Woodworking Tool Roll

OK, I’ve sewn for the babies, the kids, the fashionable daughters and the cats, now it’s time to do a project for the spouse, who is VERY supportive of my hobbies.

The remnant is 7/8 yard of polyester vinyl–I would say canvas, because that’s what it feels like, but the label doesn’t say canvas. My DH asked for a tool roll, so he could get some woodworking measuring tools together and have handy for a project. the red and white poly vinyl canvas I eyeballed the 7/8 yard and decided I wanted the backing to be about 22″ tall and 20″ wide. I cut off a 6″ by 20″ strip from the bottom, and then the side piece that was cut off was cut to be about 8″ by 20″. These two strips would form the tool pockets sewn onto the backing. The 8″ x 20″ strip would be sewn on the cross-grain.
I finger-pressed some hems along the sides and stitched them down.

Preparing the top for hemming

Then I hemmed the two strips on all four sides, and sewed them onto the backing on 3 sides (the top was left open for pockets). I sewed several lines of straight stitching along the vertical lines of the striped fabric on the shorter top pocket, for hubby’s measuring tools to be stored. I sewed some vertical lines of stitching on the taller pocket at the bottom.

Tool Roll with woodworking tools

Then I added a grommet on either corner at the top hemmed edge, so that he can hang it on the pegboard wall in his shop.
I also added a tie, so that the whole thing can be folded, rolled up, and tied and carried to the work site.
I’ve had this ancient American Flag-patterned elastic band for eons; it really came in handy.

Sewing on the flag-patterned tie

American flags are one of his passions, and I thought that the brightness and boldness of this tool roll would stand out in the sometimes dank, saw-dusty, wood-chip laden, clutter of his shop.

Rolled and ready


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sylvia
    Aug 23, 2011 @ 01:15:54

    How delightful. Very thoughtful how you lovingly incorporated touches that are highly functional and strike a passionate note.


  2. jenyjenny
    Aug 23, 2011 @ 12:15:34

    Thank you!


  3. Gussie
    Aug 26, 2011 @ 01:00:41

    hey, this is pretty cool… this could be the beginning of a massive organizational project for the ingley woodshop garage!! haha


  4. jenyjenny
    Aug 26, 2011 @ 10:24:21

    🙂 It would have to be massive, huh?


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