I’ve been planning this blog in my head for months but it’s just materializing. This is my first original sewing creation and tutorial so bear with me. It’s an easy project that can be completed during nap time and is very handy for organizing all of a little girls hair goodies.
This is what we’ll be making:
So let’s get started…
What you’ll need:
(2) 12X18 pieces of Main Fabric (Fabric A)
(1) 6X18 pieces of Coordinating Fabric (Fabric B), cut on fold (with the fold being on the 18″ side)
(1) 11X17 piece of medium weight fusible interfacing (I like Heat ‘N Bond)
26″ of Coordinating Ribbon cut into (2) 13″ pieces
Once you have all your pieces cut, start by pinning Fabric B to the right side of one piece of fabric A. Fabric B will be your pocket. Pin Fabric B to Fabric A on all sides except fold and sew with a 1/4″ seam.
Then measure about 5 1/2″ from each side and mark with pins. This is where you will sew lines to divide the large pocket into 3 pockets. I made this so the middle pocket is slightly larger to accomodate headbands. As you can see in the pic, I sewed two lines for each pocket division simply to add visual detail. I backstitched a few times at the top of each pocket divider line for security since you’ll be taking things in and out of the pockets.
Set that part aside and take the second piece of fabric A. Iron the fusible interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric per the manufacturer’s instructions. Usually you need a lot of steam and a cotton ironing cloth on top of the interfacing. This will just add a bit of light stiffness to the holder so it’s not too flimsy.
Now take both pieces of fabric right sides together and pin. Sew along the sides and top with a 1/2″ hem, leaving the bottom open. Clip corners and turn right side out. Iron a 1/2″ hem along the bottom so now raw edges are exposed when you go to sew it up. Before we do that though, we’ll add the strips of ribbon. I centered each one with the pocket divisions and pinned in place. Sew bottom closed with a 1/4″ hem and continue topstitching all the way around.
Next, we’ll add the button holes from which the organizer will hang. I measured one square inch from each top corner, marked a dot and made that the “target” for a small button hole. If you’ve never used your machine for button holes, they’re much easier than you’d think, try it!
I sewed on two heart buttons at the top of each pocket division for added detail and used Fray Check on the ends of the ribbons to keep them from fraying. Then I hung it in my daughter’s room and filled it up!
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