Hi guys! We have Nicole from Modern Handcraft on the blog today sharing some super fun and summery tutorials with our Kiss the Cook fabric (in stores now). Read on to see what she made, and how she did it!
Hello Dear Stella friends, Nicole from Modern Handcraft here today with a quick project that is perfect for upcoming summertime cookouts and also makes for a great Father’s Day gift – the Grilling Tool Roll Tutorial.
My father in law is a big griller, and once I saw this new line Kiss the Cook by Dear Stella I knew I had to make something fun for him combining a couple of the fabrics. A grilling tool holder is something that he doesn’t currently have and would be so useful for helping him stay organized. Follow along with today’s tutorial and I will show you how you can create one of your own.
• 1 – 18″ x 29″ cut of Stella-376 Red (Grill Time) – exterior
• 1 – 18″ x 29″ and 1 – 5″ x 10″ cut of Stella-378 Grey (Meat) – lining
• Fusible fleece measuring 18″ x 29″ – quilt batting also can be used
• Velcro dots – 3 pairs of dots or regular velcro cut into 3/4″ squares
• Sewing machine and notions (cutting mat, rotary cutter, acrylic ruler, fabric marking pen, straight pins )
• Coordinating thread
You may begin by attaching your fusible fleece to your outside Grill Time fabric – attaching to this piece keeps the outside smooth and wrinkle free. Trim any extra fleece from the edges.
Lay your two 18″ x 29″ fabrics right sides facing each other and pin around the perimeter. Sew along the outside using a 1/2″ seam allowance, making sure to leave a large enough opening to turn your project right side out.
Snip corners and turn right side out. Poke out corners and smooth flat with a hot iron, you may now sew around the perimeter of the grill roll using a 1/4″ seam allowance making sure to sew the opening closed.
Lay your grill mat on a flat surface with lining (Meat) facing up. Fold the bottom up about 6″ and pin on the sides to hold in place. At this time you may want to use some grilling tools for reference to see how many sections you will need to make. If you do not have tools for reference I kept my sections measuring 1 1/2″ – 2 1/2″ wide. Using your fabric marking pen draw your sections out so you will know where to sew. Make sure to leave enough wiggle room so you will be able to fit the tools in the pockets easily.
At your machine stitch along your drawn lines making sure to backstitch at the beginning and end of each line.
Place your grilling tools inside the pocket organizer. You will have some additional room at the top that you can fold over to keep the tools from falling out during transport. To keep this fold in place while rolling up your tool roll, you may want to place a couple of velcro dots at the top corners and also where the fold meets the inside of the grilling tool roll.
Just fold over the top to see where to place your velcro backing.
To keep your grilling tool roll closed you are going to make a long tab using the smaller 5″ x 10″ piece of fabric you cut. Begin by folding in the 5″ sides 1/2″ and press.
Fold in half lengthwise to mark the middle of the piece.
Bring in each end to the middle and press, continue by folding this in half once more.
At your machine stitch around the edges using a 1/4″ seam allowance.
With tools inside, roll up your grilling tool roll.
Place a velcro dot half in the middle like shown.
Place the other side of the velcro dot on one end of your fabric tab, velcro in place and wrap around the roll marking in place where the tab ends. Pin this end in place with a straight pin so you will know where to sew.
Remove all tools and at your machine stitch the edge of your closure tab in place to secure it.
Also go back and stitch over each velcro tab to secure in place. Most of the velcro products are sticky on the back but are not strong enough to make it without a few stitches to keep in place.
You are now finished! Fill with new grilling tools as a fun Father’s Day gift or customize to fit special grilling tools that you already have.
Now for a quick project that makes for a lovely addition to your BBQ gathering or an added bonus to your Father’s day gift – Quick BBQ Napkins.
Materials needed (for 6 BBQ napkins)
• 1.5 yards of Stella-379 Slate (Butcher’s Chart)
• 1.5 yards of Stella-22 Charcoal (Sunburst Stripe)
• Sewing machine and notions ( cutting mat, rotary cutter, acrylic ruler, straight pins )
• Coordinating thread
*When making napkins it is always smart to pre-wash and dry your fabrics.
Cut each of your fabrics into 6 – 18″ x 18″ cuts.
Take one of each fabric and lay right sides facing each other, pin around edges to secure.
Sew around the perimeter using a 1/4″ seam allowance, leaving an opening on one side at least 3″ wide.
Snip edges and turn right side out, iron flat taking care to fold in edges of opening.
Sew around the inside edges of your napkin right along the edge, carefully sewing the opening closed.
Continue for 5 remaining napkins.
You now have 6 adorable BBQ themed napkins ready for your next cookout!
Thanks for stopping by for the tutorial today, if you make either of these projects be sure to share on social media and hashtag #dearstella – tag me too (@modernhandcraft) so I can see all of your hard work!