How to Sew Wall Organizers

Wall Organizer Tutorial BERNINA 1200 x 800 Three Organizers

These adorable wall organizers are quick and easy to make! These are a perfect afternoon project and great for beginners. They can be used in any room that needs a little organization! Use in the sewing room by your sewing machine or cutting area to free up table space. Use in the bathroom or bedroom for some added storage. They are so quick to make and pretty to look at that they would also make a great gift for someone special. Just change the fabrics and sizes to meet your needs.

Wall Organizer Tutorial BERNINA 1200 x 800 Machine Feet Used

This blog will cover three different sizes, different pocket styles, and different ways to sew the finished binding edge in place. Each method uses a different pressing foot. So let’s get started!

Wall Organizer Tutorial BERNINA 1200 x 800_Supplies Needed

You can use scrap fabrics or fat quarters for this project. The wall organizer finished size is based on the embroidery hoop size that is used. For this pattern, we used 4”, 6”, and 10” wood embroidery hoops. You can also get different size embroidery hoops or use bright plastic versions to change the Wall Organizers’ style.

Materials to Sew Wall Organizers

  • Two fat quarters and 1/8 yard of fabric for each organizer
  • Three embroidery hoops, one of each size, 4” diameter, 6” diameter and 10” diameter
  • Circle templates from download
  • Cutting mat and rotary cutter
  • 15” square clear acrylic ruler
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Iron and pressing surface
  • Scissors
  • Wonder clips
  • Fabric marking pencil
  • Matching cotton thread like Aurifil-50 weight
  • Sewing machine (I use BERNINA 570 QE)
  • Straight stitch or patchwork foot (I use Patchwork Foot with Guide #57D)
  • OPTIONAL: Blindstitch Foot #5 and Open Embroidery Foot #20
  • OPTIONAL: Aurifil invisible thread
  • Wall Organizers Pattern

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Steps to Sew Wall Organizers

Step 1: Cutting the Templates and Fabric

Download the paper templates. Cut out the three circle templates on the printed line.

Cut the following fabric pieces for each wall organizer.

Wall Organizer Tutorial BERNINA 1200 x 800 Cutting for Small Organizer

Small Organizer

  • One 7” square for the back piece from one fat quarter
  • One 7” square for the pocket from one fat quarter
  • One 2” x 8” strip for the pocket binding

Wall Organizer Tutorial BERNINA 1200 x 800_Cutting for Medium Organizer

Medium Organizer

  • One 9” square for the back piece from one fat quarter
  • One 3” x 6” strip and one 2” x 6” from one fat quarter
  • One 4 ½” x 9” strip, 3” x 6” strip and one 2” x 6” from one fat quarter
  • One 2” x 10” strip for the pocket binding

Wall Organizer Tutorial BERNINA 1200 x 800_Cutting for Large Organizer

Large Organizer

  • One 13” square for the back piece from one fat quarter
  • One 13” square for the pocket from one fat quarter
  • One 2” x 14” strip for the pocket binding

Step 2: Cutting the Circles

Wall Organizer Tutorial BERNINA 1200 x 800_Cutting the Circles

Small Organizer

Fold one 7” square in half, right sides together, and place the small wall organizer template on top of the folded fabric. Align the template edge marked “FOLD” with the folded edge of the square. Trace the template onto the fabric using a fabric pencil. Cut on the drawn line through both layers of fabric to cut one small circle. Repeat with the second 7” square to cut another small circle.

Medium Organizer

Fold the 9” square in half, right sides together, and place the medium wall organizer template on top of the folded fabric. Align the template edge marked “FOLD” with the folded edge of the square. Trace the template onto the fabric using a fabric pencil. Cut on the drawn line through both layers to cut the medium circle.

Place the medium wall organizer template on top of the 4 ½” x 9” strip, aligning the straight edge of the template with the long edge of the rectangle. Trace the template and cut the fabric on the drawn line to make the pocket lining piece.

Large Organizer

Fold one 13” square in half from side to side, right sides together. Now fold the fabric again from top to bottom to fold the square into quarters. Place the large wall organizer template on top of the folded fabric. Align the template edges marked “FOLD” with the folded edges of the square. Trace the template onto the fabric using a fabric pencil. Cut on the drawn line through all the layers to cut the large circle. Repeat with the second 13” square to cut a second large circle.

Step 3: Get Ready to Sew

Wall Organizer Tutorial BERNINA 1200 x 800_Sewing Machine Set_Small Organizer

This project is stitched with straight stitches and 1/4″ seams. I recommend using a Patchwork Foot for the project (I use Patchwork Foot with Guide #57D). I will also cover how to sew the binding edge in place using the Blindstitch Foot #5 and Open Embroidery foot #20. These two feet are not required to make this project.

Wall Organizer Tutorial BERNINA 1200 x 1600_Small Organizer Pieces

Small Wall Organizer

Fold the small pocket circle in half, wrong sides together, and press to make the pocket. Fold the 2” x 8” strip in half lengthwise, wrong sides together, and press to make the binding strip.

Align the raw edges of the binding with the straight edge of the pocket on the backside of the pocket and use wonder clips to clip the two pieces together. Sew the binding strip to the pocket back, using a 1/4″ seam.

Wall Organizer Tutorial BERNINA 1200 x 1600_Top Stich Binding Small Organizer

Press the binding strip up and over the pocket edge. Turn the binding over to the top of the pocket edge to the front of the pocket and clip in place using wonder clips.

To do the first topstitch method, use the small inset of the Patchwork Foot with Guide #57D presser foot. Align the edge of the binding with the inset on the foot as shown above. Sew through all the layers using the inset as a guide to sew 1/8” top stitch along the binding edge to complete the pocket. Trim the binding even with the circle to complete the pocket.

Wall Organizer Tutorial BERNINA 1200 x 1600_Sew the Three Layers Small Organizer

Place the finished pocket on top of the 7” background circle, aligning the edges, and clip the two pieces together. Sew the pocket to the background using a ¼” seam allowance to make the small organizer insert.

Wall Organizer Tutorial BERNINA 1200 x 800_Center ring Small Organizer

Separate the two halves of the 4” embroidery hoop. Place the outer hoop on top of the small organizer insert, centering it from the edges. Make sure the screw on the embroidery hoop is at the top of the insert and parallel to the pocket edge.

Wall Organizer Tutorial BERNINA 1200 x 800_Snap onto small ring Small Organizer

Carefully pick up both the outer hoop and fabric insert together and place them over the inner hoop. Press the three pieces together, keeping the insert in the center of the hoop. Adjust as needed and tighten the screw at the top of the embroidery hoop.

Wall Organizer Tutorial BERNINA 1200 x 800 Use Glue Gun to Wrap Small Organizer

Flip the small wall organizer to the back. Using a glue gun, glue the raw edges of the fabric insert to the inside of the embroidery hoop interior to complete the Small Wall Organizer.

Medium Wall Organizer Pieced Pocket Option

Wall Organizer Tutorial BERNINA 1200 x 1600 Pieces for Med Organizer

For the Medium Wall Organizer, we are going to make a pieced pocket front rather than use just one piece of fabric. Sew the cut strips for the Medium Wall Organizer together to make the pocket front in the following order, 3” x 6” color #1 strip, 2” x 6” color #2 strip, 2” x 6” color #1 strip, and 3” x 6” color #2 strip, along the long edges to make the pocket front.

Wall Organizer Tutorial BERNINA 1200 x 1600_Trace Template on Pocket Med Organizer

Use the Medium Wall Organizer template to trace the pocket shape onto the sewn strip set.

Wall Organizer Tutorial BERNINA 1200 x 800_Cut on Drawn Line Med Organzier

Cut on the drawn line to cut out the pocket front.

Wall Organizer Tutorial BERNINA 1200 x 800 Layer the pocket Med organizer

Place the pocket front and pocket lining, wrong sides together, aligning the raw edges.

Fold the 2” x 10” binding strip in half, wrong sides together, and press.

Wall Organizer Tutorial BERNINA 1200 x 800_ALign the Binding on pocket Med Organizer

Align the raw edges of the binding strip with the straight edges of the pocket and pocket lining. The binding strip should be on top of the pocket lining piece. Clip the three pieces together.

Using a ¼” seam, sew the three layers together. Press the binding up and wrap it to the front of the pocket.

Wall Organizer Tutorial BERNINA 1200 x 1600 Topstitch with 5 foot

For the second style of binding finishing stitch, I used Blindstitch Foot #5. This foot has a metal guide at the base of the foot. This guide will ride along the binding strip edge and the stitch will fall on either side of the guide based on where you position your needle. You will need to move the needle position to the left to the desired width of the topstitch. I recommend trying the topstitch on a practice piece to decide how far you would like the topstitch from the binding edge. Sew the binding edge down using the guide on the foot to keep the stitches parallel to the binding edge. Trim the binding strip even with the circle to complete the pocket.

Wall Organizer Tutorial BERNINA 1200 x 1600_Assembly Medium Organizer

Repeat the assembly instructions from the Small Wall Organizer above to sew the medium pocket to the medium background circle, to position the medium organizer unit into the 6″ embroidery hoop, and to glue the raw edges to the back to complete the medium organizer.

Large Wall Organizer Divided Pocket Option

Wall Organizer Tutorial BERNINA 1200 x 1600 Pieces for Large Organizer

For the Large Wall Organizer, we are going to make a divided pocket. Fold the large pocket circle in half, wrong sides together, and press to make the pocket. Fold the 2” x 14” strip in half lengthwise, wrong sides together, and press to make the binding strip.

Align the raw edges of the binding with the straight edge of the pocket on the backside of the pocket and use the wonder clips to clip the two pieces together. Using a 1/4″ seam, sew the binding strip to the pocket back. Press the binding up and wrap to the front of the pocket. Clip the binding in place with wonder clips.

Wall Organizer Tutorial BERNINA 1200 x 800_Settings for Blind Hem Stitch

The final method for sewing the finished edge of the binding to the pocket is using a blind hem stitch and the Open Embroidery Foot #20. On the BERNINA 570 QE, it is stitch #3. Adjust the stitch width and stitch length to 1.8. Move the needle position to the center position. I recommend using thread that matches the binding fabric or Aurifil Invisible thread for this stitch.

Wall Organizer Tutorial BERNINA 1200 x 1600_Sewing the Blind Hem Stitch

Place the pocket under the presser foot with the binding on the right side. Center the binding edge with the center of the foot. My foot has a subtle line going down the center and I use this as my reference point. The blind hem stitch has a straight part of the stitch that should go in the pocket piece and the bite of the stitch should extend into the binding edge.  This is one of my favorite stitches to use and it is the stitch I like to use to bind all of my quilts and projects.

Wall Organizer Tutorial BERNINA 1200 x 800 Dividing the Pocket Large Organizer

For the Large Wall Organizer, we are going to divide the pocket into three smaller pockets. To mark the large pocket, fold the pocket in half to find the vertical centerline. Using a ruler and a fabric pencil, measure over from the centerline 2” to the right and draw a vertical line on the pocket front. Measure over from the centerline 2” to the left and draw a second vertical line on the pocket front.

Wall Organizer Tutorial BERNINA 1200 x 1600_Sewing the large organizer together

Place the pocket onto the large background circle, aligning the raw edges, and sew the two pieces together using a ¼” seam.

Wall Organizer Tutorial BERNINA 1200 x 800_Sewing the Divided Pocket Large Organizer

Sew through the pocket and back circle on the drawn lines to divide the large pocket into three smaller pockets.

Wall Organizer Tutorial BERNINA 1200 x 800_Assemble the large organizer

Repeat the instructions for assembly instructions from the Small Wall Organizer above to position the large organizer insert into the embroidery hoop and to glue the raw edges to the back of the organizer.

Wall Organizer Tutorial BERNINA 1200 x 800 Three Organizers

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial on making this simple and fun project. The options for these are endless. You can piece the background instead of the pocket, add some fun applique or embroidery, or jazz them up with some fun embellishments like beads, buttons, or ribbon.

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242 thoughts on “How to Sew Wall Organizers

  1. The one sewing notion I can’t live without is my magnetic wand. I use it to pick up all the pins I drop on my carpeted craft room floor.

    1. Among others – my small sewing snips. They have truly become an extension of my hand! I use them multiple times when sewing any project. They just don’t snip threads. Among other use: cutting corners off projects to turn r/s out; push out corners on squares or rectangles; grade seam allowances; snip my convex and concave seams; grade s/a on collars and other facings; act as a quick dual feed when sewing short quick seams; and the list goes on!

    2. I would say my Bernina Sewing machine! I have a B560 and the Embroidery attachment.
      I can live without the embroidery attachment/module, but I like that very much!
      The only thing better than my B560 would be another Bernina, i.e. the B570 QE!

  2. My one sewing notion I wouldn’t want to live without is my rotary cutter. 2nd choice would be my 2.5 x 8 inch ruler. I use both of these daily.

  3. Lately, the best sewing notion in my studio is a pair of scissor snips that cut by spring action. Easy to grab, snip & keep sewing!!

  4. I can’t imagine quilting without a rotary cutter. I bought my first one in the 80’s when I was primarily sewing garments and now as a quilter, it is the tool I depend on for accuracy from first cut of my fabrics to the final trim of the quilt as it comes off the longarm.

    1. I couldn’t live without my left-handed sewing shears. Even the universal handed scissors aren’t as comfortable, & I have injured my thumb nerve using the right-handed ones!

  5. There are several things at every machine/station: seam ripper (where do those seam rippers go?…to the lost land of socks?), Bamboo sticks/points/purple thang and small clip scissors. After that, it’s all subjective to project demands.

  6. I can’t live without my thread snips. AND, though it may not technically be a notion, how do people sew without a knee lift on a Bernina?🙂

  7. The tool I would never sew without has to be my Purple Thang. It’s got the perfect pointy end for holding pieces straight as they go under the needle as well as poking corners out. PLUS the other end is 1/4″ for keeping me right on with my seams. Love it!

  8. I agree with several previous post. I couldn’t live without my Bernina seam ripper they are my favorite, my curved handle rotary cutter. I can’t imagine sewing with cutting everything with scissor.

  9. The one sewing notion I wouldn’t live without is my 3” x 18” ruler that has an all over 1/8” grid. It’s the perfect size, and the 1/8” grid gives me the precision I need and love.

  10. It is so hard to choose, but I have to say a small, sharp seam ripper. It’s bad enough that you make a mistake, it does’t have to be so hard to fix it. The Bernina seam ripper is perfect for the tight stitches.

  11. For sure my scissors/ seam ripper! But rotary cutters are so helpful! I learned about them in high school sewing class, my mom and I had been using scissors for everything prior.

  12. What a clever wall storage idea!

    What I Cannot Live Without as a sewer/quilter: I could not live without my rotary cutter as I use it for all my projects! With having RA, it is much easier than a scissors with swollen joints and painful fingers and hands.

  13. The Bernina seem ripper is the best. I have more than one. I think it’s so much better because of its size — the ripper itself see so thinner and better able to slide under stitches, and the handle seems easier to hold for close work.

  14. I couldn’t live without my sharp pins, but my rotary cutter is a close second choice. It’s hard to pick only one! Thanks for this tutorial.

  15. Rotary cutter for sure is my favorite notion…started using one about five years ago and love it…it helps to have a cutting table at the ready…I’m so lucky now that I have a dedicated craft room! Cheers to empty nesting!

  16. The one notion I can not do without is..why does it have to be only one! For this comment it would have to be my Seam ripper (4 in one tool) by Alex Anderson.

  17. Much as I love my quilting tools, my seam ripper is used for more than ripping. I use an older, dull one as a stiletto at the machine, to hold small seams and folds at the iron, as a hera-type marker to mark small lines, and to help in removing foundation papers or the paper on stabilizers or bonding web.

  18. The one quilting tool I can not live without. my Bernina sewing machines they make my sewing look great and are amazing with all the neat feet to make it easier to get great results.

  19. I can’t live without my Bernina seam ripper. I keep it to the right of my sewing machine and use it whenever I need to unstitch a seam.

  20. The sewing notion that I can’t live without is my rotary cutter. My favorite rotary cutter is the gold one that came with my 125th Anniversary Bernina 790+. Clearly, nothing cuts like a Bernina, too! 💗

  21. I can’t live without my sharp seam ripper. We all have to take out stitches now and then. It is okay to throw away an old seam ripper. They do get dull.

  22. I never spend time in my studio without using my seam ripper. Actually I have three I use all the time handy at the machine, on my drafting table and in my hand sewing kit I take to the living room.

  23. I can’t live without so many of them, scissors, rotary cutter, stylus, seam ripper. I need them all and depend on them to help me make creative works.

  24. As others have said, the rotary cutter(s) is the notion I could but wouldn’t want to live without. I do have several scissors of different sizes and purposes but the rotary cutter is so much faster. Of course I would need a seam ripper as a second notion that needs to be handy so that would be my second choice. Thanks for doing a give-away.

  25. I use a June Taylor “Shape Cut Plus” all the time when cutting out a new quilting project. So much easier and faster than rulers.

  26. I love my Bernina sewing machine. I can’t imagine having a day without the ability to fix, or make something for my family. I have made my family of 11’s entire wardrobe with my Bernina. Now I am able to embroidery on things for the grandkids and friends. Long before embroidery machines were available I would copy simple pictures from the kid’s school work and embroidery them on my old 830 by moving the hoop by hand. Life is much simplier now. Love Bernina–all 5 of my machines.

  27. As others have said, the one notion I couldn’t live without is my rotary cutter, followed closely by my seam ripper (I make way too many mistakes!). Those are the two tools that are always nearby when I quilt.

  28. The rotary cutter/cutting mat are things I wouldn’t want to do without. I have made quilts without them but they make cutting so much quicker and more accurate when making geometric pieces.

  29. The one sewing notion I can not live without is my curved scissors. They are prefect for appliqué and I use them when ever I need to trim threads close to my project.

  30. The one notion I am always reaching for is my ‘purple thang’. I use it to hold, push, poke, or pull threads or fabric one way or another, on or around my 570QE or my Q16. There’s one near each machine, the iron and the cutting station. Who would think something so little and simple would become so important!

  31. The sewing notion i can’t live without its my little bamboo tool made for pushing out collar points. I mostly use it for pressing open seams when I’m piecing, but I’m constantly finding other uses for it, too. About the only thing I haven’t used it for is for turning out collars!

  32. My must have sewing notion is a needle threader. Whether it’s the accessory for my Bernina machine needle or one of the many I have for my quilting and hand sewing needles, it’s become more and more important. The eyes of those needles seem to get smaller and smaller the older I get!

  33. My Olaf rotary cutter and Olaf mat. Both are over thirty years old. It is hard to pick one thing. My Bernina sewing machine has been with
    Me for over thirty years and my Rowenta iron about as long!

  34. I think my thing I can’t quilt without is a rotary cutter with a sharp blade along with the rulers and mat I need for the project.

  35. I could not be without my rotary cutters–and have been quilting and sewing for a long time and can appreciate the “wonderfulness” of this cutter! Then I guess second thing would be my seam rippers!

  36. There are 2 notions I have to have close…’That Purple Thang’ to push out corners is my favorite, and a light that fits on my glasses is a necessity.

  37. The sewing notion that I could not do without is the seam ripper…my favorite is comfortable to hold and has a sharp blade. Flower head pins would be second.

  38. A thimble. Such a simple, old fashioned tool but I’d be lost without one. I have several different kinds for different uses. I always check them out when I’m in a quilt shop.

  39. That’s hard to decide, there are so many notions that I use every day. I would have to say my seam ripper would be my choice. I use it as a stileto as well as for “unsewing”.

  40. iOS my walking foot considered a notion. Because I use it almost all the time! As far as a gadget or tool. I use my little purple thang during every project

  41. I can’t live without my sewer’s awl. It is like having an extra hand at the sewing machine to tuck in edges, hold things steady, and keep fingers safe. It will be great to have it handy in my wall organizer.

  42. I would not want to do without my wooden iron than a friends husband made for me. It is wonderful to press a small seam or edge, I have no room for an iron in my sewing room. The other tool I cannot do without is my seam ripper.

  43. Is my walking foot considered a notion? . Because I use it almost all the time! As far as a gadget or tool. I use my little purple thang during every project

  44. I can not sew without my seam ripper.
    As Mom said, “As Yee Sew, So shall Yee Rip”
    I love my snips, my dressmakers shears, and my rotary cutters,
    But I can not sew without at least one of my Seam Rippers within reach.

  45. The one sewing tool I cannot live without is my seam ripper. I have several stashed in different sewing kits. I believe that I have used my seam rippers nearly as much as I’ve used scissors over my 50+ years of sewing!!!
    Your Wall Organizers are so cute. I plan to make several sets as gifts for my crafty friends.
    Thank you for sharing your design. Terry

  46. My favorite notion is a Clover awl with a curved tip. I use it instead of a seam ripper to pull stitches. Hard to find, have 2 right now one in my sewing room, one by my chair for tv stitch removal.

  47. Hi……I love my open toe foot. I use it not only for applique but, at times, regular sewing.
    I’m really enjoying your Bernina site with all the fun patterns you have given us sewers.
    Thank You, Janet

  48. The #1 sewing notion I cannot live without is my BERNINA seam ripper…so sharp, tiny point, fits in my hand, never wears out after many years of use.

  49. I love to find fun notions to make my life easier. One I have found and wouldn’t go without is my PurpleThang! (I mean, besides a sewing machine and good cutting system!). This is an amazing tool and has so many uses. I try to tell everyone I know about it because it’s just that good!

  50. My most frequently used notion is my rotary cutter with grid ruler. My Bernina stitch regulator is equally as important, but not every project is a quilt so it doesn’t get used quite as often.

  51. I primarily sew garments. My daughter and I are both tall so I lengthen every pattern. I couldn’t live without my 2″x18″ clear gridded ruler. It is also great for getting pattern pieces laid out on grain.

  52. Oh gosh…it’s really hard to pick just one! Besides my Berninas, I would say either my bottle of Best Press or my Sewline gluestick!

  53. There are so many…hard to just pick one…but I do love the convenience of my spring loaded snips. I have several…at my machine, at my Q20, on my cutting table and on my ironing station. Always have those long threads to keep under control.

  54. The sewing notion I cannot live without – my Gingher Scissors. My Mother-in-Law gave me a pair of Gingher Scissors over 30 years ago when I started quilting. They are still my “go to” scissors.

  55. My favorite sewing notion is my scissors. I have a small super sharp scissors I put beside my machine. It trims threads, seam allowances, but never paper, 😊.

  56. I can’t live without my Elmer’s glue stick. I use it to take care of frays, keeping pieces in place and all around helper in my quilting.

  57. I can’t live without my rulers and templates. I even use old cereal boxes to cut my templates out. It makes repetitive cutting a breeze.

  58. I absolutely could not live without my rotary cutter. I still remember the years before I had one; it took so much time to cut out fabric!

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