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Personalized Mail Organizer

Personalized Mail Organizer

Created by Karen Parker  | Apr 22, 2020

Tired of mail cluttering up your space? Get organized with this embroidered wall hanging! Choose your favorite designs and make labels for each pocket to keep everything neat and tidy. Perfect for spring cleaning, this sewing and embroidery project will help your house stay put together. Click here to download printable instructions. Download embroidery files and layout diagram.

Step 1. Prepare all your fabrics. Be sure to starch each piece after cutting to required size. Cut the bias strips for the pocket top binding.

  1. After starching the strips, use the Bias Tape Maker to create the proper folded edges for the binding to run through the Adjustable Bias Binder foot. Set aside.

Step 2. For the large pocket, hoop stabilizer and fabric. Prepare your machine for embroidery. Navigate to the Large Pocket—Coupons embroidery file. Embroider.

  1. Color stop 1—Basket-weave open fill for the pocket. The “hole” left in the center serves as the placement line for the “label” applique fabric, 4'' x 7'' piece.
  2. When color stop 1 is complete, place this applique piece right side up on top of the basket-weave fill, making sure to cover entire placement line.
  3. Color stop 2—Tack down stitch line for applique. When color stop 2 is completed, trim excess applique fabric closely to this line of stitches.
  4. Color stop 3—Applique cover stitch
  5. Color stop 4—Decorative outline on applique
  6. Color stop 5—Lettering (“Coupons”, “Bills” or “Out”). The embroidery files for each pocket are identical except for the lettering.
  7. Before stitching color stop 6, place a large pocket lining piece (7'' x 12'') right sides together on top of the embroidered pocket.
  8. Do not remove embroidery from the hoop! The final stitching line, which is color stop 6, connects the lining and pocket on their 3 straight sides.
  9. Remove embroidered fabric from the hoop and trim all sides to a scant ¼ '' from the outermost embroidered line of stitches. Trim corners also.
  10. Turn right sides out and press carefully. Zig zag the top curved edges of the pocket together. Use the Adjustable Bias Binder foot to apply the binding to this curved edge.
  11. Leave about 1'' or more of extra binding on either side of the pocket. This extra binding is folded under double. Use glue stick or Wonder Tape to hold in place.
  12. Complete the other two large pockets in the same manner. The files are labeled Large Pocket—Bills and Large Pocket—Out .

Step 3. For the small pockets, hoop stabilizer and fabric. Select Frosted Matt embroidery thread colors. Prepare machine for embroidery.

  1. Place the Small Pocket #1 and #2 embroidery files. Embroider.
  2. Color stop 1—This is the wavy open background fill for the small pocket.
  3. Before stitching the final color stop, place a small pocket lining piece (7'' x 6'') right sides together on top of the embroidered pocket.
  4. Do not remove embroidery from the hoop! The final stitching line connects the lining and pocket on their 3 straight sides.
  5. Remove embroidered fabric from the hoop and trim all sides to a scant ¼ '' from the outermost embroidered line of stitches. Trim corners. Turn right sides out and press.
  6. Zig zag the top curved edges of the pocket together. Use the Adjustable Bias Binder foot to apply the binding to this curved edge.
  7. Leave about 1'' or more of extra binding on either side of the pocket. This extra binding is folded under double. Use glue stick or Wonder Tape to hold in place.
  8. Complete the other two small pockets in the same manner.

Step 4. With chalk or fabric marker, draw a 16'' x 20'' rectangle, centered on the 21'' x 25'' fabric piece. Refer to the pocket placement diagram.

  1. Mark placement lines with chalk or fabric marker. Be sure to align the angled side edges of the pocket with the vertical positioning lines.
  2. The wider pocket top edge will create a three dimensional pocket. When the pockets are positioned correctly, edge stitch the pockets to the 21'' x 25'' fabric piece.

Step 5. When the pockets are stitched on to the 21'' x 25'' fabric piece, center this unit on top of the artist canvas frame and staple the fabric raw edges to the back of the frame.

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