Wednesday, April 20, 2016

wall pocket organizer {a tutorial}

You guys, I'm super excited to show you my newest project ... 


...  a wall pocket organizer.

I've been in an organizing mood for quite some time now and one thing I really wanted to get was a simple wall pocket organizer to help me keep all the many piles of mail and bills from constantly spreading around my studio. 

I looked and looked, online as well as in stores, but I could not find exactly what I was looking for as I didn't want anything too bulky or made of plastic. In the end I decided to try and make one myself and I'm happy to say it turned out just the way I imagined.

And, I wrote up a tutorial for you in case you'd like to make an organizer of your own.

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Finished Size: 13" wide x 24" tall

Notes:
- use 1/4" seam allowance unless otherwise noted
- use non - directional print for main and lining fabric, if you use a directional one you will need double the amount stated in materials needed   
 - make sure your printer is set to “actual size” when printing your template (page scaling is set to “none”). Do not select “shrink to fit” as that would result in your template being printed incorrectly.


Materials Needed:
1/2 yard main fabric
1 FQ pocket fabric
1/2 yard lining fabric
1 1/4 yard Pellon Flex-Foam or Soft and Stable by Annie
1 package - 1/2" wide double fold bias binding
2 extra large eyelets

pattern template (click here)

eyelet setting tool
505 basting spray
walking foot for your sewing machine (optional, but highly recommended)


Cutting: 
1. from main fabric cut: one 13" wide x 24" tall rectangle
                                       two 2 3/4" x WOF strips for binding
from pocket fabric cut: two 13" wide x 9" tall rectangles
from lining fabric cut: one 13" wide x 24" tall rectangle
                                     two 13" wide x 9" tall rectangle
from Flex Foam cut:  one 13" wide x 24" tall rectangle
                                   two 13" wide x 9" tall rectangle

Pockets: 
2. Place one 13" wide x 9" tall lining rectangle right side down on a flat surface. Lay the same sized Flex Foam rectangle on top, place one pocket fabric rectangle right side up on top.Use 505 spray to baste all three layers together. (you can quilt your pocket at this point if you like)


3. Lay provided pocket template on top of basted pocket rectangle, align side and bottom edges. Trace around the top rounded edge.

4. Use 1/8" seam allowance and stitch slightly inside the drawn line along the top of the pocket. Cut along the line.


5. Unfold your bias binding, place your pocket lining side up and align binding's raw edge with pocket's top raw edge, pin. Stitch along the first fold line (picture below).


6. Remove the pins, flip the binding towards right side of the pocket. Use Wonder Clips or pin to hold binding in place. Stitch using 1/8" seam allowance.

 

7. Make second pocket following the same directions, only this time bind the pocket's bottom edge as well (please note, one pocket will have the bottom edge bound using bias tape, the other pocket will not). Set the pockets aside for now.


Main Panel:
8. Baste using 505 spray the three remaining 13" wide x 24" tall rectangles together (lining fabric rectangle is right side down, flex foam on top, main fabric rectangle is right side up on the very top). We'll refer to this basted rectangle as main panel. (you can quilt your main panel at this point, if preferred)

9. Place main panel right side up on a flat surface. Align one pocket along its bottom edge, clip to hold both panels in place (make sure you use the pocket without bottom binding). Use 1/8" seam allowance to baste pocket to main panel.


10. Align second pocket (the one with bottom edge bound) 2" up from the first pocket. Attach pocket to main panel by stitching along the sides and the bottom edge using 1/8" seam allowance.


Binding
11. Stitch the two binding strips together to form one continuous strip. Fold the strip half lengthwise (wrong sides together), press.

12. Attach binding to your wall pocket organizer the same way you would to a quilt (attach to the back first, flip and attach to the front).

Eyelets
13. Mark two points 1 1/2" away from top and side edge for eyelets placement. Use small sharp scissors to cut a hole through all three layers of main panel. Follow directions on your eyelets packaging to attach them to your organizer.


14. Give your wall pocket organizer a good press if needed, remove any stray threads and you're all finished. Congratulations!

Hope you give this project a try and enjoy making and using it.

And, as always, if you make a project using any of my tutorials please add it to my Flickr group or use #sotakhandmade if posting on Instagram. I love seeing all your amazing creations.

Wishing you all an amazing day. Svetlana


24 comments:

  1. darling! And it would be fantastic for rulers too.

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  2. I love this! I have been trying to find/come up with an idea for one of these, and I like this one best; great design!

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  3. Omg, I love you for this!

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  4. LOVE IT! It must be spring cleaning time!

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  5. LOVE this Svetlana! You are a clever and generous girl to share this so freely with us! I am going to make one of these, for sure! Better look for that eyelet kit first!

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  6. fabulous! thanks for sharing your awesome tutorial

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  7. This is so lovely, great shape too! I would need several of these for all my paperwork!! Jxo

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  8. Thank you so much! With several adults in one household it becomes difficult to organize everyone's mail. This will be perfect!

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  9. Svetlana: I totally love this and I'm going to make one with fabric from where my son goes to college - I think he would love this on his wall! Great design and thank for the tutorial! I'm Pinning it.

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  11. Very cool! So practical yet beautiful!

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  12. Dear Svetlana,
    what a great idea and it's totally what I need in my new room. Until now, I always stored "important" mail in a shelf and hoped to find it, when I needed it. ;) But that's much better! Thanks for the tutorial!
    Greetings, Rike

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  13. I love you this too! Thanks for the tutorial and pattern.

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  14. I love you this too! Thanks for the tutorial and pattern.

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  15. Nice things on your blog...
    I want to make the wall pocket organizer :)

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  16. Very nice project, Svetlana! I look forward to trying this for myself! I have made many of your tutorials and also have your nesting buckets pattern. I've made many nesting buckets but haven't posted pics to your Flickr group. I will try to do that soon.

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  17. Very nice! I've got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for tomorrow evening that features your tutorial:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/?p=87633 --Anne

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  18. I love this Svetlana! I will be trying it soon. Have a happy day!

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  19. Thank you so much for this pattern.....I have been looking for one to help get my honey a little more organized and this will be perfect!!

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  20. As I am in the process of "reorganizing" my sewing area - I can see this in a spot right now.

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  21. Hi - I hope you can help me. I have a good Juki machine. I am having trouble stitching the two foam layers together. My stitches won't form at all. The holes are going all the way through the project though. I have 30 wt. thread, 14 quilting needle and am using a 3.0 stitch length. Can you tell me needle/thread/stitch combo you used for success? Thanks so much!

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  22. Love the material choices. My favorite color is gray!

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  23. Thanks for sharing. I made this wall pocket organizer and love it. I wish I could post a picture of it.

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