How to Make a Roll-Up Tool Organizer, Complete with Embroidered Size Labels

comments (7) December 20th, 2008     

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JenniferStern Jennifer Stern, contributor
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Heres the luxe leather version...its actually super quick to make because you dont have to worry about the edges.
The denim one is great, too!
Heres a close-up of the size labels I embroidered on the pockets.
Heres the luxe leather version...its actually super quick to make because you dont have to worry about the edges.

Here's the luxe leather's actually super quick to make because you don't have to worry about the edges.

Photo: Jen Stern
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Measure the width of your tools-it's likely that the shorter ones will be narrower than the taller ones. I made my pockets three widths: 1-1/2 inches for the smaller tools, 1-3/4 inches for the middle-sized ones, and 2 inches for the two tallest. You want to allow about 1/2 inch extra room to make it easy get the wrenches in and out of the pockets.

Lay a ruler along the bottom edge of the pocket piece. Starting 1 inch in from the left side, begin marking the pockets with a small vertical line of chalk. (I drew four lines 1-1/2 inches apart to make the three narrowest pockets. Then I switched to drawing lines 1-3/4 inches apart for the next two pockets, and finally 2 inches apart for the last two pockets, making a total of seven pockets. To make a guideline for the embroidered numbers, mark the center of each pocket with a vertical line. Draw a horizontal line 2 inches up from the bottom edge across all the vertical lines. Use this horizontal line to stitch the numbers on. Check your tools to see if they are metric or inches.

Hoop a piece of heavy tear-away stabilizer and use 505 Temporary Adhesive Spray to adhere the pocket in the hoop. I line the bottom edge of the pocket with the long edge of the hoop. You can stitch several labels in one hooping. Program the first size, orient it sideways on the screen, and move it to the first marking. After you embroider it, clear your screen, program the next number on the screen, and repeat the process until you've stitched as many labels as will fit.

By stitching one number at a time, you don't have to worry if you didn't get the spacing exactly right between numbers.

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Comments (7)

kclabaugh writes: Where did you find the leather to use? I haven't been able to find any at the fabric stores in my area and I'd love to make this for my husband. Thank you!
Posted: 5:55 pm on April 18th
justpaintit writes: Hi,
Will you please email me the templates for this item at [email protected]
Thank you
Just Paint It
Posted: 3:53 pm on January 4th
JenniferStern writes: There were templates mentioned in one of the captions. That was actually text from a previous post that I forgot to delete. I apologize for the confusion.

Posted: 4:50 pm on January 3rd
JenniferStern writes: Hi Everyone...There are no templates to download for this project. When I first read your comments, I couldn't remember if there were any or not...I did this project the week before I moved into my new house. (It's been a little crazy--between loosing my e-mail address in the transfer--to having no heat because the boiler blew.) Happily, the cable company found my e-mail address, and the heat is on! Please let me know if you need more help.

Posted: 4:41 pm on January 3rd
bigkitty writes: Nope, no templates. I think, though, it would be easy to adapt to individual needs. Looking forward to making one for my husband's set of chisels. Thanks
Posted: 12:58 pm on January 2nd
noranora writes: I couldn't find the templates either, colleen 7.

BUT, I'm really excited about this because a friend wanted me to make a knife roll to store her pro. knives in and I had no idea how to make one. But, I think I can adapt this project.

THANKS for posting this!!

Posted: 4:17 pm on December 31st
colleen_7 writes: It says to download and print the templates select 5 cards. I can't seem to find them. Maybe having a seniors moment. Could you tell me where to find them. Thanks

Posted: 8:10 am on December 31st
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