Kitchen Organizer Tutorial
Kitchen Organizer Tutorial
Sew Mama Sew and Spoonflower hosted a fun kitchen challenge! They challenged a few lucky bloggers to create something for the kitchen using bright and colorful fabrics. Spoonflower is an awesome website that allows you to create your own fabric, gift wrap, and even wallpaper. You can also choose from the fabrics that other amazing designers have created! I chose two adorable fabrics, the 4th Saturday of the Month and Saturday Market.
I have very little storage space and no pantry to speak of, so I thought a kitchen organizer would be perfect! I had one yard of each fabric to work with and here is what I did.
I love the fabric so much and so I wanted to make a pattern based on the fabric, so I let the fabric dictate where it wanted to be cut. The green Saturday Market fabric was obvious where the pattern ended so I cut just beneath. I left two rows of the pattern because I wanted the pockets to be lined with the pattern. I cut three rows of the green.
The white 4th Saturday of the Month fabric was a little less obvious but I found a good point where the pattern naturally allowed for the cutting. I cut two white rows.
Once I had the rows cut I folded them in half and stitched along the very top of each row.
I used a piece of white fabric that I had on hand to serve as the base for this piece, I had two pieces of equal size. To start I lined the bottom piece with the bottom of the white fabric. Pin it in place with what will be the outside facing down, the inside facing up. This is pinned to the very bottom of the white piece, with the green and white fabric overlapping by only about 1/2″. I stitched it in place where the pins are in the picture below.
Once it is stitched in place fold the piece up into its final position.
Topstitch this into place as close to the bottom edge as possible. Then I used the pattern on the fabric to decide where to sew the pockets in. I sewed just to the left and the right of the middle image. I did not sew the sides because they will be stitched in place towards the end. Add a white strip the same way you added the first strip. The secret to lining it up correctly is holding it up to a light source, I used the window, to make sure that the edge of the pocket is about 1/4″ above the one below. Then stitch it in place, fold it over, and topstitch. Add the pocket stitches.
Continue in this manner until you have five strips, you could easily do more or less.
Trim any excess fabric that hangs over the sides. I used ribbon to act as a hanger. I cut four equal pieces and pinned them to the top of the piece. Pin them so that the raw edges are in line with the top.
Then pin the other piece of fabric right side down on the pockets.
Sew around the entire piece, leaving an opening on the bottom 6-12 inches wide to turn the entire piece out. This step will close up the sides of all the pockets on the front. Once you have sewn it in place trim the corners, this will ensure a nice crisp finished corner. Turn the piece out and pin the opening closed.
Topstitch the opening closed and then press the entire piece.
This would be great on a smaller scale to hang in your spice cabinet for extra storage. This would also be great on a larger scale to hang on the back of a pantry door. You could hang it with hooks or mount it on a tension rod. The possibilities are endless!
If you want to see the other projects from the Spoonflower and Sew Mama Sew challenge go and check out these wonderful ladies!
Michelle from Falafel and the Bee
Sherri from Rebecca Mae Designs
Trina from Will Cook for Shoes
Daisy from Ants to Sugar
Mary from See Mary Quilt
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