Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Mail Organizer Tutorial

Mail Organizer Tutorial by GYCT

Today we are going to start by getting your "command center" organized.  To do this you need a place for all that "stuff" that seems to pile up everywhere.  (I'm not the only one this happens to right?)

I made this great mail organizer a few years ago.  I still use it today.  In fact, the above picture is brand new.  Just took it!  That is how it looks in action!!  Full of paid and unpaid bills, coupons, important papers, kid projects and random small things like rubberbands, a computer mouse, bookmark, etc.

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Does anyone else have some much junk that piles up in their kitchen?  I know I should be be more organized so life doesn't end up like....

Mail Organizer Tutorial by GYCT
....this! Piles of papers and random stuff.  (Totally embarrassing)
So I decided to put a little something together to help sort and store all the items that end up on the countertop.

I used my Pantry Organizer as a bit of inspiration. Check it out here.
Mail Organizer Tutorial by GYCT
What You'll Need:
2 fabric piece 15" x 28"
3 fabric pieces 11"x 20"
1 plastic piece 11" x 10"
Interfacing
Thread

Mail Organizer Tutorial by GYCT
Cut out your 15" x 28" pieces and your 11" x 20" pieces.
Iron on the interfacing to the back.

Mail Organizer Tutorial by GYCT

Take the 11" x 20" pieces and fold them 1/4" and iron.
Fold again 1/4" and iron.
Sew the 1/4" down flat.

Mail Organizer Tutorial by GYCT
Next, take one of the 15" x 28" pieces and place your plastic about 3 inches from the top and center it.
Sew down the middle.

Mail Organizer Tutorial by GYCT
Now decide how many pockets you want. I made 3 for this layer.
Pin your plastic down in little pleats. This helps when you sew across the very bottom.
Leave the sides open for right now.

Mail Organizer Tutorial by GYCT
Once the top layer is done take the second layer and overlap it slightly on the plastic layer. Once again sew down the middle.

Mail Organizer Tutorial by GYCT
Pin down your pleats and sew across the bottom leaving the sides open.

Mail Organizer Tutorial by GYCT
Continue to do the same steps for the other layers.

Mail Organizer Tutorial by GYCT
Sewing across the bottom of your pleats.

Mail Organizer Tutorial by GYCT
Love this layer.

Mail Organizer Tutorial by GYCT
Once all your layers are in, put your front and back pieces together.
Pin them and sew around 3 of the sides.  You can cut off all the extra pieces on the side to help if you need to.  Just make sure that you don't sew you "pockets" down on the side.

Mail Organizer Tutorial by GYCT
Trim all you sides and your corners and turn it right side out.

Mail Organizer Tutorial by GYCT
Attach a ribbon, string, or whatever to the top and sew across.
Now your done.
The first time I just sewed the ribbon on each side but I found that the organizer rolled a bit in the middle that is why I made 2 handles.
Mail Organizer Tutorial by GYCT

Look at all that room.

Mail Organizer Tutorial by GYCT
Now stuff it full of all the crap on your counter.
Just make sure you clean it out once a month at least.
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2 comments:

  1. Nice tutorial! I'm always looking for great storage solutions. This would work great in my sewing room, too! - Deanna {sewmccool}

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    1. Thanks Deanna! It is a great way to organize in almost any room of the house!

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