DIY.. A – Frame Organizer

September is National Sewing Month.  Today I’m hanging with Jo-Ann Fabrics, Pellon and #SewYourStyle..

Sew An A Frame Fabric Organizer HaberdasheryFun

I’m happy to be sharing my A-Frame Organizer. I made one a few months ago and have been itching to sew another and share the tutorial. It’s like a fabric binder, but folds into an “A” shaped frame and has 4 pockets. Perfect for storing your make-up, brushes, pens, pencils, markers and even your sewing tools..  Oh how the list goes on.

So #SewYourWhat.. ? This is an amazing contest put on by Jo-Ann Fabrics and is sponsored by Pellon, my favorite “Magic in the Middle people”.

The contest is all month long.  All you have to do is sew something non-quilted, non-traditional and out of quilting fabric. Then upload a photo of your project to the contest page. You could win a bunch of cool stuff.  It’s that easy.

Gift giving season is coming up. Have a special someone in college? Why not make this for their dorm room?  Sew it in their favorite colors.

Materials needed:

  1. Fabric – 1/2 yard each – 2 colors
  2. Scrap fabric – 2 colors
  3. 1 yard Pellon  Peltex 71F – Single Sided Fusible Ultra Firm Stabilizer
  4. Velcro –  Soft & Flexible Sew-On Fasteners or Sticky Back for Fabrics – 1 box
  5. Fabric glue
  6. Wonder Clips – Have you tried these from the Clover brand?
  7. Disappearing fabric ink pen
  8. Rotary cutter, quilting ruler and cutting mat
  9. Sewing supplies
  10. Sewing machine
  11. Iron and ironing board

Before we get started you will need to cut the following pieces:

  1. Pellon Peltex 71F  –  Cut 4 rectangles measuring 13″L x 9″W [ side], cut 2 rectangles measuring 13″L x 1 1/4″W [ top], cut 2 rectangles measuring 13″L x 6″W [base], Cut 2 rectangles measuring 13″L x 1 1/2″W [bottom flap]. Note: Depending on how sturdy you want your A-Frame, you may also want to cut and fuse 1 more set of rectangles out of Pellon Deco Fuse. Iron on below each piece of the Pellon Peltex 71F.
  2. Fabric 1 – Main and lining – Cut 2 rectangles measuring 29″L x 14″W
  3. Fabric 2 – Pocket – Cut 2 rectangles measuring 18″ L x 5 1/2″W
  4. Fabric 3 – Front tab – Cut 2 rectangles measuring 5 1/2″L x 4″ W
  5. Velcro – Cut 1 strip 13″ long, cut 1 strip 3″ long

Let’s get sewing:

Lay the Pellon Peltex pieces on the backside of the main fabric.  The fusible side should be facing the backside of the fabric.  There should be a 1/2″ seam allowance around the outside of the Pellon Peltex pieces. There should be a scant 1/8″ between the interior pieces of Pellon Peltex. Lay the Pellon Peltex pieces in the following order: bottom flap, base, side, top, side. Repeat and iron the Pellon Peltex pieces to the backside of the lining fabric.

Turn and fold the edges towards the back of the fabric and Pellon. Use fabric glue to hold the seam allowances in place. Repeat for the lining fabric.

Place the main and lining together, wrong sides facing. Use Wonder Clips to hold the edges in place. Find the 1/8″ gap between the Pellon pieces and mark a line with the disappearing fabric ink pen. Place into sewing machine and stitch the main and lining pieces together. Repeat and stitch together at each 1/8″ gap. Do not sew the perimeter together just yet.

Place the 2 rectangles for the pocket pieces right sides together. Pin along the ling edge. Place into your sewing machine and sew together with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Press the seams. Pull through itself and press seams again. Repeat  and sew the front tab together. Press. Topstitch along the edges.

Fold the pocket piece in half. Mark a dashed line at the top and bottom with the disappearing fabric pen.  Measure inwards 3/4″ from each side seam and mark again with a disappearing fabric ink pen. Fin the middle of each side and mark with the disappearing fabric in pen.

Lay the organizer on your work space, lining side facing up. Bottom flap is at the bottom.  Measure upwards  1″ from the side piece nearest the bottom flap. Place the pocket down. Center and Pin.  Stitch in place along the dashed line. Now find the mid way point between the center and the side seam. Mark with the pen and pin the pocket in place. Stitch in place along the dashed line.

Insert the pocket side seams between the organizer main and  lining pieces. Stop at the 3/4″ mark. Pin in place. Stitch down just along the pocket side. Repeat for the other side of the organizer.

Create inverted pleats at each stitch line. Roll and turn under the excess fabric. Pin in place at the stitched line. Repeat along the pocket. Place into your sewing machine and stitch along the bottom edge. Press.

Insert the flap between the organizer main and  lining pieces. Hold in place with the Wonder Clips. Place into sewing machine and stitch around the perimeter of the organizer.

Open velcro strips. Place the loop side of the 13″ strip on the bottom flap lining side. Stitch down. Place the hook side of the 13″ strip front side of the organizer. Stitch in place. open the 3″ Strip. Place the loop side of the 3″ strip on the flap and match placement for the hook side on the outside of the organizer. Stitch in place.

That’s it. Happy Sewing. Remember to head on over to the contest and upload your project.

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38 Responses to DIY.. A – Frame Organizer

  1. Ann September 11, 2014 at 10:18 am #

    So cool! And how did you know that organizing my toiletry cupboard is my current A1 priority?

    • Haberdashery Fun September 11, 2014 at 10:21 am #

      Ha Ha.. isn’t that the truth? You should see my drawers 🙂

  2. Anne Weaver September 12, 2014 at 10:36 am #

    Brilliant!! I need to make some of these!!! I’ve got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for later this morning that links to your tutorial:

  3. AJ September 12, 2014 at 6:23 pm #

    Love the organizer and especially the fabrics you picked! Gonna have to pin this to make down the road. =D

    As an aside: I checked that URL for the Joann/Pellon contest and there’s nothing there? Do you know if it’s the wrong URL?

    • Haberdashery Fun September 13, 2014 at 9:23 am #

      Let me look into this and get back to you.

    • Haberdashery Fun September 14, 2014 at 1:56 pm #

      Hi Again. I checked the URL and it takes you to a Facebook page. You upload your project image there. Good luck 🙂

  4. Cheryl@ Sew Can Do September 22, 2014 at 2:35 pm #

    Really useful idea and great that it folds flat when needed. Thanks for linking to the Craftastic Monday party at Sew Can Do!

    • Haberdashery Fun September 22, 2014 at 2:59 pm #

      Thank you Cheryl!

  5. Ren September 23, 2014 at 9:10 am #

    This is brilliant! Love it.

  6. Ashley September 26, 2014 at 5:41 pm #

    Hey thank you for putting this up. So creative and such a great idea!! love it. Glad to have found this from the Serenity Now Linkup today

    • Haberdashery Fun September 26, 2014 at 9:22 pm #

      Hi – thanks you so much for the comment. It was a lot of fun to make 🙂

  7. Emily September 27, 2014 at 8:01 am #

    I want one of these!! I haven’t tried that Pellon stabilizer before, looks amazing! Thanks for sharing at the Create Link Inspire party. You are being featured at Nap-Time Creations this weekend and I’ve spread your project around my social media… Hop on over and check it out. Happy Weekend! Emily

    • Haberdashery Fun September 29, 2014 at 12:57 pm #

      Thanks Emily!Give the Pellon stabilizer a try.. it is a lot of fun. I’ve made collapsible bowls as well with it.

  8. Javeriya September 27, 2014 at 9:21 am #

    This is AWESOME! Pinning it up, I HAVE to make one.

    • Haberdashery Fun September 29, 2014 at 12:58 pm #

      Thank you so much! Have a great week.

  9. Toni Horsley November 28, 2014 at 10:57 am #

    Just great, going to make a couple. Many thanks for your creative ideas

  10. Demetria August 28, 2015 at 12:33 pm #

    I want to make one of these. I do have a question though. When it comes to the first part of sewing I’m confused on where exactly you are talking about to sew. It’s after you mark for the 1/8″ gap. Then you said “Place into sewing machine and stitch the main and lining pieces together. Repeat and stitch together at each 1/8″ gap. Do not sew the perimeter together just yet.” I understand sewing down the 1/8″ gap lines but where exactly before that if Im not supposed to do the perimeter? Help,Please!?!

    • Haberdashery Fun September 2, 2015 at 1:50 pm #

      HI Demetria – I’m sorry for the delay in responding. I’ve been out of the country with limited access to the internet. Let me look into your question and get right back to you – Marni

      • Paula October 19, 2015 at 9:25 pm #

        I am also trying this out….. I am stuck on the sewing part. Do I have to sew between each section of the pellon? If so I cant. It wont fit in my sewing machine. There’s not enough room between my needle and the arm thingy on the right side.

        • Haberdashery Fun October 20, 2015 at 10:14 am #

          Hi Paula,

          Thank you for your comment and glad you are trying this out. it is not totally necessary that you sew between the pieces of Pellon, however sewing between them helps holds it all place. I would try to sew as much as possible. Can you shift it around to get in between everything? You can also try rolling it to get it to fit.

          Let me know how it goes.


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