DIY Cutlery Bag

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Body image and women – a complex area. So many factors influence how we feel about our body shape, dependent upon which continent you live in, how you are brought up, self-esteem, I could go on and on. I am conscious that my relationship with energy and sugar in the last couple of years has not been healthy. For over a year I have been thinking about joining some form of diet club. There are lots of schools of thoughts about the healthy relationship with food, with many believing that diet clubs do not work in the long term. Personally, I respond well to the accountability of weighing into someone. The focus helps me address my desire for sugar based snacks.

At Easter, I bought a bikini as motivation and joined slimming world. I am loving the discipline it brings – I have always enjoyed vegetables but tend to get stuck in a rut. The variety of food, the new recipes, meeting new people are all great, however, lunch times are not so good, I have to be super organised to make a pack up salad. Then there is the cutlery issue (if you are still with me this is where the sewing comes in!). There are occasions I need to take cutlery with my plastic tub of salad.

Tada, I thought – how lovely would it be to have a pencil case shape cutlery bag, with a beautiful print of a knife and fork. Lined with shower curtain fabric, just in case there is nowhere to wash up the used cutlery.

I have experimented with several ways to gain my image of a knife and fork on fabric, not that hard one would think?! First up I painted cutlery with fabric paint and tried to print onto the fabric, not that easy as cutlery is generally curved. I tried to curve the fabric round the cutlery but the print was far from precise.

Next up I created a stencil from an old plastic wallet and sponge painted through – as you can see the paint spread.

My favoured option, printing onto freezer paper. If you would like to make your own you can find the templates here.

DIY Cutlery bag, Sewing tutorial for zip cutlery bag


DIY Cutlery Bag



  • Freezer paper (yes you can get it in the UK!)
  • Two pieces of fabric 8 1/2″ by 11″ (I used old curtains)
  • Two pieces of shower curtain fabric 5″ by 10 1/2″
  • 12″ Zip


Iron your fabric.  Cut out two pieces of freezer paper, approximately 8 1/2″ by 11″, place it shiny side facing towards the fabric and iron to adhere.

Trim your fabric as close as you can to the freezer paper. Place in your printer, fabric side up for taking the printing ink. Photocopy your template onto the fabric. Peel the freezer paper away from the back of your fabric.

To make the bag:

Trim your cutlery bag pieces to 5″ by 10 1/2″ (you may wish to make this smaller or larger depending upon your cutlery size).

Place one side right side up. Lay zip along long edge right side down, followed by shower curtain lining. Pin in place. Sew the three layers together.

Turn the fabrics over to reveal the zip. Pin and then top stitch to prevent any fabric becoming caught in the zip.

Repeat for the second side of the bag.

Unzip the zip by three-quarters. Fold out so the right sides of the lining face each other, and the right sides of the bag face each other. Ensure the zip lies towards the lining.

Stitch around leaving a turning gap along the long edge of the lining.

Turn right sides out, then slip stitch the turning gap on the lining.

DIY Cutlery bag, Sewing tutorial for zip cutlery bag

This DIY cutlery bag is perfect for days out and about. The shower curtain lining makes it easy to wipe clean or throw it in a low-temperature wash. It could also make a nifty gift. Will you use the template to print the simple outline of cutlery or to create a stencil for printing through?

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  1. May 21, 2017 / 9:08 pm

    I’ve a few friends who have done really well with Slimming World, I hope you find it’s a good fit for you. Years ago I made table mats with cutlery on them, I’d forgotten all about them, they had a similar look to your lovely cutlery bag. I think this is brilliant and practically solution, and I love seeing your experiments too, it’s nice to see the ideas that didn’t make the cut too.
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  2. May 21, 2017 / 11:08 pm

    Good luck with your quest,
    That aside the reason I am writing is because you have the best description with excellent pictures of how to make a lined zipper bag
    Not saying I’ll make one for cutlery but now with your tutorial the possibilities are endless I thank you!

  3. Nancy Myets
    May 21, 2017 / 11:39 pm

    Great idea and tutorial that I’ll have to try.

  4. May 27, 2017 / 8:09 pm

    What a great idea, I’ve always been put off taking salads because of the cutlery issue, but you’ve found a way around it.

  5. JW
    May 29, 2017 / 1:46 pm

    hi love the idea. when you say shower curtain material are talking about cutting up a plastic shower curtain?

    • Vicky
      May 29, 2017 / 7:09 pm


  6. I love this idea, especially the repurposed shower curtain!
    I use freezer paper stenciling all the time, but I also live in a country where it’s hard to find (actually, totally impossible!) But for anyone who has trouble finding it can actually repurpose other types of paper. My favorite alternative to freezer paper is the inside of reams of printer paper, but there are others, too. I wrote about them in this post of mine on freezer paper stencil if anyone’s interested! 🙂 Lisa
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