How To Make A Travel Cutlery Case

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Do you love going on picnics?If you do, I have the perfect sewing project to make your next food adventure outdoors even better. Today on Beginner Sewing Projects, I’m going to show you How To Make A Travel Cutlery Case! This simple project stores your utensils in a convenient way so that you are always ready for those impromptu outings or even those times you need to eat a cupcake in the car at work (we’ve all been there). This is a great project for beginner sewists and you can make this little pouch in about half an hour. I used some snaps to make my closure, but you could use buttons or velcro or whatever you have on hand. I even made one of these for my husband for when he goes camping and he likes it. You only need a little bit of fabric to make these, so the measurements I have listed below will make two cutlery cases. I found some fun print fabric in my scrap pile and I think it worked well for this project. I recommend using cotton, but you could use whatever you have on hand. 

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You’ll only need a few of the usual tools for this project. The only addition that you might not have on hand is the kam snap kit. You can pick those up at the link below. Gather up your supplies and let’s get started!

How To Make A Travel Cutlery Case

What You’ll Need:

Travel Cutlery Case supplies

How To Make A Travel Cutlery Case

The first step on this how to make a travel cutlery case is to wash, dry, and iron your fabric. I would normally only do this to clothing I am making, but being that this will come into contact with my silverware, I will want to wash it semi-regularly. Washing your fabric beforehand helps ensure that your stitches will not get messed up the first time you wash your case. Note that you do not wash interfacing. Once you have done all of that, you need to cut your fabric. You will cut: One 6”x18” piece of the main fabric, one 6”x6” piece of the main/outside fabric, one 6”x18” piece of the secondary/inside fabric, two 6”x18” pieces of interfacing, one 6 ½” piece of trim or bias tape, and one 6”x6” piece of interfacing. Note that since sizes of silverware will vary, you will want to place your knife at the bottom of a piece of fabric and fold the fabric down until it covers the knife and about ½” of the top of the pocket. Add 1” to that measurement and cut.

Iron the interfacing to the wrong side of both 6” x 18” pieces of the main/outside fabric and the wrong side of the 6”x6” piece. 

To give the case a nicer look, round off one end of both 6”x18” pieces using a small plate and your fabric marker.

Next on this travel cutlery case tutorial, we will work on adding bias tape. Evenly place your trim/bias tape along the top edge of the 6”x6” piece (this is the pocket). Pin or clip into place and using a ¼” seam allowance, attach to the pocket. 

On a flat surface, layer your pieces as follows: Secondary/inside piece right side up, pocket piece, right side up with bottom edges aligned, and the main/outside piece, right side down 

Pin and sew all the way around leaving a 3-4” gap for turning. We are about halfway through this simple sew cutlery pouch tutorial.

Clip the corners and rounded edge.

Using your turning tool, turn right side out. Push out the corners.

Press with a warm iron.

Using a ¼” seam allowance, topstitch around the entire caddy, closing up the turning gap.

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Using your fabric marker and ruler, mark 2 ¼” from either side of the pocket. Draw a vertical line from the top of the pocket to the bottom.

Sew along each of the lines. Trim your excess thread. 

Now that you are done with the pouch portion, we need to work on the closure. For this, we are going to use Kam snaps. Find the middle of your pocket and measure down about 2” from the top (the flap). Make a mark with your fabric marker. Next find the middle of the rounded top and measure down about 1” and make a mark with your fabric marker.

You will need four plastic Kam snaps; two have a flat end with a point and two will have a hole. One that goes down and is flatter (like an innie belly button), and one has a hole that goes up (like an outie belly button) and is more pronounced.

Your kit also comes with an awl, which is a tool with a handle with a sharp point and a hand-held press. Push the awl through the marked spot on the fabric of the flap, making a small hole. Place the snap, which is the flat piece with the point on it, with the point coming into the hole, so the flat end faces the outside. Place the snap piece that is like the outie on top of the point of the snap, and using the hand-held press, squeeze the snaps together. 

Repeat on the pocket. but reverse the side you have the snap and hole. If you need help, you can use the tutorial on the KAM website.

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You’re done! Now you know how to make a travel cutlery case.

Simple Cutlery Case Sewing Tutorial

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How To Make A Travel Cutlery Case

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This little travel cutlery case is perfect for those meals on the go! Easy to sew and so useful. Great for camping!

Active Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $5.00

Instructions

  1. Cut: One *6”x18” piece of the main fabric, one 6”x6” piece of the main/outside fabric, one 6”x18” piece of the secondary/inside fabric, two 6”x18” pieces of interfacing, one 6 ½” piece of trim or bias tape, and one 6”x6” piece of interfacing.
  2. Iron the interfacing to the wrong side of both 6” x 18” pieces of the main/outside fabric and the wrong side of the 6”x6” piece. 
  3. Using a small plate and your fabric marker, round off one end of both 6”x18” pieces.
  4. Evenly place your trim/bias tape along the top edge of the 6”x6” piece (this is the pocket). Pin or clip into place and using a ¼” seam allowance, attach to the pocket. 
  5. On a flat surface, layer your pieces as follows: Secondary/inside piece right side up, pocket piece, right side up with bottom edges aligned, and the main/outside piece, right side down 
  6. Pin and sew all the way around leaving a 3-4” gap for turning.
  7. Clip the corners and rounded edge and using your turning tool, turn right side out. Push out the corners.
  8. Press with a warm iron.
  9. Using a ¼” seam allowance, topstitch around the entire caddy, closing up the turning gap.
  10. Using your fabric marker and ruler, mark 2 ¼” from either side of the pocket. Draw a vertical line from the top of the pocket to the bottom.
  11. Sew along each of the lines. Trim your excess thread. 
  12. Find the middle of your pocket and measure down about 2” from the top (the flap). Make a mark with your fabric marker.
  13. Next find the middle of the rounded top and measure down about 1” and make a mark with your fabric marker.
  14. Push the awl through the marked spot on the fabric of the flap, making a small hole.
  15. Place the snap, which is the flat piece with the point on it, with the point coming into the hole, so the flat end facing the outside.
  16. Place the snap piece that is like the outie on top of the point of the snap, and using the hand-held press, squeeze the snaps together. 
  17. Repeat on the pocket. but reverse the side you have the snap and hole. 
  18. Enjoy

Notes

Since sizes of silverware will vary, you will want to place your knife at the bottom of a piece of fabric and fold the fabric down until it covers the knife and about ½” of the top of the pocket. Add 1” to that measurement and cut.

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