Make a flatware holder using a tea towel and ribbon. You’ll love this space-saving organizer that protects your utensils and tidies your cabinet. A quick and easy sewing project!
Hello friends. Now that spring is here, I’ve been cleaning and organizing the neglected areas of our home. After my coffee incident a few weeks ago that basically required an impromptu deep cleaning of our kitchen, I decided to carry on in our dining room. We only have one small cabinet that stores dishes (we mostly use for special occasions and entertaining), plus cloth napkins and flatware sets. Until recently, it was a bit of a disorganized mess.
If you’re anything like me, having multiple flatware sets (or cutlery or silverware) shoved in a drawer or tucked away in the back of a cupboard, drives you nuts. I’m guessing you’d rather have it stored in a way that’s space-saving, easy to access and protective? If you’re nodding your head YES!, then you’re going to want to make a tea towel flatware holder too.
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Ever since my mom sewed cutlery storage rolls for us when we were married, I’ve wanted to make more. It’ll be 25 years this summer, so I guess you could say I’m a bit of a procrastinator. Oops!
However, a positive side of the pandemic (at least for me) has been finishing these types of projects I never seemed to get around to before. Has it been a similar case for you?
And, because I like to simplify projects whenever possible, I figured out an easier way to construct them. My mom’s version involved layering fabrics and finishing the edges with bias trim. They’re lovely, but time consuming.
Instead, I used a sturdy tea towel, which eliminated a couple steps. From beginning to end, this utensil organizer took under 30 minutes to make using basic sewing skills.
Once you have your flatware organized, setting the table is a breeze, whether it’s Easter or any other occasion. I love that it stays dust-free, is easy to transport, as well as convenient to put away once it’s washed. Organized spaces feel so much better, don’t they?!
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Step 1: Start by pressing your tea towel to remove creases. Lay flat with right side facing down and shorter sides at top and bottom. Fold up bottom edge 1″, pin in place and sew using a 5/8″ top stitch from edge.
Step 2: Fold up from bottom again 7″ (see note below), pin at sides and top, then press in place. Stitch sides together using your foot as a guide along each edge.
Note: Adjust fold height according to your flatware. I recommend having the tips of the shortest pieces sticking out the top for easy access.
Step 3: Place widest piece of flatware along seam edge and bottom of fold (see note below). Allow for a bit of extra room, then stitch a straight line from top of fold to bottom to create pocket. I used painter’s tape as a guide, moving it as I went along. Chalk works too. Continue stitching lines until all pockets are formed.
Note: I created slightly different pocket openings for various utensil widths (plus stacking spoons and forks). I suggest placing all flatware pieces along bottom first to come up with your layout.
Step 4: Cut a length of ribbon (about 40″). Finish ends by pressing under twice, then stitching in place.
Note: Adjust ribbon length if using a smaller tea towel.
Step 5: Flip flatware holder over with pockets facing down. Measure 8-9″ from left edge to find closest existing pocket stitch line. Measure 4-5″ up from bottom. Place ribbon right side up with bottom matching this point. Stitch in place over existing stitch line.
How to Use Your Flatware Organizer
Place flatware pieces in each pocket as you planned out. Fold down top of tea towel so it’s about 1″ above the top of your tallest flatware piece. Fold down again forming a straight line at the top.
Begin rolling your flatware holder from left to right, keeping top and bottom edges lined up. Tie ribbon in a bow to secure. (See my IG story highlights for video.)
Store in drawer or cabinet until needed.
Tip: If you have several flatware sets, attach tags to the ribbon.
Enjoy your day!