Friday, February 5, 2021

My Portable Embroidery Organizer

Not that I needed another 'organizer' for my stuff! BUT . . .

I saw a free pattern on Sew Can She web site last month and decided to give it a try. The cut-out handles really sold me on this project! A bonus - the pleated pockets are large enough for my phone. AND the interior with its 6 interior pockets, is the perfect size for fat quarters. It's also easy to close with the magnetic snaps.

I choose some Japanese fabrics from my stash. These had been gifted to me many years ago by an elderly lady, whom I visited frequently. In fact, I inherited most of her sewing and quilting stash when she passed away. This sewing organizer will always remind me of Nina.

As I'm not one to follow all the rules (good or bad????)! I did change the type of stabilizer from a medium weight fusible interfacing to some Peltex (fusible one side) that I had on hand. I did not use the flex foam stabilizer (bought some to try but didn't). In any case, the sides were a bit thick. I did manage to sew the binding on by machine on the straight parts but hand sewing, using the wonder clips, finished the organizer.

I decided to do some free-motion embellishment on the fabrics. For the pockets I used Totally Stable and a variegated thread by Superior Threads. I think it added to the project.

I also used these neat wonder quilter's clips to hold the binding in place while it was stitched on.

I like the cut-out handles and they are so easy to do.

Magnetic closure
Lots of pockets: 6 inside and 6 outside.

I'm pleased with the result and not sorry that I used the heavier stabilizer.



  1. oooh - I like this one Judy! I'm not sure which I like better - the fabric you used or the design itself. Hmmmm....might just have to ponder this one for making for a couple of Christmas gifts this year. Thank you!

  2. p.s. - the link to SewCanShe at the bottom of your post just links back to your blog but the one in the main part of your blog works fine

  3. I made a similar one but haven’t finished the binding as it is too thick to go through my machine.

    1. I did sew part of the binding along the straight parts with my machine but hand stitched the rest using invisible thread, sharp needle and pliers for pulling the needle through the fabric. Saves on your fingers!