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DIY: Denim Wrench Case

If my Handyman Holiday Gift Guide wasn't good enough for you, perhaps you'd like to DIY a gift for your favorite hunky household helper. If your handyman has every tool in the toolbox, consider making him this Denim Wrench Case made by Cut Out + Keep member Eva G, which holds a full set of wrenches and rolls up into itself. All you'll need for this product is a few pieces of denim or other sturdy fabric (try canvas), embroidery thread, a needle, scissors, and an elastic band. Eva gave the case to her father last Christmas and embroidered his initials onto the case to personalize it. I love how the color of the red thread pops! It's also very masculine looking — what genuine handyman could argue with that? To learn how to make this wrench case, and to see it rolled up,

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  1. Line your wrenches up on a paper bag, with about half an inch to an inch of space between each wrench. Using a ruler, trace a straight-lined outline around the wrenches, adding an inch on each of the sides and the bottom to allow for your hem. Add four inches to the top of the outline, and draw a straight line for the top, making a trapezoid shape.
  2. Cut out your pattern.
  3. Using your piece of denim or canvas, cut out the fabric using your pattern.
  4. Next, cut out a thinner trapezoid shape. The thinner shape should be half the diameter of your first piece of fabric. The fabric should also be two inches longer than the larger piece of the case. This will allow room for sewing each wrench pocket
  5. Now, sew the exterior hem on the larger piece of fabric, which will be the exterior of the case. Fold the fabric under twice, to avoid any fraying or unsightly unfinished hem line.
  6. Next, line up the thinner piece of fabric in the middle of the large fabric. Starting from the bottom, sew the first pocket.
  7. Check the size of each pocket so it matches the head of each wrench. You don’t want the pocket opening (where the head will sit) to be so big that the head will slip through.
  8. When you get to the top, fold the top hem under. Slip the elastic band between the two pieces of fabric, and sew it securely.
  9. If you’re really ambitious, you can embroider initials onto the case, just like Eva G did.

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