Sew Your Own Craft Organizer
Whether you plan on embracing a new craft hobby this year, or keeping yourself busy with your favourite creative pastimes, this craft organizer is a must-make for keeping all your project supplies neat and tidy – and easy to get to work with at a moment’s notice! Check out Becky Cole’s step-by-step tutorial below, and learn how to craft your own handy caddy that will make crafting anywhere, easy!
You Will Need:
- Five patterns of cotton fabric
- Fusible fleece
- Sewing machine
- Zipper foot
- Sewing thread
- Safety pin and straight pins
- Sewing scissors
- Tape Measure
- Fabric pen/pencil
- Magnetic clasp
- 2.5cm wide sew on hook and loop tape
- In-R Form
- Hand sewing needle
- Paper template (paper, pencil, ruler, paper scissors)
- Dressmakers rule
- 4 bag feet
- 2 wooden bag handles (size used here is 15.5cm x 11cm x 0.8cm)
- 32cm zip
- D ring clip
How to Sew Your Own Craft Organizer:
Cut out your fabric pieces.
- Two 67cm x 44.5cm in cotton 1 (main body of bag)
- Two 67cm x 44.5cm in cotton 2 (main lining of bag)
- Two 67cm x 24.5cm in cotton 3 (pocket A front)
- Two 67cm x 24.5cm in cotton 2 (pocket A lining)
- Four 67cm x 34.5cm in cotton 4 (pocket B front and lining)
- Two 32cm x 22cm in cotton 5 (inside pocket panels)
- Two 47cm x 32cm in cotton 5 (inside divider)
- Four pieces for handles (To create a template, fold a piece of paper in half, draw a line 20cm along the bottom at right angles to the fold, mark 12cm up from the line along the fold, and then a third line 4cm at the top of the 12cm line at right angles to the fold. Join the long line and the short line together with a curve. Cut out the shape and open up flat.) Cut using fabric 3, adding 1cm seam allowance all the way round.
- One 7cm x 18cm strip in cotton 5
- Two strips 5cm x 69cm in cotton 3
- Two 65cm x 42.5cm in fusible fleece (cut out a 12.5cm x 12.5cm square from the bottom corners)
- Two handle shapes from fusible fleece minus the seam allowance.
- One 30cm x 45cm in In-R Form
- Six lengths 2.5cm x 25cm loop tape
- Two lengths 2.5cm x 32cm hook tape
Place pocket A top fabric and lining fabric right sides together and stitch along the top edge. Fold the fabric over to the right side, press, and top stitch.
Place pocket B front and lining panels right sides together and stitch along the top edge. Turn the fabric over and press the seam flat. Take one of the 5cm x 69cm strips of fabric 3. Press the long edges in 1cm and then in half. Use this to bind the stitched edge of pocket B.
Place one of the pocket A on top of one of the pocket B, lining up the bottom edges, and pin together. Using a fabric marker, mark vertical lines from left to right at 13.5cm (line 1), 23.5cm (line 2), 33.5cm (line 3), 44.5cm (line 4), and 53.5cm (line 5). Double stitch lines (2) and (4) from the bottom edge up to the top edge of pocket A.
Using an iron, fuse the fleece panels to one of the main body fabric panels, with the shorter edge with corners removed along the bottom edge. Position the two joined pockets along the bottom edge of bag panel and pin in place.
Double stitch lines (1), (3), and (5) from the bottom edge up to the top of pocket B, running a wide basting stitch down the sides and bottom edges of the pockets and bag panels.
Repeat steps 2-5 to make a second side of the bag.
Lay the two sides of the bag with pockets attached right sides together. Line up the pockets at the sides and the seams at the bottom. Pin together and stitch 1cm seam allowance down the sides and along the bottom. Trim away excess fabric from the corners.
Fold the bag diagonally and line up the seams so that the bottom corners form a triangle. Mark a line perpendicular to the seam line 12-12.5cm either side. This should line up with the edges of the fleece. Stitch across the line. Repeat with the opposite corner. Turn the bag through and push the corners out.
To make the handles for your craft organizer, attach one of the handle fleece pieces to one of the fabric handle pieces. Place the fused piece right sides together with one of the non-fused handle fabric pieces. Stitch around the curved edges leaving the short top edge and long bottom edge open. Turn through and press. Lay the handle with the fleece fused piece facing you. Place one of the wooden handles’ straight edge over the short edge and roll the fabric over the handle. Pin and hand stitch in place. Repeat with the other pieces to make a second handle. On the fleece side again, mark on one of the handles the position of the magnetic clasp, in the centre, 2.5cm down from the handle. Attach the clasp through the fleece-fused fabric only. Repeat on the second handle with the other side of the clasp. Pin centrally to the top outside edge of the bag.
Next, take the 7cm x 18cm fabric strip. Press the long sides in 1cm and then press in half. Top stitch down both sides. Fold the tab in half widthways and feed it through the D ring of the clip. Pin in place centrally on top of one of the handles.
To make the inside pocket for the craft organizer, place one of the inside pocket panels face up. Next, lay one edge of the zipper tape along the top edge of the fabric. Then, lay the second pocket panel face down along the same edge. Using a zipper foot, stitch along this edge. Fold the fabric down, press, and top stitch in place. Overcast around the other three edges. Press under 1cm along all three edges of the pocket, pressing the corners in diagonally first.
Take one of the lining panels and place right side up. Place the pocket upside down, looking at the wrong side, 38cm down from the top and 19cm in from the sides. Turn under the zipper ends to match the seams you created on the pocket and stitch along the tape with the zipper foot. Fold the pocket back down so that you are now looking at the right side of the pocket and top stitch all the way around the three edges of the pocket.
Take the second lining panel and place it over the top of the first (which now has the pocket attached) right sides together. Stitch down both sides 1cm in. Press the seams.
Looking at the seams you have just sewn, position 3 pieces of loop tape perpendicularly to the seam down the length of the lining side seams. Position the first 2cm from the top edge and the second and third 10cm between them. Pin and stitch in place. Repeat with the other 3 pieces of loop tape on the opposite seam.
Turn the lining the wrong way out and slide it over the top of the main bag, lining up the top edges. Make sure to position the side with the inside pocket to the opposite side where you pinned the D clip tab. Stitch around the top 1cm in. Turn the fabric through, tucking the lining inside the bag. Make sure the D clip tab is positioned down and the handles are up and out of the way; pin and top stitch 1cm in all the way around the top of the bag.
Pull up the bottom of the lining and top stitch the two edges together 0.5cm in. Form a roll hem and stitch. Create the corners in the same way as you did in step 8. Fold the triangles in and hand stitch them to the centre seam.
Make small holes in the corners using sharp embroidery scissors (be VERY careful here!) through the top fabrics and the lining and push the feet in place. This will help to hold the lining in position.
To make the inside panel of your craft organizer, take one of the fabric panels for the inside divider, right side facing you, and position a piece of hook tape down one of the short sides, 1cm in from the edge. Pin and stitch in place. Repeat with the second piece of hook tape on the other short edge. Place the second fabric piece over the top, right sides together, and stitch 1cm in all the way around, leaving a 30cm gap along the bottom long edge. Trim the excess from the corners and turn the fabric through to the right side. Press the seams. Insert the In-R Form piece through the gap, making sure it fills the whole shape. Stitch up the gap in the bottom. Next top stitch down the two short sides 2.5cm in, along the edge of the tape. Position in the bag.
Now your craft organizer is complete, it’s time to decide what to fill it with!
Grab your most-used craft supplies, get them them in place… and then dive back into the Create and Craft blog to find your next project!