Knitting Needle Roll

I made my Knitting Needle Roll in March 2013 (see here) knowing I’d make more and I said I’d write a tutorial.  A year later, a new house and many more projects in between and I have finally got around to doing just that. I’ve made one each for my daughter and my sister and just finished my blog post.

Here’s how to make a Knitting Needle Roll

Think about how you are going to fasten your roll. I chose buttons but you could use poppers or add strips of fabric to make ties.


For the main body of the roll cut:                                                                                   1 outer fabric (A) 19.5 x 17.5 inches

1 inner fabric (B) 19.5 x 17.5 inches

1 piece of wadding (I found cotton domette to be a good weight) 19.5 x 17.5 inches

For the pockets:

1 fabric (C) 17.5 x 12 inches          1 Calico/cotton lining  (D)  17.5 x 12

1 fabric (E) 17.5 x 8 inches               1 lining (D) 17.5 x 8 inches

1 fabric (F)  17.5 x 4.5                          1 lining (D) 17.5 x 4.5 inches

Button flap 13 x 2.5  strip cut from any of the above or from any chosen fabric.

Buttons and decorations

To Make

Sew Fabric A and the wadding together with the seam as close to the edge as possible.

IMG_1188Mark the position of the flap that will fold over the needles. The length of the roll should be 15 inches with a flap of 4.5 inches.

Quilt this main piece as desired. For ease and speed I chose two of the quilting stitches from my machine menu and then free stitched the words ‘love knitting’ along the side that would be uppermost when the roll closes.IMG_1218Button Flap

Make the button flap by folding the 13 x 2.5 inch strip in half lengthwise and  sewing the ends with a quarter inch seam. Snip the top corners before turning and pressing.

If you choose button fastenings make the buttonholes in the button flap now. I chose 4 mismatched buttons so I measured my buttons  and spaced the appropriate sized buttonholes evenly along the length of the flap.

If you are using a decorative ribbon like my orange spotty one sew it in place along the length of the button flap as close to the edge as possible.

Lay the buttonhole flap in place outside edge to outside edge and ribbon side down along the side of the quilted piece below the fold over flap and sew in place as close to the edge as possible.

Make the pocket pieces.

Plan your pockets according to how you would like to store your knitting tools. I made mostly evenly spaced (1inch) pockets in the longest section, with 2 slightly wider ones for extra thick needles. In the second section I again made mostly evenly spaced pockets for shorter needles and then in the third section I made mostly 2 inch wide pockets for other tools and some 1 inch  wide for cable needles etc. IMG_1206Place pieces C, E  and F right sides facing with their corresponding lining pieces and sew along one long edge. Press each one open then fold along the seam and press.

IMG_1212Place the largest pocket piece on top of inner fabric B, lining up the bottom edges and corners. Mark your pockets and stitch the rows. Start from the bottom to avoid puckering the seam at the top edge. Sew a few stitches over the edge of the top join.

pocketsDo the same for the second section and then the third.

When all the pockets are complete place the finished piece right side to right side on top of the outer piece. Using a quarter inch seam sew around 3 sides leaving the top edge open. Snip all four corners before turning inside out. IMG_1201The button flap will now be the right way around with the ribbon uppermost.

Press the seams open and then flat.        Press a quarter inch hem along the open edge then pin in place carefully edge to edge and sew the top together as close to the edge as possible.


All that remains to be done now is to fold and roll the case and decide where the buttons should be. I found it best to fill the roll to give sufficient space for all the needles and tools.IMG_1208Personalise your knitting needle case with favourite quilting stitches, word and embellishments and enjoy it with every future knitting project!


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Knit a bit, sew a bit. Create. Val Jones-Hughes

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