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Crafty Chair Caddy

 

Free project instructions to make a storage sack for your sewing chair
This crafty chair caddy is a fantastic collection of pockets with ties to attach to the back of your chair!

Sometimes things can get a little disorganized in the sewing room, with bits and bobs rolling all around. This caddy has a place for everything, and keeps everything in its place.

Read on for project instructions!
 

Free project instructions to make a storage sack for your sewing chair


Supplies Needed:

**1/2 yard sturdy light-colored
   cotton fabric - like denim,
   twill, or lightweight canvas
  (for front of front pocket and
   back - I used denim)

**3/8 yard sturdy cotton
   fabric - like denim, twill, or
   lightweight canvas (for inner
   pocket, and small inner
   pocket - I used twill)
 
Supplies Continued: 

**3/8 yard print cotton fabric
  (for front pocket lining, small inner pocket, and back lining - I used quilter's cotton)


**
Medium weight cutaway stabilizer

**Temporary spray adhesive

**Air-erase pen or dressmaker's pencil (for marking and placement)

**4 3/4 yards - 1" wide grosgrain ribbon (for ties)


**14" length of extra-wide double fold bias tape
 



Designs Used:

I used the large size of the Fashion Plate Medley - 1950s design. Find many more creative and crafty designs by visiting the Crafty and Sewing category!

Special Project Notes:
The crafty chair caddy can be added to a padded "office" style chair, or an open backed chair (like a dining room chair) - by simply adjusting the length of ties that wrap around the back of the chair (read on to see how).

The print fabric used in this project is inspired by vintage pattern envelopes. I found the print at Joann's called "Novelty Quilt Fabric - Simplicity Collection".

Finished Size:
12" wide by 20" high
 

 


Free project instructions to make a storage sack for your sewing chair
 

To get started, I will prepare the fabric for the embroidery for the front of the front pocket. Using an air-erase pen or other marking tool, draw a 13" wide by 13" high square on the sturdy cotton fabric (I used light-colored denim).

Create a paper template of the design by printing it at full size using embroidery software. See these
handy instructions for more information about making and using templates.
 

Place the template inside the shape where you want it - I centered the template inside the shape by measuring equal distances in between the center point of the template and the outer edges of the shape. Poke a hole in the center of the design and mark the fabric. Also, mark the horizontal and vertical axis points.
 



Free project instructions to make a storage sack for your sewing chair
 

Remove the template and draw lines connecting the marks. Spray a piece of medium weight cutaway stabilizer with temporary adhesive and smooth the fabric on top. Hoop the fabric and stabilizer together by aligning the marks on the hoop with the lines on the fabric.



Free project instructions to make a storage sack for your sewing chair
 

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 storage sack for your sewing chair
 

When the design has finished, trim away the excess stabilizer on the backside of the embroidery and cut out the shape.



Free project instructions to make a storage sack for your sewing chair
 
To prepare the inner lining of the front pocket, lay the embroidered front piece on top of the print fabric (I used quilter's cotton) with the right sides together. Pin in place and cut around the shape of the embroidered front piece. Sew a 1/2" seam along the top edge only. Turn the fabric right side out and press the seam with an iron. Top stitch a 1/8" seam along the seam and also around the side and bottom edges.


Free project instructions to make a storage sack for your sewing chair
 
To create the fabric for the inner pocket, cut two pieces of the sturdy cotton fabric (I used twill) to 13" wide by 15" high. Align the pieces together, right sides together, pin in place, and sew a 1/2" seam along the top edge only. Turn the fabric right side out, and press the seam.

Cut a piece of bias tape a bit longer than the top edge of the fabric. Wrap the bias tape around the top edge of the fabric, pin in place, and sew a seam along the inner edge of the tape. Also, sew a 1/8" seam along the side and bottom edges of the fabric.


Free project instructions to make a storage sack for your sewing chair
 
To assemble the small inner pocket, cut a piece of the sturdy cotton fabric and the print fabric to 6" wide by 7" high. Align the pieces together, right sides together, pin in place, and sew a 1/2" seam along the top and side edges only - leave the bottom open for turning.


Free project instructions to make a storage sack for your sewing chair
 
Turn the fabric right side out and press the seams. Also, turn the fabric of the opening in 1/2" to the wrong side and press. Top stitch a 1/4"seam along the top edge only. Pin the small pocket in place along the right side of the inner pocket. Position it with the top edge of the small pocket 3" from the top edge of the inner pocket and with the right edge of the small pocket one inch from the outer right edge of the inner pocket. Sew a 1/4" seam along the side and bottom edges only.


Free project instructions to make a storage sack for your sewing chair
 
To prepare the back fabric, cut a piece of the print fabric to 13" wide by 21" high. Lay the back fabric flat with the right side facing up. Align the inner pocket on top, right side facing up, with the bottom edges of the inner pocket aligned with the bottom edges of the back fabric. Pin in place.


Free project instructions to make a storage sack for your sewing chair
 
Next, cut four ribbon ties (two for each side) according to these measurements:

Padded office style chair:
Cut two lengths of 1" wide ribbon to 18" long and two more lengths to 64" long.

Open backed style chair:
Cut four lengths of 1" wide ribbon to 18" long.

Align the ribbons together (pair them up) by matching the ends together. If you are preparing ties for a padded office style chair, pair one long and one short ribbon together with the long ribbon over the short ribbon. Pin the paired ends of the ribbons along the top edge of the back fabric with the ribbon about one inch from the side edges of the fabric and also with about 1/2" of the ribbon extending out past the outer edge of the top edge of the fabric. Roll up the ribbon and pin it in place at the center of the fabric so it will not be sewn over later on.
 



Free project instructions to make a storage sack for your sewing chair
 
To create the back of the caddy, cut a piece of the sturdy cotton to 13" wide by 21" high. Align the fabric on top of the assembled pieces, right sides together, pin in place, and sew a 1/2" seam along the outer edges leaving about 5" open along the top edge in between the ribbon (for turning). Turn the fabric right side out and press the seams. Turn the fabric of the opening in 1/2" and press. Top stitch a 1/4" seam along the side and top edges of the back fabric only.

And your crafty chair caddy is complete!


Free project instructions to make a storage sack for your sewing chair
 
To add the chair caddy to a padded office style chair, align the top edge of the caddy with the top edge of the back of the chair. Wrap the long ribbons down the back of the chair and around the bottom edge of the chair back.


Free project instructions to make a storage sack for your sewing chair
 
Bring the ribbon up the front of the chair back and tie a tight bow at the top using the short ribbons..


Free project instructions to make a storage sack for your sewing chair
 
To add the chair caddy to a open backed style chair, align the top edge of the caddy with the top edge of the back of the chair, wrap the ribbons around the top of the chair back, and tie the ribbons into bows.

Free project instructions to make a storage sack for your sewing chair

A creative and clever addition to any sewing or craft room!


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Products used in this Project:

Fashion Plate Medley - 1930s $4.99 - $6.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

6.90" x 9.44" | 5.70" x 7.80" | 4.83" x 6.62"