As Makers, we enjoy creating gifts for friends and loved ones whether it’s for Christmas, birthday’s or just because. There are two main challenges when making gifts; will they like it and more importantly, will they use it? Making gifts for kids and women can be easy and quite fun; there are endless ideas on Pinterest. However, making gifts for guys can be a lot more difficult when searching for ideas. You want your guy to like the gift and be proud enough to show it off to his friends. Today we’re going to make a great gift for guys of all ages and it’s something they will actually use, the On the Go Toiletries Roll Up.
Sometimes gifts are inspired by fabric and other times inspired by need. The On the Go Toiletries Roll Up is a little of both for my guy. Recently I was traveling with my boyfriend and noticed he was in need of a more efficient way of toting his toiletries. When I mentioned the idea of a simple toiletries roll up, he admitted that would be very useful and promptly requested one in navy blue (that is HIS color!). I giggled and told him I had the perfect fabric sitting at home waiting for me to use and I would get it finished before our next getaway.
Fabric for the Toiletries Roll Up
Scott is a color genius and a super-talented designer. His debut fabric collection “Tie One On” was inspired by vintage neck ties from the 1950’s and honestly is like no other batik I’ve ever seen. I’m so excited to be a part of the Tie One On blog hop and share with you how I used Scott’s material for the On the Go Toiletries Roll Up. The Tie One On blog hop is nine days long so be sure to catch as many of the designers projects and ideas featuring Scott’s material.
If you’d like to join the rest of the designers for Scott’s Tie One On blog hop check out the list below:
What is Batik fabric?
Batik fabric is one of my fabric materials to work with. It’s crisp to the touch, saturated with color and there are no right or wrong sides. You might be wonder what batik fabric is. Batik is a “resist” process for making designs on fabric. The artist uses wax to prevent dye from penetrating the cloth, leaving “blank” areas in the dyed fabric. The process, wax resist then dye, can be repeated over and over to create complex multicolored designs. The process is done by hand and it amazing.
Love this fabric!
Working with Scott’s Batik fabric has been such a joy that I decided to use it in several other projects. These patterns are all machine embroidery in the hoop projects. In the Hoop means the project is completed using an embroidery machine and it is made inside the machine embroidery hoop!! If you are interested in any of these projects head to your local dealer and ask them to order one, or more, for you. They are sold exclusively through independent sewing machine retailers.
Let’s make the Toiletries Roll Up
In order to begin making the Toiletries Roll Up you will need to grab your tools and cut your materials. You can use the step-by-step instructions below or even better yet, watch the video. All seam allowances are 1/2″ unless otherwise stated.
- Rotary cutter, mat, ruler (I use the Olfa Splash Mat and cutter and Olfa rulers)
- Famore’s Pro-Cut soft handle fabric shears
- Famore’s EZ Point and Turner (Coming soon – click here to learn more)
- Iron and board
- Universal needle 80/12
- Standard presser foot, BERNINA 1D
- Stitch in ditch presser foot, BERNINA 10D
- Aurifil 50 cotton thread and matching bobbin
- Ideal Seam Guide by Sew Very Smooth, LLC
- Straight pins
- Wonder clips
- Hand sewing needle
(3) Fat quarters – A-B-C (I used the Manhattan Line)
(2) 1” D-rings from Sallie Tomato
Cork scraps from Sallie Tomato
Materials: Cut materials width by height
- A (Dark gray):
- Outside Top – 11” x 5.5”
- (2) Inside Pockets – 3” x 4”
- Inside Pocket Lining – 11” x 4”
- Inside Top Flap – 9” x 10”
- B (Black with blue):
- Outside Bottom – 11” x 5.5”
- (3) Inside Pockets – 3” x 4”
- C (Light gray):
- Inside Back – 11” x 10”
- Outside Strap – 11” x 1”
Watch the video
Prepare materials and machine
- Press materials – batiks have a nice stiffness, so just get wrinkles out. No need to use starch.
- Cut materials according to width and height.
- On one short end of the Cork, measure 1” and miter a 45 degree angle.
- Set up machine with straight stitch – length 2.5, universal needle, standard presser foot and use Ideal Seam Guide set to 1/2” seam allowance.
- With right sides together, sew Inside pocket pieces on the long ends (4”). Alter the block colors with color (B) on the outsides and middle. This is now the Pocket. Press seams open.
- Place the Inside Pocket lining right side together over the Pocket. Sew along the top edge. Press flat. Turn seam toward Pocket and press. Align raw edges of Pocket and Pocket Lining and press.
Sew inside top flap
- Fold Inside Top Flap right sides together height wise (9”). Sew each short end. Turn ends right side out using the EZ Point and turner. Press flat.
Inside Pocket and Flap placement
- Mark the top center width of the Inside Back (11” width) with a pin. With fold along bottom, mark the center width of the Top Flap with a pin. With right sides up, place the raw edges of the Top Flap right side up with the center of the Inside Back. Pin along top raw edges and baste in place (baste stitch length to 3-4mm).
- With right side up, place the bottom raw edges of the Pocket and Inside Back. Pin along bottom raw edges and baste in place along bottom and both sides of Pocket.
- Set up the Stitch in Ditch foot and adjust stitch length to 2.5mm.
- Sew down the center of each pocket through all layers, back stitch at top of pocket.
Outside and strap
- Set up the Standard presser with 1/2” seam allowance. Place the Outside Top and Outside Bottom right sides together. Sew along one long edge. Press seam flat and then open.
- Measure 5” in on the Cork Strap from the mitered end. Place mark along the left raw edge (centered over the seam). Measure in 1” and pin in place through Cork and Outside. Slip both D-Rings through the squared end of the Cork passing through about 1”. Place the end down and pin through all layers.
- Sew from the 1” mark to just before the D-Rings about 1/8” from edge. Add an “X” stitch and box at the D-Ring end.
- Place the Outside and Inside right sides together. Pin or clip along top and bottom edges. Sew across top and bottom.
- Tuck the loose cork strap inside. Sew side seam. When sewing, turn the top and bottom seams toward the inside along the stitch line. This will help create a nice corner when turning right side out in future step.
- Repeat on the other side except leave a 3-4” opening for turning right side out. Back stitch on opening.
- Turn right side out. Use Point turner as needed. Press.
- Hand stitch opening closed. Fold the Inside Top Flap down and press for the final time.
- Fill Toiletries Roll up. In order to close, slip the mitered cork strap through both D-Rings and bring back the strap into the first D-Ring. Pull tight to lay flat.
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