I have not so much to do right now besides clean the house and ride my motorcycle, so I thought I should do some crafting!
This craft is a custom tool roll. Tool rolls are used by mechanics to store tools that are all used in one job – for example, two wrenches, a pair of pliers, an extension, and four screwdrivers. Sometimes, a full set of wrenches might be stored. However they are stuffed, they make life easy by not only providing a place to keep the tools safe and sound, but also to protect them and provide a soft work surface to lay them out on. Your tool-using buddies will love this, and probably ask for more of them. I use them for my motorcycles – first to replace the crappy plastic ones that come with the bikes, and second to make customized ones for trips where I want to take only a certain set of tools in the least amount of space possible. I’m thinking of making one for a GF to hold her knitting needles!
You need fabric, thread, and twill tape to make this craft. Use a heavy cotton twill or denim fabric. Cotton is great because it will hold some oil and this will keep the tools from rusting. Do not use bias or other types of tape, these will stretch or wear out much more quickly than twill.
Start with a rectangle of fabric. For a large tool roll, 24″x20″ is a good size. A smaller tool roll might start with 18″x12″ or even smaller. All sorts of sizes are possible and useful. A special tool roll with an angled bound edge or bottom edge is also used for certain wrench sets.
Fold a length of twill tape once and bind one of the short edges with it.
Fold up the bound edge about 1/3 of the way – if you have 24″ of fabrid, fold up a bit more than 8″. Mark off every 2″ and sew channels into the folded fabric from the bottom edge up to the bound edge. Place a bar tack at the bound edge end of each channel to support it. For smaller tool rolls, 1″ channels will work, too. Smaller than 1″ and nothing really fits. Baste the outside edges of the two end channels.
Next, fold and iron enough twill tape to stitch around the outside edge. Zigzag this on, paying attention to going around the corners. Fancier tool rolls will have rounded edges at the top.
Cut a length of twill tape about 1.5x longer than the tool roll is wide, and bar tack this to the back side just below the bound edge.
Flip the tool roll over and fold down the top flap over the bound edge, then roll it up and tie it with the twill tape you’ve tacked to the back side. This is a completed tool roll.
If you have an embroidery machine, it would be very cool to enbroider their names on the outside of the flap.