Apart from my pantry, the other area of my home I like to keep well organised is my linen cupboard.
I have found that since our two youngest adults drifted home again, that cupboard can quickly become the storage centre for 'anything' of a linen nature!
There are three queen size beds here, which means quite a few sets of sheets and pillowcases find themselves crammed between the shelves with no manner of order, and a forgotten sense of whose sheets belong to which bed.
Yesterday I made the decision to rectify the sheet chaos and in the process was able to begin diminishing my store of orphan fat quarters.
You'll need two fat quarters in co-ordinating colours...
Trim them to exactly the same size, and lay one on top of the other, right sides facing...
Sew the two fabrics together down ONE side.
Open the fabrics out to one wide length.
Do you have a spare jelly roll strip? I found a green one that looked fine with the two fat quarter fabrics.
If not, cut a 2 1/2" wide strip of fabric that will be long enough to go across the width of the joined fat quarters, minus 2 inches.
With your iron, press a hem down along both long sides of the strip, and at each end.
Pin it across the top edge of the fat quarters, about 2" below the raw edge.
Leaving the ends open, machine sew the strip to the fat quarter fabric just inside it's bottom and top edge.
Fold the fat quarters in half again, and sew across the bottom and down the other side. Leave the top edge (with the jelly roll strip) open.
Make a double folded hem along the open top section, and machine sew.
Turn right side out, and press the bag flat.
Thread a long length of ribbon or cording through the jelly roll pocket...
Press the bag flat again, and pin around the three sewn sides.
Machine sew a 1/4" French seam around those sides.
Pop a pair of sheets and their matching pillow cases inside, gather the ribbon and tie in a bow.
Now how much easier will it be to keep your sheets organised?!
This bag took me just 20 minutes - and I have a number of orphan fat quarters waiting on me to make more sheet bags this week.
I was really happy to be doing some simple sewing yesterday (after months of needlework!) so I set myself to a new task - making some lavender sachets to hang in my wardrobe. This was something I had been meaning to do since we moved house!
I used another orphan scrap of fabric, and a small crochet doiley.
I cut a rectangle, folded it in half and sewed around the three open sides, leaving a 2" opening to add the lavender later.
I turned the sachet right side out, pressed it, and filled it half full with dried lavender.
Using a scrap length of ribbon, I made a loop and sewed it into the centre of the opening as I machined the opening closed.
The ribbon was pulled through the little hole in the centre of the doiley, before stitching the doiley to the sachet.
Very simple, very sweet.
You could whip up a set of these as gifts in no time! Perhaps sew one of my Monograms on them?
Today I had a play with a new design, something else to help me with organisation.
I gave you a sneak peek of the feature block last week, but it's all finished now!
~Shabby Roses Pins 'n' Needles Storer~
The perfect and pretty way to store your special pins, your scissors, and your needle packets.
Cotton lace, and vintage buttons...
Having pretty storage space that can hang in your craft room is fabulous!
Do you like it?
Pattern will be available soon.
Back to making more of those sheet bags!
Have a wonderfully creative day too, won't you?!