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Easy-Open Rings Closure For Cell Phone Bags

Pattern Created by Sandi Marshall

Untraditional Closure: For the cell phone bag shown, I created a closure with luxite rings. I wanted to come up with a cell phone bag closure that would open very easily, even when using only one hand to open the bag. I found that this closure works very well. It can be used instead of a button and also adds to the look of the design.
To make it you will need: 2 luxite "bone rings", size 7/8 inch

Leaving a strand of yarn (about 6 inches) for sewing the ring to the bag later, attach yarn around the first ring and single crochet around the ring (I used 9 single crochet to fill the ring). How to Crochet Around a Ring.

Joining Method 1: You can single crochet around each ring and then join them, sewing with the yarn through one stitch of each ring to join, if you find that method of joining to be easier for you.
Joining Method 2: Or, after you have crocheted around the first ring, you can hold the next ring close and make a first sc in that next ring, then pull the yarn tight so the two rings are close (no gap between), then work the rest of the sc around the second ring. End with a sl st in the beginning of that round. Weave in the end that is between the two rings (weaving it through some of the stitches on the back of one of the rings).

Sewing To The Bag: Thread the beginning strand on a large-eye needle. On the bag front, position the top of the upper ring so that the Rings Closure will line up properly with the buttonhole (if you are sewing it on the Cell Phone Bag With Openwork Center Design, position it near the bottom edge of the 4th row from the top of the bag). Sew the top half only of the upper ring to the bag, sewing through the back loop only of each single crochet on the top half of the ring and the corresponding stitches of the bag. Do not sew the bottom half of the upper ring to the bag and do not sew the lower ring to the bag at all. Push the needle through to the back of the front piece of the bag and make a knot to secure the ring firmly to the bag, (where the knot won't show on the bag front). Weave in ends securely on the back of the bag front piece.

This type of closure works well with the flexible chain loop kind of buttonhole that I used on the top flap of my Cell Phone Bag With Openwork Center Design. That free pattern can be printed out from http://crochet.about.com/library/weekly/aa081206.htm

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