This sewing roll tutorial was written by Aliza Patel.
Pick coordinating colours for the fabrics. You could personalise this gift by embroidering the
budding seamstress’ name on the front or add some lovely embroidery, beads or braid.
All the fabric used is from a scrap box but this is such a simple style you could easily use a piece of fabric with sentimental value or even patchwork. The possibilities are endless.
Two pieces of fabric in coordinating colours & one piece of wadding. 11” x 14” for the outer and
inner shell. You’ll find a great selection of fabrics at The Fat Quarter.
Two pieces of fabric & one piece wadding 4.5” wide x 10” long for the scissor pocket. (Measure the scissors you use for the length of your pocket)
One piece of fabric 3”x 5” for the additional pocket
One piece fabric and one piece felt 3”x 6” for needle book
One piece fabric 5” x 3” for button pocket
Piece of elastic 1″ wide x 3″ long for the thread holder
1” piece of Velcro to hold the button pocket down
Button for the scissor pocket
One piece of ribbon 30” long for the tie
Seams are 1/4″ throughout
1. Press 1/4″ around each edge to the wrong side on the additional pocket and the button pocket.
2. Zig zag the additional pocket top edge only.
3. Straight sew the button pocket top edge sewing down the soft side of the Velcro piece as you go.
5. Sew along three edges, clip the corners and turn inside out. You should now have a piece of wadding encased between two layers of fabric. Turn a 1/4″hem on the remaining side, press and stitch down.
Set your machine to a smaller straight stitch and using the markings on your sewing machine plate, quilt the
pocket sewing 1” lines.
6. Mark the middle of the pocket and using the buttonhole foot of your machine, add a button
hole. Carefully cut the slit.
7. On the bottom shell fabric you cut, place the pocket centrally away from the two side edges and 1” away from the top and pin.
8. Mark through the buttonhole where the button should be and sew your button on.
9. To make the needle book, cut around the fabric and the felt with pinking shears – if you don’t have them then hem the fabric; the felt won’t fray so don’t worry about that. Place the felt on the wrong side of the fabric; sew a line down the middle of both layers (felt and fabric).
10. Leaving a 1” gap between the scissor pocket and the side edge of the bottom shell fabric pin the needle book in place. Remember that you only sew down one half of it, so that you can close it!
11. Leaving 1” gap between the needle book and the scissor pocket, pin down the additional pocket. You should have pressed the edges in (step 1).
12. Leaving another 1” gap between the bottom of the needle book and the side seam pin down
the button pocket. Pin down the other side of the Velcro to the bottom shell fabric and sew
this in place.
13. Make the thread holder by stitching the elastic down on both short sides and down the middle so it can hold two spools of thread. Stitch next to the button pocket.
14. Sew all the pockets down. Add buttons and ribbon embellishments where you want to.
15. Fold the ribbon in half and place it with the fold on top of the edge of the fabric. (scissor
pocket top of fabric).
16. Place the top shell fabric on top and the wadding on top of that. So you should have a
sandwich; bottom shell fabric right side up with all the pockets facing up, top fabric right side down and wadding on top. Make sure the ribbon is completely inside the sandwich.
17. Sew three sides down leaving an opening at the bottom of the sewing roll. Clip corners and turn
right sides out.
Push the corners out and turn a 1/4″ hem in at the gap and stitch the gap closed.
18. Decorate the top if you wish. Add the sewing supplies and enjoy your new sewing roll! Perfect for sewing on the go, or taking to sewing classes and groups.