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Cutlery Holder

Date Posted:1 January 2023 

Impress your friends and family with these gorgeous embroidered cutlery holders! They are super simple to make and do make great gifts.

We recommend using a lighter weight fabric like a cotton poplin for this otherwise the seams get a little bulky. This project is great for all levels of sewing, from beginner to advanced!

What you'll need:

  • Sewing machine
  • Embroidery machine
  • Rasant thread
  • Embroidery thread (In your colour choice)
  • Fabric 1 - for the front (fat ¼)
  • Fabric 2 - for the back(fat ¼)
  • Sewing scissors
  • Rotary cutter + mat
  • Tearaway or cutaway stabiliser
  • Frixion pen
  • Purple Thang
  • Iron + wool pressing mat
  • Elastic (10-15mm wide
Cutlery Holder Project

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Step Overview

The steps below are just an overview of the project instructions and must be used in conjunction with the tutorial video. Print these steps out to have beside you when watching the video as a reminder.

  1. If you're adding embroidery, download our free embroidery design, or choose your own.
  2. Pre-iron all the fabric.
  3. From fabric 2 (the back fabric), cut 2 pieces measuring 9” x 4.5”
  4. From fabric 1 (front fabric), cut one piece measuring 6" x 4.5” and one piece big enough to suit your embroidery hoop.
  5. Cut stabiliser to suit your fabric size.
  6. Hoop the fabric 1 piece that's big enough for your hoop with the stabiliser, and embroider the design.
  7. Remove from embroidery hoop and trim down to match the size of the other fabric 1 piece. Remove any excess stabiliser if you need to.
  8. Place front pieces right side together, pin or clip top edge together (short edge).
  9. Stitch top edge together with a ¼” seam allowance and a straight stitch.
  10. Open it right side out, and with wrong sides together, press seam flat.
  11. Top stitch top seam, set aside for now.
  12. On one of your back pieces, mark a point 4” from the top of the piece on either side.
  13. Cut your elastic, a 1 x 4.5” piece.
  14. Pin both raw ends on the 4” marks, making sure it doesn't stretch the fabric.
  15. Stitch each end onto the fabric with a ⅛” seam allowance and a straight stitch.
  16. Using your frixion pen and a ruler, mark a line 1.5” from the left of the elastic, then again from the right.
  17. Stitch a straight line over these marks to form the individual cutlery slots. You should have three loops.
  18. Grab your front piece and align the side and bottom edges with the front piece with the elastic, make sure the embroidery is facing up and the right side of the elastic piece is also facing up.
  19. Pin or clip to secure.
  20. Stitch sides and bottom edges together with a ⅛” seam allowance and a straight stitch.
  21. Place the remaining back piece right sides together with the embroidered piece, making sure the embroidery is encased between the two back pieces.
  22. Pin or clip the entire piece to secure.
  23. With your frixion pen, mark a 2” gap at the top of the cutlery holder, leave this open when you stitch.
  24. Now stitch around the entire perimeter of the holder with a ¼” seam allowance and a straight stitch.
  25. Clip the corners to reduce bulk.
  26. Turn your cutlery holder right side out, using your purple thang to push out the corners.
  27. Tuck in your turning hole and pin to secure.
  28. Press the holder with your iron.
  29. Top stitch the entire piece, about a ⅛” from the edge, making sure you stitch the turning hole shut.

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