Introduction: Cutlery Tote

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If you regularly pack your lunch, or just hate eating take out with plastic utensils this tote is a god send.
Pack it with some cutlery from home and the tote keeps things neat and clean. It also prevents the cutlery from accidentally piercing anything you might be carrying along with it. This tote is easy to make, uses very little materials, and can be customized for the individual user.

I was inspired by the knife holders that professional chefs use to transport their knives when they travel.

This item is available for sale at Etsy.
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=6436856

Step 1: Materials and Equipment

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Materials:
2 Pieces of Fabric 20" X 8"
1 Piece of heavy fusible interfacing 20" X 8"
1 Length of 2/3" ribbon 20"

Equipment:
Scissors
Iron
Sewing Machine
Thread
Measuring Tape
Sewing Pins


Step 2: Applying Interfacing

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Iron interfacing the back of one of your pieces of fabric.

make sure the bumpy side of the interfacing is facing the fabric. Otherwise you will just end up sticking it to your ironing board and no one wants that.

Step 3: Sewing the Fabric Together

Place the piece of fabric with the interfacing fused to it back to back with the other piece. Pin around the edges every few inches so that it won't move when you sew it. Sew around the edge leaving a gap wide enough for you to get your hand through so that you can turn it inside out.

Step 4: Iron Again and Sew

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Turn the pieces right side out (like a pillowcase) and iron it flat. Sew all four sides close to the edge.

Step 5: Create Pocket for the Silverware.

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Fold one end of the peice up about 4or 5 inches (nearly to the halfway point) and sew the edges.

Step 6: Attach Ribbon

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Flip the piece over and just above where the pocket stitching ends sew on the ribbon. Make sure it is very secure, you want it to be able to take a lot of abuse and not fall off.

Step 7: Lights, Camera, Cutlery!

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Slide your cutlery into the pockets.

Fold the top down over the cutlery and roll the tote up and tie the ribbon.

Now you're ready to pack your lunch!

Comments

stijky (author)2008-04-23

This might work out well using "recycled" fused plastic bags instead of the fabric and interfacing! Then it would be waterproof too, you can wipe it down if it gets dirty.

annezinta (author)2008-01-01

I was just surfing http://www.retailord.com/cutlery.html and accidently got this site. thanks very nice...please keep updating with more of your observation. thanks again.

sunitgir (author)2007-12-15

Thanks! I've actually been looking on the internet for a similar product for my best friend who always complains how her cutlery gets dropped and dirty on the way to work. I think I found my christmas gift to her!

nobodysfool (author)2007-09-21

Hey! I think I will make one of this, it will really save my life. Tanks for sharing the idea.

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