We’re nearing the start of a new year–a time for resolutions and good intentions. These often include clearing space and getting organized. What could be more inspiring than having a cute place to store some of the small stuff. It’s a win-win really. You can showcase some of your favorite prints and get a handle on some of the clutter. With this in mind, I put together a simple round organizer.To make one organizer, you will need the following:
- 1/2 yard of quilting cotton for exterior
- 1/2 yard of quilting cotton or broadcloth for lining
- 1/2 yard of Shape Flex interfacing
- 1/8 yard of coordinating quilting cotton for trim piece (or in the alternative, 1/2 yard of 1/2″ ribbon)
- two decorative buttons
- and basic sewing supplies
To prepare, cut a 17″ circle from the exterior, lining and interfacing. Following the manufacturer’s instructions, adhere the fusible side of the Shape Flex piece to the wrong side of the exterior fabric.
With circles right sides together, use a 3/8″ seam allowance to sew around the edges of the circle leaving a gap of approximately 3″ for turning. Notch the seam allowance being careful not to clip into the stitching. Turn inside out and press. Slip stitch the opening closed.
Box pleat the edge, pinning in place as you move around the edge of the circle. (The size of the pleats is up to you. For reference, my pleats are about 1 1/8″. You could gather instead of pleat if you don’t want to fuss with the pleats.)
Stitch the pleats in place approximately 1/2″ from the edge. Sew another row of stitching 1/8″ from first row.
To make the trim piece, cut a strip 2″ x 17″ from the coordinating print. Fold it in half lengthwise, wrong sides together and press a crease. Fold both long raw edges towards the crease. Press. Fold the newly folded edges together to create a strip 1/2″ x 17″. Edgestitch along both sides of the strip.
Tack trim at stitching line at center front and back. Sew decorative buttons over edges to hide raw ends.And that’s it! Easy peasy.
I used fabric from my stash of Amy Butler’s Dreamweaver for Free Spirit (my OneFabricNation fabric stash) to make this little beauty. It would also look great in home decorator weight fabric. If you were to use a heavier fabric, you could leave out the Shape Flex and still achieve the same result.
Amy’s Dreamweaver will be in shops next month so get your list ready!