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Tool Pouch - Carry All Your Cutting Tools

I'm going to be taking a class at my LQS soon.  Of course the first thing I thought of was how was I going to get all of my tools to the shop.  I decided that I needed pouches and then I can attach those packages to a bag I already have.  The first pouch I made was a tool pouch for all of my cutting tools.  I mean that's the most important part besides our sewing machines right?  We need to be able to cut our fabrics and threads.  Plus my Havel's scissors and rotary cutter are some of my most prized items and I want to keep them safe.  Don't judge me I know you have a tool that you just love too.

cutting tool pouch

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These pouches are super simple to make as long as you don't try something entirely new in the process.

Supplies For Pouch

2 pieces of fabric 9x18 inches plus fabric for binding The fabric I used is discontinued but I found some similar fabric from Timeless Treasures
2 pieces of batting 9x8 inches or slightly larger I recommend Warm & Natural 
A scrap of coordinating fabric 2.5x12 inches
Sew on snaps
Walking Foot - Short Shank or High Shank
Paper & Pen

A note about the walking feet I've linked.  I have a couple of walking feet and let me tell you you truly get what you pay for with them.  If you need a high shank walking foot I highly recommend going industrial if at all possible.

We start by finding the middle of one of our pieces of fabric.  From the middle point measure over 1/2 an inch and draw a line straight across.  Do this to the other side, giving yourself an inch space.  

Line your batting up on that line.  The gap is what is going to allow us to fold our pouch shut.  Place the other piece of fabric on top and secure in your chosen method.  I of course used hairspray and a hot dry iron to hold my sandwich together.

Now we quilt!  This is where the walking foot comes in handy.  I know some don't think you NEED a walking foot for straight line quilting but I find it a must have.  I started by sewing along the top edge of each piece of batting just to secure it and give myself a stopping line.  Then I did straight line quilting about a quarter of an inch apart.  I just used the edge of my pressure foot.  It doesn't have to be perfect but do your best to keep it as straight as possible.

When you are done it's time to square up.  As you can see I am using odds and ends.  This is the perfect project for those small odd shaped pieces of leftover batting.

Now it's time to figure out where we want to put our tools.  To do that I traced around the tools I thought I would want and how I thought I would want them laid out.  I ended up not using the one at the top.  It just didn't work for me and it was the rotary cutter I wasn't worried about being able to take.

After you figure out where you want your tools it's time to make the loops to secure them.  We need to make a tube with our coordinating fabric.  I swore when I pulled mine it was white.  It wasn't until I looked at the pictures that I realized it was off white.  By that time it was too late to change.  I knew I should have turned on my big light before picking fabric.

You'll have to play around with how long your tabs will need to be.  This is going to vary based on the tools you pick.  I used a satin stitch to attach one end of the loop and then adjusted after I could get my tools on there.  After you get it the length right tuck in the raw edges and sew them shut.

Now it's time to put the snaps on.  I was being lazy and I didn't like how the stitching looked on the back side of pouch so I used hot glue.  It's holding well I've snapped and unsnapped it a lot.

Once you have the snaps all that's left is binding.  I just bought a brand new to me binding tool.  I could not follow the instructions to save my life.  My wonderful hubby though was so he put the binding on for me.  I have no problems admitting that because if he didn't you wouldn't be reading this.  The tool pouch would still be in time out.  I'm wanting to do a whole bag of these pouches with the pouches velcroed to the bag before my class.  I just want to make people go, "WHERE ON EARTH DID SHE FIND THAT?"

cutting-tool pouch

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