I’m pulling this one out of the archives, as I originally posted this Tool Roll Up back in 2010! I happened to see that my dad was carrying all of the tools for his motorcycle in a FANNY PACK! I mean I suppose it was useable and I’m all about recycling, but I just couldn’t let this happen. What better time to bring this DIY back, then in time for Fathers Day gift giving.
Grab some left over fabric that you have around, you won’t need too much for this project. I ended up using 3 coordinating fabrics. I chose to use a plaid for the inside of the case, a grey linen for the outside and a faux leather for the inside pocket. I swapped the grey and plaid fabric around for the second roll up to tell them apart. I used half of a shoelace for the tie as added durability, and a pop of colour. The measurements I used apply to the amount and size of tools my dad had available. You can increase of decrease the size depending on what you might be using.
Plaid and Grey fabric – 11×15 inches
Black Faux Leather Pocket – 10×15 inches (folded in half)
Tie – 16 inches (you can use a fabric scrap, I used the shoelace)
Once your pieces are cut lay your outside fabric (grey) good side up. Then take your pocket piece and fold it in half (leather). Place on top of your grey fabric along the bottom. Place the inside fabric (Plaid) on top good side down. Pin around all of the outside edges, and sew around your entire rectangle. Make sure to leave a 2-3 inch space along the right or left side right in the middle. This is so you can turn your fabric right side out, and leave a spot for the tie.
Once sewn pull your fabric through the hole right side out, and make sure all of your corners are pushed out. You can use the pencil to really get all of the fabric out and straight. Since this is going to be used for tools rather than something light like pencils, I’m going to re sew around the edge again when it’s right side up. Place your string in between the open fabric, and under the pocket. Pin this hole closed and again sew around the outside to reinforce.
Now to designate your pocket, I used the actual tools themselves to determine the size of each space. I marked each space with a pencil line and sewed up and down twice, again for extra durability. You can pin down every other space to make sure it doesn’t move while sewing, I chose not to as I didn’t want to puncture the leather.
Isn’t that so much better? Jump to 2015 and this Roll Up is still holding all the important tools to keep my dad safe on the road!
Happy Crafting (& Fathers Day!) xo. Kyla