Get Organized with a Contemporary Patchwork Panel

28 Aug 2013

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.

contemporary patchwork panel
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

Materials:

• 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

Directions:

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.

patchwork pocket placement
Pocket placement.
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.


P.S. Have you stitched a project that helps you or your family stay organized? Tell me about it!


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gail moss wrote
on 31 Aug 2013 8:48 AM

this is such a good idea.. i'm going to make one of these in the likeness of an apron to take to quilt classes to hold my small supplies that always seen to get lost in my 'stuff' on the small area that we're given to work on.. gail

gail moss wrote
on 31 Aug 2013 8:48 AM

this is such a good idea.. i'm going to make one of these in the likeness of an apron to take to quilt classes to hold my small supplies that always seen to get lost in my 'stuff' on the small area that we're given to work on.. gail

on 2 Sep 2013 2:46 PM

Great idea! My step-mother quilted a denim quilt using pockets. It was rather cute (and very heavy, which I absolutely love) and handy for remote controls and the like.

I've never "stitched" anything to organize the family (yet), but I did make something like this: www.amazon.com/.../B0046UB702 It doesn't require stitching but I used a staple gun (for attaching the fabric and ribbon) and some glue to attach cording to hide the staples.

The only other thing would be painting the inside of my cabinets with chalkboard paint so that we can make lists, keep a running conversion chart, "label" the volume of my baking pans and so forth. It's one of the best things I've ever done!

I'm new here so thank you very much for a great idea!