Thursday, October 14, 2010

How To : Denim Tool Roll

As promised, the denim tool roll tutorial! Sorry for taking so long but I swear I have not stopped for the last two weeks! Now, I know there are a lot of crayon roll type tutorials out there, but I didn't use one for this. And really this is probably more simple than a crayon roll because there is not interfacing or seam binding!

Finshed rolled tied 1

1 pair of jeans (Or just the bottom 21" of two legs)
1 piece of fabric 15x20" (This is the canvas I used)
1 yard ribbon/twill tape

Modus Operandi

Cut seams
Cut down the inside seam of two legs cut to twenty one inches.

Square up
Square your leg pieces to the inside seam.

Join pieces
Join pieces. But do this so one small piece meets one big piece. I tried to make it clear with the photo.

Sew pieces
Join pieces with a 3/8" seam.

Press seams flat
Press seams flat.

Sew down seams.
Sew down seams.

Fold and press
Fold and press bottom about a half inch.

Pin canvas piece to top. This should be approx 15x20".

Sew canvas
Sew canvas around sides and top. The bottom needn't be sewn to the denim but feel free to give the canvas a quick hem before pinning. (I cut my piece from the bottom of the curtain to this step was done for me.

turn out
Turn out. Now press the denim sides in to line up with the turned canvas.

Tie strap
Fold up the denim and add your tie strap. I used cotton twill tape. You can pin at this stage but it is a lot of fabric and I find if you go slow, denim doesn't need to be pinned.

Top Stitch perimetre
Sew around the entire perimetre. Don't forget to back stitch a few stitches where the denim meets the canvas.

mark and quilt.
Once you have sewn the perimetre you can either mark with disappearing marker the lines you want to sew along to create the pockets or you can use a quilting guide set to the desired pocket width. I used a marker and marked out two 2.25" pockets on the ends and six 1.75" pockets in the middle. It made it super easy to sew super quick. You can do this in one continuous line starting at the bottom of one end and ending at the top of the other end. Don't forget to back stitch where the denim meets the canvas.

Inside finished
Ta-daaa! Your finished your manly toll roll!

Reverse finished
If you use denim coloured thread in your bobbin, your quilting is barely discernible!

Denim Tool Roll
Now go put your brushes or knitting needles or scissors in it before you change your mind and give it to a deserving man in your life!

I hope you enjoyed this how to! I hope you make your own! I hope you show me yours! I hope you come back for more great projects! Cheers!


Pati @ A Crafty Escape said...

I absolutely LOVE this... and I'm going to search my husband's closet for old jeans right now. Thanks!

KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

Great job on this, it has so many applications.

PS I also love the look of your tutorial! Those little fingerpointer things are adorable.

Catlyn Berry (Cizz) said...

AWESOME! This was great timing! I was setting here with three pairs of old jeans wondering what I could do with them! Thanks so much!


Anne said...

Awesome!! The repurposed denim is perfect for this project. I linked to your tutorial over on Craft Gossip Sewing:


Anonymous said...

This is great. I have bunches of people who know that I sew and they give my their old jeans. I now have another reason to go into that box and begin something new. Many thanks for this clever and so useful idea.

Cathena said...

That is an awesome idea! I'm going to make one for my knitting needles and another for my paint brushes!

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