Got too many TV/stereo remotes? Got a baby that likes to throw them across the room? Sounds like you need one of these:
For my organiser I used a yard of Echino’s High on a Perch Border in turquoise, designed by Etsuko Furuya. It’s home decorator weight, so it has a light canvas-like feel to it. Tougher and stiffer than normal cotton, perfect for this purpose.
Then I grabbed something for the backing. I chose a cheap IKEA pillow case because this organiser is for me and I couldn’t care less what the back looks like. If you’re making this as a gift you’ll probably want to give it a little more thought.
But before you turn, trim down your seams a little to reduce bulk (or if you were too lazy to trim down your backing piece before joining, like me, do that now).
Then turn it out the right way and give your seams a press.
Once your batting is in place, you need to sew through all the layers to ensure it will stay in place (ie. quilting). This is also a good time to sew closed the bottom edge of the envelope. I turned those bottom edges in, pinned, and then pinned my layers together across the whole piece (the pins are a little hard to see, below).
This was when I realised I had no light blue machine thread in my collection. The only matching thread I had was for hand quilting, so two of my lines had to be done by hand.
With the organiser body complete, I cut off the bottom turquoise part of my other piece of fabric. I wanted my pouches to blend in with the organiser and not distract from the beautiful fabric.
Hem the piece you are using for the pouches. I cut a small diagonal from each corner so that they wouldn’t be too thick with folds.
I didn’t worry about the bottom edge at this stage, except to keep it level (I used my topstitched edge line to do this in the end, rather than the line I drew).
Then I went back and made some simple little pleat-like folds at the bottom corner of each remote pouch, and pinned those.
Then you sew it all down. My humble recommendation:
1. Take the remotes out first!
2. Sew the bottom of the pouches closed first.
3. Then sew between the pouches, starting from the bottom up to the top. That way, if you have any slack it will simply shift upwards. If you are sewing down towards the bottom of the pouches you could end up with some unwanted extra fabric getting all up in your seam.
4. Be sure to back-stitch at the start and end of your stitching lines to ensure strong corners.
Here is everything sewed down. I have two remotes that are shorter than the others. I lined up the tops of all the remotes and marked a line at the bottoms of the two more petite ones.
I hand sewed them on to ensure the thread showing on the front matched.
I cut out a little pouch and hemmed it.
I’m quite chuffed with my organiser, and will be until the baby learns to either jump or climb up the TV cabinet.
Riffing on this pattern you could organise all sorts of things. I’m going to make a smaller one to hang next to our fireplace to hold the fire-starter briquettes and the gas lighter out of the baby’s reach. You could get your mitts on some clear vinyl and make transparent pouches for organising stationery or your sewing room or your jewellery or your makeup or … well, you get the drift.
This is my first attempt at more detailed tutorial like this, so please let me know if I’ve glossed over something and you need some clarification. I’ll be happy to help.
Have a great weekend, everyone!