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

With right sides together, seam the two pieces together making sure to leave the flap free to…well…flap. Turn the pouch right side out. Fold the flap over and mark where the buttonholes meet the front of the pouch. Sew the buttons on at those marks. (as you can see from the pic below, mine are a little off center, so be sure to do as I say, not as I do.

IMG_2205IMG_2207Optional Straps (not pictured)

Leaving about a 15” tail, ch 100. Do 3 rows of sc. Fasten off leaving another tail of 15”. Use the two tails to sew the strap to the insides of both sides of the pouch. Weave in ends.

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