When I started college in the early 80’s we made tools bags for our fashion design tools (left), ever since then I’ve always kept my tools in a quilted tool bag (right).

sewing tool bag

So what do I store in my tool bag?

Some of my fashion design tools: Paper scissors, fabric shears, tape measure, pencils, sharpner, pattern notcher, tracing wheel, bradawl, pattern drill, mapping pins, coloured pens, sewing pins, mechanical encils, eraser, buton marker, highlighters, mechanical pencil refills.

The padded layer on the tool bag helps to protect the sharp and spiky tools especially when I’m travelling. I also use a storage container that sits on the side of my pattern cutting table.

sewing tool bag

Fancy making your own tool bag to store your fashion design tools in?
This project should only take you three to four hours to put together. The quilting time depends on the area you’re quilting or you could purchase a ready-made quilted fabric and your good to go. I’ve used a curtain interlining that sandwiches in between the main (cotton) and contrast (chintz) fabric.

sewing tool bag materials

You’ll need:
» 150cm width – Printed main cotton fabric – 60cms
» 150cm width – Contrast chintz fabric – 1.00 metre
» 140cm width – Polyester wadding (6oz)/Curtain interlining – 70cms
» Sewing thread to match
» PDF pattern and instructions – Download below

sewing tool bag step by step instructions
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