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Organize Along Tutorial Week 4

Quilted Sewing Room Wall Organizer Tutorial

Guest Blogger: Holly Clarke

Every week, through the Bee Sew Inspired - Organize-Along, we are hosting guest bloggers! These amazing creatives are sharing with you, a fun and simple tutorial that you can make, to help organize something in your creative space!

Join me and welcoming today's guest blogger Holly Clarke from Holly Clarke Design

in celebration of the Bee Sew Inspired - Organize-Along!

You can learn more about Holly at the following links:

Instagram: @holdmyseamripper

Hello sewing friends! I am Holly Clarke from Holly Clarke Design. If you're a creative maker, chances are you have a lot of STUFF in your workspace. I have been sewing for over 25 years and while I try to keep things fairly minimal and organized, I always feel like I could use more space for better storage. My sewing room is my sanctuary, but it is a small basement room, not ideal for storage. So I thought about what IKEA always suggests for small spaces... use your vertical space to your advantage... and I got to work sketching up a wall-hanging organizer for all my small tools and notions.

If you're in the same boat as me, I hope you'll follow along my tutorial and make one for your own space.

What You Need:

This wall organizer can be completely customized to suit your space and your organizing needs. For instance, if you have a larger (or smaller) wall space, you can adjust the size of the background fabric to suit your needs. You can also adjust the number of pockets. Once you read my method it should be fairly easy to customize everything. Here's what I used to make mine:

- Front fabric: 24" wide x 34" long

- Pocket fabric 1: 6.5" x WOF (width of fabric)

- Pocket fabric 2: 10.5" x WOF

- Pocket fabric 3: 14.5" x WOF

- Backing fabric: 26" x 36"

- Batting: 26" x 36"

- Binding: 10" x WOF, cut into (4) 2.5" strips

- 0.25" elastic, approximately 23.5" long (optional)

- (3) 1.5" D-rings (or you can use eyelets)

- Straps for D-rings: (3) pieces of fabric 6" x 3.5"


Prepare the background:

1. You can use a whole cloth piece of fabric for the front of your organizer, but I pieced mine using 4 colours of pink fabric. I used Riley Blake Designs Confetti Cotton Solids in: Petunia, Rose, Super Pink and Cranberry. I cut each colour into 24” x 9” pieces and sewed them together in sections from light to dark.

2. Create a “quilt sandwich” by layering the front fabric, the batting, and the backing. For my backing fabric I used Riley Blake Designs Swiss Dots Black on White. Baste the sandwich together with pins or spray baste.

3. Quilt as desired. I quilted a 2" grid then added some additional curved orange-peel quilting to give it a whimsical look. Once you finish quilting, square it up by trimming off the excess batting/backing.

Create the pockets:

4. For my three pocket fabrics, I used 1/8", 1/4", and 1/2" black and white stripe fabric. Fold the pocket fabric pieces in half lengthwise, then sew a seam along the long ends, making them into wide tubes. Do this for all 3 pocket fabric pieces. Trim off selvedge ends.

5. Turn the pocket tubes right side out, press the seams flat.

6. Position the 3 pocket fabrics on top of the background to determine where you would like to attach them. I spread mine out evenly.

7. Divide Pocket 1 fabric into 8 equal sections, draw a line at each section or insert a pin at the top and bottom of each section to mark it. Mark 8 equal sections across the width of the background (should be approximately 3" apart). Align the marks/pins of the pocket piece to the background marks. Insert a pin at each mark (top and bottom). Insert pins at the edges to hold it securely in place.

8. Repeat step 7 for the other two pocket pieces:

Pocket 2 fabric should be divided into 6 equal sections with the background divided into (6) 4" sections. Pocket 3 fabric should be divided into 5 equal sections with the background divided into (5) 4.75" sections.

9. Sew the pockets to the background fabric along each section divider and at both sides. Remove pins as you go. Back-stitch at the beginning and end of each seam to secure stitching.

10. Fold pleats under at the bottom of each pocket fabric, lining each pleat up with the divider seams you just sewed. Place pins through each pleat and background fabric to hold them in place. At the sides, leave at least 0.25" space at the edge for the binding.