I had made two plate and silverware bags last year but only used them once. They weren't quite what I wanted either and it showed in the fact that I didn't use them. I really need something to hold a plate, so I dug into my fabric and came up with another idea - one that works like a place mat too! I don't like taking big plates, so I measured this to fit a smaller plate.
|Crafter Bunny supervised the choice of fabric.|
Main body - 2 18"x13" pieces of fabric - I used different fabric but you could use the same
Plate pocket - 1 18"x11.5" piece of fabric - Measure this to your plate
Silverware pocket - 1 6"x8" piece of fabric that matches your plate pocket.
Ties - 2 strips of 2" fabric to your desired length
|I cut out two sets of fabric. Here they are paired and folded.|
You will do the same thing with your plate pocket.
Now it's time to position. Take a piece of your main fabric and place the silverware pocket to one side. Leave enough room for the seams and a little more so the silverware doesn't fall out of the edge. Pin and pick up your plate pocket. I placed my plate pocket so that the plate would slide out of the side rather than the top. Leave a few inches to the outside so that you can fold it over the plate. The picture probably does a better job at explaining. Sew three sides of each pocket making sure to reinforce the opening.
|I could have moved the plate pocket close to the center|
Place your strips in the middle of the sides of your main fabric on the right side. The length should be on the fabric with just a little bit to the outside. Place your remaining main fabric, right side down, on top of the sewed fabric. Pin the ties in place and sew around the edges, making sure to leave an opening to turn and reinforcing the ties.
Turn it right-side out and sew over the edges again.
Add a plate and silverware and you are done!