Thursday, July 21, 2016

Custom Wall Organizer

Slowly but surely, I am working away at a few projects that have been stacked in my sewing room for a really long time.  One of them is a custom wall organizer inspired by this one I saw on s.o.t.a.k handmade.  I have some specific size requirements so I knew I would need to make the pattern to my own dimensions - probably why it has been ignored for so long..

I usually have zero confidence in my ability to sew 3D items like this organizer so I decided to just pull some older fabric from my stash - that way if I messed up, I wouldn't be disappointed.

Once I drafted up my dimensions, it was time to start cutting and sewing.  First up was figuring out the curved pockets for the front.  Svetlana provides a template but my organizer is a bit wider and I wanted a bit different shape. 

Thanks to the great tutorial, it went together pretty easily.  I did decide to use fusible fleece rather than the stiff interfacing suggested.  It worked pretty well but I might try the stiffer interfacing in the pockets next time.  Once I finished up the outer binding it was time to cut and install the grommets.

I have to say, this was a nerve wracking process!  I was so afraid I would make a mistake or cut the holes too large.  The template and the instructions for these grommets had been lost ages ago so I was on my own.

But take a look!  I took my time and everything went together perfectly.

As I was finishing up this project, I realized how great this organizer would be for rulers.  I divided the brighter orange pockets in my organizer so the rectangular rulers fit so nicely.

I might just have to make a second one for in my sewing room.  So even though I finished up this project, it looks as though I still have the same number of items on my to-do list!

And here it is on the wall.  I needed something in the area I meet with clients that holds my patterns and magazines.

I am so pleased with the results!

It was sure a nice confidence booster.  Maybe now I can finish up a few other projects I have been dreading...

The weekend is on its way!  I still have one more week of my staycation so I am hoping to get a few more projects checked off my list before I go back to working on client quilts.  Time is flying by!

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Chantal said...

I love this wall organiser. You did an excellent job, grommets and all. Congratulation! Thanks for the link to the pattern. I think I need a few of these organisers. ;^)

Sue SA said...

Great project, we could all use one to hang rulers away safely and another one for bills/mail. Thanks for sharing.

Jo said...

Great job and thanks for the idea... Good gift idea too,

Lesley Gilbert said...

Nice tutorial - would be easy to add extra pockets if needed :)

Carol R. said...

Super cute wall organizer!! Grommets - you're a far braver woman than I am.. these big ones are REALLY scary! but it looks like you did just fine :)

Lara B. said...

Your organizer turned out so well Cyndy that you should have every confidence now in making 3D objects!

Yvonne from Quilting Jetgirl said...

It looks great and is a very nice way to display your patterns and magazines. I know what you mean about not having great confidence in 3D sewing, and I'm glad you took your time as this turned out so nicely!

Jayne said...

Another great way to organize! I think you nailed it from grommets to designing what works for you!

Mary Marcotte said...

Hey, this looks great! You did a great job with the grommets and the pockets. Really why you'd feel uncomfortable I can't imagine. It's obvious to me that you are more than capable of handling this project.

Jen said...

I always get a bit nervous about 3D sewing as well. You just really don't know how it is going to turn out until it is too late sometimes. I think you did a great job! What a great organizer.

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Your organizer looks great and so useful! I like the shape of the pockets!

Heide said...

What a great finish. Super pattern and love the fabric.

Afton Warrick said...

What a neat-looking way to keep things organized! This would be a great sewing project to use for holding cards too. (I'm in Christmas in July mode.)

Jenn @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge said...

Nicely done! Looks like you should have a little more confidence in your ability to make 3D projects! Thanks for linking up with TGIFF @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge!

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