Custom Fitted Case for a Rotary Cutter

Rissa Peace Root 2004

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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 itself. 
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. 

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