Tutorial: Knitting Needle Roll-Up

Posted in: Tutorials — By on January 10, 2011 7:13 AM

I’ve been on a knitting kick lately, so my knitting supplies are in dire need of some organization!  After making this easy needle roll-up, at least some of my craft supplies will be neat and tidy!


  • 2 pieces of fabric the size of your roll-up (mine are 13″ x 16″)
  • 1 piece of fabric for the top of your roll-up (I used 8″ x 13″)
  • 1 piece of fabric for the front pockets (I used 8″ x 13″)
  • 1 piece of fabric for the second row of pockets (I used 13″ by 13″)
  • 1 piece of elastic that is approximately 8″ long
  • tailor’s chalk
  • 1 large button
  • thread
  • pins
  • optional: light-weight batting. fleece or felt

Based on how many needles you have and how large they are, you can adjust this pattern to what works for you.  Add more pockets or make the roll-up bigger or smaller.  And make sure to leave enough room in case your needle collection expands!

  • Press each of your smaller pieces of fabric in half

  • Pin your pockets and top flap in place on the piece of large fabric that will be the inside of your needle roll-up.  Make sure that the crease of each folded piece of fabric is pointed toward the centre, while the open edges are on the outside.

  • For the fabrics at the bottom of your roll-up, mark out where you want the pockets to be using tailor’s chalk.  Take into account where the seam allowance along the outside edge will be so your pockets will be even.  I made my pockets 1″ and 2″ in width, but use a width that works for you.
  • Note: If you want to add batting, fleece or felt to your roll-up to make it a bit bulkier, you would sew it in at this point.  If you are using batting or felt, make your pockets at least wider than an inch, or else it might be a tight squeeze!

  • Stitch along the markings you made for your pockets (sewing through the batting or felt if you’re using it).  If you marked out where your seam allowance will be, make sure not to stitch that line yet!

At this point, you’re ready to stitch your roll-up together:

  • Pin the large piece of fabric with the pockets to your other large piece of fabric, right sides together
  • Before stitching, take your piece of elastic cord and fold it in half.  Halfway down the side of your roll-up, stick the looped part inside  with the ends sticking out (see diagram!)
  • Stitch around the perimeter of your fabric, leaving a gap on the side to pull the roll-up inside out.

  • Once you’ve pulled your roll-up through the gap you’ve left in the side, so you can see the right side of your fabric, press your edges.
  • Top stitch around the edges for a neat finish, and to close up the gap. Be careful going around the bottom corners, because you’ll be sewing through several layers of fabric… you may want to use your handwheel!
  • Sew on a button next to your elastic loop.  (Make sure you only sew through the outside fabric so you can’t see the stitches on the inside of your roll-up!)

There you go!  A handy dandy roll-up to keep all of your knitting and crochet supplies in one place!

To roll up, start rolling on the side that does not have the button, and loop the elastic around the button.

Now that you’ve seen how to make a basic roll-up, the possibilities are endless.  Make it a different size, add pockets, trims, patchwork, applique… This would also make a great gift for someone who wants to learn how to knit or crochet, with a few needles to start with inside!

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  1. Erika says:

    Love this thanks for sharing , have designed one myself but wasnt sure how to do add all the pockets, feeling much more confident about having a go now!

  2. Denise says:

    Thank you for sharing this, this reallly makes things clear for me!

  3. Ashley says:

    Thanks for this! Mine turned out perfectly! Excellent instructions.

  4. Vicky says:

    Fabulous instructions. Lots of tutorials on the Internet but this was by far the easiest for me to follow. Thank I.

  5. Madeline says:

    Great tutorial! Your process was very clear and it gave me a good base to work from in designing a modified pattern. Thanks for this!

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