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Date: 11/24/13 9:48 PM

you guys (and any ladies reading) seem to be pretty knowledgeable with some of the heavy duty utility sewing, so i thought i would seek out opinions.

one of my friends asked me to investigate making some sort of fold and roll up pouch to hold her dad's drill bits because he keeps breaking the plastic boxes that hold them. i've been looking online, and it looks like there really aren't any fabric options out there (and i'm thinking it is with good reason). i would guess that duck cloth or nylon would probably shred after repeated removal/insertion of bits (hence most sets coming with injection moulded plastic cases). maybe something like that would require something more durable.

i'm not sure that i would even want to attempt this on my modern, non-industrial embroidery machine.

any thoughts/ideas/recommendations/suggestions?

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Date: 11/24/13 11:47 PM

I think the word you want to use to google is just "tool roll" and then just look at images.

https://www.google.com/search?q=tool+roll&client=firefox-a&hs=8H&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=ndWSUt_dCIfnkAe81YHwAg&ved=0CEsQsAQ&biw=1001&bih=725

Does not matter what your tools are, they could be drill bit, some make up brushes or some crayons even. All kind of shaped the same anyways.

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Date: 11/25/13 0:37 AM

Actually, I did search tool roll. :)

It would matter with the drill bits because they are almost entirely cutting edges. Makeup brushes, crayons, wrenches, and most of the parts of a screwdriver aren't built with the specific purpose of cutting. So, that is why I made the comment about shredding the fabric.

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Date: 11/25/13 0:53 AM

The drill bits normally go in with the sharp edges up. Definitely canvas or thick denim.

I'm making my husband a flashlight holder right now because he keeps wearing holes in the back pockets of his heavy duty jeans, so I'm making it out of two layers of denim. (I mention that because the flashlight going in and out of his pocket is similar to the drill bits.) (Plus, I'm a tool strumpet.)

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Date: 11/25/13 1:05 AM

I've made a couple of pouches up for DH's drill bits and punches. I've used duck and also a left over bit of awning canvas. My machined handled both fine. Denim would work fine too.

As long as you leave a bit of a gap (eg 1/2" to 3/4") between the end of the drill bit and the fold in the flap, you shouldn't have too much trouble with the fabric being damaged when they are stored. Usually when they are removed from the pouch, they are slid out, or the back section is pushed away from the drill bit, so there isn't too much damage from taking the bits in or out. So far the ones I've made haven't shown much wear and they 3-5 yrs old now


The main trick is to get the spacing between the slots right - snug enough to hold the bit without being too tight. To get the pattern ... Lay the bits out on the backing fabric and then pin the top layer on. Pin between the bits so the fabric is sug - the top layer will form a curve over the bit.

Only stitch to 1/2" below the top of the pocket to make it easier to get the bits in and out of the pocket.

For the short bits, you'll want to shorten the pocket to stop them disappearing down the bottom - bartack or stitch across the pocket to shorten the pocket length and bring them up to the right height.

It is a little fiddly but it only took about an hour, start to finish, to make up a pouch.

I hope that helps. If you like, I can take a photo of the ones I have made.

Have fun!

-- Edited on 11/25/13 1:09 AM --

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Date: 11/25/13 1:11 AM

Ooh, that makes sense on the stitching. Thanks for the tip. :)

I know duck cloth is totally fine with my machine. I think I had 6 or 8 layers (it was interlining) of it that it punched through on a bag that I made. :)

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Date: 11/25/13 1:12 AM

Yeah, I figured they would go point up so you could more easily see which is which and because that is more sharp. What about the sides of the bit though?

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Date: 11/25/13 2:09 AM

Remember a fold-over flap at the top, otherwise all the bits will pour out if he turns it upside down.

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Date: 11/25/13 2:21 AM

Thanks. I was planning on doing one. :)

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Date: 11/25/13 3:33 AM

Another good fabric is the heavy black nylon used in the old zippered laptop bags. Check thrift stores if none stashed in your closets.
The straps are good for reusing as the section to hold things and stitch seams down it for varying widths.

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