This felt organizer is the perfect way to get your life back in order! Be ready for any occasion and tidy up with this amazing school or office supplies felt organizer sewing tutorial!
How to sew a Felt Organizer
I’ve been struggling for ages to keep my house organized and free from the chaos my little daughter creates with all of her school supplies. To quote her, she likes to “have them on hand” and by that she means spread all around the house. I can recall countless occasions when I slipped on a bunch of crayons or when I almost cut myself in the scissors she “conveniently” left on the sofa, or the times when her open glue sticks left spots on my beloved hardwood flooring. And these are only a few.
I got her a few boxes and some pen holders to put all of her stuff in but for some reason these are such time consuming, she says. When she’s got an urge to create something really cool (her words exactly), she can’t waste any time with opening boxes or looking for pen and crayons holders, they need to be ready to use, in open containers, she says. That’s when this felt organizer sewing tutorial came through my mind.
It’s not only super easy to make and a GREAT beginners project but it’s easy to hang anywhere in the house so she can grab her stuff easily. Plus, it’s open already as per the Queen’s request! Also, this organizer can easily be adapted to become a closet or mail organizer, a magazines holder or even a makeup holder. The possibilities are endless! I’m simply in love with this project and there are definitely more to come in the near future. My house needs a lot of these babies!
This particular one is far from perfect, I’ve only used it to experiment and see if I can do one. The felt I found in my local shop is not sturdy enough and it kind of stretches, the pockets are not spread evenly and I made a few stitching mistakes as this felt left a lot of lint which got in the way but I’m happy with this for now. I’ll do much better on the next ones.
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Felt organizer sewing tutorial
- Felt fabric in 2 different colors (I choose green for the base and fuchsia for the pockets).
- Fabric scraps to make 2 additional pockets (I got mine from when I made this pretty Flutter sleeve dress and these cool Fabric bowl covers)
- Pink ribbon to make a small flower embellishment
- Contrast thread (or matching – your choice)
- Sewing machine (optional – you can sew this by hand too)
- Decide on the width and height of the organizer and the pockets. Also decide how many pockets you like to have. I wanted 2 large and 2 small at the top which I made from fabric scraps (I made my base 40 x 50 cm = 16″ x 20″ and the pockets 10 x 30 cm = 4″ x 12″). Bare in mind your base needs to fit through the hanger. I’ve noticed this only after starting to work on the project so I had to change the hanger; rookie mistake, of course lol
- Cut your fabrics for the base and the pockets according to your measurements.
- Cut your scraps for the additional pockets at the top.
- Lay the fabric for pockets on the base and decide on the space you need to leave between them.
- Stick some supplies in to see how they fit.
- Make the top pockets by folding the fabric in half or, if you cut 2 strips for each pocket, place them right side together. Sew all around, leaving a small opening to turn the fabric right side out.
- Sew the main pockets to the base by double stitching all around the bottom and sides.
- Decide how many pockets you want for each main pocket and sew top to bottom. I wanted mini pockets to fit crayons, markers, glue sticks, glitter sticks, craft supplies, brushes, a small note pad and scissors.
- Stitch the small top pockets ( I wanted a funky look but I got a funny one instead lol)
- Time to sew the organizer to the hanger. Place the hanger on the top of the organizer, on the right side of the fabric and sew. If your felt is sturdy enough, you can just sew 2 stitches.
- If your felt is soft as mine, roll the fabric around the hanger and sew again to make the top of the organizer sturdier.
- Grab the ribbon and gather to your liking. Stitch by hand to form a flower. Attach to the organizer.
- Hang on the door and fill with school supplies. Perfect to keep your floors free from unwanted stuff!
Note: If you want an even sturdier organizer and pockets, add fusible fleece on the wrong side and add another layer of felt for each the base and the pockets, on the back. That’s what I’m going to do with my next projects.