| I have at least four rotary cutters in different shapes and sizes.
Although I usually just toss them into a drawer under my cutting table, I
noticed that when I am using them a lot, I tend to leave them out. I
have sheaths and scabbards for all of my good scissors, so I decided it was
time to create one especially for my rotary cutter.
||The first thing I did was take out the most basic rotary cutting
tool I had and lay it onto a piece of tracing paper, then draw its
outline in pencil. I use a variety of drawing pencils in my work,
but I always have my Ultimate Marking Pencil™ close
to my cutting table, so I tend to use it the most in projects like this.
After outlining the cutter, I sketched out a shape for the sheath that would
be effective and easy to work with. Use a lot of graphite to make a
thick outline of your final shape, since this is your pattern.
||Next, I turned the tracing paper with the pattern over, so that the
graphite was facing a piece of muslin and taped it in place. Then
I took my pencil and redrew around the shape. This transfers the
graphite from your tracing paper onto the muslin in exactly the right
place. Only draw in the shape of the sheath, not the rotary cutter
||Lift up the loose end of the paper to make sure that your tracing is complete
before you remove the pattern. You now have a working muslin
foundation for a rotary cutter. This is a good time to make
basting stitches around your pattern. Since you will eventually be
sewing this with right sides facing, you will want to be able to see the
pattern from both the right and wrong side. Repeat this process for your
back and two pieces of lining fabric.
| This is a basic shape that can be pieced very simply from one end
to the other, but I decided to add a small silk print and used that as a
starting point instead.
After embellishing, I used the same construction method as I did for
the glasses case, those instructions are available in the article
Making a Glasses Case, also in this
issue. I decided that Ultrasuede® was the
best choice for durability as a lining fabric.