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Denim Wall Organizer


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Denim Wall Organizer, Craft Project


This writeup was originally posted at PatternReview.com. Upon request, permission was given by the Designer, Jessica, to publish this. Like most home crafter, I'm constantly trying to get organized. Having the bits and pieces in place (and in view), helps to keep the inspiration juices flowing.




Wall sewing Organizer

I was reading Lynette Ranney Black's “Dream Sewing Spaces” and Carol Park's “Great Sewing Accessories to Sew” for ideas to organize my sewing stuff. We have a room with some available space that I am thinking of converting into a sewing corner. Other than an old dinning table and an older computer table I do not have much storage space so one way that I thought of was a wall organizer to keep the bit and pieces. I gather much of the ideas from C.Parks' book but decided that I need one that is custom-make to keep my collections of magnetic buttons, clasp and rings for bag-making etc., basically small hardware items for craft and general sewing. Previously, I kept small items such as these in boxes, which is difficult to retrieve.

Dimension

Finished size : 42 cm x 66 cm
12 pockets: (H) 9 cm x (W)10 cm each

Materials

I use mostly blue denim and some beige colored linen from my stash. I have considered other types of plastic sheets for the organizer's pockets but decided to cut these from a clear folder brought from the stationery shop that is much stronger. I also need two triangle rings that are sewn into the top two corners for hanging.

Design

To get an idea of the finished piece, I did a rough sketch of the design starting with the pocket size and the number of pockets that I need. Individually each pocket is about 9cm (H) x 10 cm (W). The finished piece should be about the width of a dinning chair (in the image) and it was finally decided that it would measure 66 cm (H) x 42 cm (W). With this size, the organizer will have 12 pockets arranged in 4 rolls so that each row will accommodate 3 pockets. For aesthetic, a framing border of 5 cm and two vertical strips for dividing the pockets are included in the design. When I cut the fabric, I added an additional 1.5 cm for seam allowance.

Approach

To determine the size of each plastic sheet to cut, I need to add up the width of the three pockets and the width of the two vertical dividers ( 10 2 10 2 10 = 32 cm). Together with seam allowance, each plastic sheet is about 12 x 35 cm with seam allowance included. I cut four of these for 4 rows and bind the width of the plastic sheets with the beige colored linen for reinforcement to make them stronger for the pocket openings. The sheets are then arranged on a rectangle piece of denim (35 x 59 cm, seam allowance included) and pinned for topstitch sewing. Only the bottom length/width of the sheets are sewn onto the denim at this time.

Next, for the two vertical dividers I cut out individually a strip of denim measuring 59 x 5 cm with allowance incld. I ironed the seam allowances inwards on both the long sides of the strips and pinned these vertically onto the rows of plastic sheets, arranging them in such a way that each row of plastic sheets will have 3 pockets. These have to be topstitched carefully onto the smooth plastic to yield a straight line. When these are done, the framing border with a 5cm finished width for the edges are included to complete the front part of the project.

The back piece comprised a rectangle denim piece fused with an ironed on interfacing measuring 45 x 69 cm inclusive of seam allowances for support. Sew two small bands to hold the triangle rings for attachment onto the top two corners of the back piece. To complete, sew the front and back pieces together. I also added some linen patches in the front top corners for decoration.

Hope you enjoy sewing this project as much as I