Strawberry Cake Binder Cozy
Here's what the designer had to say, "Some of my favourite back-to-school memories involve decorating and organizing my binders. Now you can take your old, beat-up binders and give them a creative, colourful makeover with this crocheted Strawberry Cake Binder Cozy. I used my favourite colour: pink! But you can choose your own favourite colours and flavours, too. The binder I cover in this project is 2.5 cm (1 inch) thick, but you can easily add extra stitches to your rows for thicker binders. The cozy is removable as well, so you can wash it! However, if you want to leave out the pockets and don’t mind just spot-cleaning your cover, you can subtract the 10 extra inches of width noted in the pattern and make a cozy that is the exact same size as your binder. After sewing on all the decorations, you can then use a strong glue like E6000 to adhere your whole cozy to the outside of the binder."
Uses Recycled Items: No
Keywords: november2012, C_33184, Twinkie Chan, twinkie, chan, strawberry, cake, binder, cozy, Strawberry Cake Binder Cozy
Open your binder and lay it flat. Measure the entire width. Mine is about 57.1 cm (22 1/2 inches). It’s better to round up than round down. Add 25.4 cm (10 inches) to this measurement. This will give you the necessary width to create pockets for your cozy. I will aim for 82.5 cm (32 ½ inches) total cozy width.
With Pink, unravel about 45.7 cm (18 inches) of yarn to use for sewing later, then ch 143 to equal 82.5 cm (32 ½ inches) width. Remember not to chain too tightly or your cozy will be narrow on the bottom.
Row 1: Sk 1st ch and sc evenly across. (142)
Rows 2-8: Ch 1, turn. Sc evenly across.(142) Break off Pink, join Beige.
Rows 9-14: Ch 1, turn. Sc evenly across. (142) Break off Beige, join Pink.
Rows 15-16: Ch 1, turn. Sc evenly across. (142) Break off Pink, join White.
Rows 17-22: Ch 1, turn. Sc evenly across. (142) Break off White, join Pink.
Rows 23-24: Ch 1, turn. Sc evenly across. (142) Break off Pink, join Beige.
Rows 25-30: Ch 1, turn. Sc evenly across. (142) Break off Beige, join Pink.
Rows 31-32: Ch 1, turn. Sc evenly across. (142) Break off Pink, join White.
Rows 33-38: Ch 1, turn. Sc evenly across. (142) Break off White, join Pink.
Rows 39-62: Ch 1, turn. Sc evenly across. (142) You should have enough rows now to equal the height of your binder. My binder is 29.8 cm (11 ¾ in.) tall, so I have worked 29.8 cm (11 ¾ in.) of rows. You can easily add or subtract the number of final Pink rows to fit your binder. Break off Pink. Weave in ends.
Strawberries (make 3)
With Cherry, ch 4.
Row 1: Sk 1st ch, 3 sc evenly across. (3)
Row 2: Ch 1, turn. 2 sc in first st, then 1 sc, then 2 sc in last st. (5)
Row 3: Ch 1, turn. 2 sc in first st, then 3 sc evenly, then 2 sc in last st. (7)
Rows 4-5: Ch 1, turn. Sc evenly across.(7)
Row 6: Ch 1, turn. 2 sc in first st, then 5 sc evenly, then 2 sc in last st. (9)
Row 7: Ch 1, turn. Sc evenly across.(9)
Row 8: Ch 1, turn. Sk 2 sts, 2 dc in 3rd st, then 3 dc evenly, 2 dc in next st, sk 1 st, and sl st in last st. (8) Break off leaving about 45.7 cm (18 inches) of yarn for sewing.
Thread about 45.7 cm (18 inches) of White yarn on a tapestry needle and stitch little v’s to create strawberry seeds on each strawberry. You will stitch the leaves directly onto the cozy later.
Open your binder and center it on top of your Cake.
Fold the Cake edges over and pin them at the tops and bottoms. Close your binder and check how the Cake fits all around. Tighten or loosen pins as you see fit.
Using Pink yarn, sew down the Cake edges that form the pockets for your cozy.
On the front of your binder, with the cozy on, arrange your strawberries and pin them in place. With pins, mark the left and right edges of the binder between Rows 39 and 40 (the first two rows of your last Pink section).
Remove the cozy. An easy way to get the cozy on and off your binder without stretching it out is to open your binder and fold it all the way back. The cozy will slide off easily.
Sew down your strawberries.
Thread about 45.7 cm (18 inches) of Fern on a tapestry needle and stitch on the strawberry leaves.
Finally, create a cute frosting accent on the front with some surface crochet scallops. Insert your crochet hook next to the pin on the right and join Pink yarn.
[Sk2 stitch spaces, then work 4 dc into the 3rd space from your hook. Sk 2 more stitch spaces and then sl st.] Repeat this scallop until you reach the pin you placed on the left of the binder. I had to work a little past my pin but it’s not a big deal. After your last sl st, break off and weave in ends.
Fold your binder back again to easily slide the cozy back on. Have fun!
Dc: double crochet
Sc: Single crochet
Sl st: slip stitch
[ ]: Repeat what is inside the brackets the number of times indicated.
Gauge is only important for Vanna’s Choice® and Vanna’s Choice Baby® in order to get the correct measurements to fit your binder. I crochet more tightly than the gauge noted on the yarn label to make the project more sturdy and dense.
Vanna’s Choice®: 13 sc x 15 rows = 7.6 cm x 7.6 cm (3in. x 3 in.). However, you can also create your own swatch in a gauge you like: calculate how many stitches per cm (inch) you worked,and then multiply that stitch number by the width in centimeters (inches) of your open binder (plus 10 more centimeters (inches) if you want pockets) to figure out how many stitches total you need to work.
Twinkie Chan is a crochet designer from San Francisco with an insatiable appetite for creating fun, food-themed accessories. Since she launched her website in 2005 with a dozen scrumptious scarves, her unique work has been featured online, in print, on television, and in art shows. Inspired by the high demand from her fans for her crochet patterns, she published her first book, "Twinkie Chan's Crochet Goodies for Fashion Foodies: 20 Yummy Treats To Wear,” in 2010.