Do you need a place to keep your handheld electronic devices? Do you want to be able to quickly locate the "RIGHT" USB cord or power cord? In that case, this is the product for you.
After having brain surgery in April, I realized I really needed help with organization. I forget where I put everything. I was not really that organized before the surgery.
My family has three different computers, cameras, cell phones, MP3 players and numerous other devices we need to charge or connect to our computers. This nifty wall hanging will help you keep all your handheld electronic devices matched up with their power cords and USB cords.
Fortunately, the surgery did not affect my ability to create or make the crafts I love. I came up with this idea after hearing about the contest. My sewing machine broke the next day so while it was being fixed I made a no-sew version as well. Look for it soon.
If you don't want to make it, then you can buy it at:
Step 1: Supplies
a. Sewing machine, strong thread, and denim needles
b. Paper for copying the pattern
c. One sheet poster board cut to 14 inches by 21 inches
d. One half yard fabric
e. One half yard clear light - medium weight vinyl
(sold at the hardware store on rolls with tablecloth fabric)
f. Self-healing mat, ruler, and rotary cutter
g. Markers for writing on fabric and plastic
i. Paper clips
j. Adhesive cloth hangers
k. Eyelets or grommets
l. Bias tape, quilt binding trim, ribbon or seam binding in various sizes and widths
Step 2: Some Things to Keep in Mind
Any holes you sew through vinyl will show so be careful when pinning. It helps to use paper clips.
Step 3: Make a Pattern (This Step Is Optional If ...
Download the documents below which show the measurements visually. The corresponding photo precedes the downloadable file. I am also listing all the measurements here. Feel free to skip ahead if you download the files.
Cut three pieces of pattern paper:
5 1/2 inches x 20 inches - Pattern Piece One
4 inches x 17 inches - Pattern Piece Two
4 inches x 15 inches - Pattern Piece Three
Pattern Piece One: These are the measurements for the bottom and middle pockets. The middle pocket is only four and one half inches tall. Draw lines and the corresponding letters at (A) 3/4 inches, (B) 1 3/4 inches, (B) 5 3/4 inches, (A) 6 3/4 inches, (A) 7 inches, (B) 8 inches, (B) 12 inches, (A) 13 inches, (A) 13 1/4 inches, (B) 14 1/4 inches, (B) 18 1/4 inches, (A) 19 1/4 inches.
Pattern Piece Two: This is the top pocket. Lines are drawn at these intervals: (A) 3/4 inches, (B) 1 1/4 inches, (B) 5 1/4 inches, (A) 5 3/4 inches, (A) 6, (B) 6 1/2 inches, (B) 10 1/2 inches, (A) 11 inches, (A) 11 1/4 inches, (B) 11 3/4 inches, (B) 15 3/4 inches, (A) 16 1/4 inches. Again, we have 3/4 inches at the end.
Pattern Piece Three represents the sewing lines. It is used for marking packet placement on the fabric. They should all be labeled A, as they will match up with the A marks on the vinyl pockets. Draw lines at: 1 1/4 in., 5 1/4, 5 1/2 in., 9 1/2 in., 9 3/4 in., 13 3/4 in.
Step 4: Measure and Cut
15 inches by 21 inches (front)
14 inches by 21 inches (back)
Cut four pieces of vinyl:
5 1/2 inches by 20 inches
4 1/2 inches by 20 inches
4 inches by 17 inches
10 inches by 15 inches
Cut tag board (if not pre-cut) to 14 inches by 21 inches
Step 5: Mark Lines on Vinyl
Place the 17 inch piece of vinyl on Pattern Piece Two and mark bottom as above.
You can also refer to the Adobe downloads from Step 3
Step 6: Mark Lines on Fabric
You can use Pattern Piece Three or measure from the side.
Draw lines at 1 1/4 inches
Draw lines between or at 4 1/4 and 4 1/2 inches
Draw lines between or at 9 1/2 and 9 3/4 inches
Draw lines at 13 3/4 inches.
These are your stitch lines/pocket sides.
Add notches to the lines, measuring from the bottom at:
2 inches, 7 1/2 inches, 8 1/2 inches, 13 inches, 14 inches, 18 inches.
These are the top and bottoms of your pockets.
Set aside the other piece of fabric to use as the back.
Step 7: Sew Pockets' Top With Trim
I used wide double fold bias tape. You will need 45 inches which is about one half a package.
Sew through all layers of folded bias tape at edge.
Remember to remove paper clips or pins as you sew.
Using pattern pieces or A and B lines from bottom, mark top lightly with a fabric marker to match bottom lines. You do not need to label them with the letters A and B since the bottoms are labeled.
Step 8: Sew Middle and Side Lines
Using a needle and thread tack down all letter A points on the vinyl to the corresponding point on the fabric. You will notice that the vinyl is one half inch away from the edge. This is to give you a little wiggle room when you attach it to the board later.
I am using a bright contrasting thread for demonstration purposes.
The largest pocket on the bottom and the smallest is on top.
Pin quarter inch ribbon or seam binding from top to bottom on the lines. If your machine has a small or non-stick presser foot, the ribbon should be enough to prevent sticking. Otherwise, use paper here.
Sew through outside lines first and then through ribbon covered middle lines.
Remove any visible basting thread.
Step 9: Make Folds and Stitch Down
The A line on the fabric and vinyl is probably covered, so use the edge of the quarter inch ribbon as your A line.
It is not as important that the top B meets A because this is the top of the pocket and it will not be sewn down.
The top pocket has only a tiny fold so it difficult to pin down. Just force it and do not worry if it is not perfect.
Sew bottom of pocket down using 1/4 inch seam. Paper helps here too.
Step 10: Sew Ribbon or Trim Over Bottom of Pockets
Sew across twice, once through vinyl and once below the seam.
Repeat for all three pockets.
Step 11: Attach Back Pocket at Sides
Line up edges of pocket at bottom and sides. Pin or clip 10 inch sides of pocket to sides of back sheet of fabric (14 inches)
Place vinyl side down and sew 1/4 inch side seams. Leave the bottom open for now.
Step 12: Stick Hooks on Tag Board (Optional)
Following instructions on packet, glue hooks to the exposed side of tag board at 2 3/4 inches, 7 inches and 11 1/4 inches.
Leave hooks sticking over the edge.
Step 13: Sew Bottom of Pocket Down
Sew down pocket with 1/2 inch seam. The vinyl is a little bumpy now so sew down with paper, fabric side down.
Step 14: Clip Front to Cardstock
Pull the vinyl to the edges of the cardboard and clip it down. Here is where the extra fabric may come in handy. If you happened to gather some of the fabric, you should still reach the edge. If there is excess fabric, trim off the excess fabric.
Remember to pull out the staples before you sew.
Step 15: Sew Trim Around Edges.
Clip or pin seam covering over top and bottom edges. Be careful that hooks remain sticking out. I used single fold bias tape on the front and back, top and bottom. However, any ribbon will do. You will need four pieces 14 inches long. Double-fold bias tape binding will work at the top but only work on the bottom if you did not use hooks.
Clip trim to sides removing previous clips. You may also staple here as long as you remember to remove stapes as you sew along. I used double fold extra wide bias tape. If you want to use quilt binding that works too and you can skip the side ribbons on the front because they may be covered. You will need two pieces 22 inches long. Tape will extend 1/2 inch beyond top and bottom edges. Tuck these under as you sew around.
Sew tops and bottoms together with a seam that reaches edges on both levels. When you reach the corner be sure to move side trim out of the way. Be aware that the hooks are sticking out as you sew by.
Sew sides with seam, tucking overlap under. You could also trim side seams to length of piece and use mitered corners if you want to get fancy.
You can try to sew around again with a 1/4 inch seam but my old machine could not handle going through all those layers again. Sewing through the large card stock is tricky because you have to keep lifting the whole thing as you sew while keeping the seam straight.
You might want to hand sew the bottom edges closed if it does not look closed.
Step 16: Add Grommets
Follow directions on eyelet package to attach them at same intervals as hooks on bottom.
You may need to punch a small hole through the material first, as there are three layers.
You can hang from a nails, picture hooks, or tie picture wire through grommets and hang that way.
Step 17: Enjoy Your Organizer!
I used top for USB cords, middle for power sources, and bottom for devices.
Hang it anywhere and enjoy! Thanks for reading this far and if you don't know how to sew, be sure to check out the No-Sew version. Also stop by Etsy where both are on sale but please wait until after July 18th when the contest ends before you buy them.