Portable Sewing-Tool Carrier

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.


  • Fabric
  • Elastic
  • 1/16″ Mat board (9 1/8″ x 16 1/2″)
  • Painters Tape or Masking Tape
  • Sewing Machine
  • Scissors
  • 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″.


  1. Wash, Iron, and cut all of your fabric to size (sizes listed above).
  2. Cut mat board into two pieces (sizes listed above.) Tape pieces together. Use the tape as a hinge.
  3. Sew elastic into a band. Sew that band to the cover.
  4. Take the fabric for the pockets and fold them in half. Iron and hem each piece.
  5. Stack them with largest on the bottom and smallest on the top.
  6. 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.
  7. Hem the flap lining and the back lining.
  8. Place the pockets and the cover right sides together.
  9. Sew around the outside edges.
  10. On the other end place cover and flap lining right sides together and sew around the edges.
  11. Flip it all right side out and iron flat.
  12. Add fabric embellishment on elastic if you want.
  13. Insert tools and enjoy!

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