Utensil Case Tutorial for an Easy Gift

My first sewing tutorial was supposed to be Radiator-Friendly curtains, but I got side-tracked. Christmas is right around the corner and I needed to finish the handmade presents I had planned to make months ago. Why I always wait until 2 weeks before the deadline is beyond me.

Just in case you’re scrambling for a quick and easy handmade gift too, I decided to share my instructions on how to make the utensil case shown below. I made this case in one afternoon. Its design is based off of my favorite dp knitting needle case.

Cut 1 rectangle each from main fabric and lining fabric:
Rectangle dimensions: 11 1/4 inches wide by 14 1/4 inches long

Cut 1 rectangle from lining:
Rectangle dimensions: 11 1/4 inches wide by 5 1/8 inches long

On shorter piece of lining, fold top down 1/2 inch. Press. Then fold raw edge into crease. Press. Topstitch close to fold.

With the wrong side of the short piece of lining facing the right side of the longer piece of lining, match up the raw edges on the bottom edge and sides. Stay-stitch using a 3/8 inch seam allowance.

Next, stitch 5 separation seams 1 5/8 inches apart only where the two linings are stacked on top of each other. The first and last separation seam will be 1 5/8 inches plus 5/8 inch away from the edges or 2 1/4 inches from the edges to accomodate for the seam allowance. Hint: mark first with fabric pencil, then stitch.

Cut two (2) 16-inch lengths from a coordinating ribbon. Line up raw edges of ribbon with raw edges of lining, centering it over the top edge of the utensil slots. Stay-stitch the ribbon in place using a 3/8 inch seam allowance.

With right sides together, stitch main fabric to lining using a 5/8 inch seam allowance. Be sure to leave a gap at the top to turn and to tuck the ribbon inside. Trim corners. Turn right side out. Press. Slip stitch opening closed.

Fold raw edges of ribbon twice over and hand tack down with a running stitch.

Insert utensils. Note: If you didn’t have the forethought to purchase the bamboo utensils in advance (they can be found on Amazon), you can always raid your kitchen drawer for a set of utensils.

Fold in half and tie with ribbon.

Of course if you’re really pressed for time (and you still have a week before Christmas or whichever holiday/event you’re celebrating), you can buy the utensils and handmade case from Ponyup on Etsy. Note that her case design is a bit different from mine.

This is a post from Knitted Gem’s blog, authored by Marie Haigh.

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