I have been searching Pinterest for a creative, attractive way to make utensil holders for my 4th of July BBQ. I found posts that put the utensils in flower pots, metal buckets, Mason jars, and duct tape wrapped tomato sauce cans. There are posts that shown the plastic utensils wrapped in napkins, tied with a ribbon or inserted into Washi tape decorated paper bags. Nothing really piqued my interest until I was in the craft department in Walmart. What caught my eye were spools of wide wired burlap ribbon with a 4th of July motif.
The ribbon was wide enough to hold a fork, spoon, and knife. My guest could pick up the holders on the way through the serving line and arrive at the table with their plate and just the right utensils to enjoy their meal. Too many times I have ended up with a knife and a spoon and no fork or just a fork. That meant another trip to the serving line. These 4th of July themed utensil holder were the perfect solution.
On spool of ribbon will make 9 holders. I have invited 15 people for 4th of July so I needed two spools. For each holder you start by cutting 18 inch lengths of ribbon. Do not use your good sewing scissors for this. I used an inexpensive pair of scissors that I use to cut paper and they worked just fine – cutting through the wire like butter.
Turn down both short edges wrong sides together about 1/2 inc . Zig zag stitch in place. Go slowly taking care to avoid the wire on the edges.
Fold one short edge up 5 inches. No need to pin or iron as the wired edges hold it in place.
Do the same on the other short end. You will have a small overlap roughly in the middle. This will form the pocket. Stitch close to the edge along the long sides of the holder. Be careful not to stitch over the wire. . .
Insert your holiday utensils and you are done. Easy peasy!