Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Chopstick Carrier Tutorial

Did you know that in China alone they use about 45 billion pairs of chopsticks a year? I know how everyone always brings their own chopsticks to Asian restaurants and how they're always thinking, "How on Earth do I carry my chopsticks!?"  Well! I have an answer for you! The Chopstick Carrier! It's really easy to make. And I'm not saying I carry my own chopsticks around with me wherever I go (but I probably should and so should you) but now there's no excuse...except that I made this for my friend in Japan who really does carry her chopsticks around with her everywhere so I'd actually have to make myself one of these bad boys. Anywho, here it is.

12" square of fabric
12" square of thin interfacing
22" ribbon
pair of chopsticks (or just 1)
fray check
--Iron the interfacing onto the WRONG side of your fabric.
--Fold on the diagonal and pin.  Fold the ribbon in half and place the fold on the outside of the carrier and the rest of the ribbon inside.  Mark an opening as a reminder so you can flip this baby right side out.
--Clip the corners to reduce bulk after you flip it.
 I forgot to take pictures for the rest (sorry).
--Flip the carrier right side out.  Iron flat.  Sew a 1/8" seam around the top corner.  Do not sew a seam around the bottom edge.
--Fold in the corners according to the length of your chopstick(s). I folded my corners in 2.5".
--Sew a 1/8" seam on the bottom to tack the corners down.
--Use fray check to seal the ends of your ribbon.

Make yours today so you can bring your own chopsticks to your favorite Asian restaurant! And if you don't know how to use chopsticks, learn today. It's a very important noodle-eating skill. I mean really, how do you get the 1 cm noodle bits out of your bowl with a fork!?


  1. I AM always thinking about chopsticks! How did you know? ;)
    This is actually a great idea though. Less waste is good!

  2. omg, are you not the cutest wifey EVER?!?

  3. Thank you! I've been wanting to make a chopstick carrier and just found your fantastic tutorial. I made mine today and I love it!!! Can't wait to use it, over and over. :o)