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Pretty Little Flatware Pocket

 

Free project instructions to make a pretty little flatware pocket!
Give your table linens an upgrade with this gorgeous flatware pocket. Embroidered border designs give the pocket just the right level of color and charm while adding a hint of beauty and sophistication to your home.

Look below for the instructions for this project.
 

Free project instructions to make a pretty little flatware pocket!


Supplies Needed:

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Sturdy cotton fabric
  (I used textured
   canvas/outdoor fabric)


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Medium weight cutaway
   stabilizer

**Temporary spray adhesive

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Air-erase pen or
   dressmaker's pencil
  (for marking and placement)
 
 


Design Used:
I used the small size of the Bountiful Bouquet Border design. Visit the Borders and Corners category to find a large selection of border designs perfect for your flatware pocket!

Finished Size:  4 1/4" wide by 10 1/4" high

 


Free project instructions to make a pretty little flatware pocket!
 
To begin, prepare the fabric for the front of the pocket section.

Using a marking tool, draw a 5" wide by 6 1/2" high rectangle on the fabric (I used textured canvas).


Free project instructions to make a pretty little flatware pocket!
 

Create a paper template of the design by printing it at full size using embroidery software. If you haven't used software to make templates before, these handy instructions show the steps.


Position the template at the top of the shape with one inch of space in between the top edge of the design and the top edge of the fabric. Be sure to center the template side to side by measuring equal distances in between the outer side edges of the design and the edges of the shape (there should be at least 1/2" of space in between the sides of the design and the edges of the shape). Poke a hole in the center of the template and mark the fabric; also mark the horizontal and vertical axis points.
 



Free project instructions to make a pretty little flatware pocket!
 
Remove the template and draw lines connecting the marks.


Free project instructions to make a pretty little flatware pocket!
 

Spray a piece of medium weight cutaway stabilizer with temporary adhesive and smooth the fabric on top. Hoop the fabric and stabilizer together by aligning the marks on the hoop with the lines on the fabric.



Free project instructions to make a pretty little flatware pocket!
 
Attach the hoop to the machine and load the design. Move the hoop so that the needle is directly aligned with the center point on the fabric. Embroider the design.


Free project instructions to make a pretty little flatware pocket!
 
When the design has finished, trim away the excess stabilizer on the backside of the embroidery.

Free project instructions to make a pretty little flatware pocket!
 
Cut out the rectangular shape you previously marked.


Free project instructions to make a pretty little flatware pocket!
 
To prepare the back of the pocket section, cut another piece of fabric to 5" wide by 6 1/2" high. Align the front and back pieces, right sides together, pin in place and sew a 1/2" seam along the top edge only.


Free project instructions to make a pretty little flatware pocket!
 
Fold the fabric widthwise in half along the seam (bring the short ends together), wrong sides together, and press the seam with an iron. Top stitch a 1/8" seam along the top folded edge only.


Free project instructions to make a pretty little flatware pocket!
 
To create the front of the back section, draw a 5" wide by 11" high rectangle on the fabric. Position the template, mark the fabric, hoop the fabric and embroider the design just as you did for the front of the pocket section. Trim away the excess stabilizer on the backside of the embroidery and cut out the shape.


Free project instructions to make a pretty little flatware pocket!
 
Lay the embroidered front of the back section flat with the right side facing up. Align the pocket section on top, right side facing up, and with the bottom edges aligned. Pin in place.

 

Free project instructions to make a pretty little flatware pocket!
 
Prepare the fabric for the back section by cutting another piece of fabric to 5" wide by 11" high. Align the fabric on top of the pocket/embroidered back piece, right sides together (wrong side facing up). Pin in place and sew a 1/4" seam along the side and bottom edges only.

 

Free project instructions to make a pretty little flatware pocket!
 
Trim the bottom corners up to the seam, turn the pocket right side out, and push out the corners.

Turn the fabric of the opening in 1/4" and press. Also, press the side and bottom seams.

Pin the fabric at the opening and top stitch a 1/8" seam along the outer edges of the entire piece. You're done!

Free project instructions to make a pretty little flatware pocket!

A border design is short and sweet on this utensil pocket -- adding color and charm to your table linens!

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Products used in this Project:

Bountiful Bouquet Border $2.99 - $4.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

9.41" x 2.41" | 6.00" x 1.83" | 3.86" x 1.00"

Blushing Forest Border $5.49 - $5.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

9.41" x 3.37" | 6.86" x 2.46"

Blushing Forest Border $4.99

Available in 1 Size:

3.74" x 2.45"

Art Deco Frangipani Border $4.99 - $5.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

8.51" x 3.14" | 5.99" x 2.34"

Art Deco Frangipani Border $2.99

Available in 1 Size:

3.13" x 2.22"

Majolica Floral Thin Border $2.99 - $5.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

9.39" x 2.37" | 5.97" x 1.61" | 3.84" x 0.98"

Celtic Bridal Border $3.99 - $4.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

9.40" x 2.41" | 5.95" x 1.78"

Cotton Flower Border $4.99 - $5.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

9.41" x 3.70" | 6.86" x 2.69"

Cotton Flower Border $3.99

Available in 1 Size:

3.86" x 2.53"

English Ivy Border $2.99 - $3.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

9.40" x 3.15" | 5.95" x 2.34"

English Ivy Border $1.99

Available in 1 Size:

3.28" x 2.01"

Floral Filigree Border $2.99 - $3.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

9.33" x 3.15" | 5.98" x 2.26" | 3.87" x 1.36"

Mak Poppy Border $3.99 - $5.99

Available in 4 Sizes:

11.79" x 3.99" | 9.40" x 3.17" | 6.00" x 2.26" | 3.86" x 1.30"