Monday, August 18, 2014

Revisiting Jennifer and her Kitchen Organizer

Sometimes something OLD is NEW again...
Jennifer always has such delightful ideas...
here is one we could all be inspired to do in some new fabric collections....

Good morning!  I'm so happy to be back to share another tutorial.  For those who don't know me, my name is Jennifer and I blog over at That Girl... That Quilt.

Is your kitchen the busiest part of your home?  Mine definitely is.  Not only do we cook and eat in there but it's also the catch-all for mail, homework, flyers and nearly everything else that doesn't instantly have a proper place.  We also lose things in the shuffle like school papers, coupons, recipes and even gift cards.  I won't even tell you how many Starbucks gift cards I found in our old "organizer"...

So when I was deciding what kind of tutorial I wanted to design and share today, I decided that for me, a clean and organized kitchen is a happy one.  An organizer made good sense to me and I really liked the idea of using some of my favorite fabrics to make one!

Here's what you need:

1/2 yard of background fabric
1/2 yard for largest pocket
2 fat quarters {for your smaller pockets}
6 charm squares {5" squares} for card sized pockets
1/2 yard of backing fabric
1/4 yard for binding
coordinating thread
approx. 5" of ribbon
4 small metal curtain rings {I'll also talk about other alternatives}
3 grommets with the accompanying {and very important} grommet tool!
3 eye hooks
transfer paper made to transfer images to fabric
all your other usual sewing notions
Cut your fabric:

background fabric - 25"x30"
1/2 yard for large pocket - 26"x11"
1 fat quarter for medium pocket - 18"x10"
1 fat quarter for two small pockets - two pieces each measuring 13"x11"
cut 5" squares for smallest pockets if you don't have charm squares

Let's make the pockets! Fold your first one lengthwise.

With a 1/4" seam allowance, stitch around the perimeter.

Leave a 2" space at the bottom {opposite side to the fold}.  Don't worry about stitching across the top of the fold.

Staying of out the seam allowance, trim your corners to make them nice and pointy when you turn your pocket right side out.

Turn right side out through the 2" space, press, and then toptstitch across the top {where your fold is}.  Don't worry about the space at the bottom of the pocket, you will stitch this closed when you are stitching your pockets to your background fabric.

Repeat this process with each fabric piece including charm squares until you have your desired number of pockets.

To make your pockets to hold gift cards and coupons, arrange your smallest pockets how you would like and stitch them to the lager pocket.  This layout is up to you... I wanted small pockets to hold loose gift cards, coupons, etc...

Once all your pockets are done, lay them out on your background fabric and pin them in place.  Stitch them to the background fabric making sure that you back stitch a few times at the top of each pocket for a little extra strength.

If you choose to leave a blank space like me for clips to hang papers... just leave it blank for now. 

You are now ready to baste, quilt and bind just like you would do on any other quilt!  If you have questions about basting or binding, I have tutorials here & here. :)

Now it's time to attach the ribbon and rings to create a "clothesline" for extra papers!  Slide your rings onto your ribbon and pin it where you want it to be.  Stitch both ends and then stitch in the middle {I separated my rings to 2 on each side of this stitch}

You could also use clothespins or paperclips if you don't want or have the rings.
Ready for the scary part??  I love the way that grommets look and they are also strong.  But to get your grommets onto your quilt, you have to make some little holes in your quilt.  *gulp*

Measure 2" in from the sides and 1" down from the top on both sides of your quilt for your outside grommets.  Then measure to the center and 1" down.  Mark each spot and place your grommets at each spot.  I used large size grommets and followed the instructions on the package. 

It's very important to follow the instructions... the grommets and I did not get along yesterday!  ;)

If you wish, you can create iron-on transfer labels for your pockets.  I purchased my transfer sheets from my craft store and followed the instructions for printing and applying them.

Once you are done with your labels, you are ready to hang your organizer and stuff it full of all the coupons, recipes, etc that are cluttering your kitchen!!

Thanks for having me again today, it's always fun to be here!  I hope you will come visit me over at That Girl... That Quilt soon.

Jennifer :)


  1. This is very cute - love the elephant fabric - that would have to be on a pocket! My mail and TO-DO are larger and not school work so I can see adjusing pockets, but I like this better than my old cork board. Nicely done.

  2. Cool idea! I like and grab the idea for nearest future :)

  3. Very creative and so helpful! Thank you!

  4. Great tutorial and idea. Very cool!

  5. This is a great idea for the kitchen. As a retired homeschooler, I find myself wishing that I had one of these years ago! LOL

  6. Very nice way to organize and enjoy beautiful fabric.

  7. This is something I could use in my kitchen. Sharing this today is perfect timing, thank you for your imaginative organizer.

  8. Good Morning Jennifer, I am all about organization. I really like this ---grommets and all. YOU certainly keep all of us in great projects...

  9. I like this alot...I think I'll adapt it for my craft / sewing room. Thanks for sharing.

  10. What a clever idea!! I've seen these on Pinterest only they were made from cardstock or some type of paper product. Fabric makes anything better!
    Gmama Jane

  11. I can see alot of uses for this tutorial. Thank you for the idea!

  12. Thanks for the tutorial. It's nice because it is easy to personalize for individual needs. For example, I don't need a pocket for school papers because my children are grown, but I sure could use one for grocery store ads.

  13. Thanks Jennifer for this awesome Tutorial!! The Organizer is absolutely darling, and so nice that it can be personalized for a family's individual needs. Great Christmas Gift idea too. Thanks again for Sharing!!

    Huggs, Nancy

  14. Great idea, Samm !!! Thanks for the tutorial:)


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