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Simply sewn sewing kit made with scrap fabric! Organize all your sewing gear!
Project perfect for those with a basic understanding of sewing/ sewing machines. This is something I designed for my own personal use
but feel free to change things around to make it better suit your needs! The finished dimensions are: 8½” H x 20” W and yours will come out looking a little different then mine because I used some not so fancy finishes on the outside pocket edges. Lastly, this is my very first tutorial so constructive criticism will be appreciated

Posted by Emmyann07 from Sacramento, California, United States • Published See Emmyann07's 47 projects »

  • Step 1

    Gather supplies and necessary equipment


    - Two types of fabric: one solid and one print
    ~I used scrap left over fabric I had lying around and to be honest I don’t remember how much I used….
    ~But if my math is correct (and I’m so sorry if it’s not!) you’ll need 2 ½ yards of the solid and just a ½ yard of the print
    ~Note: This number seems like a lot for such small squares so I may be wrong but I don’t want anyone to start a project and not have enough…. So…. better safe then sorry
    - 1 ½ yards Fusible interfacing
    - Thread
    - Stuffing
    - ½” single fold bias tape
    - Ribbon/ trim (scraps work perfect)
    - And a button (if you want)

    Tools/ Machinery:
    - Sewing machine
    - Iron and ironing board
    - Tape measure/ Ruler
    - Scissors
    - Chalk pencil (or other non-permanent marking device)

  • Step 2

    Getting Started....

    - Choose two contrasting fabrics, one solid and one print, and cut a 8½” H x 20” W piece for each.
    (This will be finished with bias tape and has no seam allowance built in so try to be as exact as possible)

    - Cut two pieces of fusible interfacing the same size and iron on the WRONG side of each fabric piece according to manufacturer’s instructions.

    - Set solid piece aside, pockets (also in solid fabric) will be attached to printed piece.

  • Step 3

    Pocket / Pouch / Flap Dimensions

    If you like the pocket design I chose the non-finished dimensions for the fabric squares are as follows:

    ( Please note: The pockets are done in the solid fabric unless otherwise noted. Also a 5/8” seam is INCLUDED in these dimensions on ALL SIDES so if the dimensions given are 4 ¼” X 6” the FINISHED dimensions will be 3” x 4 ¾” )

    Panel 1:
    - Bottom pocket: 4 ¼ ” h x 6” w
    - Bottom pocket flap: 4 ¼” h x 6” w with a finished ¾” fold

    - Pin cushion:
    ~ Top (print piece): 3 ½” h x 5” w
    ~ Bottom (solid piece): 4” h x 5 ½” w

    Panel 2:
    - Pencil pocket 6 ¾” h x 6” w
    - Tweezer holder: 2 ¼” h x 6” w (two of them)

    Panel 3:
    - Single Pockets: 2 ¾“ h x 3 ½” w (four of them)
    - Single Pocket Flaps: 2 ¾“ h x 3 ½” w with a finished ½” fold (four of them)
    - Double Pocket:2 ¾” h x 6 ” w
    - Double Pocket Flap:2 ¾” h x 6” w with a finished ½” fold

  • How to make a sewing kits. Hand Made Sewing Kit! - Step 4
    Step 4

    Pockets and Flaps


    - Note: I made my pockets and pouches custom for the tools I uses, feel free to play with the pockets sizes and the amount based off your own need

    - Use solid fabric to make pockets

    - Place fabric pieces face down on ironing board, fold in 5/8" all around and press (miter corners if desired)

    - Sew top hem

    - Sew pocket in place on left, bottom, and right side of pocket close to the edge and leaving the top side open.

    - When sewing in place sew slightly over top of pocket edge and back stitch to strengthen pocket

    Pocket Flaps:

    - Place fabric pieces face down on ironing board, fold in 5/8" all around and press (miter corners if desired)

    - Sew close to edge all the way around

    - Fold flap in the specified amount and press

    - Sew flap in place by stitching across the flap on the inside fold line as well as at the bottom of fold

    - Sew slightly over edges and back stick to strengthen flap

  • How to make a sewing kits. Hand Made Sewing Kit! - Step 5
    Step 5

    Pocket/ Pouch / Flap Placement

    In picture: Step marked in blue for pocket and purple for flap attachments at fold

    - After making pockets it’s time to sew them in place on your printed 8 ½” x 20” piece of fabric

    - On inner fabric piece mark (but do not sew yet!) vertical panel lines with chalk pencil. (as seen in pink in image)

    ~ Front flap panel: 2 ¾” in length
    ~ Additional three panels: 5 ¾” in length

    - Most pouches are placed ½” inward on each panel. For example the pouch on panel 1 is 4 ¾” in width, placed a ½” inward on left, right and bottom sides of panel.

    - For exact placement of pouches see scale picture

    download also available in jpg and pdf

  • How to make a sewing kits. Hand Made Sewing Kit! - Step 6
    Step 6

    Pin cushion

    - Take 3 ½” x 5”of printed fabric and fold/iron press all sides by 5/8”

    - Repeat for 4” x 5 ½” solid fabric
    - Sew printed fabric on three quarters of the way on top of solid fabric (with about a ¼” border around) leaving small gap at one side

    - Stuff with stuffing but remember not to over stuff because the fuller it is the less flat it will lay in the kit

    - When done sew closed the rest of the way

    - Place cushion in place on panel 1 and use zigzag stitch around border to secure in place

    - For a finishing touch sew a cute button in the middle

  • How to make a sewing kits. Hand Made Sewing Kit! - Step 7
    Step 7

    Sewing pocket dividers

    Image: Step displayed in green

    - Once pouch is sewn in place (such as the large pouch on panel 2)turn the entire piece upside down so you can sew from the bottom - up.

    - Use a small straight stitch starting from the bottom of the pouch
    (When beginning, make a small back-stitch to secure in place)

    - Work your way straight to the top, stitching slightly over the pouches edge and back stitch to secure

    - Repeat to create desired amount of dividers

  • How to make a sewing kits. Hand Made Sewing Kit! - Step 8
    Step 8

    Tweezer holder

    - This was originally meant to hold pencils but my serger tweezers fit so well I just decided to keep them there
    - Layer fabric and trim
    ~ 2 ¼” x 6” piece face up
    ~ Desired trim spaced equally apart, face up
    ~ Second 2 ¼” x 6” piece face DOWN
    ~ Pin in place if needed

    - Sew 5/8” from edge, three quarters of the way around leaving one of the smaller edges open

    - Trim corners with scissors and turn sewn piece inside out (like a pillow case!) and tuck in open edges

    - Sew piece in place sewing open edge closed in the process

  • How to make a sewing kits. Hand Made Sewing Kit! - Step 9
    Step 9

    Joining pieces / Creating panels

    Image: Step displayed in pink

    - Now that all your pockets are in place take out 8 ½” x 20” piece of solid fabric and place it face down

    - Take printed 8 ½” x 20” piece with pockets in place on top of solid piece

    - Pin in place and with a small straight stitch sew panels together at 2 ¾” , 5 ¾”, and 5 ¾” markings

  • Step 10

    Bias Tape

    - I really hope I'm explaining this alright, I apologize if I'm not

    - Take ½” bias tape, unfold and place face down on the edge of the printed piece, making sure to line up edges

    - Do this all the way around pinning in place as you go

    - Sew bias tape in place right on the inner tape fold

    - Fold tape over edge of piece, making sure the pre-done fold is folded in to give a clean edge. Press and pin in place

    - Finish edge by sewing bias tape in place on solid side of piece, tucking the corners as you go

  • How to make a sewing kits. Hand Made Sewing Kit! - Step 11
    Step 11

    Last Step!

    - Take extra piece of bias tape, about 2' - 2½' long, fold in half and sew edges together to create a tie

    - Fold up your finished piece starting with the right panel and moving to the left, and tie a pretty bow around it with the bias tape tie

    - Enjoy having all your sewing gear organized and at the ready whenever you need it in your hand made case!

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Stila · Mezzano, Emilia-Romagna, IT · 5 projects
I love it! I was looking for something like this and I will definitely try to do something similar for my sewing gear Happy great tutorial!
Emmyann07 · Sacramento, California, US · 49 projects
So glad you like it Happy
Elle V.
Elle V. · Sacramento, California, US
Oooh, I need me one of those!
La roquerita
La roquerita · Dallas, Texas, US · 12 projects
this is great specially like when traveling and want to have ur kits with u!!

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