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Sew utensil - with the DIY sewing instructions

  • Material and preparation
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In a utensil find all sorts of small parts space that would otherwise only lie around. So find here toys, toiletries or even stationery and everything else place. Such a utensil is not only very practical, but can also be very decorative if you use suitable fabrics.

Here you will find out how you can make such a practical utensil yourself step by step.

For this utensil you should easily schedule 2 hours of work. Experienced seamstresses and seamstresses are sure to reach the result faster.

Material and preparation

Get all the materials you need. So you can start with the work in peace and you do not have to constantly get up and look for more material.

You need this:

  • sewing machine
  • 1 to 2 fabrics (for this pattern a total of 1 m fabric)
  • yarn
  • threader
  • pins
  • tape measure
  • scissors
  • Paper for the pattern
  • If available rotary cutter with cutting mat
  • Fabric marker or tailor's chalk
  • possibly seam breaker for the separation of wrong seams

The sewing machine
For this utensil you do not need to own a special sewing machine with special functions. The machine in this example is from Silvercrest and now costs about 100, - Euro.

The fabric
Basically, almost all substances are suitable for a utensil. Beginners always recommend cotton fabrics. For the inner fabric is particularly suitable a kind of oilcloth, since this substance is already relatively stiff and the utensil so does not coincide. If you want to use other, softer fabrics, you also need non-woven fabric to reinforce everything, so that the utensil remains in shape. Fabrics are available from 5, - Euro per running meter. Up there is almost no limit.

The yarn
In this utensil, the color of the yarn is almost irrelevant, because you can not see the seams, except for the last closing seam. Of course, white yarn is clearly visible on most fabrics, so you can quickly tell if you've made everything right.
Of course you need for each sewing machine, the yarn for the upper and lower thread.

The threader
If you have difficulty pushing the thread on the machine through the small eyelet of the sewing needle, you can help yourself with a threader. This saves you annoying fiddling.

tape measure
The tape measure is needed to create the pattern. Alternatively, of course, a ruler can be used.

Use this to create your pattern. This is especially suitable for beginners. Experienced seamstresses and seamstresses can also bring the measurements directly to the fabric.

Rotary cutter or scissors
For cutting the fabric and the pattern.

Fabric marker or tailor's chalk
A fabric marker is a kind of felt-tip pen with which you can apply patterns to fabrics. If you still see lines later, you can simply wipe them with a damp cloth or you simply wash the utensil out. Alternatively, the application of the pattern can also be made with tailor's chalk. These can be easily removed and is usually available in white, gray or blue. Both fabric marker and tailor's chalk can be obtained for about 3 to 5 euros in the trade.


1. Create a pattern

Important: take a lot of time. The more accurate the pattern, the nicer the final result.

You can use the same dimensions as in the example or you can adjust everything in a similar ratio. If everything fits, you can cut out the shape.

2. Now lay the pattern on the fabric and draw it with a marker or tailor's chalk. If it's hard not to let the pattern slip, simply pin it with a few pins. In total, 4 identical pieces of fabric are needed. Here were 2 pieces cut out of a cotton fabric and 2 pieces of an oilcloth.

3. Now it's time for the sewing machine. Now thread the upper thread and the lower thread according to the instructions of your sewing machine.

4. Put a piece of outer fabric (cotton) on a piece of inner fabric (oilcloth). Both fabrics lie on each other with the right sides, ie the "nice" sides. For beginners, the best way to tie the fabrics together with pins is to prevent them from slipping when sewing together.

5. Now set the stitch type on the machine. The best is a straight stitch with a short distance.

6. Now the two long sides are sewn together. Then cut the thread off. Repeat steps 4 through 6 with the other two pieces of fabric equally.

CAUTION: Do not forget to lock the seams at the beginning and at the end. This means that you start with the seam normal, short backwards and back again. If you do not do this, the seams at the front and / or back may open unintentionally. Please refer to the instructions of your machine for how to sew back with your sewing machine. Mostly there is a larger switch on the front of the machine.

7. Now you have two equal parts. The individual parts now "fold apart" and put right to right on each other. The same substances lie on each other, ie the outer material on the outer fabric. If necessary, just get stuck.

8. The two long sides are sewn together. Leave an opening for turning.

9. In the next step, the short sides are sewn together, so that now only the 4 corners are open.

10. The still open corners are now pulled apart and spread apart, creating a straight edge. It is now a long edge instead of two short. This edge is now simply sewn. This is done on all four corners.

11. Now your sewing piece should look like in the photo.

12. In this step, the almost finished utensil is turned through the still free opening.

13. Now go to the sewing machine one more time: Close the turning opening by reversing the fabric edge in the width of the seam allowance already in use. Now sew as close as possible to the edge; still with a straight stitch.

14. Now insert the inner part into the outer part and work the corners out nicely.

ATTENTION: If you have left the turning opening in the inner fabric, simply reverse steps 14 and 13. This means that you first put the inner part into the outer part and only then close the turning opening.

15. Anyone who wants to can now provide the upper edge with a decorative stitching. Then you just have to roll the border at will and your self-sewn utensil is ready.

Tips for quick readers:

  • Create a pattern
  • Cut 4 pieces of fabric
  • Sew together two inner and one outer fabric on the long edge
  • fold both large parts apart and lay the same material on the same fabric
  • sew long edges together (leave the opening to turn)
  • sew short edges together
  • Pull the open corners apart and sew together (4x)
  • turn
  • Close turning opening
  • Insert inner part into the outer part
  • Roll over the edge

Now your personal unique item is ready and you can use it at will. Of course, such a utensil is also an ideal gift that everyone is happy about.

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