Make & Do: Union Jack Cutlery Roll

How to make a ‘Union Jack Cutlery Roll’

Sophie Holt’s (Deputy Editor of UK's Sew Magazine) final Jubilee ‘Make & Do’ post!

One of the best parts of the Jubilee will be everyone getting together to celebrate outdoors (as long as the weather holds out)! Whether you’re going to have a picnic in the park or heading outside for a neighborhood street party, you may be taking along your own dining supplies. Make a handy Union Jack cutlery roll from oilcloth and gingham to keep the essentials knife, fork, spoon and napkins wrapped up together.

Step one: Cut a 10" (length) x 14" (width) rectangle from both polka dot oilcloth and gingham cotton (here I have used Laura Ashley’s Polka Dot PVC accessory fabric). Round off the top two corners, using a teacup or other small round object as a template. Cut a second piece of gingham, 7" x 14", and work a double folded hem along one long edge (this will become the inner pocket of the cutlery roll). Place the pocket piece on top of the larger gingham piece, with right sides of both facing up, aligning the bottom edges. Work two lines of stitching from the bottom edge to the top of the pocket piece, each spaced one third of the way along the width of the fabric, to secure the two layers together (and create three ‘pocket’ sections).

Step two: Create the Union Jack flag design. Cut long coloured stripes from a piece of a stripe fabric (like Laura Ashley Porter Stripe fabric), making sure to keep the edges neat. For a really clean finish, use a pair of pinking shears to trim the pieces. Place one set of stripes into an ‘x’ design on the right side of the oilcloth, and stitch into place using a machine top stitch. Place a different set of stripes over the top of this in a ‘+’ design, and sew into place in the same way. Fray the edges of each stripe slightly for decoration, and trim any spare fabric from the edges.

Step three: Assemble the cutlery roll. Place the oilcloth and the gingham pieces right sides together, and machine stitch around the edge, leaving a 4" gap along one edge for turning out. Once sewn turn the work out. Hand sew a line of blanket stitch around the edge of the roll to flatten the edges and give it a ‘shabby chic’ handmade touch. To use, place your utensils inside the pockets and fold the top edge down, then roll up and secure with a ribbon to keep everything together. As a bonus you could flip the roll over and use the oilcloth side as a place mat, too…

To see the full range of Laura Ashley fabric click here.

Sophie, Sew Magazine


3 comments (Add your own)

1. Jennylee wrote:
I feel so much happier now I unsdertnad all this. Thanks!

Sun, June 17, 2012 @ 3:51 AM

2. Zomba wrote:
Thank you so much! I just got done making them and they tunerd out perfect! I like them so much I think I am going to have to make myself one! :)

Sun, June 17, 2012 @ 5:05 AM

3. Salvatore wrote:
I want to thank you for the gift, waiting for it to come in the mail.My mom has given me all the gnahgim fabric that she has saved over the years.The gnahgim squares are in different sizes. I haven't decided how to use it yet. I will buzz around your web site for ideas. Thanks again.

Sun, June 17, 2012 @ 4:00 PM

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