Knitting needle case tutorial
Updated: Jan 14
What could be a better gift for a knitter than the knitting needle roll up case? Beautiful and practical, it will help to keep knitting needles and crochet hooks tidy and organized, There are two rows of pockets (for knitting needles and crochet hooks, double pointed needles etc). It comes with a fold over flap to stop the needles from falling out. It ties securely with matching ribbons. If you choose large scale prints (like Marimekko) this design showcases them perfectly.
The finished case measures 10 x 17 inches . It is easy to size it to fit your long needles.
It can be also used for pencils or paint brushes.
The construction of the case is simple, all you you need is a basic knowledge of sewing and attaching binding. If you don´t know how to bind, here is the great tutorial by Jemima @tiedwitharibbon
Are you convinced to make one?
You will need
- 11 pieces of scraps of your choice 2 1/8 x 6 1/2 inches for a patchwork panel
- for the bottom of the patchwork panel - a piece of fabric 4 1/2 x 17 1/2 inches
- first pocket - a piece of fabric 8 1/2 x 17 1/2 inches
- second pocket - a piece of fabric 6 1/4 x 17 1/2 inches
- batting 11 x 17 1/2 inches (can be made from scraps)
- for the flap - 2 pieces of fabric 2 x 17 inches /if you are making a case for longer needles cut the flap pieces wider ( 2 1/2 inches)
- for the exterior you can either use a single piece of fabric or patchwork panel. The piece measures 11 x 18 inches
- 2 pieces 1 3/4 x 20 inches for the ribbons or you can use decorative ribbons
- 2 inches wide binding (iron it in half) - measure along all 4 sides and add 6 inches
Seam allowances are 1/4 inch.
1. Sew the scraps into a patchwork panel and iron the seams open (without steam as it might distort the shape). Trim it to 6 1/4 x 17 inches.
Pin the panel to the fabric for the bottom (right sides together). The piece of fabric is slightly bigger than the patchwork panel but it will give you some room for trimming when we assemble the case .
Sew the long sides together. Iron the seam upwards and top stitch the seam. Set aside.
2. Take the fabric piece for the first pocket and mark 3/8 inches line on top of the long side.
Place your fabric right side down on your ironing board, fold along the mark and iron in place. Fold the fabric over again and iron. Top stitch using the edge of your presser foot as a guide. Set it aside.
If your piece of fabric is not long enough you can add other fabric (in the same way as we added white fabric to the patchwork panel in step 1. Please, make sure to iron the seam allowance upwards, so you won´t feel the seam when you insert the needles into the pocket).
3. Prepare the second pocket the same way as described in step 2 and set aside.
2. The flap
Pin 2 flap pieces right sides together. Mark the rounded corners with a water soluble marker using either a glass or another round object, cut on the marked line.
Sew the short sides and bottom with rounded corners. Trim the curved corners with zig zag scissors close to the seam. Turn right side out, iron and top stitch.
You can use either one piece of fabric or make a patchwork panel.
If you use decorative ribbons then skip this part.
Fold the short side 1/2 inch (wrong sides together) and iron . Fold the piece of fabric for ribbons in half lengthwise (wrong sides together) and iron.
At the point where you folded 1/2 inch, fold the fabric to form triangle with the highest point in the middle
Open the strip, press long raw edges towards the middle.
Fold and iron. Top stitch along open long edge using the presser foot as a guide. Make two.
Now we have everything ready for assembling.
5, Assembling the case
Place the exterior right side down, then batting, patchwork panel (right side up), first pocket, second pocket. Align the bottom of the pockets with the bottom of patchwork panel piece. Pin in place.
Use the patchwork panel at the top as a guide for marking the stitching lines with a water soluble marker or chalk. Or if you are using one piece of fabric mark the pockets in the following way - the first and last pockets 1 7/8 inches from the sides, the other nine pockets 1 5/8 inches apart.
Stitch along the marked lines. I usually stitch back and forth at the edge of each pocket.
Once all the lines are stitched, trim the case to 10 x 17 inches.
Pin the flap to the to the top. Pin both ribbons together to the middle on the right side of the exterior fabric.
Attach the binding to the side with pockets (starting in the middle at the bottom), iron it and hand stitch to the exterior.
Here is the finished case in all its glory.
Here is the taller version that accommodates long needles.
Here is another option if you don´t want to use rainbow or patchwork panel at the top but just one fabric fabric.
If you make a case using this tutorial, please, tag me @nordiccrafter on IG, so I can admire your work!
Or if you would like me to make a knitting organizer for you from Marimekko fabric, please, check my shop.
P.S. Please, note that this tutorial is FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY.