Sunday, December 5, 2010

Hook Roll Picture Tutorial

What's this? A sewing tutorial on The Left Side of Crochet?? Has she lost her mind?? Well not entirely, especially considering it is still crochet related!

I recently made a couple of hook rolls as gifts and thought I'd share with you here how I made them. Keep in mind I am NOT an expert sewer, so if I make a mistake or two I hope you'll forgive me. :)

You will need:
  • 1/3 yard each of 3 different coordinating cotton or flannel fabrics, OR 3 fat quarters
  • 1/3 yard of fusible interfacing for lightweight to medium fabrics (Not needed if you are using flannel or another heavy fabric for the public side of your hook case)
  • 2 yards of 3/8 inch satin ribbon
  • All purpose sewing thread in a coordinating color
  • Straight pins
  • Self healing cutting mat
  • See-through quilting ruler, 12 inches or longer
  • Rotary cutter
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Ironing board/mat (or an old thick cotton towel)
  • Iron
  • Fray Check or Fabric Glue

Cutting Instructions:

**See How to Use a Rotary Cutter if you have never used a rotary cutter.
(OR you can simply use the scissors and a ruler to measure and cut out your fabric pieces.
  • Cut one 12" x 11" square from each piece of fabric for a total of three squares
  • Cut one 12" x 11" square from the piece of interfacing
  • Cut the ribbon to (approximately) 36"

The Hard Part:

Deciding which fabric you want to use where! Designate which square you want to use for the Public Side, Lining/inside, and Pocket. Of course if you are using the same fabric for all 3 then it won't really matter and you can omit this step. :)


Public/Outer Layer:

Following the manufacturer's instructions, adhere the fusible interfacing (if using) to the wrong side of the fabric that you chose for the public side. (Mine called for using a damp cloth when ironing.)
Inside Hook Pocket:

Fold your pocket fabric in half lengthwise so that it is 5.5" x 12". Lay the lining fabric flat and right side up. Place the folded pocket piece on the lining piece matching the cut edges at the bottom. (The fold of the pocket piece will lie horizontally across the center of the lining fabric.)
Starting 2 inches in from each edge of the layered fabric and using straight pins (or Tailor's Chalk if you've got it... I didn't), mark the fabric at one inch intervals along the bottom edge and the top of the folded edge. You should have 9 pins along each edge. (I used a few extra at the corners just to keep everything in place.)


The Good Part:
(Yay, we finally get to sew!)

Starting 2 inches from the edge and using the pins/marks as a guide, sew nine evenly spaced vertical lines across the bottom half of the fabric. Be sure to do a few back-stitches at the top (folded edge) of each line to lock the stitches and keep them from raveling.

Fold the ribbon in half and pin the folded end (with cut ends facing toward the center of the fabric) approximately 4 inches up from the bottom edge of the pocket fabric. Curl the ends around and pin to the center so they don't get caught in the stitching on the next step.
Matching long and short edges, place the pocket piece and the public/outer piece right sides together. Pin the pieces on all sides for sewing. (I was lazy and only pinned the corners.)
Starting at the bottom edge using a 1/2" seam allowance and leaving a 4 inch opening for turning, sew around all sides of the hook roll. Snip corners at an angle to within a scant 1/4" of the seam.

We're Getting Close:

Turn the piece right side out. Using the tip of a (what else?) crochet hook, push out the corners from the inside so they are square and neat.

At the opening for turning, fold the seam allowance to the inside and press with iron. Press entire piece with iron to help all seams lay flat.

Dab a little Fray Check on the ends of the ribbon to keep them from fraying.



Working approximately 1/4" from edge of fabric, top-stitch around all sides of piece being sure to enclose the raw edges from the opening for turning.

Only Thing Left:

Is to Fill'er Up!

Fold down the top flap.

Roll it up, tie a pretty bow, and...


Enjoy your new Hook Roll!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. I had a lot of fun making it. But don't worry, I haven't given up crochet! It's still my number one passion. :)

Tutorial written and photographed by April Moreland
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Please print and/or share this tutorial with your friends, but be sure to include the original link so that they (or you) will be able to find it again. :)


  1. Nice tutorial. Love the fabric prints, what a wonderful gift this would make.

  2. Very fast and easy. I made one in less than an hour! And that's saying something for me.. LOL

  3. Love this tutorial! I've been wanting to make something similar for my interchangeable knitting needles, it would work for my hooks too! Thanks a bunch!


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