A few weeks ago while getting ready to head to Las Vegas for my yearly week long sewing with the “Vegas Strippers”, I was having trouble wrangling all my rulers that I wanted to take. I had all different sizes, big square rulers, a large 22” wide shape cutter, a 24” x 8” ruler and a variety of smaller rulers. At the time I stuffed them into a plastic bag but that didn’t really work out well. Along with the rulers I had various cutting boards one of which is about 24” x 18” which is a really great size since it works with all my various size rulers. Oh, and while I was at it I had a couple of large ironing pads that I was taking. Soooooo, there definitely was a need to make something that would handle this in the future. I love what I came up with.
Here’s the front of the multipurpose bag. I used pre-quilted fabric that I had in my stash.
The back of the bag is my new ironing surface. I use canvas on my big board ironing board as well as a covered TV tray that I sometime use. I learned the canvas trick from Sharon Schamber many years ago so of course the back of the bag is canvas. Under the canvas I have a layer of some kind of batting that is used for potholders as well a piece of Timtex to help it maintain it’s shape.
To give you some since of how big the ironing surface is, here’s a picture with my big Rowenta sitting on it.
Originally I wasn’t going to put any pockets inside but at the last minute I decided to add one that I could put my rotary cutter in. Other than that I carry all my other notions in a Art Bin plastic case that I always keep packed.
So at last I have a way to coral all my rulers when heading out. I think I’m going to get a lot of use out of my new bag.
I was thinking about a tutorial but now I’m thinking that it really isn’t necessary.