Closed case continued: another quick tool sleeve idea

Happy Sunday! It’s hard to believe we’re less than a week out from Christmas. While I take offense to the term last-minute shopping until it’s Christmas Eve, I do believe that with sewing we are now heading into our last window for making things before the holidays. If this weekend is your go-time then here’s our next idea and tutorial, focused again on an easy but cute closure for a case.

Today we’re sharing a very quick project and great for someone who might be new to sewing or likes to be organized and protect their tools. You can change the dimensions, of course, to make it for anything or switch out this style of closure on an iPad or kindle case. We decided to make a sleeve for scissors. And note, this is unlined so if you want it lined, check out the earlier tutorial and adapt it for your desired dimensions.

Once again, the waxed canvas that never runs out is back. And while you can use waxed canvas for the flap holder, I had a scrap of leather that worked too. If you use fabric, either matching or contrast, just follow the instructions from the project before to make the flap holder into a nice finished strap. You can also line this by following the steps from the previous project too.

What you’ll need:

  • A scrap of fabric or a quarter yard new (heavier fabric ideal if not lining)
  • scrap leather or an additional fabric piece that is at least 3 x 3.5 inches
  • Scissors/ruler/rotary cutter
  • Hera marker
  • Hem gauge
  • Pinking shears
  • Thread
  • Point turner

First layout the tool you wish the case to hold and measure; then rather than using two pieces of fabric, I folded one piece that was 18.5″ in half and cut it to be 5″ wide.

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Next, cut the top flap. For this style of closure, a triangle will be the shape of the top flap. We made the base 4.5″ wide and then started with the point at 5.5″ but then used the ruler to get more proportional.

Next cut the flap holder, be it the canvas or the leather. You’ll want the end result to be 3″ wide by 3/4″ tall.

Once all three pieces are cut, arrange them all to get a sense of where you want the flap holder to be so that it looks balanced. Notice that the flap sits a half inch above the top of the  case panels so that you account for the seam allowances and depth of the tool when finished.

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Mark the placement of the flap holder with a hera marker just above and below of the preferred placement. If using leather or waxed canvas, you’ll want to use a small bit of fabric glue instead of pins or be steady with your hands. If using fabric, pins will work fine. Edge stitch on either side, back stitching to secure the flap holder. Make sure it’s just the front panel, one layer.

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Next baste and topstitch the flap to the back panel. Right sides together, stitch across the top raw edges with the flap centered with about a 1/2″ on either side. Your first stitch can be at 1/4 inch and then fold the flap to point up, pressing the seam down and then topstitch a 1/4″ below the ditch of the seam.

Now on the front panel hem over onto the wrong side 3/8″ and topstitch to secure.

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To be sure the raw edges of the waxed canvas don’t fray, we used a zig zag stitch along the edges. This worked well but if you don’t want to do this, you’ll need to cut the triangle bigger so that you may fold over a hem and topstitch.

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It’s now time to sew the panels together, matching the top hemmed edges and side raw edges, right sides together. For waxed canvas we prefer wonder clips so that you don’t have to worry about the holes caused by pins.

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Stitch down each side, 1/2″ seam allowance, back stitching at beginning and end. To prevent fraying we suggest either a zig zag stitch or pinking the seams. Before turning right side out, clip corners and press open seams or press to one side (use hands if waxed canvas).

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Once you turn right side out, reshape corners, flatten and you’re set!


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