Store Sewing Tools and More with Fabric Roll-ups

Share on FacebookPin on PinterestTweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someonePrint this page

Customize the Size to Fit Your Tools!

Three fat quarters of complementary fabrics are all it takes to make a handy roll-up for tools and accessories. These are great for sewing, craft and painting tools and make it easy to store and tote them.

The roll-ups are so easy to make and can be finished quickly. You may find you can use more than one. They also make wonderful gifts for crafty friends so go ahead and make extras for giving.

Fabric Roll-up Tutorial

Customize the pockets to fit your tools. Once the tools are in place, fold the cover down, roll it up and tie to secure.

Fabric Roll-up Tutorial

The following video, from Alanda Craft, shows you how to put the roll-ups together. She uses Frixion pens (found here) for marking.

A second video, from Melanie Ham and Amy Tangerine, shows a similarly constructed roll-up. They show more precisely how to measure the pockets to fit your exact tools.

For this roll-up you’ll need:

  • 2 fat quarters (18 x 22 inches)
  • 1 piece of interfacing (I am using Pellon 987)
  • coordinating thread
  • grosgrain ribbon


  • Attach your interfacing to your outer pieces of fabric.
  • Place right sides together and sew around using a 1/2 inch seam allowance, leaving a 2-3 inches opening halfway up on the 22 inch side.
  • Clip corners, turn right side out and press.
  • Place 18 inch strands of ribbon in the opening and pin in place.
  • Top stitch all the way around using less than a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
  • Fold up about 5 inches and determine pocket sizes, marking with a pin.
  • Sew a straight line down the pocket back stitching at the beginning and the end.
  • All done!

Fabric Roll-up Tutorial


PLEASE NOTE: Quilting Digest has featured many patterns from vendors participating in the Craftsy Marketplace, most of which have been deleted by Craftsy. It's going to take awhile for us to hunt down new sources for those patterns. In the meantime there are many links to patterns on our site that no longer work. We apologize if this article contains one or more of those links and appreciate your patience while we straighten things out. Thank you!

PLEASE NOTE: Quilting Digest does not sell or otherwise provide patterns directly. We showcase patterns and projects from various vendors, bloggers and other sources. Please make a note of where you access a pattern (the link in the yellow box toward the end of each Quilting Digest article). That way you can contact Support for that source if you have downloading problems or other issues. Thank you!


One Comment

Add a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *