Sunday, March 27, 2011

Cutlery Roll Tutorial and Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Honestly Good Food for being the winner of the cutlery roll giveaway. Thanks to those who joined in.

I have written a set of instructions that some of you may be interested in trying. 

Now let me start by saying that everything I learnt about sewing came from Mum, Year 9 Textiles and working out how to sew a pair of shorts following a pattern from a 1980s Dolly magazine. I must say I  enjoy the Maths involved (nerd!) but get really impatient if the project takes more than an hour or two.
I really admire Two Little Banshees and Chickpea Sewing Studio (fabulous infant bib tutorial) as they are both so talented and obviously very patient. 

There are a few of these tutorials out and about but I made this one using measurements and steps that I felt would work for me. Any real seamstress would look at these instructions and more than likely cringe.

You will need
2 pieces of fabric 35cm x 45cm (main pieces)
2 pieces of fabric 17cm x 45cm (pocket and lining)
2 pieces of bias tape 30cm each

Place the pocket pieces right sides together. Stitch along one of the long edges.

Turn right way around and press. You may like to topstitch here but it is not necessary.

Lay the pocket pieces on the right side of one of the main pieces, lining the pieces at the bottom. Pin in place. Rule lines on the pocket pieces 5cm, 9cm, 13cm and 17cm from the left hand edge. Straight stitch along these lines, 

This is where you need to sort out fastenings. I find that bias binding works best. Fold the tape over  and sew it closed. (Ribbon would probably work well too.) Lay the tape horizontally on the mat that you have so far, about 1/3 up from the bottom, so that the ends hang over the right edge. Make sure not to put the tape 1/2 way down the side as you will turn the top part of the cutlery roll over so the cutlery wont fall out.

I originally tried making this one using a button and some elastic. I cut the elastic too short so it wouldn't wrap around the finished cutlery roll very well. I think that also I would have been better with a wider style of elastic. I ended up going back to the bias tape.

Place the other main piece right side down onto the main mat. The bias tape should now be sandwiched in between the 2 larger pieces. Pin in place. Starting on the left hand side, stitch around the 4 edges leaving an opening of about 10cm at the end.

Cut across the corners to make turning much easier. 

Turn the right way out, using the opening. Press making sure the seems are pushed out. Hand stitch the opening closed using a blind stitch.

Gosh, I really hope this makes sense.

Take care


  1. Dixiebelle, IKEA! I have had it for ages and couldn't quite work out what to do with it. Perfect project.

  2. I think if I could sew, that tutorial would be very helpful.
    Love the material too!

  3. Duchess, it really is very easy. You should give it a go. Why not look for a sewing machine on Freecycle.

  4. Excellent! I'm so excited! What information do you need from me.

    I got a sewing machine on Freecycle. Definitely worth a look.

  5. Honestly Good Food, Freecycle is great, isn't it. I see sewing machines on there every few weeks.
    I have sent you an email so look forward to hearing from you.


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