Locker Hooking

It’s time to get loopy!!  The two worlds of needlework and quilting are blended together to make the old art of locker hooking.  If you never heard of locker hooking, read on!

Is locker hooking the same as latch hooking?

Locker hooking is not the same as latch hooking. There are two similarities between locker hooking and latch hooking.  They both use latch hook canvas as the base and a hook.  However, the hook for locker hooking is a bit different than the latch hook for latch hooking.  

As for the textile used for these two different crafts, latch hooking uses short lengths of yarn pulled through to the top of the canvas making a shaggy effect.  Locker hooking uses strips of fabric, ribbons, and other textiles to make loops on the top of the canvas.

What materials are used in locker hooking?

There are several simple supplies needed for locker hooking:

  • Latch hook canvas
  • Locker hook
  • Tapestry needle
  • Cotton twine or yarn
  • Strips of 1” wide fabrics sewn together

We have a thorough page on locker hooking supplies and kits as well.

What is locker hooking?

Locker hooking originated in the UK.  It is not a new craft, as it has been around for close to 100 years. Locker hooking is an old school thrifty craft that is well worth reviving!

Locker hooking involves using a locker hook, which looks similar to a crochet hook with an eye in one end, and latch hook canvas.  Cotton twine or yarn is threaded through the eye of the hook and one end is tied to one corner of the canvas. 

Next, one inch strips of fabric are attached together to make a long strip which is then positioned on the back of the canvas. The hook is put into the canvas from the front to the back, pulling up a loop of fabric to the front of the canvas.  

This is repeated along the row, pulling up small loops in each hole of the canvas.  After a few small loops of fabric are on the hook, the hook is pulled through the fabric loops.  The cotton twine or yarn is then hidden inside of the loops, keeping the loops attached to the canvas.

This is a difficult art to describe, yet it is simple to do. Scroll down below to the many tutorials on locker hooking.  There are wonderful videos that will be very helpful.

Once locker hooking is learned and practiced, it might be time to look for locker hooking patterns. Although locker hooking does not need to follow a pattern at all, there are some wonderful free patterns below that can be followed to create a neat design.

What can you make with locker hooking?

Locker hooking is used to make:

  • Rugs
  • Coasters
  • Bracelet cuffs
  • Trivets
  • Bags
  • Cozies for electronics
  • Art Pieces
  • And so much more!

This craft can be as simple as using up fabric remnants to more detailed and ornate by using different ribbons and embellishments.

Try your hand at locker hooking and bring back this fun and thrifty craft.

Locker Hooking

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 Fabric Locker Hooking

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Create hand-made designs for every room in your home or as gifts. by Kathleen Carpenter. - Paperback Affiliate Link to

 Hook, Loop 'n' Lock

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Create Fun and Easy Locker Hooked Projects. by Theresa Pulido - Paperback - Published 2009 Affiliate Link to

 Locking Loops

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Unique locker hooking handcrafts to wear and give. by Theresa Pulido - Paperback - Published 2011

10 Locker Hooking Tips

Here are Color Crazy's TOP 10 locker hooking tips. Color Crazy

7 Locker Hook Fibers and Bling

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Learn more about locker hooking and which fibers work well with locker hooking. Affiliate Link to Darn Good Yarn

Austrialian Locker Hooking

Here is a bit of the history of locker hooking along with what is needed and how to locker hook. Mother Earth News

Basic Locker Hook Preparation

In this post, learn how to prepare for learning locker hooking with the basic tools needed and preparation. Craft Passion


This video tutorial will instruct you on how to make a locker hooked basket. By Color Crazy on YouTube

Butterfly Locker Hook

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Here is a free pattern for making a locker hook butterfly. Affiliate Link to Joann

Finishing Touches

Learn how to finish off the ends and handle the back when locker hooking a project. Craft Passion

Free Locker Hooking Patterns

On this page, by Color Crazy you will find over a dozen free locker hooking patterns. Color Crazy

How to Locker Hook

After you have prepped the material, learn how to hook and lock the loops in locker hooking. Craft Passion

How To Locker Hook

Do you have scrap fabrics? Well, locker hooking is the perfect way to use up lots of leftover fabrics. Here is a tutorial on how to locker hook. Primitives By The Light Of The Moon

Indigo Dial Trivet

Theresa shows how to make a beautiful locker hook trivet with these free pattern instructions. Craft Passion

Locker Hook Material

To locker hook, you’ll need yards of fabric, Here are tips on choosing the right fabric. Shiny Happy World

Locker Hook Rug

How to make a locker hook rug. Instructables

Locker Hook Tutorial

This webpage had links to the best websites for beginners, plus photos to inspire you and projects you can try yourself. Wellingtonboot at Hubpages

Locker Hook Tutorial

Here are the directions to get started locker hooking. Brave Bohemian

Locker Hooking

Locker Hooking

You can make useable rugs and hot pads or go for fancy decorative table runners and wall hangings made from left over fabric and yarn. Here is an introduction to locker hooking. Chicken Scratch NY

Locker Hooking Class

This class is all about a subject called locker hooking. Learn how to locker hook using a special hook, fabric strips and some canvas and this video tutorial. How To Get Creative

Locker Hooking for Beginners

Craft a variety of DIY accessories and home goods with this five-lesson locker hooking course from Theresa Pulido.

Locker Hooking for Beginners

Learn locker hooking basics with this article. Naztazia

Locker Hooking Rug Tutorial

Locker Hooking for Quilters! Make a rug with from recycled men's shirts. This tutorial is for quilters—who have sewing machines, thread, hand scissors, and rotary cutting tools—and know how to use them. Ami Simms

Welcome Home Rug

Here is a free locker hook pattern for a welcome mat. Craft Passion

What the Heck is Locker Hooking?

Here learn what is locker hooking, what supplies are needed for locker hooking and how to locker hook. Millie's Girls

Yarn from Fabric Strips

Learn how to make yarn from fabric strips. Shiny Happy World

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