Placemat Knitting Needle Case Tutorial

by Kelsey Norwood

in Crafts,Sewing,Tutorials

knitting needle case tutorial

My craft room is in my basement where there is none natural light, so some of the photos are poor, but they’ll at least help to clarify the instructions!

My newest acquired skill and hobby is knitting. I LOVE IT. So relaxing…And since I can’t have my knitting needles strewn about, a case was in order. The best part about this knitting needle case is that it’s made from a fabric placemat! So it was super cheap and fast and easy to make.


  • 1 fabric placemat
  • matching thread and ribbon
  • 3/8″ clear elastic


knitting needle case tutorial

Step 1 Lay the placemat right side down and place your longest knitting needles (14″) so that the top of the needles is at the top of the placemat. Fold up the excess placemat so the total length is just long enough for your needles.

Step 2 Pin all across the top and sides.

Step 3 Sew the two short sides, wrong sides together, to create the pocket for your needles.

knitting needle case tutorial

Step 4 Mark sewing lines 1″ – 1 3/8″ apart with chalk or a fabric pencil on the top of the pocket to create the slots for your needles.

Step 5 Draw a straight line across the width of the placemat, about 4″ – 5″ down from the top. With a ruler, make tick marks along that horizontal line to match up with the sewing lines on the pocket.

knitting needle case

Step 6 Cut a length of 3/8″ clear elastic a few inches wider than the placemat. Pin down to one end and then pin at each of the tick marks you just made, stretching the elastic just a little bit. If you don’t stretch the elastic, the knitting needles won’t fit snugly. Sew the elastic down, keeping it stretched and back stitching at each end.

knitting needle case

Step 7 Cut 2 pieces of ribbon about 12″ long each. Fold the ribbon under 1/4″ and pin one piece to the edge of the right side of the placemat (the one with the design or the top) and the other piece to the edge of the wrong side of the placemat (the side that is now equipped to hold your needles). The ribbon you pin to the right side (outside) should go toward the placemat and the ribbon you pin to the inside (needle holder) should go away from the placemat.

knitting needle case

Fill with needles, roll up, tie, and you’re ready to go!

I got the placemat on clearance at Target for $.98 and wasn’t sure what I would do with it at the time, but it’s the perfect size for a knitting needle case and so much easier than making that whole part from scratch.

Happy knitting!


1 Michelle February 23, 2010 at 11:01 am

Very elegant looking, no one would ever guess the placemat was $1! If you’re like me, and always opening your knitting needle roll upside down, you might want to put a teeny flap on the top edge, too, so your needles don’t fall out.

2 Deborah February 23, 2010 at 11:09 am

Beautiful quick project! Thanks so much.

3 Kelsey February 23, 2010 at 12:02 pm

Michelle, that’s a very good idea. After I finished writing up the tutorial last night I was carrying my case upstairs and my needles did fall out. Thanks for the suggestion!

4 Heather Z January 25, 2011 at 8:04 am

I have been looking for a better way to store my knitting needles and crochet hooks. It seems I am always digging around in my craft drawers looking for them and often end up buying a new set because I didn’t know I already had the size I need for a project and end up with multiple of the same size.

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