All manner of items can be encased in pretty, practical fabric rolls from bright colored pencils and crayons, cosmetic brushes, jewelry, crochet hooks and knitting needles, picnic and table ware, glove box car necessities, artistsí supplies, sewing items - even a few garage hand tools!
Sewing a fabric organizer is relatively easy using whatever appropriate fabric may be at hand, a few straight machine stitches and a ribbon, cord or button closure.
To start, cut two rectangles of fabric, one for the inner side and one for the outer. Usually Ĺ yard of each is all that is needed. The finished fabric roll will be folded in thirds. The size can be determined by what will be encased in the finished roll up. Stitch right sides together leaving an opening in one side to turn right sides out, trim corners carefully, turn right sides out, press and stitch opening closed. Fold the rectangle so that a pocket will form to hold the items leaving a flap to cover all. Stitch the pocket with multiple parallel lines, approximately ĺ of an inch apart (or more depending on the items to enclose). The small stitched compartments can now hold the items to be encased. Add two pieces of cording or lengths of ribbon to the middle edge of one side of the roll up. Roll up the organizer and tie closed. An elastic hair band and button can be used for closure as well.
Note: If creating a jewelry roll up for travel, stitch a loop of ribbon or cording one inch (or more) above each sewn compartment to be able to attach a necklace or soft bracelet, then tuck into the corresponding compartment below the loop to secure before rolling up the organizer. A small square of felt can also be sewn onto the organizerís inner fabric as a flap to be able to attach earrings.
The roll up organizers make for a great beginner sewing project. Fabric choices should be based on the type of items to be encased: oil or canvas cloth for a hand tool roll, sturdy fabrics for children's' colored pencil or crayon rolls, woven cottons, denim fabrics and thick felts will do for many roll up organizers. Roll up organizers are a great way to use up fabric scraps too!
Sew happy, sew inspired.