Make Your Own BBQ Utensil Wrap: Full Tutorial!
The weather’s warming up, and it’s time to get out into the garden and make the most of the sunny spells… but where on earth did you put all the BBQ utensils at the end of last summer? They’re either taking up unnecessary space in a kitchen drawer somewhere…. or they got thrown into the garage last September and you haven’t seen them since! Well, we’re here to make those days a thing of the past with this awesome sewing tutorial from Becky Cole. Learn how to create your own DIY BBQ utensil wrap that’ll make them easy to whip out whenever the sun’s shining, and keep them safe, secure and out of the way, whenever it isn’t!
Time to Make: 1-2hrs
Skill Level: Beginner/intermediate
You Will Need:
- House of Alistair Jute Hessian Fabric cut into 2 pieces 132cm x 52cm
- 2 Fabric strips 8cm x 52cm
- Fabric strip 5cm x 200cm
- Accent fabric pieces cut to 18cm x 52cm, and 32cm x 52cm
- Wadding 132cm x 52cm
- Complementary sewing thread
- Sewing machine
- Sewing scissors
- Tape measure
- Straight pins
- Fabric pen
DIY Utensil Wrap Tutorial:
Start your utensil wrap project by pressing up 1cm along the 4 long edges of your accent fabric panels.
Place the narrow panel of fabric onto one of the hessian fabric panels, 8cm up from the bottom edge. Place the larger piece of accent fabric onto the hessian fabric 47cm up from the bottom edge. If your fabric has a direction of pattern (as in this example) make sure that, if you are looking at your project as it is in the below image, the wider panel is going the right way and the narrower panel is upside down. Pin the panels in place along the top and bottom edges, and top-stitch in place.
Press the two edges of each fabric strip 1cm into the centre, and then in half again, to create a binding approximately 1-1.5cm wide.
Top-stitch along the open edges to create a sealed tape. Zigzag stitch across the ends two or three times to neaten them.
Fold the tape in half and pin it in place, lining up the fold with the edge of the hessian/fabric panel, halfway along the larger accent fabric panel.
Next, layer the second panel of hessian over the top of the stitched panel, right sides together, and then lay the layer of wadding over the top. Pin all layers together and then sew down both the long edges, securing all three layers together. Turn the fabric through so that the wadding is now sandwiched between the two layers of hessian, with the fabric tape sticking out at the side.
Press the edges and top-stitch down along the long sides, 1cm in, to help hold the edges neatly.
Take the two wider, shorter fabric strips and press them in half. Line up the raw edge of one of the strips with the top of the hessian panels, making sure to leave a small tail either end. Stitch 1cm in along the edge. Turn the hessian over and fold over the fabric edging to stitch down on the other side, lining up the edge of the tape with the stitching line from the other side.
Make sure to tuck the ends in neatly before stitching over them. Repeat with the bottom edge.
Lay the roll out, as in the image. Measure and mark with the fabric pen 30cm up from the bottom edge and 40cm down from the top edge. Top-stitch through all layers along these two lines.
Turn the project over so that the plain hessian panel is facing you. Fold up the bottom edge 30cm, using the stitched line as a guide. Pin and stitch down the sides 1cm in, reverse-stitching a few times over the bound edge for strength.
Position your BBQ tools inside this pocket and place a pin to mark the positions of the pockets. Remove the tools and mark the positions of these lines with your fabric pen.
Top-stitch through all layers along these lines, to create pockets for the tools. Make sure to reverse-stitch over the bound edge a few times, for strength.
To roll up your tool roll, place your BBQ tools into their pockets. Fold down the top edge of the fabric along the line you stitched earlier.
Start rolling from the edge opposite where the long ties are. Roll the fabric and tools up and then fasten by wrapping the ties around the roll a couple of times, and tie with a bow.
Now all your BBQ utensils are safely and securely stowed away, ready for action next time the weather’s looking good!
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