Crochet Hook Roll – Tutorial

Edit: Now available as a PDF!


Crochet Hook Roll The lovely thing about crochet is that it’s so portable, but if I am going to carry it about I want something nice to keep my equipment in. You only need your hooks, a small pair of scissors for snipping yarn, and embroidery needles to work in the tails, but these are rattly and small things that are likely to get tangled up in the bottom of a bag, so yesterday I put together a roll that can carry precisely all of that:

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And just in case you want one of your own, I’ve put together a tutorial (my very first!) on how to make one.

This project is perfect for any fat quarters you have, or any scraps from your scrap bag, and it will take less than an afternoon.

You will need:
  • Bright or patterned fabric for the exterior and interior pockets (I used Amy Butler ‘Belle – spruce french wallpaper’)
  • Co-ordinating fabric for the interior and pocket back
  • Heavy sew in interfacing
  • Interfacing for the pocket to suit your fabric weight (I used lightweight fusible)
  • Ribbon for the tie
  • Thread
  • Your beverage of choice…
  1. Create the pattern:
  2. There are three rectangular pieces for this pattern:

    10″×11″ – cut one from exterior fabric, one from co-ordinating fabric and one from the heavy sew in interfacing
    5.5″ ×11″ – cut one from exterior fabric, one from co-ordinating fabric and one from the other interfacing
    3″×3.5″ – cut two from the exterior fabric

    Fabric

    Press the fabric.

    Fuse the lightweight interfacing to the wrong side of the exterior fabric pocket panel.
  3. Make the needle pocket:
  4. Sewing the needle pocket together

    Place the smallest pieces right sides together and sew three sides with a ½” seam, leaving the side that will match up to the right hand edge of your main pocket completely open.

    Turn right side out, and press flat.

    Top stitch along the top edge.
  5. Attach the needle pocket to the main pocket, and create the needle casings:
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    Match the raw edges of the main pocket and needle pocket. You can place the needle pocket wherever you like, but leave at least ¾” clear at the bottom edge.

    Sew the needle pocket to the main panel along the sides and bottom, keeping the stitch close to each edge.

    Making the needle casings

    From the right edge measure in 1¼” and sew a vertical line of stitches between the top and bottom lines of stitching. Repeat this to divide the rest of the needle pocket evenly – I used gaps of ½”.
  7. Make the main pocket:
  8. Sewing the pocket together

    Pin the pocket panels right sides together and sew a ½” seam along the top edge. Sew basting stitches along the bottom edge with a ¼” seam. This is to stop it flapping about.

    Turn right side out and press.

    Top stitch along the top edge.
  9. Attach the pocket to the backing panel and make the hook casings:
  10. Pin pocket

    Put the layers together, right side up, in this order: heavy sew in, co-ordinating fabric main panel, main pocket and pin together, matching raw edges along the bottom.

    Begin by measuring approximately 3″ from the right hand edge. This should line up with the stitching on the left edge of the needle pocket, but you might have to adjust for neatness. (I did.) Sew a vertical line to the bottom of the pocket, beginning at the topstitching, to create the scissor pocket.

    Making the hook casings

    For each hook casing measure ¾” right to left from the last line of stitching, and sew vertically as before. You should do about 9 of these.
  11. Attach the ribbon:
  12. Cut a long length of ribbon – mine was 36″ – because you can always make it shorter if you need to, and fold over 10″ from one end. Baste the folded ribbon to the left hand edge of the backing panel, just above the pocket panel, with the short length on top.
  13. Putting it together:
  14. Sew together…

    Pin the two main panels right sides together, making sure to tuck the ribbon well inside. Sew a ½” seam all the way around, leaving a 3″ opening on the right hand side, just above the pocket panel.

    Trim the corners to reduce bulk.

    Turn right side out and admire handiwork, using your favourite tool for poking the corners out – mine is a chopstick.

    Press flat, paying attention to the opening to make sure it’s straight.

    Close up the gap by top stitching all the way round.

    flap.jpg

    Optional: fold over the top edge by 1½” and top stitch at the edge to keep it closed. It’s entirely up to you.
And that’s it – one finished roll!
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Comments

  1. says

    Oh brill, I’ve been saying for ages I need to make a roll for my dpns, this will do the job nicely and saves me having to work it all out myself. I’m sure I could fiddle this to do the job (and it looks great btw)

  2. says

    Oh Jo, what a great tutorial – it looks so clear that even I could follow it! Now I really must learn properly as I would so love to have such a sleek little hook case in my handbag. x

  3. says

    Terrific tutorial, Jo! And a create hook roll. I’m just learning crochet at the moment…so I may be needing a place to store hooks once I acquire more. :o ) Happy Days ((HUGS))

  4. says

    Brilliant tutorial! And I love the fabric too! (Amy Butler, isn’t it?) Maybe I will try to learn how to crochet (again!) one day…

  5. says

    Hiya, I found this page after searching on Google for crochet cases or rolls. I can’t seem to find anything that allows me to store hooks, scissors and tapestry needles, so this is perfect. Only problem is I don’t sew. At all. Is there any chance you have one of these spare I could buy, or you could make me one? I could pay by paypal. I don’t mind how much it costs (ideally under £10, but I have no idea how costly fabric is).

  6. says

    Thanks for such a great tutorial! I’m making one as a gift for Christmas – I hope it turns out as lovely as yours!

  7. says

    Thank you so much for this tutorial. I have searched and searched and couldn’t find a case I liked that was simple yet functional. I stumbled across this one last night as I was searching bags to sew . Your tutorial is the best yet!!!!
    Vanessa – Upstate NY

  8. says

    I have been crocheting alot lately and have aquired alot of hooks. there isn’t any cases that you can buy that you can keep all of your hooks, scissors and stuff inside. This is exactly what i wanted. I will definately be making this one up. Thanks for sharing the hard part( making the pattern) I have some awesome fabric that matches the bag that I keep my stuffin so This will be so much fun!

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