I don’t know about you, but every time I sit down to sew I always seam to have everything spread everywhere and spend 20 minutes trying to find what I need amongest my organised kayos. So the other day I sat down and decided it was time to get organised. The Gadget Organiser is great to have sitting right by you when you are sewing up a storm and to pack up all you have to do to just fold it up…..Just Brilliant!
Matching sewing thread
Pins, Hand Needle, Rotary Cutter, Quilting Ruler, Scissors.
General sewing machine supplies.
F Foot and O Foot.
two 14″x14″ Corflute blocks
To start with you will firstly need to cut out the following fabric pieces.
22” x 12 ½” 24 ½” x 12 ½”
20” x 12 ½” 6 ½” x 22”
16” x 12 ½”
12” x 12 ½”
Starting with the 12” x 12 ½” piece for fabric, fold it in half so that you now have a piece that is 6” x 12 ½”. Press with the iron so that you have a nice crisp fold.
Thread your sewing machine with your chosen sewing thread. Attach the F foot (clear plastic foot) and choose the top stitch setting on your machine. If you do not have a topstitch setting set you straight stitch to 2.50mm. Top stitch down the fold that you just created.
Now you will need the 16” x 12 ½” piece of fabric, fold the piece in half so that you have a piece 8” x 12 ½”. Press with the iron so that you have a crisp fold. Top stitch down the fold that you have just created.
Now you will need the 20” x 12 ½” piece of fabric, fold the piece in half so that you have a piece that is 10” x 12 ½”. Press with the iron so that you have a crisp fold. Top stitch down the fold that you have just created.
Now you will need the 22” x 12 ½” piece of fabric, fold it in half so that it is 11”x 12 ½”. Press with the iron so you have a crisp fold. Top stitch down the fold that you have just created.
Once you have top stitched all the pocket pieces, you will need to stack them on top of each other. Start with the larger piece (11”x 12 ½”) on the bottom and then work your way up the stack finishing with the 6” x 12 ½” piece on top.
Once you have all the pieces stacked pin all the layers together. Now find the centre of the stack and mark with an erasable quilting pen. Place your quilting ruler over the top and rule a line so that it is 2” on each side of the centre mark that you just created. When ruling your lines make sure that you cover all the levels in the stack.
Using a straight stitch with a centred needle position and a length of 3mm, stitch down the two chalk lines. This will create the pockets and will also hold all the layers together.
Now you will need to set your sewing machine up for a basting stitch. If your machine does not have an auto basting stitch than you can use a straight stitch set at 5mm. Stitch around the 3 raw edged sides.
Press the 24 ½” x 12 ½” piece of fabric and lay it right side up on a flat surface. At one end place the pockets (that you just created) down over the top, remembering to keep all raw edges pined up. Pin to hold the layers together while you baste the pockets into place.
With the 6 ½” x 22” piece of fabric, fold it right sides together so that you now have a piece 6 ½” x 11”. Pin the sides together to hold in place.
Attach the ¼” seam foot and stitch around the sides of the piece, remembering to leave an opening to turn the fabric in the correct way. Set the piece aside.
With right side together, pin the second 24 ½” x 12 ½” piece of fabric over the top of the stack of pockets. Using a ¼” seam allowance to stitch around the three sides. You will need to leave the end that does not have the pockets on it open. Turn in the correct way.
Once you have turned the organiser in the correct way you can press with the iron and slip the first piece of corflute inside. Slide the corflute all the way to the over end and then stitch across the middle of the organiser to hold it into place. You can use your zipper foot for this as it will give you a close stitch to the edge of the corflute. The second piece of corflute will just slide in behind the first one and sit at the opening.
Set that aside and grab the 6 ½” x 22”. From the joined end rule a 2 ½” line across leaving a 1” gap. Fill with toy fill and then stitch the opening closed.
Now you can pin the opposite end inside the opening of the first part of the project. Fold all raw edges inside and hand stitch the opening closed.