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Get Sewing: Stylish Tidy Pockets

Lizzie Curtis suggests an easy-to-make solution to your storage problems

These tidy pockets make a great beginner project for those looking to try something new, and offer a bright and stylish storage solution for any craft room, kitchen or home office.

Lizzy used a fabric from the Threaders Loving Meadow fat quarter bundle to create this project, which gives a pretty touch to this project with its soft floral pattern.


Fat quarter of fabric

21.5 x 34cm (8.5 x 13.5") of contrasting fabric

Foam stailiser

Stick & Spray for Fabric adhesive

Purple ribbon

Wooden knitting needle or dowel

Co-ordinating threads

Basic sewing kit

Sewing machine

Threaders heat-erasable pen


Tidy Pockets preparation:

Cut a 21.5 x 49.5cm (8.5 x 19.5 ") piece of the fat quarter fabric

Cut a 21.5 x 24cm (8.5 x 9.5 ") piece of contrasting fabric

Cut 3 21.5 x 5cm (8.5 x 2") pieces of contrasting fabric for the rim and casing

Cut a 21.5 x 24cm (8.5 x 9.5 ") piece of foam stabiliser

To create:

1) Measure 8cm (3.252) and 28.5cm (11.5") from the bottom on the right side of the 21.5 x 49.5cm (8.5 x 19.5") piece of fat quarter fabric drawing a straight line across the piece oat both points. On the wrong side of he fabric, measire 14.5cm (5.75") and 35cm (13.75") from the bottom, drawing a straight line across the piece the piece at both points

2) Fold along the lines drawn in Step 1 to form the pockets on the front of the fat quarter fabric and press well. Pin near the bottom of each pocket- your piece should now measure 21.5 x 24cm (8.5 x 9.5") 

3) Take two of the strips cut for the trim and press them in half lengthways, wrong sides together. Attach both raw edges of the trim to the top of both pockets, then press and fold them over the top of the pockts to the inside. Use a topstitch to attach them

4) Use Stick & Spray for Fabric adhesive to attach the foam stabiliser to the wrong side of he pocket panel. Put the lining and pocket panel with the righ sides together and stitch the sides and bottom, starting from the top and leaving th top open. Reach inside, remove any pns, then turn it the right side out and press it.

5) Take a piece of fabric cut for the casing and turn over a scant 0.6om (0.25") on both short ends and topstitch them. Press the strip in half, wrong sides together, and attach the raw edges across the top of the pocket panel on the right side and press it

6) Handstitch the lining on the reverse of the pockets panel to the casing. Thread your wooden knitting needle or dowel through the casing at the top and tie a length of ribbon to the ends. Now it's time to hang your pockets to keep your workspace tidy!

Find out more...

The Threaders Loving Meadow fabric bolts and fat quarter bundle are available to purchase from (

This month's project is brought to you by Lizzy Curtis. Lizzy is a Brand Ambassador for Crafter's Companion, who loves sewing, including creative embroidery, quilting, dressmaking and appique. She also dabbles in painting and papercraft when she gets the chance. Find out more about her here 

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