Do you remember my first sewing project? The one that Meli (our product designer) helped me to make? Yep, that was the "birds clutch"! It has become my favorite accessory! ;)
Since the first project was successful, I decided to continue my sewing academy. Recently Meli gave me an interesting lesson. This time she was sewing a Mail organizer and she taught me many new DO's and DONT's that I would like to share with you.
Let me ask you a question. How are you with organizing your correspondence? I am terrible with it! My mail usually lies in the kitchen until I have time (or not) on the weekend to sort it out! That's why I think this mail organizer is just perfect for all of those (including me) who struggle with finding a good place for all the mail.
The project is not difficult to make, it's super cute and the newest AGF Studio collection: Lagom gives it a modern, cool look! ;)
So let's learn some DO's and DONT's while sewing this practical mail organizer.
PREPARATION FOR THE PROJECT
- First, download and read through the mail organizer pattern to get an idea about the steps that you have to take to finish the project.
- From the very beginning DO pay attention to little details like ironing the fabric that you will need for the project. (Also pressing fabric throughout the project helps to achieve professional and clean look.)
- If you are new to the quilting world, i'm happy to introduce you to the rotary cutter tool. It will make your life easier! DO follow the rules of safe cutting with the rotary cutter and you will enjoy using this tool. Remember to always measure twice, cut and once!
SEWING THE POCKETS
I've learned a great trick to save the time when sewing the pockets. Do you see those little strips that nicely separate pockets from each other? Those are made using faux binding method. Just cut the lining 1 inch bigger than the pocket, press into place and top stitch close to the edge!
Remember, DO simplify your life, whenever it's possible!:) Why cut additional strips of fabric if you can achieve the same effect using a much easier method!
If you are not an expert at top stitching, choose a thread color thread similar to the fabric. Would you agree that decorative stitches add something special to projects? I think some projects look much better when you use longer stitches.
CREATING THE STRAPS
You probably know the most popular method of making the straps - the tube method. It's fine if you got used to it and you feel comfortable making straps this way. In this blog post though I want to encourage you to change old habits and give a chance some new methods. Maybe, you will like them even more! Check out the double fold method of making straps. Doesn't it look really simple? So DON'T be afraid to learn new sewing methods even if you already know how to make certain things!
Since straps have to be durable, the best fabrics to use for them are: leather, canvas, linen or denim.
CREATING THE LABELS
The process of creating the labels is explained in the pattern.There is something important I wanted point out though. DO test the words on a piece of fabric before you will be stitching it on your labels. Ripping of the letters or decorative stitches may leave visible holes and you want to avoid that.
ASSEMBLING THE MAIL CARRIER
Instead of using just fusible fleece for the back of the mail organizer use also woven interfacing. That will help you avoid the crinkled look of the mail organizer in the future. Once you do that you are ready to assemble the mail carrier.
If you want your binding to look nice and clean you may want to make double binding. Use walking foot since you are sewing through many layers of fabric. Double binding is stronger and more durable and when you fold it over you have nice and clean edge.