How to Make a Manly Catchallcomments (3) December 10th, 2008
Here's a great gift for your guy—or pretty much anyone who could use a little crafty help staying organized. These catchalls are simple to make, and you can easily personalize each one with your fabric choices. They work up quickly and pack neatly, meaning you can take a bunch with you in your suitcase, or send them off to their destination without a lot of packaging. I actually love to use these catchalls when I travel since I can lay them flat in my suitcase and snap them into place when I get to the hotel. It's always helpful to have a place to put your keys, change, and anything else that's in your pocket at the end of the day.
Make sure to choose a thick, quality felt (not the 25-cents/sheet acrylic felt). The felt will provide some soft structure for your catchall. If you can't find thick felt, try layering two pieces of felt or inserting a layer of sturdy interfacing between the felt and fabric before you sew them together (see below).
You'll also need:
- Tailor's chalk or a temporary fabric marker
- Sewing machine
- Hand-sewing needle
- Coordinating thread
Place the fabric square on top of the felt, wrong sides facing. Make sure it is centered on the felt and pin it in place if you like. Sew the fabric to the felt along the outer edge of the fabric square, pivoting at the corners when you reach them. Next, trim the felt as close as possible to the fabric edge so that both squares are the same size.
If you cut out all of your squares at the same time, you can easily craft up several of these in a short amount of time. The most time-consuming part is sewing on the snaps, so either invest in a snap setter (on my wish list!) or a good DVD to watch while you sew them up.
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