Thursday, May 14, 2009
I wanted to make something for my mother-in-law's new sewing room for mother's day so I came up with this organizer. I saw quite a few ideas in magazines and on-line, but I didn't find a pattern I loved, so I came up with my own.
This is in no way professional. I am sure there are much better ways of doing this type of project. But this is what I came up with.
2 fat quarters for the pockets
1 yard of fabric for back
2 yards of stabilizer
I cut the background fabric into two pieces the same width as my fat quarters. For the pockets I cut the fat quarters into pieces and folded them in half and ironed them. I just randomly picked some sizes that sounded good. I think I ended up with 9, 5, and 3 inch pockets. Make sure your fabric piece is twice as big as your desired finished size.
I wanted the pockets to be stiff so I cut a piece of stabilizer and tucked into the folded pocket.
I then sewed along the folded edge to keep the stabilizer in place.
I laid out my pockets on the background where I wanted them and then drew a line across the background.
I then lined up the open edge of the pockets with the lines and sewed and them pressed them up.
I then taped the top of the pockets in place so that they move while sewing. I also added small pieces of ribbon along the top and held them in place with painters tape. This is my new favorite pining technique. I learned it on the show "Sewing With Nancy"
I then put the second background piece on top and sewed around the edges leaving an opening for turning. Then I cut a piece of stabilizer to fit just inside the piece. I sewed the edges of the pockets and then sewed up the middle of each pocket to create smaller pockets and to hold the stabilizer in place. Stitch up the opening and fill your pockets.