Sewing Organizer: Show Me How
Hi I'm Linda Augsburg, Editorial Content Chief for American Patchwork and Quilting magazine and in this show me how video brought to you by Baby Lock and the Crescendo machine, I'm going to show you how to make this fun sewing organizer; To get instructions for it go to AllPeopleQuilt.com/ShowMeHowOrganizer. Let's get started. So for the cover of your organizer you're going to have a 13.5 x 10 inch piece of fabric and if your fabric is directional, you'll want to decide which direction you want that go to in. You'll also need a same size, 13.5 x 10 inch piece of heavy weight fusible interfacing which gives the whole organizer a little stability. Now for the inside, here are the pieces that you'll need. ?The inside has two lining pieces, one for each side, those are cut 7 x 10, and mine are directional so I had to be aware of which direction I wanted those to go. In addition, you're going to cut three binding strips, now we're using fat quarter to start so we cut those a 2.5 x 22 inches wide, now I chose to have my binding match my left pocket, but the instructions do tell you to match the lining, so it's up to you I just wanted to call that out so that you're buying the correct yardage as your working. Then for the left pocket you'll cut an 8 x 10 inch piece of fabric, and you will be folding that in half. For the bottom right pocket, you're going to cut a 7 x 9.5 inch piece of fabric, again my is directional so I wanted to pay attention to the which direction things are going, you'll also fold that in half as we go. Then for the two needle and pin holders, you're going to cut 2.5 inch by 3.5 inch piece of felt, two pieces that size, now you can use pinking shears to cut those or if you have a pinking blade for your rotary cutter you can use that as well. Now for the ties, you'll need one 18 inch piece of extra wide .5 inch double fold bias tape. So I like to prepare all of my pieces before I really sit down to sew, the first thing I'm going to do then is to fuse the fusible side of the interfacing to the wrong side of my cover fabric, I'm going to make sure I get a good fuse, so follow your instructions on the fusible interfacing because each brand can be a little different. That's going to give it stability. Next I'm going to take my 8x10 left pocket piece, fold that in half so it's 4x10 and place it on the left lining piece, lining up those other three edges, the fold should be towards the inside. Finally I'm going to fold my 7 x 9.5 piece in half, and remember this is a directional fabric so you want to make sure you get that direction correct, I'm going to mark a line at 3.5 inches which is the center and another line to each side of that 1 ? inches away, those will form the four pockets, and that's going to end up being placed on the bottom of the right lining piece. In addition I've measured three quarters inch from the sides and the top of that same piece and marked a corner in each corner, and then what I'm going to do is pin those felt pieces using that corner to line up one corner and then do the other, pin those in place. Now I can go do a lot of sewing at one time. So I'm going to baste the pocket to the left lining piece, I'm going to baste it on the bottom edge, the side edge and then the top edge, now some machines have a baste stitch or setting where the machine will feed and every so often it'll take a stitch, Otherwise if you want to baste just do a longer stitch than normal, and in addition you want to make sure you're well within what's going to be your seam allowance which in this case is going to be a quarter inch so I'm going to make sure I'm a stent quarter or even an eighth?inch from the edge that way I can be sure that the basting stitch won't show later. On the right side we're going to sew down those pocket lines that we marked on that bottom right pocket, now I'm going to use a stitch that takes a tack stitch at the beginning rather than going back and forth, it'll be a little more secure and it won't have those extra stitches in place. So I'm going to just take the bullet stitch and once it's tacked two or three times I can just follow along that pencil line. In the same way I'm going to start in that tack stitch or bullet stitch and sew just along the top edge of that each felt rectangle. So now that you've sew down the felt pieces and the pocket, you're going to sew the two lining pieces together with quarter inch seam and you'll have your lining. You can see now why we did that in two pieces that pocket on the bottom is now caught in that center seam so that gives me a nice pocket there and then of course this side will be bound so it'll give us that fourth pocket as well. So we're going to pin the lining to the cover, wrong sides together and then sew right in that seam, like stitching in the ditch on a quilt, just to secure those pieces together. Next you're going to sew a seam along that open edge of the bias tape then cut the bias tape into two 9 inch pieces and center them along the long edges on the left and right side right about that 5 inch mark, go ahead and baste or sew those in place, again staying inside that quarter inch seam allowance so it won't show when the binding is done. Do that on both the left side and the right side and then we're ready to bind. I've pinned the two ties here in the center so they don't get caught in the seam in error, I also pinned down my two felt rectangles for the same reason so they don't get caught in the binding. When attaching the binding, I like to start with this project on the back edge so this lower right pocket, if you have your seams right here at the fold, it gets kind of bulky because you've already got the same allowance from the lining and the extra from this pocket. I like to start at this end come along sew this corner up and over and then meet here at the back, it's the last obvious place for that join to be. Once you've sewn that binding on, just bring it over to the front and top stitch it in place. And that's all there is to making this adorable sewing organizer. That's all there is to it, I just love this organizer, it holds a small mat, smaller rulers and other small sewing supplies you need to take along, also those felts are great for pins and needles and once you just fold it in half and tie the bias tape in a bow, you're ready to take it to any class or any other sewing session you're going to. Again for those sewing instructions go to AllPeopleQuilt.com/ShowMeHowOrganizer. Thanks for joining us today, Happy Sewing!