Sew an Armchair Sewing Organizer

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    Materials & Cutting Directions

    Arm chair sewing organizer
    Debbie Colgrove

    This arm chair sewing caddy will keep the things you need handy. The pincushion can be omitted and the pocket can be adjusted to meet knitting, cross stitch or any crafting need.


    • 1 yard of 45" wide fabric (A cotton or brushed cotton works well. Avoid slippery and stretch fabric.)
    • 14" of 1/4" elastic
    • Fusible craft weight interfacing
    • Thread
    • Optional: One package of piping or make your own piping

    Cutting & Preparation Directions

    • For the body - cut two pieces of fabric 22"(long) X 14" (wide)
    • For the pocket - cut one piece of fabric 14" (long) X 22"(wide)
    • For the pincushion - cut one 6" square and one 4" square
    • Interface the body pieces.
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    The Pincushion

    Sew the Pin Cushion
    Debbie Colgrove
    • Mark in one inch from each corner on all sides of both 6" squares.
    • Sew gathering stitches between the markings.
    • Place the right sides together and pin the corners of the squares.
    • Gather each side so the square is 4".
    • Sew the sides of the square, leaving an opening to turn.
    • Trim the corners to eliminate bulk.
    • Turn right side out.
    • Lightly stuff with wool roving. (Use polyester stuffing if roving is not available.)
    • Hand sew the opening closed.
    Continue to 3 of 6 below.
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    Sew on the Pincushion

    Pincushion Placement
    Debbie Colgrove
    • On the body piece, mark 11" from the bottom and 3 " in from the edge.
    • Center the ​pincushion on the 11" mark, 3" in from the edge.
    • Top Stitch the pincushion in place.
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    Prepare the Pocket

    Prepare the pocket
    Debbie Colgrove
    • Fold the 15" sides of the pocket creating a 7" X 22" piece. Press the fold. The fold will be to the top of the pocket.
    • Stitch 1/2" from the fold along the folded edge.
    • Fold the 22" length in thirds and mark the top and bottom of the folds.
    • Insert the elastic in the casing the stitching formed, anchoring the elastic at both edges.
    • Gather the bottom edge of the pocket so that it is 14" wide, distributing the gathering evenly.

    Note: The pocket divisions are adjustable to suit your needs. One large pocket could be left for things like yarn and knitting. Two pockets could be made for something like cross stitch so there would be a pocket for the hoop and a pocket for supplies.

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    Attach the Pocket

    Attach the pocket
    Debbie Colgrove
    • Align the gathered edge with the bottom of the main body piece.
    • Align the sides of the pocket with the sides of the main body piece.
    • Baste the raw edges together, using a 3/8" seam allowance.
    • Distribute the elastic gathers evenly so that the third markings are even with the bottom third markings.
    • Top stitch through the pocket and backing, connecting the markings and creating the pockets.
    Continue to 6 of 6 below.
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    Piping and Attaching the Backing

    Piping and attaching the backing
    Debbie Colgrove
    • Place right sides of the body pieces together and trim the corners to gently round them.
    • Optional: Sew piping to the raw edges of the body piece that you have attached the pocket to.
    • Placing right sides together, align the edges of the main body piece.
    • Pin in place.
    • Sew the edges, using a 1/2" seam allowance, leaving a 3-4" opening to turn the piece right side out.
    • Turn right side out.
    • Press so the seam is at the edges.
    • Hand sew the opening closed.