Felt Organizers (DIY)

Hi,

The inspiration for these organizers is Etsy. I have been looking for similar organizers in India but couldn’t find them, so thought of making my own. There are four items in this organizer set- card holder, pen case, cord organizer and a keyring. It does involve machine sewing but you could hand sew or use the help of a local tailor.  I have used the colours mustard, grey and black for my set, choose colours according to the gift receiver.

MATERIALS REQUIRED

organizer materials

Craft Felt: Approx 30 cm or 3 A4 sheets (I have used a mix of the polyester felt sheets and black furnishing felt.)

Suede Cord: 2 meters ( I have used suede bar cord from Ebay that I had in my supplies from a year back.)

Matching Sewing Threads: 3 colours

Sewing Machine and accessories: I have used the Usha Janome which also has embroidery options.

Keyring: 1 pc

Thick Needle

Fabric Marking Pencil

Measuring Ruler

Scissors

I have linked to online craft stores. If you are in Kolkata you will be able to find most supplies in Starmark.

CARD HOLDER

card holder

Approx. time: Less than 30 minutes

Step 1: Download the measurements from here.

Step 2: Measure out the felt and mark the fold lines. Cut to measurement.

Step 3: Set your sewing machine to matching thread and stitch at a distance of 0.3 cm (the distance between the end of the footer and the middle of the footer).

Step 4: Stitch until the entire fold on both sides. Total of four stitch lines.

Step 5: Insert gift card or cash and fold along the middle.

This is a handy card and cash carrier to keep the pocket light weight. If you want to use it only for cards reduce the total length by 2cm from the middle fold area.

PEN CASE

pen case

Approx. time: 30 minutes

Step 1: Download the measurements from here.

Step 2: Measure out the felt and mark the fold lines. Cut to measurement.

Step 3: Set your sewing machine to matching thread and stitch at a distance of 1 cm. The broader seam helps accommodate pressure while inserting stationery.

Step 4: Stitch along the joints and an additional horizontal at the opening (refer to the measurement picture). Total of two ‘L’ stitch lines.

Step 5: Using the thick carpeting needle insert the cord in the midpoint of the flap area. Tie a triple knot on the outside. You could also use a knitting needle for the opening. Felt has a tendency to stretch, especially at a cut or opening like the cord insert. Please keep the insert point small and do not punch a hole.

Step 6: Cut the cord at 1 meter and tie a double knot at the ending. When looped the end knot helps keep the tie-ups in place.

Though this has been described as a pen case it could be used to hold various items from stationery, papers to electronics. The use of a contrast cord helps add an element to the design.

CORD ORGANIZER

cord organizer

Approx. time: Less than 30 minutes

Step 1: Download the measurements from here.

Step 2: Measure out the felt and mark the hole points. Cut to measurement.

Step 3: Cut 1 meter cord. Tie a triple knot at one end.

Step 4: Using the thick carpeting needle insert the cord at the first 2.5 cm mark from behind. Thread it back at the second hole, up the third, back at the fourth and so forth. Felt has a tendency to stretch, especially at a cut or opening like the cord insert. Please keep the insert point small and precise.

Step 5: Tie a double knot at the other end. While inserting cords and cables keep the suede cord loops loose. Once cables are inserted tighten the cord, fold around and tie up.

A big hats off to the genius who started the cord organizers. These are great for travelling and helps keep the cable drawers organized too. You could use denim or other thick fabrics too for this design.

INITIAL KEYRING

key ring

Approx. time: 30 minutes

Step 1: Download the measurements from here.

Step 2: Measure out the felt and cut.

Step 3: Set your sewing machine to a contrast thread. First embroider the initials on to the felt. You could use any embroidery stitch for it. I have used the ‘red B’ setting in my Janome machine. This is a bit tricky because of the letter contours. You could practice on a scrap felt piece before the final design.

Step 4: Insert the keyring at the middle and fold. It’s best to insert the keyring now rather than in the end because the 1 cm area of felt might tear when inserting it through the rings.

Step 5: Using a straight line stitch setting , I used the ‘red A’, stitch along the four sides at 0.3 cm from the edge.

Step 6: Insert keys.

The keyring though smallest in size is the most difficult in terms of achieving neatness. The smaller size makes it difficult to manoeuver around with precision. Practice will definitely improve the outcome.

You could make the entire set in approx two hours! Place the items in a gift box or pillow box, wrap a ribbon and give.

If you try these organizers leave me a comment and tell me about it. 🙂

Linking to Remodelaholic / Coastal Charm / Sew Can Do / The Dedicated House / That DIY Party