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Medium weight quilting Fabric Answered

Hello Everyone,

I'm new to this type of project but I was looking to make a knife roll for a friend who will be starting culinary school soon. The one she bought for school is kind of dumpy and while it does the job we had found some great looking roll up ones online they were just kind of expensive. So i figured I could make her one for half the cost. It all seems doable. The wall I'm running into is the majority of my sewing experience has been stitching hems for Halloween costumes so my familiarity with fabric types is minimal at best. I wanted to make her a roll out of a fabric with a print on it and and finally finding the right one, at a good price point, I find myself worried the quality of the fabric may not be what I'm looking for.

Basically what I found was described as "medium-weight quilting fabric 100% cotton" another one was called "broadcloth." I, however, have no idea what they are. The majority of no leather knife rolls we did find were made of canvas so I was hoping to make one of similar durability.

To sum it all up I'm just wondering if this "medium-weight quilting fabric" is anything like twill, canvas, linen or musslin. I feel like those fabrics, especially the first two, would be quite durable for some like a chefs knife problem is the pattern I'm looking for isn't on those types of fabrics.

Any and all help is greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!


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3 years ago

You really need to get a hold of a swatch of material to really see if it fits your needs (too thin, thick, fluffy, stretchy, slippery...etc) since those name descriptions are pretty general. But, you can use any material you like or find and laminate that to your base fabric with iron on bonding fabric sheets(heat fusible interfacing). Your printed fabric is the "cover" for your knife/tool roll made from a sturdier fabric. Medium weight quilting fabric might be similar to good bedsheets and broadcloth is probably similar to a fabric tablecloth or napkin. Layers of fabric bonded together create a sturdier fabric and you can also treat the outside of the case with Scotchgard fabric protector spray.

Hand sewing might get a little tough with the several layers of fabric but shouldn't be too bad with a sewing machine if you go slow. Hopefully your machine can do close zigzag stitches for bar tacks at stress points/pocket ends or get an inexpensive rivet setting tool and rivets.

Take a look at the knife roll you already have or look up something made commercially to copy for the design and placement of pockets. You can also embroider or personalize it with the various fabric paints available. Good luck.