Saturday, July 9, 2011

3 Pocket Wall Organizer Tutorial

Hey y'all!  Today I'm sharing a quick and easy project with you ... the 3 Pocket Wall Organizer!  Ready to get started?

Materials Needed:
  • 1/2 yard cotton fabric for pockets + binding
  • 3/4 yard cotton fabric for main panel
  • Batting - 13" x 30"
  • Fusible Interfacing 12" x 18"
  • 2 Eyelets/grommets + setting tool
  • 2 Hooks
  • Basic sewing supplies
Here are the tools I used:

Step 1: Cut your fabrics.  
From your focus fabric (pockets + binding), cut ONE 12" x WOF strip and TWO 2.5" X WOF strips.  Subcut the 12" wide strip into THREE 12" squares.  You'll use the 2.5" strips for your binding.
From the main panel fabric, cut TWO 13" x 30" rectangles.
From the interfacing, cut THREE 6" x 12" rectangles.

Step 2: Prepare the Pockets.
Align one interfacing rectangle (fusible side DOWN) on the wrong side of one 12" square.  Press to adhere interfacing.

Fold the non-interfaced half over and press the square in half.  Top stitch along the fold.

Repeat with the remaining two rectangles. 

Step 3: Quilt the Main Panel. 
Sandwich the two main panel rectangles with the batting in the middle.  Pin or baste as desired.  (I used pins and marked lines with painter's tape here.)

Quilt as desired.

Trim the finished quilted rectangle to 12" x 28".

Step 4: Attach the Pockets.
Align one pocket with the bottom of the main panel.  Secure the pocket by stitching along the edges of the sides and bottom with a 1/8" seam.

Using a ruler, draw a line 2-3/4" inches above the edge of the bottom pocket.

Align a second pocket with the edge of the line you draw.  NOTE: the folded edge of the pocket should be hanging down over the bottom pocket.

Stitch along the edge of the pocket using a 1/4" seam.
Fold the pocket up and press.

Secure sides of pocket using a 1/8" seam.

Repeat the process to attach your top pocket.

Step 5: Attach the Binding. 
Join the two 2.5" x WOF strips together to create one long strip.  Fold in half and press.  Attach binding.  (I use a walking foot and lengthen my stitch length a little.)

Press binding open.

Hand stitch binding down on the back.
** See a more detailed binding tutorial here. **

Step 6: Attach Grommets/Eyelets.
Mark the position of your grommets using a ruler.

Follow the directions on the grommet package to mark your position. I stitched a box around my circle to hold the layers together nicely.

Carefully cut a hole to put the grommet through.

Attach grommets with tool as directed on the package. (Here is where I got my husband involved to do the hammering.  Feel free to involve your mister in this step.)

Step 7: Admire Your Work!
Hang your organizer up and enjoy!  :-)  (I used small, clear Command hooks and they are barely noticeable!

I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial.  Please feel free to ask questions if something isn't clear OR to share a link to one you've made with the tutorial!

Happy Sewing! :-)


  1. Lovely and what a beautiful tutorial! Thanks for posting it for us!

  2. Thanks for this! This is super cute and I always have bills and paperwork lying around. This should help me get organized.

  3. What a great tutorial! Would make a super gift!

  4. It's great.Your instructions are clear and easy to follow.

  5. I am gonna try this. Its awesome!

  6. This would make a good Christmas gift for some on your list.
    We all have a problem with mail laying around. Also this would be cute for a wedding gift, place some of your best recipes and maybe some handy kitchen tips cute from a magazine...
    Can you tell I like this pattern?Now hoping I can make one look close to this one...

  7. This is beautiful and so great tutorial! Thank you!

  8. Can you provide the full dimensions of the finished organizer?


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