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DIY Christmas Cutlery Holder with Free Pattern [Christmas Cutlery Pocket Tutorial]

I love these neat little Christmas cutlery pockets for placing the cutlery ready for a meal. It makes it simple for table settings as each guest has everything they need – you can even slip in a paper napkin too. Children can pack these ready for the event  placed either next to the plate or lined up on top of the plate. Our step-by-step instructions are very clear and you’ll soon be churning out these neat pockets for all your Christmas guests, making the occasion one to remember. Although these are labelled Christmas cutlery pockets, you can adjust them for any occasion by choosing different color combinations and prints.

how to sew Christmas cutlery holder

A Christmas cutlery pocket will add a touch of finesse to a festive table and let your guests know you care about them. They can be reused over the festive season and again the following year. Our visuals show you just how easy these are to make, and our step-by-step instructions show you exactly what to do. Make this festive season one to remember with these handmade Christmas cutlery pockets – and remember, once you have learned to make these you can make cutlery pockets for any occasion – birthdays, anniversaries, spring or fall events. They will make the occasion extra special, and that is what Christmas is all about: making memories.

Christmas cutlery pocket diy

Below you will find my step by step written tutorial with VIDEO instructions for all the visual learners.

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How to make a Christmas Cutlery pocket

The size of the finished cutlery pocket is 4 x 10″ (or 10 x 30cm) which is just perfect for most silverware.

how to make a Christmas cutlery holder

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How to Sew a Christmas Cutlery Pocket

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Christmas Cutlery pocket VIDEO TUTORIAL

DIY Christmas Cutlery pockets INSTRUCTIONS:

STEP 1: Prepare the materials

Cut the pieces to the dimensions supplied below. To make one Christmas cutlery pocket you will need

Christmas cutlery holder fabric measurements


  • 4 1/2” x 12” (11.5 x 30 cm) print fabric (for the front) – 1 piece
  • 4 1/2” x 6” (11.5 x 15 cm) fusible fleece or interfacing (for the front) – 1 piece


  • 4 1/2” x 10 1/2” (11.5 x 27 cm) plain or print fabric (for the back) – 2 pieces
  • 4 1/2” x 10 1/2” (11.5 x 27 cm) fusible fleece or interfacing – 1 piece


  • 5” (13cm) ric-rac braid (or ribbon)

christmas cutlery holders set on a table

I like to use contrasting prints that have the same color theme- for example a predominantly red print for the backing piece with a white front piece that has some red in it. It just ties together better than Christmas prints that don’t have any colors or motifs in common. Reindeer, snowmen, angels, Christmas trees or candy canes – there are plenty of motifs to choose from.  You can either do the Christmas cutlery pockets all the same, which is great for a more formal table, or you can mix and match prints for a casual cottagey look.

I’m using plain fabric for the back pieces and patterned fabric for the front pocket here to make this tutorial more clear.

STEP 2: Fuse the fleece on the back piece

fuse fleece to one of the back pieces

Take one of the back pieces [4 ½ x 10 ½ inches or 11.5 x 27 cm] and fuse the same size fleece to the wrong side of the fabric.

STEP 3: Prepare the front pocket piece

press the front pocket piece in half

Starting with what will be the front of the pocket take the piece of fabric from No 1 (4 ½ x 12 inches [11.5 x 30 cm]) and fold it in half so you have a piece 4 ½ x 6 inches (11.5 x 15 cm). Make sure the corners are lined up neatly before pressing along the fold with a hot iron, right sides out

STEP 4: Fuse fleece to front pocket

Unfold the pressed piece of fabric and lay it on the ironing board, wrong side facing upwards, the short sides at the top and bottom. Take the smaller piece of fusible fleece, and place it on the bottom half of the 12-inch (30 cm) piece, lining up the remaining side with the pressed fold. Fuse the fleece in place according to the manufacturer’s instructions, using the hot iron.

Step 5: Attach the ribbon

attaching the ribbon piece

Flip the pressed-in fold over to enclose the fusible fleece, then pin the ricrac braid or piece of ribbon across the top 1 inch (2.5cm) below the fold, and secure in place with pins once you have ensured it is straight. We gave a 5-inch (13 cm) measurement to allow for any fraying at the ends of the braid or ribbon since the front width is only 4 ½ inches (11.5)

Step 6: Sew the ribbon

stitch the ribbon in place

For the ricrac set the machine to a small zig zag stitch. For the ribbon – depending on the width either sew down the middle of the strip of ribbon if it is narrow with a straight or zig-zag stitch in a matching cotton color, or stitch along both edges of the ribbon if it is ½ inch (6mm) or wider. Stitch the ricrac or ribbon, through all the layers, remembering to back tack at the start and finish of the stitching. Set the front of the pocket aside.

Step 7: Assemble the cutlery holder

Assemble the cutlery pocket by placing the the back piece backed with fusible fleece right way up on your worktop with the short sides at the top and bottom.

assembling the diy cutlery holder

On top of that align the front pocket, with the braid or ribbon facing up, lining up the raw edges with the bottom half of the rectangle.

assembling the diy cutlery holder 2

On top of these two pieces lay the second back piece with the right side facing down and lining up the corners.

Step 9: Sew around the cutlery pocket

sew around the assembled diy cutlery holder

Pin or clip in place and then sew all around the edges ¼ inch (6mm) in from the edge, except for a 3-inch (7.5 cm) gap at the top of the pocket.

Step 10: Clip the corners

clipping off the corners of the diy cutlery holder

Clip off the four corners but not too close to the sewing. This reduces bulk when turned and gives a better finish.

Step 11: Turn RSO

Turn the pocket the right way out, using a chopstick to press out the corners neatly.

Step 12: Pin the gap

turn in the raw edges of the gap of the assembling the diy Christmas cutlery holder

Turn in the raw edges along the top in line with the seam allowance of ¼ inch (6mm) and press the whole pocket. Pin the gap.

sew around the Christmas cutlery holder

Step 13: Topstitch

Finish off with a top stitch 1/8- inch (3 mm) from the edge all the way around the pocket.

topstitching the Christmas cutlery holder

Ta-da!. The DIY Christmas Cutlery pocket is finished! Just add the silverware!

inserting cutlery into Christmas cutlery pocket

They definitely add some character to the holiday table!

homemade Christmas cutlery pocket

These are Christmas cutlery pockets for the festive season but there is nothing to stop you doing similar pockets for special occasions – birthdays, anniversaries, Halloween, Easter, spring or fall. Just choose appropriate fabrics and have fun creating stunning combinations. If you enjoyed this festive Christmas cutlery pocket tutorial then please send us a photo of your pockets and give us a like. When you hit the subscribe button you will have our easy visual and step-by-step tutorials at your fingertips and never miss out on any of our exciting projects.

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