Flatware Rolls Sizing Guide
The first stated dimension represents the pocket width (e.g. 1.5” x 7.75”); the second dimension, or height, represents the space available for your utensil between the bottom fold of the pocket and where the flap folds down (e.g. 1.5” x 7.75”). The pocket depth itself is a little more than half the stated height; the flap covers the top half of the utensils.
Our rolls have top-stitching which dictates where the flap folds down, which is why they come in various heights. The reason for the top-stitching is to discourage users from folding the flaps down directly over the point of the knives or tines of the forks as that will eventually cut through the fabric, destroying the rolls...and we want our Flatware Rolls to stay with the flatware as they pass from generation to generation.
How to Determine Pocket Widths:
Typically, knives and forks will fit into 1.5” wide pockets (rare exception: very ‘fat’/hollow handles on knives); however, the bowls of spoons can vary in both width and depth, so you will want to determine which pocket width is appropriate for your particular pattern.
The way to do this is to:
Take a fabric tape measure (or a piece of string and a ruler), and wrap it all the way around the widest part of the bowl of the spoon to get the circumference (imagine wrapping a string around a ball)...this represents the front and back of the pocket of the finished roll. Do not try to 'drape' the tape measure or string into the concave bowl of the spoon.
Take this number, and divide it in half.
You will need a pocket that is a little wider than this number so the utensil will slide in and out of the pocket easily. For instance, if the circumference of the widest part of the bowl of your Soup Spoon measures 3", half of that number is 1.5”, so you will need to choose a Flatware Roll that has 1.75" wide pockets.
How to Determine Roll Heights:
It is also helpful to use this method to determine the roll height for both spoons and forks due to the curves created by the bowl of the spoons and the bend in the tines of the forks. Measure the circumference of the length of the utensil, divide that number in half, and choose a roll that has a longer stated height. Try to avoid choosing a roll that equals the number you have from dividing the circumference in half...it will not be a problem to get a roll that's a little bigger and is actually preferred.
Flatter utensils like knives can typically just have their actual length measured with a ruler and then choosing a roll that is slightly higher. But, of course, you can confirm your choices by measuring the circumference of all your utensils' lengths.
Measuring Odd-Shaped Utensils:
Odd-shaped utensils, like ladles, will cause flatware rolls to not roll up easily or 'nicely', so you may want to consider placing certain utensils in one of our Zippered Storage Bags.
The same tape measure method used to determine the length shown above can be used to determine the length of the zippered bag.
However, it can be easier to determine the pocket width using a Ziplock-type baggie as you might find it frustrating trying to hold a tape measure in place due to the utensil's shape. When using this method you do not need to divide the measurement in half...just make a mark where the baggie comes together comfortably at the utensil's widest point, slide the utensil out of the baggie and smooth the baggie out, then measure the space the utensil's width took up.