I designed this project for Sew Sociable, I taught it on a larger scale in a sociable way at the event. I promised to publish the tutorial for those that didn’t finish it at the event or wanted to make it again. Often at the event we have sewing nights where you need to bring a simple sewing kit to take part. This seemed like the perfect project to run at the event and equip everyone for future events.
Approximately 50cm of cotton woven fabric, this is an ideal way to use up scraps so you could use several different pieces to create the finished tool roll.
35cm x 23cm piece of batting or fleece.
1 metre of 1.5cm ribbon
Cut 2 pieces of fabric – 35cm x 23cm
cut 4 pieces of fabric – 35cm x 12.5cm
Cut 1 pieces of batting – 35cm x 23cm
How to make:
1. With Right sides together place two of the smaller pieces together and pin across one long edge to make the pocket piece. With right sides together pin the other two smaller pieces together along the one long edge and both short sides, this will become the flap. Stitch using a 1.5cm seam allowance. Trim corners on the flap. Turn both to the right side and press.
2. Place the flap piece at the top edge of your tool roll, matching centres pin the flap in place. Place the pocket piece along the other long edge of the tool roll matching raw edges. Pin in place.
3. Mark the pocket positions. Measuring in from the side make a mark at the base of the pocket and one nearer the top of the pocket, draw a line to join these marks and use this line to measure the next pocket in the same way. You can decide on your own pocket widths based on your tools or follow these measurements:
First pocket from side 6cm – space for a tape measure.
Second pocket measured from the first pocket 4cm – space for small scissors.
Third pocket measured from second pocket 8.5cm – space for a pin box and chalk.
Fourth pocket measured from third pocket 10cm – space for reels of thread.
Fifth pocket measured from fourth pocket 6cm – space for a chaco pen and pencil.
4. Starting from one edge of the pocket and using a 0.5cm seam allowance stitch the pocket to the backing fabric. Follow the chalk lines stitching the divides.
5. When you reach the top of the pocket divide turn round and re stitch down the same line. This will help reinforce the divides and means you can continue to sew all the pockets in one go!
6. Cut 2 pieces of ribbon 50cm each and place in the centre of one side of the tool roll, pin in place. Stitch to secure.
7. So that the ribbon doesn’t get caught in the seam when sewing the next part, pin the ribbon in the centre of the tool roll.
8. Place the pocket panel over the batting matching all raw edges. Place the remaining fabric panel right sides together over the pocket panel.
9. Pin the flap away from the edges to ensure it doesn’t get caught in when you sew the edges. Pin around outside edges.
10. Leave a gap in the lower edge (base of pockets) and sew around outer edges. 1.5cm seam allowance.
11. Before moving onto the next stage check that both ends are the same length.
12. Trim batting away from the seam.
13. Press and slip stitch the opening closed to complete.
Fill with all your sewing goodies and put next to the door to grab as you leave for sew sociable. Or you could make one for use as a picnic cutlery roll, grooming kit, make up brush kit etc.