Silverware Roll
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Silverware Roll & Tutorial

My husband and I are making great progress on Wabi-Sabi Overland. As the majority of the structure has been built and installed inside the habitat / apartment, it’s time for us to start thinking about all the small details that will make the space work for us. It’s not that we haven’t been thinking about those details, but I guess it’s more like it’s time to start creating them and making it happen! So, in light of that, I have a few sewing projects planned that are not typical quilting projects but I thought might be interesting to share here as well. The first project I tackled was to create a silverware roll to store our utensils we plan to take with us.

Test Silverware Roll

Test Silverware Roll

We plan to use Melamine dinnerware in our kitchen, but after considering alternatives, we decided to stick with our existing silverware. In fact, we have some heirloom real silver silverware from my husband’s grandmother (two forks and two spoons) that are special with us that we want to use. The question became, how can we best store the utensils so they don’t cling and bounce into spaces we cannot reach in the drawers. The solution, for us, was for me to figure out how to sew together a silverware roll with slots for each of the utensils we want to take with us.

Test Silverware Roll

Test Silverware Roll

One of the biggest things I learned with the test silverware roll was the placement for the tie off, which for the test roll was lengths of ribbon. I had just randomly sewn in ribbon do begin with – might as well try something, right? – and I ended up cutting those off at the seam and sewing down this ribbon to make the roll useful. My husband plans to use this test roll for a few screw drivers or other smaller tools that we will be taking with us.

Silverware Roll

Silverware Roll

The main colors for the interior of the habitat / apartment are white, blue, and silver. So I clearly needed to make the actual silverware roll in blue, right??

If you want to make your own silverware roll, here are the general instructions:

Required Materials

  • (2) 21-inch squares of fabric
    • I used the same fabric for the inside as outside, but you could experiment with different fabrics. Note that the bottom is flipped up 4 inches to create the pouches for the utensils, so some “outside” fabric will also be visible when the roll is opened.
  • Closure material
    • For the test roll I used lengths of ribbon. For the final roll I used an extra clasp and webbing from an old backpack.
  • Thread
  • Chopstick or other device to help press corners
  • Iron


I suggest reading through the instructions before beginning.

  1. Decide if you care about what direction will be “up” with your fabrics. For my test roll, it did not matter. For the final roll, the print was directional and I wanted the lines to run horizontally.
  2. Measure 8 1/2″ up from the “bottom” edge of one of your squares. Pin the edge of your selected closure material here or slightly higher. Note that the closure material should be pinned to the right side of the fabric pointing from the edge to the inside of the square – don’t leave the closure material pointing out when you sew the seam in the next step. (I did it wrong the first time in my test roll, so some quick seam ripping can fix this later if it needs to be adjusted.)
  3. With your fabrics right sides together, stitch a 1/2″ seam allowance around the full perimeter. Start about 2-inches beyond the center of one side and work your way around the edges, stopping about 2-inches before the center of the starting edge to leave ~4″ so you can turn the fabric right side out. Note that I also like to start and stop by back-stitching to secure the seam while the fabric is turned right side out through the opening.
  4. Carefully clip the fabric near the corners so it will be easier to turn and press the corners square when you turn it right side out.
  5. Taking your time, press the fabric through the ~4″ opening to turn it right side out.
  6. Using a chopstick or other device, press out each of the corners.
  7. Taking your time, press the square flat, working to get the seam on the edge of the square. I tend to use my chopstick to press an edge and then carefully work from one corner to the other along an edge.
  8. Top stitch, using a scant 1/4″ seam, around the perimeter of the square for a finished look and to close the ~4″ opening that was used to turn the fabric.
  9. Fold up the bottom edge of the square 4″ to create the pockets for your utensils and press. Note that ideally the top edge of the fold will end just below your closure material, as you can see in the photo above.
  10. Lay out your utensils and decide on the spacing you want to sew for the pockets. For our forks and spoons, I used a 1 1/4″ spacing. For our knives, I used a 1″ spacing.
  11. I marked one line at a time. I started stitching at the top of the fold and sewed all the way past the fold. Then without cutting my thread, I lifted my presser foot and rotated the roll and sewed back up the same line for a double line of stitching. When I got back to the top, I back-stitched to reinforce the opening a few times. Then I buried the threads inside the fabric.
  12. Repeat until you have all the pockets sewn. Congratulations, you have a silverware roll!
Silverware Roll

Silverware Roll

The top flap of fabric folds down over the utensils to help keep things cozy and from clanking around too much.

Silverware Roll

Silverware Roll

Once rolled up, secure the roll with your closure device of choice and enjoy!

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15 thoughts on “Silverware Roll & Tutorial

  1. Dorothy says:

    I actually did this in the late 80’s/early 90’s using “anti tarnishing” fabric for “real” silver. I used a tie instead of velcro. All of the “old” becomes “new” again. Each generation has to find itself no matter what the project is 🙂

  2. vivian383 says:

    This is a really nice and practical idea for Christmas and beyond for campers and all of us who have silverware in a cupboard. tarnishing away. Great project Yvonne! Thank you for designing it.

  3. I made a similar roll for my steak knives using cotton and denim. The only thing I don’t like about mine is the ties. That clasp for yours is brilliant; I think it will work well!

  4. Elizabeth E. says:

    I have silverware rolls for my real silver, made out of silvercloth, and have made a couple smaller sets for other mismatched pieces of silver. I like how yours has slots for many items–I think this will be really useful. I’m excited for your upcoming trip(s)/life!

  5. That turned out great, Yvonne! It will really keep the silverware from rattling around, and cushion other things in the drawer at the same time 🙂

  6. A lovely way to store the cutlery. and show it off as you unroll it.Blue waves, the fabric is so fitting for the trips you will have.

  7. Frédérique says:

    Great way to keep everything together! Thank you for the tutorial!

  8. Brenda Ackerman says:

    Hello Yvonne, What a wonderful tutorial for an excellent project! I immediately thought of creating this for take along picnic utensils. It may be awhile before I actually make it, yet it will be a great project to make. Thank you for sharing and have a spectacular day!

  9. Kathleen McCormick says:

    Great tutorial and a very practical item. Got the real silver they used to sell the tarnish proof cloth at Joanne’s – been a long time since I have looked for it. Whrndo plan on taking off in the Wabi Sabi?

  10. Bernie says:

    This is such a cool idea! Much less space taken up and no rattling around in drawers. Good thinking!!

  11. Patty says:

    Very fun project!

  12. Anja @ Anja Quilts says:

    What a great idea. Pretty and functional. Merry Christmas.

  13. Rochelle Summers says:

    Many, many years ago my mom had similar rolls for her sterling sliver. Each place setting of several forks, spoons and a knife had its own roll. We hand washed the silverware after dinner, dried it on soft t-towels, and then put the silverware in the appropriate space in the rolls. They also had the extra cloth that folded down over the top of the silverware to keep them secure. Since there were 7 kids, the adults, the grandparents, etc., she had lots of silverware. My sister has it today.

  14. aquilterstable says:

    Nice and practical! I like your ‘closure of choice!’ 😉

  15. Lisa J. says:

    This is the first time I’ve seen a silverware roll. It’s a very nice one and I can see how it will be very useful on your travels

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