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Closet Caddy

Free project instructions to make a crafty catch-all door hanger.
Free project instructions to make a crafty catch-all door hanger.

Hang this closet caddy on a door to hold your clothes, shoes, and more. It's a great way to keep all the items in your closet neat and organized. 
 
Project Needs & Notes:

- 1 yard of patterned canvas or twill
- 5/8 yard each of three solid color canvas or twill
- 1/2 yard of 1" strapping
- 3 1/4 yard of wide, double-fold bias tape
- Medium-weight (2.5 ounce) cutaway stabilizer
- Temporary spray adhesive (such as Gunold's KK100)
- Air-erase pen for marking
- Three over-the-door hangers

Designs used in this tutorial include:
- K9309, Dreamy Butterfly 1 (Vintage)
- K9315, Dreamy Butterfly 4 (Vintage)
- K9317, Dreamy Butterfly 5 (Vintage)
- G4217, Floral Fireworks
- G4229, Flowers and Diamonds
- G4237, Floral Geometry

Finished Size:
24" x 36"


Free project instructions to make a crafty catch-all door hanger.
Begin by creating the bottom pocket.

Using an air-erase pen, draw a 21" x 24" rectangle onto solid colored fabric.

Free project instructions to make a crafty catch-all door hanger.
Measure each of the four sides corner-to-corner and mark the center of each side with an air erase marker.

Draw two lines to connect the center marks opposite each other, splitting the large rectangle into four sections.

Free project instructions to make a crafty catch-all door hanger.
Repeat the same process as described in the last step to split the lower left hand section into four.

Where these two lines meet is the center point of the rectangle, and it will also be used as the center point of the main embroidery.

Free project instructions to make a crafty catch-all door hanger.
Spray a piece of medium-weight cutaway stabilizer with temporary adhesive and smooth the fabric on top.

Hoop the fabric and stabilizer together, aligning the marks on the hoop with the marks on the fabric.

Free project instructions to make a crafty catch-all door hanger.
Attach the hoop to the machine and load the design.

Move the hoop so that the needle is directly aligned with the center point on the fabric.

Embroider the design.

Free project instructions to make a crafty catch-all door hanger.
When the design has finished, trim away the excess stabilizer on the backside of the embroidery, leaving about 1/2" around the design.

Free project instructions to make a crafty catch-all door hanger.
The accent design will be embroidered onto the lower right hand section.

A template, or printout of a design, is an excellent tool to help with placement.

Print a template of the design from your embroidery software. If you do not have embroidery software, Wilcom's TrueSizer is a free program to use.

Position the paper template on the fabric where you want to embroider the design and mark the center point and vertical and horizontal axis lines.

Free project instructions to make a crafty catch-all door hanger.
Place the hoop on the machine, load the design, and move the hoop so that the needle is lined up with the center point of the fabric.

Embroider the design, and trim away the excess stabilizer when it is finished stitching.

Free project instructions to make a crafty catch-all door hanger.
Cut out the rectangle.

Free project instructions to make a crafty catch-all door hanger.
Fold the rectangle in half so that the embroidery ends up on the same side, and press the folded edge.

Free project instructions to make a crafty catch-all door hanger.
Repeat the above steps to prepare, embroider, cut, and press the other two pockets.

For this project we alternated what side the main accent embroidery sewed on to create a zigzag effect.

To do this, simply embroider the main embroidery on the left side for the top and bottom pocket, and stitch the main embroidery on the right side for the middle pocket piece.

Free project instructions to make a crafty catch-all door hanger.
Now that the pockets are prepared, draw a 24" x 36" rectangle onto the backing fabric.

Cut out the shape, and repeat to create a back lining piece of the same size.

Then draw two lines across the 24" width of the first fabric piece. The two lines should be 12" apart from each other and 12" from the end.

Free project instructions to make a crafty catch-all door hanger.
Place the bottom pocket along the bottom edge of the back piece with the embroidery side up, making sure to match up the edges.

Pin the pocket in place, and baste 1/4" around the three raw edges of the pocket to secure it.

Free project instructions to make a crafty catch-all door hanger.
Next, lay the other two pockets on the back piece with embroidery side down.

The top folded edge of each pocket should also be facing down towards the bottom edge of the back piece.

Line the bottom raw edge up with the drawn lines, pin into place, and sew a 1/4" seam along the long, raw open side of both pockets.

Free project instructions to make a crafty catch-all door hanger.
Flip the top and middle pockets up, and press each bottom seam.

Next, mark a center line down the middle of all three pockets.

Free project instructions to make a crafty catch-all door hanger.
Baste 1/4" along the sides of the upper two pockets to hold them into place.

Sew along the center line of each pocket to split it into two smaller pockets.

Here, we used a decorative stitch in the same color of the bias tape to add some extra crafty flair.

Free project instructions to make a crafty catch-all door hanger.

Take the two 24" x 36" pieces and lay them on top of each other wrong sides together.

Pin along the four edges, and sew a 1/4" seam along all four sides of the main piece, binding the front with the pockets to the blank back lining piece.


Free project instructions to make a crafty catch-all door hanger.

Encase the entire outer edge with wide double-fold bias tape.


Free project instructions to make a crafty catch-all door hanger.

Cut three pieces of 6" long strapping, and twist each piece into a loop.


Free project instructions to make a crafty catch-all door hanger.

Stitch one loop to the left corner, right corner, and center top of the caddy by placing the loop on the backside and sewing a square shape and a small "x" though all the layers.


Free project instructions to make a crafty catch-all door hanger.

Hang this caddy in your bedroom closet, or use the organizer to straighten any hall or coat closet in your home, too!


Closet Caddy



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