Quick Toilet Roll Holder

Since we moved into our new house a few months ago toilet rolls have been cluttering up the bathrooms. In our old house I had a hideously ugly, utilitarian loo roll holder that hung on the back of the bathroom door for years. It was made from plastic and weird pretend fabric (kind of a cross between fabric and kitchen paper!), and was an insipid peach colour...my least favourite of insipid colours! The problem with having spare loo rolls hanging around the loo is that they are irresistible to my 2 year old. She HAS to have them. Invariably this results in loo roll carnage and a very cross mummy.

We have three loos in this house and so I needed three quick solutions. It was obvious that the peach plastic monstrosity wasn't going to cut the mustard. After a quick browse of Pinterest I found a couple of ideas that I liked and so modified them to suit my requirements.

So I present to you the quick (approximately 1 hour) loo roll door hanger.  

If you want to make one the same size as mine, then use the following amounts of fabric, otherwise tweak for you own requirements (I use Tesco or Sainsburys loo roll, so based mine on the size of those rolls. Some of the fancier, quilted loo rolls are bigger so you might need to make your holder slightly bigger). Also if you want more or less loo roll chambers, adjust fabric quantities accordingly. You can also make it double width to store two rolls side by side, although not sure how well this will hang from a single hook - you might need to put a small piece of baton in the top. It can also be made a bit wider for kitchen roll. You can even use this to store rolled up magazines for a little you time in the loo (ha, fat chance - anyone with small children will know that there's no such thing as 'you time' in the lav!).

Ingredients:

23 in x WOF of outer fabric (I used quilting cotton on one and heavier cotton (the b&w spotty fabric above) on another one) 

23 in x WOF of lining fabric (I used quilting cotton) 

23 in x 21 in of iron-on interfacing (if using quilting cotton. If using a heavier weight fabric, you don't need it)

Velcro or Kam snaps to attach the different loo roll chambers together (you can omit these and just sew them together if you prefer)

Cutting:

From the outer and lining fabrics (and interfacing if using), cut 3 rectangles measuring 23 in x 7 in.

From EITHER the outer or lining fabric cut a strip 3 in x 14 in for the hanging strap (cut this to whatever length suits your requirements), but I found 14 in about right.

Method:

Iron the interfacing (if using) onto the WRONG side of the outer fabric on all three pieces.

Make the hanging strap by folding the 3 in x 14 in rectangle in half lengthways (RIGHT SIDE TOGETHER) and pressing. Stitch down the open long side with 1/4 in seam allowance. Turn the right way (I find using a safety pin the easiest way to do this) and press well.

Place the outer and lining fabrics RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER and sew all the way round with a 1/4 in seam, leaving a 3 in opening at one of the short ends for turning. Make sure you backstitch a bit at either side of the opening to keep it together when turning. Do this for all three loo roll chambers. On the first chamber (the one that will hang from the hook), attach the hanging strap on the opposite short end to the one that you'll be leaving the 3 in gap for turning. Make sure that you place the strap between the outer and lining fabrics BEFORE you sew them together. Leave about 1/2 in of the ends of the straps poking past the seam (I've lost count of the times that I've sewn them so that they're on the inside when turned the right way round!).

Once you have all made all three sets of rectangles, snip the corners to reduce bulk and turn then the right way out and give them a good press. Carefully press the 3 in unstitched openings with a neat 1/4 in inward fold ready for top stitching. 

Fold over the finished rectangle so that the outer fabric is on display and sew across, closing the 3 in gap as you do so. For the top chamber I left an approximately 1 in gap between the top of the rectangle and my stitch line, just to show a bit of the contrasting lining. For the other chambers I left about 1/2 in to make attaching the Kam snaps a bit easier. 

Once you have assembled all chambers, attach them together either using velco or snaps, or just by stitching with a  single line of stitching. To work out the best position for attaching them together, pop a loo roll in each chamber and work out where best to attach. For mine, I found that a 3 in overlap worked well. I used Kam snaps and found they worked really well.

Et voila. A super speedy loo roll holder and uncluttered bathrooms. Result and rejoice! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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