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Framed Desk Organizer

 

Free project instructions to make a framed desk organizer!
Ordinary items become extra-ordinary with colorful fabric prints and fabulous embroidery designs!

This desktop organizer begins with a photo frame. The fabric forms handy pockets to keep things like scissors, marking pens, note cards, patterns, receipts, and coupons.

Read on for the step-by-step project instructions!
 

Free project instructions to make a framed desk organizer!


Supplies Needed:

**
Photo frame (the one in this
   example is 11" by 14")


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1/3 yard cotton fabric
  (for back and embroidered
  bottom pocket - I used linen)


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1/3 yard print cotton fabric
  (for pockets - I used quilter's
   cotton)

 
Supplies Continued: 

**11" wide by 11 1/2" high piece of cotton fabric (for pocket - I used linen)

**11" wide by 9 1/2" high piece of print cotton fabric
  (for pocket - I used lightweight canvas)

**Temporary spray adhesive

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

**All purpose permanent spray adhesive or craft glue (like Tacky Glue) and brush
 



Designs Used:

I used the medium size of the Ohli the Owl with Cuppa (Vintage) design from the Ohli the Owl (Vintage) pack.
 

 


Free project instructions to make a framed desk organizer!
 


To get started I will prepare the fabric for the embroidered bottom pocket. Lay the linen flat, then use a marking tool (like an air-erase pen) to draw an 8" by 8" square.

I want to place the owl design in the center of that square. I made a template (a printout from embroidery software) and placed that in the square.

(If you haven't used software to make templates before, these
 handy instructions show the steps.)
 

When placing the design, leave at least 1 1/2" of space in between the top of the design and the top of the fabric. We'll fold that fabric over later on, so the extra room is important.

Poke a hole in the center of the template and mark the fabric. Mark the horizontal and vertical axis points, too.
 



Free project instructions to make a framed desk organizer!
 

I draw lines to connect the axis lines. These will help me to hoop the fabric straight.

Spray a piece of medium-weight cutaway stabilizer with temporary adhesive. Smooth
the fabric on top. Hoop the fabric and stabilizer together, aligning the marks on the hoop with the lines on the fabric.



Free project instructions to make a framed desk organizer!
 

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 and embroider the design.



Free project instructions to make a framed desk organizer!
 

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



Free project instructions to make a framed desk organizer!
 
To prepare the fabric for the right side of the bottom pocket, cut a piece of the print cotton fabric (I used quilter's cotton) to 4" wide by 8" high. Lay the left side embroidered piece flat with the right side facing up. Align the right side piece on top, right sides together, along the right edge of the embroidered piece. Pin in place and sew a 1/2" seam along the right side only.


Free project instructions to make a framed desk organizer!
 
Press the back seam open with an iron and top stitch a 1/8" seam along the seam on the print fabric side. Also, fold the top edge of the fabric over 1/2" to the wrong side and press. Fold the fabric over another 1/2" to the wrong side, press, and top stitch a 1/8" seam along the top edge of the fabric.


Free project instructions to make a framed desk organizer!
 
To create the other pockets, cut three pieces of fabric according to these measurements:

1. Large pocket (top pocket): 11" wide by 13 1/2" high
(I used print cotton fabric)

2. Medium pocket (middle pocket): 11" wide by 11 1/2" high (I used linen)

3. Small pocket (lower pocket - just above bottom embroidered pocket): 11" wide by 9 1/2" high (I used print lightweight cotton)

On each piece, fold the top edge over 1/2" to the wrong side and press. Fold the top edge over another
1/2" to the wrong side, press, and top stitch a 1/8" seam along the top edge of the fabric.
 


Free project instructions to make a framed desk organizer!
 
To prepare the back fabric, remove the back of the frame and place it right side facing down on top of the fabric (I used linen). Trace the shape and cut out the shape.

Now it is time to assemble the pockets together. Place the back fabric flat with the right side facing up. Align the top pocket (large pocket) on top of the back fabric with the right side facing up - align the bottom edges together.


Free project instructions to make a framed desk organizer!
 
Align and layer all of the remaining pockets on top, one after the other, largest to smallest including the embroidered bottom pocket. Pin all of the pockets in place.


Free project instructions to make a framed desk organizer!
 
Sew a seam, starting at the bottom edge of the fabric, along the existing seam of the bottom pocket and continue all the way up to the top edge of the fabric. This separates the pockets into two sections. Also, sew a 1/8" seam along the side and bottom edges of the fabric to tack all the pockets together.


Free project instructions to make a framed desk organizer!
 
To attach the pockets to the frame back, spray the front side of the frame back with all-purpose permanent spray adhesive or brush it with a light coat of craft glue (like Tacky Glue). Align the pockets on top of the frame back and press them in place.


Free project instructions to make a framed desk organizer!
 
Remove the glass from the frame (it will not be used) and insert the frame back into the frame.

 
 
Free project instructions to make a framed desk organizer!

Dress up your work space with this colorful organizer! It's also handy in the kitchen for storing recipe cards and coupons.


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