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Make an Easy DIY Case for Crochet Hooks

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Making a quick diy crochet hook case

I looked very hard to find a crochet case that was large enough to hold all my hooks and essential supplies. I wanted something that would store my tape measure, stitch markers, needles, pins, stitch counter, scissors and more in an organized fashion.

When I first started crochet, I used a simple cosmetics pouch that could hold most of what I wanted. However, it was becoming difficult and time-consuming to rummage through and find the exact hook or item that I needed. [1]

After I saw a cute owl case with double zippered compartments, I knew it would be a fairly easy job to alter it to exactly what I was looking for. I transformed it into a wonderful crochet tool holder with the aid of a few materials and a glue gun. If you cannot find an organizer that you really like to hold all of your crochet supplies, consider doing a similar DIY transformation.

Materials and Tools Needed

  • A pencil case that you like
  • Some strong elastic tape
  • A glue gun or fabric adhesive
  • A seam ripper

With a seam ripper, a glue gun, some elastic tape and just a bit of thought, you can turn an inexpensive pencil case into a really fab craft organizer. Create a case that can hold and organize all your essential crochet hooks and supplies. 

1: Choose a Case Tall Enough for Your Hooks

Give a hoot pencil case

This is the case that I chose to hold my crochet tools and supplies. I love birds so this Give a Hoot design was ideal and I loved it as soon as I saw it. It has two separate compartments that have plenty of room inside. You can find something similar by looking for a double zipper pencil case.

I liked this design because it meant that I could place my hooks in one compartment and the rest of my tools and supplies in the other one. The cute little owl chain makes it very easy for me to zip and unzip to get access to my equipment. Having zips secures everything safely inside too.

You need to measure the case to make sure that it will be tall enough and wide enough to hold all your favorite hooks. Most pencil cases will be an adequate size to organize your supplies.

2: Adjusting the Interior of the Case

Using a glue gun to modify the interior of a pencil case

Using a seam ripper, I carefully unpicked all the elastic in the front compartment. I wanted to use this section to hold all my essential tools apart from the hooks. I spent a while playing around with configurations until I worked out how everything would fit in this area.

To work out where equipment would go, I started with the largest items first. I put my handmade felt needle case where I wanted it and stuck the back of it down with the hot glue gun.

The stitch markers came in a handy little plastic pouch so I stuck this down in the space just above the needle case. My tape measure came in a little tin so I glued the back of the tin down. With my scissors, stitch counter and chibi darning needles, I worked out where to put the elastic tape to secure these items and then used the glue gun to fix those in place as well. All my tools are neat, tidy and easily accessible when I want to crochet.

3: Integrated Sewing Pin Case

Felt red apple sewing pin compartment

My handmade felt apple needle and pin holder has long sewing pins inside. I use these pins when joining amigurumi pieces together to make crochet toys and dolls. My sewing and blunt Chibi darning needles are in the green container on the other side of the compartment.

4: Crochet Hook Compartment

Crochet hooks diy case

I could have unpicked all the elastic in the back compartment of the case and started from scratch. However, all the hooks that I need for this craft fit neatly in the elasticized pencil holders. My favorite hooks are the Clover Amour and Clover Soft Touch varieties and I was able to fit several of these in. [2]

I put my hooks straight in to the case without the need to adjust anything. I also added in a couple of pencils because these are very useful when marking off patterns and making notes. Converting the case was a really simple and easy DIY job. Now I have all the equipment that I need for this yarn craft in one handy holder. 

Adjusting an Existing Case is Easy and Allows You to Customize it to Your Own Taste

I took a double zippered pencil case that I liked the look of and customized it to hold everything I needed. It was a very simple job using mostly elastic tape and a glue gun. In just a few hours, I had made a case that gave me everything I wanted. You can do something very similar to create a crochet case that stores all your tools in one place. Most pencil cases will work fantastically well as crochet hook and tool holders. It can also be cheaper to customize an existing case than buy one with everything you need.

It helps to consider the style of holder that you would prefer to have. Pouch containers are ones where you just put everything in the same compartment; these tend to have plenty of space but you can waste time trying to find what you need. You can also get roll-up cases which work well for hooks but not necessarily for other items and equipment. I was happier with the style of case that I opted for which has separate compartments and room to hold both hooks and other crochet supplies in an organized fashion.

If you don't mind having everything in one compartment and rummaging around to find what hook size you need, consider a pouch style case. Many cosmetic bags will work well to give you a pretty looking container where you can pop everything inside and zip it up. The beauty with these is that you don't need to do any work to them to transform them into a suitable organizer. Whatever type of case you opt for, check the sizing and whether it will be large enough and roomy enough for all your favorite hooks and supplies.

Image Credit: all images on this page belong to the author of this article, Marie Williams Johnstone



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  1. Marie Williams Johnstone "All the Essential Crochet Supplies for Beginners." Goody Guides. 11/01/2016 <Web >
  2. Marie Williams Johnstone "Guide to the Different Types of Crochet Hooks." Crafty Marie. 11/01/2016 <Web >

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