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Sewing organiser

Free up some time to make our sewing organiser using pretty quilted fabric.


✤ Fat quarter of Fox In The Foxgloves, cut into two rectangles measuring 22 x 18cm and a circle with a 15cm diameter
✤ Fat quarter of Stem Dot in Gold, cut into two rectangles measuring 22 x 18cm and a circle with a 15cm diameter
✤ 18 x 13cm rectangle of Stem Dot in Pink and Turquoise
✤ 8 x 18cm strip of Evening Primrose in Grey
✤ 18 x 18cm square of Evening Primrose in Orange
✤ 13 x 11cm rectangle of Foxgloves in Orange
✤ 1m x 112cm of Cowslips in Pink, cut into one rectangle measuring 58 x 70cm and one rectangle measuring 58 x 18cm
✤ 1m x 112cm of Cowslips in Grey, cut into one rectangle measuring 58 x 70cm and two squares measuring 18 x 18cm
✤ 58 x 70cm rectangle of batting
✤ 4m orange bias binding
✤ 1 large orange button
✤ 1m lightweight interlining cut into one rectangle measuring 58 x 18cm, two rectangles measuring 22 x 18cm and a circle with a 15cm diameter
✤ Matching cotton
✤ Mini quilting template hexagon (see Stockists box, right)
✤ Hand-sewing needle
✤ Pins
✤ Sewing machine
✤ Ruler and rotary cutter

Note: Use a 1.5cm seam allowance throughout the project, unless stated.

Making the hexagon appliqué

1. Cut seven paper templates from the mini hexagon template. Pin the templates to seven of your fabrics and cut around the edges with a 5mm allowance.

2. Take each template and fold the excess fabric around the edges, tacking in place to enclose the paper template.

3. Arrange your hexagons until you are happy with the design. With right sides together, over sew the centre hexagon and another hexagon together along their adjoining edge. Make sure not to sew
into the paper template.

Repeat until all the hexagons have been sewn to the centre hexagon.

4. Oversew the meeting edges of the ring of hexagons, right sides together. Remove the tacking stitches and paper templates. Press the hexagon appliqué with the outside seams turned under by 5mm.

Making the scrap bag

1. Fuse the interlining to the Fox fabric, using a damp cloth and iron.

2. Pin and sew the two rectangles together along the shortest sides and with right sides together.

3. Pin and sew the bag bottom to the rectangles with right sides together and trim the allowance.

Repeat for the Stem Dot fabric in Gold.

4. Cut a 13cm piece of bias binding, fold in half lengthways and top stitch along the open edge to secure.

5. Turn the Fox fabric bag right sides out, pin the bias binding into a loop matching the raw ends with the top edge of the bag and place inside the Stem Dot bag, so that right sides are together.

Pin and sew along the top, leaving a small gap for turning through. Turn right sides out and top stitch 5mm from the top edge.

Making the pockets

1. Fold strips of bias binding in half and top stitch along the longest edges of the Stem Dot in Pink, Evening Primrose in Grey and Foxgloves in Orange rectangles.

2. With right sides up, layer the Evening Primrose in Grey over the Stem Dot in Pink, over the Evening Primrose in Orange. Pin and tack down the sides to secure.

Repeat, layering the Foxgloves in Orange over the Stem Dot in Turquoise.

3. Top stitch the hexagon appliqué to the centre of a Cowslips in Grey square.

4. Lay out the pockets and the other Cowslips in Grey square in your choice of order. Sew the pockets right sides together, along their adjoining sides.

5. Fuse the interlining to the smallest Cowslips in Pink rectangle. Sew the row of pockets to the backing all the way around the edge with wrong sides together and a 5mm allowance.

6. Along the top of the row of pockets, fold a strip of bias binding in half lengthways, pin along the top edge and top stitch in place.

7. Sew the large orange button on to the plain pocket square.

Craft and home editor Esme Clemo’s tip

Use a mixture of coloured bias binding from your craft stash to make the edging stand out

Making the main quilt cover

1. Sandwich the batting in between the two largest rectangles of Cowslip fabric. Scatter pin and tack the layers together. Quilt as desired – we quilted with a 2in crosshatch design using a white thread.

2. Sew the row of pockets along the bottom edge and two short sides with a 5mm allowance. Stitch in the ditch of the pockets seams to create separate pockets.

3. Trim away excess allowance to neaten the edges of the quilt, using a ruler and a rotary cutter.

4. To make the cover ties, cut four 20cm strips of binding. Fold lengthways and, with right sides together, stitch across the short ends. Turn right sides out and top stitch along the long open seam.

5. To bind the quilt, cut four strips of bias binding to go along each edge of the quilt with extra length for overlap. First, bind the top and bottom edges of the quilt.

Open out the binding, match the raw edges of the binding and quilt, pin and sew right sides together with a 1cm seam allowance. Slip stitch the open seams on the reverse

6. On the opposite sides, repeat the binding, turning the excess binding over the corner and stitching down, too. Position the cover ties on the reverse and sew in place as you slip stitch the open binding to the quilt back.

Sewing organiser