Thursday, March 25, 2010

On the Go Utensil Wrap

The Greenhabilitator shows off her mad sewing skillz...

After reading the Conscious Shopper's post yesterday on packing your own takeout-ware, I thought it might be a good time to recycle a tutorial I put together for Make it From Scratch. I made a bunch of these utensil wraps as stocking stuffers at Christmas and I hear they're used frequently. I know that Mr. Greenhab uses his at school almost every day. (I'm so proud!)

For this project I used coordinating fabric, a piece of ribbon, and some utensils. You can use utensils you already have, of course, but I found these bamboo utensils on sale for a few dollars at Greenfeet and thought they'd be perfect for this gift.

1. Time to cut! The outer and inner fabric will be 12" square. The pocket will be 4" wide by 9" tall. The ribbon can be 24-ish inches long, give or take an inch or two.

2. First we're going to make the inner pocket. Fold the pocket piece in half, with right sides facing. Pin and sew all the way around, leaving a hole at the bottom for turning right side out. Clip the corners, turn and press flat.

3. Pin the pocket to the lining fabric, wherever you desire, and sew the left and right sides of the pocket to the lining fabric, very close to the edge. I used about 1/8 inch allowance there. You can leave the bottom unsewn as it will get eventually be caught when the outer and inner pieces are sewn together.

4. Using a fabric marker, draw two lines from top to bottom of the pocket. (I did mine 1 and 1/8 inches apart, because that was what fit best with my bamboo utensils.) Then sew down each of the lines. Now you've created three little pockets for your fork, knife & spoon.

5. On the left side, pin your ribbon to the lining with the tails going in.

6. Lay your outside fabric on top, so that the right sides are together, pin.

7. Sew most of the way around, leaving an opening of about 4 inches for turning. Use a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Clip corners, turn, press flat.

8. Top stitch using a 1/4 seam allowance.

Now you can fold the top of the napkin down and wrap it up. I like have the top fold down because then the utensils don't fall out the top.

You can make these utensil wraps using an old shirt, handkerchief, or scrap fabric. I throw this in my purse and always have it handy when I'm out and about, which helps me to avoid disposable plastic ware. As a bonus, it can be used as a place mat or a napkin too!


Erin aka Conscious Shopper said...

These are too cute! I need to get my sewing machine working again so I can make some of these.

Zee @GreenBlossoms said...

I love it! Love the fact that it's multi-purpose -- you not only avoid disposable plastic ware, you can use it as a napkin and place mat too! Ingenious! I definitely have some old shirts and hankies that I can use to make this..though it's been a while since I've actually sewn something. haha But your instructions are very easy and simple to follow so it should be no sweat! thank you!

Truffula said...

Very nice!

I've made an even simpler version, without the inner pocket. I made up a set for our office Holiday Gift Exchange - it ended up very quite popular!

Happy sewing to all!


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