I recently took a few days off to spend time with my two loves: my family and my quilt studio.
Our family time was lots of fun and by the end of the week I had also finished a quick quilt and several small quilting projects to give as gifts.
|You'll find many easy quilting projects like this one in Stitch magazine.|
The only downside? My studio is a mess! But since I’m on a roll, I’ll probably just keep plowing through until all my Christmas gifts are finished, then do a big organization and clean-up after the holidays.
When I do set the studio to rights, I want to make these cute Embroidery Hoop Wall Pockets by Bonnie Ferguson, originally seen in Stitch magazine.
They are easy to make and you can adjust the pocket widths depending on what you want to store in them—from marking pens and pencils to scissors and rotary cutters.
Here are the basic directions:
Embroidery Hoop Wall Pockets
- Embroidery hoop
- Fabric (enough for two circles slightly larger than the diameter of the hoop)
- Fusible fleece
- Sewing machine
- Basic sewing supplies
1. Measure the diameter of the hoop and cut 2 circles of fabric (matching or coordinating) and 1 piece of fusible fleece slightly larger than the diameter of the hoop.
2. Fuse the fleece to the wrong side of the background circle.
3. Fold the other fabric circle in half, wrong sides together, and press. This forms the pocket.
4. Align the raw edges of the folded pocket piece with the bottom of the background piece. Pin and baste the pocket in place, then stitch through all the layers ¼" from the raw edges.
5. Measure, pin, and mark (with removable fabric marking pen) the segments in the pockets and topstitch.
6. Sandwich the fabric between the inner and outer rings of the embroidery hoop, making sure the wing-nut fastener is at the top. Hang and fill with supplies.
I like the way these wall pockets do double duty: they provide storage while adding a decorative touch to your studio.
You’ll always find fun sewing and quilting projects like this one in Stitch magazine. That’s why I read each issue as soon as it arrives.
P.S. Do you want more ideas for how to create fun, functional, and artful projects with embroidery hoops? Join us December 5, 2014, at 11 a.m. ET for a live web seminar: Quick and Clever Gift Ideas with Embroidery Hoops, Fabric, and More with Kirsty Neale. Register now and attend live or wait for the recording and watch it at your leisure, again and again.