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Sewing Travel Roll

Make a sewing roll


This is a simple to sew padded holder to keep all your sewing tools in one place. Alternatively, use it to store make-up or painting brushes when out and about!  You can easily increase the size if you want a bigger case - just measure your longest tool or brush and cut fabrics a bit bigger. Easy to make for novice sewers too using a sewing machine, you’ll have it made in no time!


You will need...

 2 pieces of co-ordinating fabric measuring 20cm x 47cm for the inner and outer roll. We used ‘Skopelos’ by Art Gallery Fabrics. For UK stockists, visit

1 piece of fabric measuring 18cm x 47cm for pockets

1 piece of fusible wadding measuring 9cm x 47cm for pocket piece - visit Abakhan or Minerva Crafts to order

2 strips of fabric measuring 2.5cm x 50cm  for the ties

1 piece of fusible wadding measuring 19cm x 47cm (or spray baste a piece of ordinary wadding using a temporary spray adhesive)

Neutral sewing thread




Erasable pen or chalk

Sewing Machine



Use a 6mm seam allowance throughout unless otherwise stated.

Finished roll measures 18cm x 46cm approximately.

Press all fabrics before starting.


To Sew

Preparing fabric for sewing

Take your pocket fabric and fuse the wadding (following manufacturers’ instructions) to one half of the wrong side of the fabric to give the fabric a bit of strength.

Sewing roll project

 Fold the pocket piece in half with wrong sides together and press along the folded crease. Take the inner fabric piece, right side up, and place this pocket piece on top with the raw edge meeting the bottom of the inner piece and the folded edge at the top. Pin the pocket piece in place onto the inner piece.


Marking the pocket lines

Measure along the folded edge of the pocket piece by 10cm and make a small mark. Measure again by another 9cm and repeat at 9cm intervals until you have four marks. Draw a faint line from each mark to the bottom of the pocket piece. You can, of course, decide on what width you want your pockets to be and mark accordingly.


Stitching pockets

Stitch from the top down each line right to the bottom edge, making sure to back tack your stitching at the start to secure the pocket piece in place.

Learn to make sewn ties

Make the ties – take your strip of tie fabric and fold over one short end by 1cm to the wrong side and press. Fold the strip in half with wrong sides together and press, open it out again and then fold each long edge back into the centre and press. Stitch neatly along the length of the tie, rolling in with your fingers as you stitch and securing your stitching at the beginning. Repeat for the second strip.


Applying wadding

Take the wadding and fuse it to the wrong side of the outer piece.


Attaching ties

Place the outer piece right side up then lay the ties down about 8cm down from the top edge and with the raw edges matching the outer edge of the outer piece and slightly extending beyond the edge. These will be sandwiched inside the roll when you stitch.

 Leave a gap for turning

Place the inner piece face down on top of the outer piece and pin around top, side edges and along the bottom edge, but leave a gap of about 20cm along the bottom edge for turning. Mark where the gap starts and ends and make sure the ties are tucked right inside.


Stitch around sewing roll

Starting at one side of the bottom edge, stitch around the edge of the roll, securing your stitches at the start, and finish along the bottom edge, securing at the end and leaving the gap for turning. Make sure the ends of the ties were caught in as you stitched.


Clipping corners

Clip the corners very carefully to avoid cutting the stitches. Pull the roll through to the right side and gently push the corners out using a chopstick or similar. Press the roll.


Slip stitch gap

Turn under the edges of the gap by 6mm and slipstitch the gap closed. Press.



Topstitch all the way around the roll to finish.


Finished sewing roll


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This project was designed and made by Julie Briggs.


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