How to Sew a Utensil Pouch

I adore my stainless steel collapsible chopsticks. They screw together to make full length chopsticks! They remind me of all of the super, yummy food that I ate in Taiwan. In fact, these chopsticks are the reason I designed this utensil pouch. I want to carry them with me everywhere!

Let’s change the popular jingle that reminds us to not forget anything to: “Keys, wallet, phone, utensil pouch?” I try to be environmentally conscious when I’m at home or on the road. By being prepared with my own utensils, I can avoid using the one-time-use plastic utensils.

 

Materials:

Fabric 4 ¼”x 19”

Polyester Thread

¾” inch wide Sew-on Velcro

Sewing Needle or a Sewing Machine

 

 

Notes on the Materials:

Fabric- I picked a bright colored material so I could easily find it in my bag. I also went with a heavy, slick fabric that seems easy to wipe down any stray food. I used a scrap piece of ripstop nylon.

Thread- I went with polyester thread because it holds up longer in the rain than cotton thread.

 

Step 1:

Cut out a rectangle of fabric 4 ¼”x 19.”

 

Step 2:

Sew a double-fold hem on the long sides.

(To make a double-fold hem, fold over the fabric ¼”, pin in place. Then fold over the fabric one more time so that the raw edge is hidden underneath the fold. Repin and sew the long sides.)

 

Step 3:

Sew a double-fold hem on the short sides.

 

Step 4:

Fold the fabric up 5 ¾” to make the pouch for the silverware. Pin.

 

Step 5:

Cut the Velcro into strips. You will need 4 rough (R) pieces and 6 soft (S) pieces of the velcro.

Step 6:

Pin the Velcro as shown in the photo. 

Step 7:

Sew along the long sides, following your original hem line. This seam will make the pouch and it will attach the Velcro. (I made my cutlery pouch the hard way and hand sewed on the Velcro.)

 

 

Two ways to fold this Utensil Pouch:

Your utensil pouch is adjustable depending on the size of your cutlery!

Option 1:

Fold over just a little bit to accommodate long utensils like 9″ chopsticks, a metal straw and a knife.

Option 2:

For a more compact version, fold the fabric in half. This smaller version holds spoons, forks, sporks, short metal straws, and collapsible or shorter chopsticks.

 

What else could you use this pouch for? Toothbrush and toothpaste? Colored pencils?

 

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