How to Make a Hanging Jewelry Organizer
SUPPLIES & TOOLS:
- 1 yard home decor or upholstery fabric (heavier fabric will help the organizer hold its shape)
- Double fold bias tape (2 packages, 4 yards each)
- Extra wide double fold bias tape (1-2 packages, 3 yards each)
- Clear vinyl shower curtain liner
- Disappearing ink fabric marker
- Large heavy-duty wire hanger (18" wide)
- Matching thread
- Heavy duty sewing machine needle
- Cut two vertical pieces of fabric 20"x35".
- Place the hanger on top of the fabric pieces and draw a line approximately 1" above the shape of the hanger. Trim away the excess fabric to approximately follow the curve of the hanger. Allow at least an inch around every side of the hanger so that there is enough room to maneuver while stitching the hanger into the organizer later. To ensure that both sides of the organizer are symmetrical, fold the fabric (both pieces) in half vertically, and cut the drawn curve this way. When the pieces are opened up, everything will be symmetrical.
- Cut six sections of clear vinyl from the shower curtain liner. Each section should be 4" tall by 20″ wide. These will become the pocket pieces.
- Using the double fold bias tape (the narrower bias tape), cut pieces approximately 21" long. Open up each piece completely. Place the opened bias tape right side down on top of one vinyl pocket piece. Match up the edges along the length. Hand-hold the bias tape in place (pins will leave holes in the vinyl), stitch the bias tape along the top edge of the pocket piece. Be sure to stitch about 1/8" from the edge – right in the first fold of the bias tape.
- When the bias tape has been basted in place, fold it up again along its original folds and flip it up and over the edge of the vinyl to the “right side.” Topstitch along the edge to conceal the basting stitches and create a fully encased top edge to the pocket. Repeat for all six pocket pieces.
- With the extra wide double fold bias tape, wrap the bottom edge of each pocket piece and pin the bias tape (keeping the pins only on the bias tape) into place. Open the bias tape partway and insert the vinyl into the fold. Repeat for five of the pocket pieces and set them aside
- Prepare the fabric for attaching the pockets. Beginning at the bottom of the fabric (just the front side of the organizer), draw a horizontal line with the disappearing ink fabric marker 4" from the bottom edge. Draw five additional lines, each 4-1/2" from the line below it. There should be six lines all together.
- Mark where the vertical lines will be on the finished organizer. Each horizontal pocket can be divided into sections of varying widths. We suggest two pockets into five 4" sections (smaller for earrings and bracelets), three pockets into four 5" sections (larger for chunky necklaces), and the bottom pocket into two 10" sections (extra large). Mark these vertical lines now so they can easily be followed when the pockets are sewn on.
- Pin the pockets onto the fabric. The top edge of each pocket should align with each horizontal line marked. The pocket that does not have extra wide bias tape on its bottom edge will align with the very bottom edge of the organizer. Pin the pockets into place along their top edges AND repin the bottom edge of each pocket, making sure to keep the extra wide bias tape fully encasing the bottom edge of each vinyl piece. It is probably easiest to pin and sew one pocket at a time, beginning with the top and working down.
- To attach the pockets, sew two rows of stitching on each pocket. These two rows of stitching should be along the two edges of the extra wide bias tape running the length of the bottom of each pocket. DO NOT SEW horizontally along the top edge of each pocket – simply leave the pins in place for now. The top edge needs to stay open to allow for jewelry to be tucked in.
- Once all of the pockets have been attached along their bottoms, sew the vertical lines in to make the pocket dividers. Because this is being done on top of the vinyl, it may get a little tricky to keep the presser foot from sticking. Hold the fabric firmly to keep it moving. If the machine has a teflon foot, it may come in handy. Strips of tissue paper can also be placed between the presser foot and the vinyl.
- Attach the back of the organizer to the front and finish the edges. (For even more storage space, pockets of any size can be added to the back of the organizer in a similar manner. Simply follow the same techniques outlined above before continuing with Step 12.) First finish the edges at the top center where the hanger will poke through. Cut two 3" pieces of double-fold bias tape and attach them to the top center of each fabric panel, using the same techniques as Steps 4-5.
- Place the two fabric panels wrong sides together, matching all the sides evenly and pinning here and there to keep them aligned. Add bias tape all the way around the edges of the organizer. For a neater look, use the narrower double fold bias tape. Using the extra-wide bias tape makes it even easier to finish off the project, but a bit of storage space in the pockets is lost. Either way, open up the bias tape as before and match the right side of the bias tape to the BACK SIDE of the fabric organizer. Baste it into place all the way around the perimeter, sewing along that first fold (about 1/8" away from the raw edges). Be sure to catch all three layers (front panel, back panel, vinyl pocket edges) in the stitches. Keeping the pocket edges pinned helps prevent them from sticking on the machine and getting nudged out of place. Work slowly and carefully. Use a heavy duty machine needle to sew through the bulky layers, particularly over the top and bottom edges of each pocket. BEFORE completely stitching on the bias tape, tuck the hanger up into the organizer so that it can be sewn in. An extra 1" of wiggle room designed in around the hanger should allow for maneuvering to the side as the bias tape is sewn on with the hanger in place. Start and stop the bias tape edging about 1" to each side of the top center. Overlap the edging added in Step 12 by about 1/2" on each side. Also, fold the bias tape back over on itself so that when the whole thing is flipped to the front side, those top sides of the bias tape will have a neat finish instead of a raw edge.
- Flip that bias tape around to the front side of the organizer and topstitch it down. Because there is some bulk tucked in there, trim down any uneven edges or excess fabric/vinyl. This way, the bias tape can be wrapped all the way over the edge and stitched down to cover the layers and basting stitches underneath.
- Fill it up with jewelry, hang it up and out of the way.
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