September is National Sewing Month. Today I’m hanging with Jo-Ann Fabrics, Pellon and #SewYourStyle..
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.
- Fabric – 1/2 yard each – 2 colors
- Scrap fabric – 2 colors
- 1 yard Pellon Peltex 71F – Single Sided Fusible Ultra Firm Stabilizer
- Velcro – Soft & Flexible Sew-On Fasteners or Sticky Back for Fabrics – 1 box
- Fabric glue
- Wonder Clips – Have you tried these from the Clover brand?
- Disappearing fabric ink pen
- Rotary cutter, quilting ruler and cutting mat
- Sewing supplies
- Sewing machine
- Iron and ironing board
Before we get started you will need to cut the following pieces:
- 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.
- Fabric 1 – Main and lining – Cut 2 rectangles measuring 29″L x 14″W
- Fabric 2 – Pocket – Cut 2 rectangles measuring 18″ L x 5 1/2″W
- Fabric 3 – Front tab – Cut 2 rectangles measuring 5 1/2″L x 4″ W
- 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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