Sewing is something almost all the women in my family enjoy. I learned my way around a sewing machine in my grandma’s basement when I was 8 years old. We went to classes together and made two quilts together before I started sewing on my own. Since my mom and grandma were always around, I never needed anything other than my machine. But now that I am 10 hours away from them it has gotten very difficult to finish any project without the basics. Yesterday, I went all in and bought the majority of the tools I would need to jump back into sewing my little heart out. But I quickly learned I didn’t have very much table space to house all the tools I would be constantly reaching for. I decided to make a tool carrier and knock the dust off my sewing skills all at once. I found an example on Esty and tailored it to meet my needs. I definitely got re-aquatinted with my seam ripper but, all-and-all I think it turned out great for my first project.
- 1/16″ Mat board (9 1/8″ x 16 1/2″)
- Painters Tape or Masking Tape
- Sewing Machine
- Iron/ Ironing board
- Seam Ripper (Optional)
**Fabric: If you want a solid colored Tool Carrier, you will need 5/8 yd of that color. If you want different colors like I did, you will need at least three colors. I bought four different colors. Since I am just getting back into sewing and I need to start collecting fabrics, I went ahead and got 1/2-1 yd of the fabrics I wanted. If you don’t want to buy excess, you can figure out what pattern of colors you want and buy accordingly. You will need 10″ x 16 1/4″ for the cover; 10″ x 8 3/4″ (x2) for the flap lining and back lining; 10″ x 13″ for the first pocket; 10 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ for the second pocket; 10 1/2 x 8″ for the third pocket; 10 1/2″ x 5 1/2″. Directions:
- Wash, Iron, and cut all of your fabric to size (sizes listed above).
- Cut mat board into two pieces (sizes listed above.) Tape pieces together. Use the tape as a hinge.
- Sew elastic into a band. Sew that band to the cover.
- Take the fabric for the pockets and fold them in half. Iron and hem each piece.
- Stack them with largest on the bottom and smallest on the top.
- Measure 4 1/4″ from the left and 3 1/4″ from the right . Draw a line from the second pocket down to the fourth pocket. ( If you want smaller pockets across the top, draw the line from the top to the bottom.
- Hem the flap lining and the back lining.
- Place the pockets and the cover right sides together.
- Sew around the outside edges.
- On the other end place cover and flap lining right sides together and sew around the edges.
- Flip it all right side out and iron flat.
- Add fabric embellishment on elastic if you want.
- Insert tools and enjoy!