Out of self space? Take your organization to the walls with these customized fabric wall pockets. Choose fabric to accent your home decor and make these bins for any room in your house. Made from simple rectangle and square fabric pieces–the sewing is enjoyable and the end result is as fresh in appearance as it is useful.

This Wall Pocket project is demonstrated in part two of the Sewing With Nancy TV show, Sew Simple with Rectangles and Squares. You’ll also find directions for bins in three different sizes, plus many other sewing projects made from rectangles and squares, in my book Sew Simple with Rectangles and Squares.

Supplies

Small Pocket: Finished Size 6-1/2″ x 9″ x 2″ depth

Medium Pocket: Finished Size 7-1/2″ x 11″ x 2″depth

Large Pocket: Finished Size 10″ x 14″ x 2-1/4″ depth

Note from Nancy: Cut a 2″ strip of remaining fabric from each pocket to use as trim. If you are making only one pocket, use a 2″ strip from a coordinating fabric for trim.

All seam allowances are 1/2″ unless otherwise noted.

Cut and Mark

For the small pocket:

  • Cut two 9″ x 10″ rectangles from outer fabric.
  • Cut two 9″ x 10″ rectangle from each the lining and Peltex.
  • Mark and cut out a 1″ square in each of the lower corners.
For the medium pocket:
  • Cut two 11″ x 15″ rectangles from outer fabric.
  • Cut two 11″ x 15″ rectangle from each the lining and Peltex.
  • Mark and cut out a 1″ square in each of the lower corners.
For the large pocket:
  • Cut two 14″ x 15″ rectangles from outer fabric.
  • Cut two 14″ x 15″ rectangle from each the lining and Peltex.
  • Mark and cut out a 1″ square in each of the lower corners.
Remove fabric 1″ down from the top of the cut rectangles for the lining and Peltex.
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Assembly

Note from Nancy: The large size of the wall pocket featured in the photos.

  • Create and stitch trim to pocket by first cutting a length of Create-a-Strap to the measurement of the pocket width.
  • Cut a piece of coordinating fabric 2″ x pocket width.
  • Follow the Create-a-Strap package directions and press the Create-a-Strap to the wrong side of coordinating trim fabric.
  • Fold along perforations. Press.
  • Position and pin the trim on the front wall pocket outer fabric piece. Optional: Use paper-backed fusible tape to hold trim in position for stitching.
Place the trim:
  • Small Pocket: Position trim 2″ from the top cut edge.
  • Medium Pocket: Position trim 2-1/4″ from top cut edge.
  • Large Pocket: Position trim 2-1/2″ from top cut edge.

Edgestitch along both sides of trim.

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  • Machine baste Peltex to wrong side of outer fabric along side and lower edges.

  • Stitch lower seam with right sides together. Press open.
  • Stitch over center of seam with three-step zigzag stitch to hold it in position.
  • Press paper-backed fusible web web to the wrong side of each outer fabric along top edge.

  • Stitch side seams.

Note from Nancy: Press seams over a dowel to eliminate press marks from the seam allowances.

Shape Bottom

  • Fold side seams to meet bottom seam, forming gussets.
  • Stitch gussets with 1/2″ seam allowances. Trim off excess seam allowances with decorative rotary blade or pinking shears.

Finishing

  • Stitch lining lower edge, side seams, and gusset as shown with bin, except use 5/8″ seam allowances.
  • Press seams open.
Note from Nancy: The wider seams allow lining to slip inside the outer bin with ease.
  • Pin wrong side of lining to Peltex on the inside of bin.
  • Trim top edge of bin with decorative blade in the rotary cutter, or with pinking shears.

  • Fold under 1″ at the top of the bin along the Peltex interfacing line.
  • Remove the paper form the paper-backed fusible web, and press the top edge over the lining to secure.
Note from Nancy: You may opt to use a decorative machine stitch 1/4″ from the folded top edge, or simply leave it pressed in place.
The lined pocket is now ready for grommets.

Apply Grommets

Attach two large (1″) plastic grommets to the back of each wall pocket.
  • Small Pocket: 1-1/2″ down from pocket top edge and 2-1/2″ – 3″ from the center on each side.
  • Medium Pocket: 1-1/2″ down from pocket top edge and 3-1/2″ – 4″ from the center on each side.
  • Large Pocket: 1-1/2″ down from pocket top edge and 4″ – 5″ from the center on each side.

Hang wall pockets using removable wall hooks, such as 3M Command™ Hooks, for ease of repositioning.

Use the size specifications above, and in my book, Sew Simple with Rectangles and Squares, to create fabric bins in all three sizes.

Watch Sew Simple With Rectangles and Squares on Sewing With Nancy online.

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