how to make an artist’s paintbrush roll

My boyfriend is an artist and he needed something to keep his brushes organized. Before I met him, he used a rubber band. Good thing we started dating. *wink wink*

This roll is a spin-off of your standard knitting needles roll. I simply added a sling because my boyfriend loves his free hands. Uh, that’s what he told me. I also used interfacing because he wanted a stiff roll.

– Fabric of different colors / designs. Cut 13 x 17 of each. �
- Interfacing. Cut 13 x 11. This is 6 inches shorter than the roll fabrics.
- Gross grain for sling. Cut according to your preferred length.
- Ribbon for lock. I replaced that green ribbon with the leather cord below. Something brown looks better with my red flower-y fabric.

1) Pile fabrics for sewing, right sides together. Interfacing is 6 inches shorter because you will have to fold the fabric to make pockets for your paintbrushes.

2) Do not forget to insert the cord at the side.

3) Measure 3-inch apart points on one end of the assembled pile. This end should be the one near where you inserted your cord / ribbon (see step 2).

4) Insert your gross grain using these points as your guide.

5) Sew around three sides of the pile. Do not sew the side where there is no interfacing (opposite of the edge where you inserted the grossgrain). Cut the corners.

5) Turn inside out.

6) Fold the side that you did not sew (the one with no interfacing) and sew. Now you have a square-ish thing with stiff and flimsy parts. Fold the flimsy part towards the stiff part and pin.

7) Sew all the way around.

8) Mark the pockets for the paintbrushes and sew. Most of my pockets had a width of .75 inch. The biggest was 2 inches for my boyfriend’s thick brushes.

9) Sew each pocket.

And you’re done.  Easy as Ginny Weasley under the fingers of that kid Harry (oops, spoiler).

Action shot!

As you can see, my boyfriend is painting, which means that he is using his brushes. In other words, the stuff I inserted for this action shot and the photo before this are just any elongated thing I could find. There are several paintbrushes in there but those are no longer in their artistic prime.

So, move along. Oh yeah, happy sewing.

20 thoughts on “how to make an artist’s paintbrush roll

  1. Ah! I’ve seen many pretty knitting needle cases but since I don’t knit, I didn’t think I’d ever want to make one. I’ve been keeping my brushes in a (rubber banded) plastic bag, heh. ^^; The plastic bag ’cause sometimes the brushes are still wet after I’ve washed them. Maybe I could do this with waterproof fabric or the now-famous fusing plastic bags method… Hmm.

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Pefect, I’ve been lookig for a pattern to make one (but to busy/lazy to look for one yet) so this will be my next project :-)

  3. This was a great project! thanks for the insight I am just starting water color painting and this was a great beginning for creativity you rock!
    Have a great day

    1. I’m going to make one of these for my dad’s birthday. He will love it. Thank y

      Aww that’s cute. I’m sure your dad will love it to bits :)

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