Monday, September 1, 2014

Mail Organizer Tutorial

Hi there! I hope you all enjoyed your holiday weekend! We had a great weekend--we spent time doing some yard work, some DIY projects for the house and also celebrating my little one's second birthday! It was a fun weekend, but I am definitely ready to be back on schedule tomorrow! 

Not long ago we bought our first house, and I have been slowly getting things made for our house.  One thing that we don't have is a lot of counter space.  Which can be super frustrating. So more often than not, our mail gets shoved in whatever corner we can find and we call it good.  

Well I am pretty sick and tired of trying to find a spot to put our mail! So I decided we needed a mail organizer that I could hang on the wall--close to the back door (where we come into the house). 

So I came up with this three pocket mail organizer: 

This mail organizer is the perfect size to hang on our wall in the kitchen, right by our back door.  So when we come into the house, we can stick whatever mail we got that day in one of the pockets! 

So far it has worked out wonderfully! Plus, making it out of this gorgeous fabric makes it more of a decoration rather than a big ol' eye sore on my wall! 

I decided to do three pockets, just so we had plenty of room for all of our mail, and also any papers the kids brought home from school that I needed to keep or look at later.   Or you could also put your shopping list in there, your stamps, and whatever else you need to have close by! 

Another thing I thought of, is that this would be a perfect organizer for your kid's locker at school! You would most likely need to make it a bit smaller, (which would be super easy to do) but how fun would this be for them to hang in their locker?  

This is a quick project, and comes together quickly! So let's get started!

You can purchase all the following fabrics I used in this project at the shop!  I recommend getting 1/2 yard cuts for each piece. 

Up Parasol  (floral fabric)
Old Script (script fabric)
Linen Mochi Solid ( Background)
Interfacing  ( You will need 1.5 yards of interfacing)

Supplies and cutting: 

  • 2 pieces of linen and interfacing cut 12" x 13":
  • 2 pieces of cotton fabric and interfacing cut to 12" x 11" (floral pockets)
  • 1 piece of cotton fabric and interfacing cut to 12" x 11" (Script pocket)
  • 1 piece of cotton cut to 6" x 15" (handle)
  • coordinating thread
Step 1: Iron your interfacing onto all your pieces. 

Step 2 : Fold your pocket pieces in half lengthwise and press:

Step  3: Top stitch across all three pockets (along the folded edge) I like to use a 3/8" seam.  (now if you don't like to have any raw edges, then you can serge the edges of your pockets, I did not do this step because the two side edges with be within the seam allowance, so the only raw edge will be the bottom edge, and it will be hidden within your organizer)

Here are all three of your pockets ready to go!

Step  4:  Place your front piece of linen right side up and then place your first pocket 4" from the top.  Make sure your folded edge where you top stitched is at the top. You will then stitch across the two sides and the bottom using a 1/4" seam.

Step  5: Align your next pocket 2" from the top of the first pocket.  You will also sew along the two sides and bottom using a 1/4" seam.

Step 6 :  Add your last pocket--Align your last pocket 2" from the top of the second pocket.  You will also sew along the two sides and bottom using a 1/4" seam.

Step  7:  Make your handle: Fold piece in thirds:


Fold in half again and press, then top stitch along both long sides of the handle using an 1/8" seam.

Step 8:  Attach your strap.  Pin your strap 1 1/2" from either side and sew a stay stitch 1/4" from the edge.

Step  9:  Now tuck your handle in like this:

Step 10:  Now lay your back piece of linen right sides together and pin all the way around.  Then stitch all around the perimeter using 5/8" seam, leaving a 4" opening at the bottom. 

Step  11:  Once sewn, clip your corners.  Then flip right side out and press.  Fold in the opening and press and then top stitch around the entire perimeter.

And you're done! 
You have yourself a cute and functional mail organizer! 

Talk to you soon,

Friday, August 29, 2014

Fabric Frenzy Friday #29

Happy Friday and Labor Day weekend! 

I am excited for the long holiday weekend! We will be celebrating my little girl, Avie's birthday on Sunday! She is going to be 2!  We are also planning on doing some yard work and will hopefully be finishing up some projects in the house. :)

This week on the blog I shared this cute little Embroidered Zipper Pouch-- We also have kits available.  Get all the info HERE. 

Also, we just stocked some new Halloween Tea Towel kits in the store! You can see all the info here! These are by far my favorite holiday towels I have made thus far! 

Now let's get to this week's bundle:
Click HERE to purchase this bundle! 
APPLES & ORANGES is today's 8 piece Bundle Batch!  Little red apples is the focal print - a sweet combination of apple reds & juicy orange PLUS a couple of low volume prints!

Included in each bundle are one cut of each  (in order from top to bottom):
  1. Flower Sugar 2014 Orange Small Apples - Lecien
  2. Mini Confetti Dots Scarlet - Dear Stella
  3. Sketch Grey  - Timeless Treasures
  4. Ta Dot Tangerine - Michael Miller
  5. Stitched Circles Minnie - Michael Miller
  6. Littlest Heartfelt Snow - Art Gallery
  7. Orange Bloom - Penny-Wise
  8. Basics Hearts White/Red - Windham

Need more than a fat quarter? You can purchase this bundle in 1/2 yard cuts rather than fat quarters.

Now that we shared our fabric for the week, we want to see yours! 

Here is your chance to link up anything to do with fabric! You can link up finished quilts, a work in progress, a new fabric you just bought, a project made with fabric, or maybe you just want to show off some of your stash.  Anything goes--as long as it has to do with fabric! 

*Please link up a specific post, not your main page
*Please link back or use a button on your post, or blog. 
*Please visit some other links and leave a comment! :) 

200 x 200
Fort Worth Fabric Studio Blog

If you need a different sized button--click here for different sizes.

It is going to be a frenzy of fabric around here and we can't wait to see what you have been creating with your fabric! So please, grab a button or share a link and let's party!!!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Halloween Tea Towels

Hi there! We have some cute new towel kits newly stocked in the store! 

Click Here to Purchase Kit!
Aren't these just darling! I absolutely love anything and everything Halloween, and these towels are no exception!
These tea towels use the oh so cute, Witch Hazel by Riley Blake.  I love this line of fabric, especially those witches! 

It's not too early to start thinking about Halloween sewing! These tea towels come together so quickly and are such a cute little addition to any kitchen! They would also make a fun gift with a plate of homemade goodies. :) 

 You can get the FREE pattern right here! Or you can purchase a kit that comes with a printed pattern! 

Click Here to Purchase Kit!

I can't wait until October when I can hang these little lovelies up! :) 

Talk to you soon,

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Embroidered Zipper Pouch {Free Pattern}

Hi there! I am in love with today's project I am going to show you! I have caught the embroidery bug, and I really can't stop! :) 

A few weeks ago, I saw some embroidered pouches on pinterest, and I knew that I had to make myself one.  So I came up with this:
Click HERE to purchase this stitchable kit! 

Friday, August 22, 2014

Fabric Frenzy Friday #28

Happy Friday! It has been a busy week! I sent my little girl off to first grade this week! Her brother, sister, and I are definitely trying to get used to her not being home all day!  Next week I will be sending my little guy off to preschool, and I will only have my baby home! I am not sure what I'm going to do with myself having only one child at home a few days a week! 

We had a fun week of tutorials on the blog! Sunday, I shared this fun Art Caddy Tutorial: HERE

I also shared this quick and easy chapstick cozy tutorial! HERE!

Now let's get to this week's Friday Bundle Batch:

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Chapstick Cozy Tutorial

Hi there! Do you love quick sewing projects?  If so, this is a great project for you! 

If you know me, then you know I have an unhealthy addiction to chapstick.  I always have chapstick in my pocket--no matter what! I also keep some handy in my purse, and also on my nightstand.  So when I saw these chapstick cozies, I knew I had to make one!

This is a super quick project! I think it took me 15 minutes at the most to whip this up (and that included taking pictures as I went).   These would make great gifts because they are so easy and really affordable. 

So let's get started!