Crochet Project Roll Tutorial

on February 25 | in Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 92 Comments

Lara from thornberry (and our board last fall) has a fat quarter project for you today: a Crochet Roll Tutorial. You can easily adapt this project for knitting needles, paintbrushes, crayons, etc. Make one for yourself and make a few for gifts too!

From Lara: I often have small crochet projects on the go that I transfer from handbag to handbag. This crochet project roll keeps all the bits and pieces that you need together.


It fits four crochet hooks, a pair of snips or small scissors, a tape measure, safety pins (for row markers), a needlebook for yarn needles, a pen, and has room for a pattern if it’s folded into four. Since making it I’ve found that it wraps nicely around a ball of yarn or work in progress.

You will need:

  • two coordinating fat quarters
  • fusible wadding (eg Pellon) – 13” x 8”
  • 45” bias binding (purchased or you can make your own)
  • 26” ribbon, ric-rac or piping for pocket and flat trim (optional)
  • ribbon for closure
  • matching thread

I have used ¼ inch seams throughout, but this doesn’t have to be too precise.

Cut the following:1. main fabric:

  • one rectangle 13” x 8” for the outside
  • one rectangle 13” x 4 ¼ “ for the pocket
  • one rectangle 12” x 3” for the flap

2. contrast fabric:

  • one rectangle 13” x 8” for the inside lining
  • one rectangle 13” x 4 ¼ “ for the pocket lining
  • one rectangle 12” x 3” for the flap lining

3. fusible wadding:

  • one rectangle 13” x 8”

1. Fuse the wadding to the back of the main outer piece of fabric. Set aside.

2. Prepare the flap. If you wish to use trim on the flap, apply it to the right side of the main fabric. Place the two flap pieces right sides together, and stitch around both short sides and one long side, leaving the other long side open. Trim corners, turn and press.

3. Prepare the pocket. If you wish to use trim on the pocket, apply it to the right side of the main fabric. Place the two pocket pieces right sides together, and stitch around the long side that will be the top of the pocket. Turn and press.

4. Placement of the pocket and flap: Place the lining piece down right side up, then place the flap piece on top of it with the raw edges together, centred on the top of the lining. Place the pocket piece centred on the bottom of the lining, with the raw edges lined up.

5. You can stay-stitch along the top of the flap piece to keep it in place, but don’t stay-stitch the pocket piece at this stage.6. Flip up the top piece of the pocket, leaving the pocket lining in place. You can see the wrong side of the fabric. You are now going to mark stitching lines for the position of the pockets.
7. You can vary the position of these lines to suit the size of the hooks that you like to use and to suit whatever else you want to put in the roll. I have marked mine in pencil at the following distances: 1 inch from the right edge, then anothere four lines each 7/8 inch from the line before it, then another line 1 ½ inches from the one before it, leaving the left hand side pocket much bigger to fit the larger objects.
8. Stitch along each of these lines through two layers of fabric, keeping the top layer of the pocket free. When you’ve finished, flip the top layer back down over the pocket lining and press. Place the inside of the roll on top of the outside fabric, wrong sides together, and stay-stitch around the outside edges of the roll.
9. Bind the edges of the roll. Prepare around 45” of bias binding, or use ready-made. On the ouside of the roll, line up the edge of the bias binding with the edge of the roll, and sew into place along the crease of the fold.
10. Make sure that you insert the ribbon ties that you will use to close the project roll under the bias binding when you are sewing it into place. I sewed it into the same side as the large pocket.
11. Curve the bias gently when you get to the corners – this will round the corners off slightly. Trim the corners off flush with the edge of the bias binding.

12. Turn the bias binding to the inside. The fold should just meet and/or cover the stitching. Hand-stitch in place over the stitching line.


Fill up the roll with your crochet essentials and you’re ready to go! This could easily be adapted to hold tools of other trades.


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92 Responses to Crochet Project Roll Tutorial

  1. I make a variation of this every Yule as presents for my daughters and their friends. The latest one was a portable sewing kit, done completely in felt, which when cut with pinking shears after having been sewn together, makes for a lovely colour sandwich effect (where the bias tape is in this design)… these are stunning and remind me that we can use all manner of funky fabrics… I think you’ve inspired me to pull out some of my bark cloth and get busy.

  2. Sue Niven says:

    LOVE this tutorial, so adaptable, thanks!
    I will be making one for some kids that will have 3 crochet hooks in it as part of a crochet kit

  3. Zmgqoizb says:

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  4. Christine Bolin says:

    Great tutorial and great fabric!

  5. Heather B says:

    A great way to organize all my needles – thank you.

  6. Laura says:

    Love the raindrop-looking fabric!

  7. That’s the nicest roll I have come across yet. Thanks for the tut.

  8. jackie says:

    that would also be great to keep notepads,pens and other school supplies in.

  9. Sarah D says:

    I think this might be a present for my mom. She’s always losing her hooks!

  10. Carrie P. says:

    I know several people who crochet. I might just have to make some for gifts. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Prizm says:

    Thanks for the great tutorial. Now I need to go make one. These would be great to store crayons too.

  12. Rita Engard says:

    I really like this idea better than the messy way I try to keep my hooks together
    Rita E in AZ

  13. Sarah says:

    This is a great gift for my mom. Thank You for the tutorial.

  14. Miss Behave says:

    got to make one for my cosmetic brushes, thanks for posting this!

  15. Rebecca says:

    I need one of these… now to select the fabrics 🙂

  16. Kara says:

    What a great idea!

  17. kari says:

    I NEED to make this! I keep losing my hooks 🙁

  18. BCQuilter says:

    What a great project! I know the perfect person to make one for! And then of course, I can think of a few more people it would be a perfect gift!

    Thanks for sharing.


  19. Stacy says:

    Thanks for this awesome tutorial! This is definately going into my future gifts list!

  20. Renee says:

    thank you so much for this! you rock! XOXO

  21. Tammy :) says:

    I love anything that helps to organize!

  22. Valerie says:

    The rolls are such a neat idea. I love that you can make them for crayons, color pencils, markers, knitting needles, etc. So versatile!

  23. Lynne in NC says:

    What a cool idea! I’m definitely trying this one! Thanks for all the wonderful ideas for crafting with FQ this month. I’ve got my work set out for me!

  24. Claudia S. says:

    Fantastic tutorial- just what I was looking for! My sister decided to try and learn crochet, she wants a granny squares afghan, and a roll for her new needles is just what I wanted to make for her.

    Thanks, this will be my weekend project!

  25. Emma says:

    Ah, the fabrics in this tutorial are too perfect! This one is definitely going on my project list =-)

  26. Bekhy says:

    Thanks for the great tutorial: what a cool way to do the stitching of the pocket dividers and not having it show up on the outside. I will definitely keep this in mind.

  27. Bloom says:

    This is gorgeous. Love the Lara Cameron fabric – all style!

  28. Jeanne says:

    WOW, what a good idea. I could use this for all my stuff I drag to classes with me. 🙂 Another inspirational idea!!!!!!!! gotta love these quicky tutorials. 🙂 thanks for hunting them all down for us.

  29. Vicki-Lou says:

    This project is definitely on the to-do project list. I NEED this at my bedside so I don’t lose my hooks under the bed or something. Thanks!

  30. Lara says:

    Thanks everyone for your lovely comments! The exterior fabric (the golden raindrops) is designed and hand printed by Lara Cameron and is available from Ink and Spindle. The binding fabric and interior lining fabric are from the “Every Iota” range for Robert Kaufman (prints D#6603 and D#6604), which I suspect are a couple of seasons old by now. Aren’t they great!

  31. Deb says:

    I have to admit that this project is not something I would sew, but it sure looks like a great organizational tool for someone willing to take on this project.

  32. Ann says:

    I love this! But, can you tell me where to get those crochet hooks in the pic? They look like I need them!

  33. Kristi says:

    Another GREAT tutorial. This could be a wonderful gift idea. thanks

  34. Lenna Green says:

    What a great idea, thanks for sharing this tutorial with us, much appreciated.

  35. Ramona says:

    I’m just starting to crochet and already I need a place to keep supplies. This is a great idea.

  36. Barbara says:

    I made one of these for my knitting needles, never even thought about one for my crochet hooks. I will be making one soon. Great idea.

  37. Fer says:

    Nice one! I love that Lara Cameron fabric too. :o)

  38. Jessica says:

    What a great idea, and I love the fabric combination you used!

  39. Libby says:

    I made one of these for knitting needles.

  40. Elizabeth says:

    This is so pretty. I love the way you rounded the corners!

  41. Maple says:

    Handiness! I’m thinking I could make one of those for art supplies. I don’t crochet, but my Mom does…Maybe I’ll make her one…

  42. Ellen says:

    Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing.

  43. Jodie says:

    This is Great! Thank you so much. I have only crocheted around baby blankets and can never find my crochet hooks when I need them. I usually have to buy another. I am wanting to learn to crochet granny squares. I will need to make one of these first.

  44. Barb says:

    Oh, I want to make one!

  45. Christine Bolin says:

    Good tutorial. And, I love the fabric.

  46. julia says:

    I made a crochet hook roll years ago…A flap over the top would have been a great idea!!

  47. Dominika says:

    Thanks for the tutorial!

  48. Megan says:

    Love it. Am going to make it.

  49. Peta-Jane says:

    Great Idea…I think my mum would love one of these !!
    It is her birthday soon , I should be able to have it done by then !
    Thanks for the great tute.

  50. Helena says:

    This almost makes me to take of crocheting. Although I know the perfect someone who’d like this as a gift.

  51. LisaC says:

    I don’t crochet, but I have made crayon rolls. Fun and easy!

  52. Anya T. says:

    Great tutorial again! Thanks.

  53. Lori says:

    This is a very neat project I can’t wait to try one with my new fat quarters! I have received 2 can’t wait to see what will come next! I love this blog!


  54. tara boos says:

    I have made these before, they are great gifts for kids too. This a great new pattern to use! I really love the fabric you used!

  55. Sara says:

    Exactly the project I was looking for for a birthday present!

  56. amy says:

    That is awesome!

  57. Deb V says:

    I like this project. I like to crochet and this will be very helpful for me.

  58. Katherine says:

    I love it! I’m adding it to my project list!

  59. erin says:

    Great job! I like that you sewed the pockets into the lining only then used the top to cover the stitching. All the other rolls I’ve seen just sew the pockets through all layers.

  60. carol says:

    way cool

  61. Tonje says:

    Oh wow, what a great idea. Thanks for the tutorial.

  62. Amanda says:

    I was just looking for a pattern for these– I’m making them for our letterboxing supplies. Thanks!

  63. maryanne says:

    I love how the top folds down to keep things from falling out. Thanks for this tutorial!

  64. Frogdancer says:

    I hate crochet, but love knittinbg! This will be perfect when I want to take a small project out and about with me. Thanks!
    (Good clear tutorial, too!)

  65. Betsy M says:

    This month is just full of great projects! Now to get some time.

  66. Christina W says:

    great idea! i am always having to buy more crochet hooks because i can never find them when i want them. i guess i know what i am making this weekend!

  67. Sarah says:

    I’ve gotten some great ideas with what to do with my fat quarters. My daughter and I are doing the doll quilt right now and I can’t wait to try this crochet roll. I’m thinking baby spoons, nose syringe, dose dropper, etc. to go in a diaper bag.

    Thanks for the great ideas

  68. Heidi says:

    This is the best roll up I’ve seen, ever!
    Thanks for sharing!!

  69. Baba says:

    Much nicer than carrying around an extra bag with your project along with a purse.

  70. Shellyfish says:

    My mum is crazy about crochet – I think I found her mother’s day gift!

  71. Mary Ann M says:

    I’ve just begun crocheting again after a long absence. I made 3 little beanies with large crochet flowers for my granddaughters just last week! This little storage roll is just what I need.

  72. JaneR says:

    Thanks for the wonderful tutorial!

  73. Grace says:

    I’ve never worked with oilcloth, but I’m wondering if that would work for a lining (i’m thinking of a paintbrush roll, and sometimes those brushes aren’t always dry..). Anyone know how easy oilcloth is to sew with?

  74. shelley says:

    great idea…i began crocheting this summer and this would be a great way to organize all the materials I’ve acquired…thanks!

  75. Evelin says:

    I’m loving fat quarter month …. this is another great project!

  76. Toby says:

    SEW handy! thank you!

  77. stitchstitch says:

    That’s pretty fab! I’d love to make a larger version to carry my small knitting projects, or even sewing notions.

  78. Isobel says:

    I’ve got to make one of these for some of my lab equipment! Great idea, thanks for sharing.

  79. Autumn says:

    I love this…….and the fabric is darling. I’m bookmarking this project and making for my crochet supplies. thanks.

  80. JL says:

    What a cool project. Can you tell me where the blue and green striped fabric came from?

  81. water works says:

    I love the interior fabric on this project. What a great idea….I use small purses to keep current projects in, but carrying an extra purse makes people look at me funny.

  82. Megan says:

    Wow, I love this tutorial!

  83. Annette says:

    What a great project! My hooks currently live in a box or in my purse when I am toting a project around. Thank you for the easy tutorial!

  84. Skulleigh says:

    Cute! I need to make a new one for my hooks. I have a lovely one that I purchased from a maker, but it’s too tall and my hooks can fall out. I can custom make one for myself, and maybe use that one for DPNs 🙂

  85. Bethany says:

    Wow, what a great project! I love the way the little pockets were done! I never would have thought to do that!

  86. Cheryl says:

    that’s really cute and useful. It would work well for my knitting needles. Thanks!

  87. Bella says:

    Love it. Is this big enough for a knitting needles as well?

  88. Rachel says:

    Thank you for your step by step pictures. This is a really practical project!

  89. jodie says:

    Fantastic tutorial!

  90. lesley says:

    great idea, i need to make one for my mom! love the fabrics, too. what are they? I especially love the one used for the binding. lovely!

  91. Mary says:

    This is something I *really* should make. Just yesterday, it took me 15 minutes to find one of my tiny hooks to crochet a decorative border on a receiving blanket. Grr!

  92. Shannon says:

    Very pretty!! I need to start back crocheting!

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