Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Cleaning Supply Caddy Tutorial -SYTYC Audition Project

So if you checked out the Season 12 Auditions at So You Think You're Crafty, you now know that this project was mine.  Honestly, I was just excited that I managed to make it into the competition.  I'm really nervous about it too, though.  I think I'd even be ok with it if I didn't make it past the first week, I was just glad to be in it at all! LOL. 

So now that the voting is over, I thought I'd put up a tutorial in case anyone is interested in making their own.

I started with an old (clean) white sheet.  I folded it over and cut the size rectangle I wanted (leaving the fold so it's less sewing).  Make sure you make it a little bigger than you want the final project to be (seam allowance). 

Then I cut some rectangles for pockets.  I left a 1/4 inch seam allowance on all sides and about 1/2 to 3/4 inch on the TOP side.  Iron down all the seam allowances around then pockets and then stitch down the part at the top, close to the edge of the fabric.  Like this:

You'll need 3 strips 6-7 inches long and 3 inches wide.  Fold those in half lengthwise (right sides together) and sew the edges together. 

Turn those 3 strips right side out. 
Flatten them out and iron (or pin) to keep in place like shown below:

Stitch right close to the edges on both sides to keep the fabric in place.

Now is the trickier part.  cut out your colored fabric.  You'll need to measure how TALL you want it, then add 2 1/2 inches to that measurement for the casing.  You want to figure out how LONG you want it.  I would make it about 23 inches long for three pockets like I have done.  It depends how large you want those "pockets" to be.

Iron the LONG sides 1/4 inch and then roll it over and iron again (about 1 inch).  You'll then want to pin it in place to make the casing.  Then sew right along the bottom and top edges of the casing area, leaving the ends OPEN.
Like this:

Fold the 3 strips in half.

Then put them in between the layers of the white rectangle (the LONG side without the fold) with the raw edges together and the loop part down.  You'll want on in the middle and the others on either side about an inch from the edge.  Pin and sew all around the edges of the white BUT LEAVE AN OPENING LARGE ENOUGH TO FLIP IT RIGHT SIDE OUT. 

Flip it and close up the opening.

Then I pinned all around the edges again and sewed close to the edge to keep it from slipping around. 
Then pin your pockets on where you want them on the left (or right) side.  Sew THREE sides and leave the top open.

Mark your rectangle into THIRDS (take into account that you'll need about 1/4 inch on either end for seam allowance).  Take 3/4 inch elastic and thread it through BOTH casings on your long colored rectangle.  Fold over about a 1/4 to 1/2 inch along the left side -making sure to tack down the ends of the elastics too.  Sew close to the edge.  Go the the next marking (third of your rectangle).  Place the mark where you want the RIGHT side of the LEFT POCKET to be (probably about 3-4 inches over from the left side).  Pull your elastics as tight as you want them to get the openings of the pocket as small or large as you want.  The more you pull the elastics, the smaller the opening (it will cause the casings to gather).  Pin it all the way from top to bottom and sew it in place.  Repeat with each pocket and finish off by cutting the elastics and folding the fabric under 1/4 inch again and sewing it up. 


Now just run a dowel through the loops and hang it on some hooks or nails.

1 comment:

  1. Hey! I'm a new follower from SYTYC. Good Luck!