We want to set a trend, carry your own. Carry your own what though? Well aside from a water bottle and coffee cup, we want you to start carrying your own cutlery and reusable straw. We all know that plastic cutlery is just rubbish anyway, in every sense of the word. I have had a beautiful piece of fabric I bought a few years back from Liberty sitting in my fabric stash waiting for the ideal project, and here it is! Our guide to making a handy pouch to carry round your cutlery in!
It should be noted I am a self taugh sewer, so some of the technical speak may not be correct – but hopefully the pictures help!
Before you start you will need to make a template. The template should look a little like a house, with two base rectangles of 25cm x 6cm, and a triangle at the top, again base 25cm, and perpendicular height 6cm – so 18cm at it’s highest point, you then need a further 1cm for the seam around the sides and top of your house shape (not the bottom!). I then like to transfer my template onto baking paper to make it easier to cut the fabric out.
Fabric (approx 38cm x 27cm per pouch);
String/Ribbon (40cm per pouch);
A bead or button per pouch; and
Sewing machine, cotton and pins – you could easily sew these by hand, but this will make it quicker.
How to make your Cutlery Pouch
Firstly, fold the fabric in half lengthways, your fold should then be at the bottom end of your template. Carefully cut round your template, once you have finished you will have an elongated hexagon.
Thread you bead or button onto the ribbon. This will provide a wrap around for your pouch to keep it closed.
Fold your fabric back into the house shape with the side of the fabric you want to see on the inside, and slot the ribbon inside, make sure both ends of the ribbon poke out of the top, pin this in place to secure.
Sew around the edges of the fabric, leaving around 4cm open on one side so you can pass the fabric back through and turn it the right way round
Once you have turned the fabric back around the right way, carefully stitch up the last 4cm, tucking the raw ends back inside (you can stick this step and secure in the next stage if you are confident)
Finally, fold the bottom 6cm up against the next 6cm, making an envelope shape. Sew this down both sides to secure, keeping as close to the edge of the fabric as you can.
Finally turn this inside out so you can’t see those seams!
And there you have it! This an an easy, quick and low cost project. You can dress them up anyway you like and are the ideal size for a knife, fork, spoon and resuable straw!