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Painting brush roll up case tutorial

This painting brush roll up case can be done using the thread sketches I did last two posts or just with plain fabric.

The sizes given are for a roll up case that uses the thread sketches pieces.

Square Miro sketch.

Square Picasso sketch.

Now stitch together.

Iron flat.

At this stage your rectangle will be about 10 1/2 in x 21 3/4 in.

Cut a 4 1/2 in x 21 1/4 in strip.

Pin to the top of the rectangle.

Stitch and iron flat.

You will obtain a 15 in x 21 3/4 in rectangle approximately.

Now cut another rectangle the same size as the previous one for the inside/lining.


Cut a 21 3/4in x 7in rectangle for the pockets.

Make a seam on the top edge by rolling 1/4 inches in and then again. Top stitch.

Place the pocket rectangle over the lining piece.

Pin to the bottom edge.

Using a pen, mark the pocket inserts. Make marks at different intervals from 1 1/2 inches to 1/4 inches.

Stitch along the lines.

Now place a 21 inch piece of ribbon over the lining at about the middle of the rectangle’s short side.

Place the sketches side over the lining with both right sides of lining and sketches facing together.

Pin the ribbon in place.

Pin all around.

Stitch all around leaving a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Leave a 3 inch opening to turn inside out.

Trim the corners.

Turn inside out.

Iron well.

Top stitch all around at 1/4 in from the edge.

Stitch a button next to the ribbon.

The roll up is done.

Place your brushes inside.

Fold the top over to prevent the brushes from falling off.

Roll up the folder and you’re done!

Miro thread sketching tutorial

This tutorial follows from the previous thread sketching tutorial I made. I will use both resulting sketches to make an item. If you prefer you can just make a placemat out of this sketch.

To do thread sketching you only need to have a machine that can have the feed dogs down while you stitch away so you can move your piece wherever way you want.


  • Some fabric scraps
  • Stabiliser (printing paper will do)
  • Thread in a contrasting colour. I used cream because my fabric was black but black on white/cream will work too
  • Miro painting outline (pdf)


Print pattern. The pattern will print over 2 pages. You will need to trim one of the pages to the right or left, depending on the page you trim, align pages together and stick together with some tape.

Now cut a piece of fabric as large as the pattern.

Note: My piece of fabric is larger than the pattern because I trimmed the pattern as it was aligned to the top and I wanted it centered but I did that after I cut the piece of fabric using the pattern as a guide.

Pin well.

This time I did not add another piece of paper to the back because I thought it may not be necessary.

Now stitch along the lines one first time using free motion.

This time I only stitch through the design once to see if it was any easier to remove the paper.

Remove paper.

Easier said than done! I almost gave up and threw this piece in the bin.

Some thoughts about using paper as stabiliser

It is not always easier to use paper than it is to use proper stabiliser. This could be helped with shorter stitches perhaps.

This pattern had more lines than the Picasso sketch I did last time so it was more time consuming. I put the whole thing in water in the end and yes, it was easier to remove the paper but bits still got trapped in the stitches.

It looked like this.

In the end I think I had an eureka moment and I decided to turn the piece around. I used a solid fabric and you couldn’t tell which side was up.

This is what the back looked like.

Finishing the sketching

Now it was time to finish up the piece by adding some fancy stitching, mostly zigzag stitch, on different areas.

You will need some stabiliser on the back for this step but that’s fine because if you don’t get it all out it doesn’t matter as it will be hidden.

So pin the paper to the back of the piece.

So I went over all lines and added zig zag stitches here and there and also some straight stitches too.

So this is what the sketched looked like after I finished.

I’ll be using both sketches to make a brush case holder in next tutorial.