As the school year begins, I wonder: Is this the year I will finally figure out the perfect solution to organizing the family? With only two kids still at home, will the magic formula for corralling papers, supplies, keys, and permissions slips present itself? I'm not sure, but this contemporary patchwork project made from recycled jean pockets might help. Mary Walter created this simple yet striking design for the Fall 2012 issue of our sister publication, Stitch magazine. It's like a giant nine-patch.
|Give a giant nine-patch panel a contemporary twist with
your choice of fabrics and upcycled denim pockets.
Project pattern by Mary Walter.
Here are the directions for making the Patched Pocket Panel
• Nine 8" x 8" cotton fabric squares
• ¾ yard cotton fabric for backing and hanging sleeve (if desired)
• 9 pockets from formerly loved jeans
• 25" square of batting
• Thread, denim (or size 90/14) machine needle, acrylic ruler, cutting mat, rotary cutter
1. Lay out the 9 cotton squares and place a denim pocket on each.
2. For easy placement, press each cotton square and pocket in half, lengthwise. Layer a pocket onto a cotton square, lining up the pressed folds and placing the point of the pocket ½" from the bottom edge of the cotton square.
3. Sew each pocket to a cotton square stitching on the sides and the bottom, following the double-stitched lines of the pocket.
4. Arrange the sewn pocket panels into 3 rows of 3 squares. Sew each row together alternating the direction of the pressed seams to nest the seams where the squares meet.
5. Layer the patched panel top (right side up), the backing fabric (wrong side up), and the batting (on top). Pin the layers together. Stitch the layers together using a ¼" seam allowance, leaving a 4" opening at the bottom for turning. Trim excess batting.
6. Clip corners, turn right side out, and press. Turn in the open seam edges and slip-stitch closed.
7. Stitch in the ditch around each pocket square.
This handmade patchwork quilt hanging is easy to put up on a wall, and you can tailor it to your décor with your fabric choices for the patches. If you want to get extra fancy–and organized–you can embroider family members' names or words like "pencils," "keys," "leash," etc. on the pockets or the patches.
We have more patchwork quilt patterns, as well as patterns for wall hangings and home décor projects, in the Quilting Daily shop. You can download them and start organizing or decorating right away.