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Cost
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Difficulty
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Time
4h00

Simple Sewing with Lola Nova
Urban Organizer has a nice ring to it, don’t you think? Many of us hope to be more organized – urban or not, we could all use more storage. A place for incoming and outgoing mail, a spot for the latest magazine we haven’t yet had a moment to savour, somewhere where the elusive TV remote, keys and reading glasses can all be tucked away and quickly found in handy pockets. Oh, I do love a handy pocket! This unique catch-all is really a sturdy curtain, easily hung from a rod that is either attached
to a wall or door for optimal use of space. How handy to have a place for all these things, and one that takes up such a small amount of space itself.

TIP
This project could easily be modified for use as an art
supply caddy, a homework station, and a craft centre…
there are so many possibilities!

NOTE
All seam allowances are 1cm (3/ 8in) unless otherwise stated

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  • Step 1

    1. Prepare your fabric
    For the main curtain: cut one 66 x 129.5cm (26 x 51in)
    rectangle from the main fabric and one 66 x 129.5cm
    (26 x 51in) rectangle from the lining fabric.
    For the print pockets: cut two 18 x 30.5cm (7 x 12in)
    rectangles; two 24 x 30.5cm (9½ x 12in) rectangles; two
    28 x 30.5cm (11 x 12in) rectangles from the print fabric.
    For the small pockets: cut four 15 x 18cm (6 x 7in)
    rectangles from the main fabric.
    For the pocket linings: cut two 18 x 30.5cm (7 x 12in)
    rectangles; two 24 x 30.5cm (9½ x 12in) rectangles;
    two 28 x 30.5cm (11 x 12in) rectangles; four 15 x 18cm
    (6 x 7in) rectangles from the lining fabric.
    From the interfacing: cut two 18 x 30.5cm (7 x 12in)
    rectangles; two 24 x 30.5cm (9½ x 12in) rectangles;
    two 28 x 30.5cm (11 x 12in) rectangles; four 15 x 18cm
    (6 x 7in) rectangles.
    From the webbing: cut five 25.5cm (10in) lengths.
    Begin by fusing the interfacing to the corresponding
    pocket lining pieces following the manufacturer’s
    instructions, then set them aside.

  • How to make a wall tidy storage unit. Urban Organizer - Step 2
    Step 2

    Sew the main curtain
    Fold the webbing lengths in half. Pin the ends of
    one folded length of webbing to the right side of
    your main fabric rectangle along the top edge, placing
    it 2.5cm (1in) in from the side edge, matching raw
    edges, with the fold facing inward. Pin a second folded
    length of webbing 2.5cm (1in) in from the opposite
    side edge. Pin the remaining 3 folded webbing lengths
    evenly spaced along the top edge. Tack the webbing
    in place.

  • Step 3

    Place the lining rectangle on top of the main rectangle,
    right sides facing and matching raw edges. Pin and then
    stitch all 4 sides, making sure to leave a 15cm (6in)
    opening for turning.

  • How to make a wall tidy storage unit. Urban Organizer - Step 4
    Step 4

    Turn right side out, fold under the seam allowance at
    the opening and press. Top-stitch along the top and
    bottom edge, this will close the opening. I used a
    decorative stitch on my machine for the bottom edge
    to add interest; however you can use a simple straight
    stitch if you prefer.

  • How to make a wall tidy storage unit. Urban Organizer - Step 5
    Step 5

    Prepare the pockets
    If you wish to add embellishment to your pockets, do
    so at this stage by attaching ribbon or buttons, or using
    decorative stitches on the front of your pocket pieces.
    All of the pockets are sewn using the same method: place
    each pocket front piece with a corresponding interfaced
    lining pocket piece, right sides facing and raw edges
    matching, and pin along the seam allowances on all sides.
    Stitch the seam, leaving a 7.5cm (3in) opening at the top
    edge of your pocket for turning. Clip the corners of the
    sewn pocket.

  • How to make a wall tidy storage unit. Urban Organizer - Step 6
    Step 6

    Turn the pocket right side out. Fold under the seam
    allowance at the opening and press carefully. To finish the
    pocket, top-stitch along the top edge only, this will close
    the opening.

    Repeat this process for the remaining pockets.

  • How to make a wall tidy storage unit. Urban Organizer - Step 7
    Step 7

    Attach the pockets
    Take your two 15 x 28cm (6 x 11in) finished pockets;
    these will be the top pockets of your organizer. Place one
    of the pockets 13cm (5in) down from the top edge and
    2.5cm (1in) in from the left-hand side and pin in place.
    Repeat for the second pocket on the right-hand side
    of the organizer, leaving a gap of approx. 2.5cm (1in)
    between the two pockets.

  • How to make a wall tidy storage unit. Urban Organizer - Step 8
    Step 8

    Stitch the pockets in place close to the pocket edges
    around the sides and bottom edge of the pocket, backstitching
    at the beginning and end of your stitching.

  • How to make a wall tidy storage unit. Urban Organizer - Step 9
    Step 9

    Next, take the four 13 x 15cm (5 x 6in) finished pockets;
    these will be your second row of pockets on the organizer.
    Place one of the pockets 10cm (4in) down from the
    bottom edge of the top pockets and 2.5cm (1in) in
    from the left-hand side of the organizer. Pin in place.
    Repeat for a second pocket on the right-hand side.
    Place the remaining two small pockets evenly spaced
    between the outer two pockets, leaving a gap of approx.
    2.5cm (1in) between all the pockets. Stitch the pockets
    to the organizer.

  • How to make a wall tidy storage unit. Urban Organizer - Step 10
    Step 10

    Take the two 21.5 x 28cm (8½ x 11in) finished pockets;
    these will be your third row of pockets.
    Place one of the pockets 10cm (4in) down from the
    bottom edge of the previous row of pockets and 2.5cm
    (1in) in from the left-hand side. Pin in place. Repeat for
    the second pocket on the right-hand side of the organizer.
    Stitch the pockets to the organizer.
    Finally, take the two 25.5 x 28cm (10 x 11in) finished
    pockets for the bottom row. Place one of the pockets
    10cm (4in) down from the bottom edge of the previous
    row of pockets and 2.5cm (1in) in from the left-hand
    side of the organizer. Pin in place. Repeat for the second
    pocket on the right-hand side. Stitch the pockets to the
    organizer.

  • Step 11

    The Urban Organizer is now ready to be hung in the same
    fashion as a tab top curtain from a rod attached to the
    wall or door. You will want to make sure it is fairly sturdy
    and secure to take the weight of your stored items.

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