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Kitchen Clean-Up Caddy

Free project instructions to create a kitchen clean-up caddy.

Free project instructions to create a kitchen clean-up caddy.


Keep your dish towels, cleaning wipes, plastic bags, and more organized and ready to use with this embroidered kitchen caddy. Simply hang on an oven door, dishwasher, or towel bar for an easy-to-reach storage solution.


Project Needs & Notes:

- 1/3 yard oilcloth
- 1/3 yard print oilcloth
- 1/2 yard 1" wide cotton strapping
- Temporary spray adhesive
- Self-adhesive Velcro (or sew-on Velcro)
- Medium-weight cutaway stabilizer

Designs featured in this tutorial include:
- M10839, Doodle Cherries


Finished Size: 9" x 17"

Free project instructions to create a kitchen clean-up caddy.


Free project instructions to create a kitchen clean-up caddy.

Start by preparing the fabric for the embroidered front piece.

This tutorial uses oilcloth which is sturdy and easy to clean. Draw a 10" x 15" rectangle on the fabric.

Free project instructions to create a kitchen clean-up caddy.

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.

Center the design about 4" from the top of the shape. Mark the center point and the horizontal and vertical axis lines.

Free project instructions to create a kitchen clean-up caddy.

Then, spray a piece of cutaway stabilizer with temporary adhesive.

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

Cutaway stabilizer is important to help keep the stitches aligned, and also helps the design to wear longer.

Free project instructions to create a kitchen clean-up caddy.

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.

A size 11 or 75/11 embroidery needle is an excellent choice for oilcloth.

Free project instructions to create a kitchen clean-up caddy.

When the design has finished sewing, trim away the excess stabilizer 1/2" around the embroidery.

Free project instructions to create a kitchen clean-up caddy.

Cut out the shape.

Free project instructions to create a kitchen clean-up caddy.

Fold the top edge of the fabric over 1/2" to the wrong side and press with your fingers. Fold the fabric over again 1/2" and press.

Free project instructions to create a kitchen clean-up caddy.

Sew a 1/4" seam along the folded edge.

Free project instructions to create a kitchen clean-up caddy.

Next, cut a piece of print oilcloth to 10" x 5".

Fold the bottom edge of the fabric over 1/2" to the wrong side and press.

Fold the fabric over again 1/2" and press.

Sew a 1/4" seam along the folded edge.

Free project instructions to create a kitchen clean-up caddy.

For the back of the caddy, cut a piece of fabric to 10" x 18".

Lay the fabric flat with the right side facing up.

Add two 2" strips of self-adhesive Velcro on the fabric, placing the hook side of the Velcro first.

Place the strips 1" down from the top edge of the fabric and 2" in from each side edge.

Free project instructions to create a kitchen clean-up caddy.

Sew the Velcro in place.

You can also use sew-on Velcro -- add temporary adhesive to the back and press it in place.

Free project instructions to create a kitchen clean-up caddy.

Cut two 9" lengths of strapping.

On each piece, fold one end over 1" and add a 2" strip of Velcro (the soft loop side) on top. Sew in place.

Free project instructions to create a kitchen clean-up caddy.

Place the straps on top of the back piece aligning them with the Velcro strips on the fabric.

Place the straps with the Velcro ends facing down.

Allow the straps to extend about 1/2" past the top edge of the fabric. Pin in place.

Free project instructions to create a kitchen clean-up caddy.

Align the top piece and the embroidered front piece on top, right sides together, with the seamed edges facing in.

Pin in place and sew a 1/2" seam along the entire outer edge.

Free project instructions to create a kitchen clean-up caddy.

Turn the fabric right side out to complete.

This caddy is a terrific way to store dish towels, plastic bags, or even containers of cleaning wipes in your kitchen! Hang on the stove or from a towel bar for easy access.

Free project instructions to create a kitchen clean-up caddy.

This caddy is a terrific way to store dish towels, plastic bags, or even containers of cleaning wipes in your kitchen! Hang on the stove or from a towel bar for easy access.

Kitchen Clean-Up Caddy



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Products used in this Project:

Doodle Cherry $1.49 - $2.99

Available in 4 Sizes:

5.85" x 6.42" | 4.84" x 5.32" | 3.50" x 3.85" | 2.73" x 3.00"

Doodle Apples $2.49 - $3.99

Available in 4 Sizes:

6.30" x 5.85" | 5.22" x 4.85" | 3.84" x 3.57" | 2.99" x 2.78"

Doodle Chef Hat $2.49 - $3.99

Available in 4 Sizes:

5.85" x 6.39" | 4.85" x 5.30" | 3.52" x 3.84" | 2.74" x 2.99"

Doodle Chef Tools $2.49 - $3.99

Available in 4 Sizes:

6.25" x 5.90" | 5.13" x 4.85" | 3.85" x 3.63" | 3.00" x 2.84"

Doodle Ice Cream Cone $2.49 - $3.99

Available in 4 Sizes:

6.62" x 5.86" | 5.48" x 4.85" | 3.85" x 3.41" | 3.00" x 2.66"

Doodle Pears $2.49 - $3.99

Available in 4 Sizes:

6.55" x 5.85" | 5.43" x 4.85" | 3.85" x 3.44" | 2.98" x 2.67"