Home Sewn

For awhile I've been in need of a blade roll to store the various cutters and attachments to my Veritas plow plane. Unfortunately, Lee Valley's version of this fell apart the week I got it (sigh...). So, today I pulled out my wife's sewing machine and went to work on my own roll.

Since this was my first solo sewing project I admit I was dubious about the outcome. As luck would have it, however, only a week and half ago I actually got a first sewing lesson from a talented seamstress: my wife's aunt Zoe. In addition to a good time and picking up some (very) rudimentary skills, I was sent home with a handsome sartorial bag of my own that included a heap of fabric, a rotary cutter, cutting mat and fabric pencil.

Here's how it turned out...

This is how I estimated the dimensions for the components of my plane. After laying out the pieces I used a ruler and fabric pencil to locate the pocket, which made sewing to a line straightforward.

This is how I estimated the dimensions for the components of my plane. After laying out the pieces I used a ruler and fabric pencil to locate the pocket, which made sewing to a line straightforward.

My Veritas plow plane with home made cutter and attachments roll.

My Veritas plow plane with home made cutter and attachments roll.

Open tool roll displaying all the cutters - both tongue & groove.

Open tool roll displaying all the cutters - both tongue & groove.

I also made a small pouch for the main attachment. It sits neatly in the manual pocket. By the way, that fabric is 30 year old scrap!

I also made a small pouch for the main attachment. It sits neatly in the manual pocket. By the way, that fabric is 30 year old scrap!

Clearly, there's a lot to be learned before I can put on a journeyman seamstress's cloth cap but I'm pleased with the outcome, it feels sturdy, and I had a great time putting it together.

My sewing teacher is also rumored to be rather capable at the band saw. Who knows what skills I'll come home with next visit.