Duck & Calico Craft Organiser Project

Level: Intermediate


  • 2m calico
  • 60cm contrast fabric
  • 45cm dowel
  • 90cm rope/twine
  • Chalk marker


  • 2 x 83cm x 41cm rectangles - backing
  • 3 x 27cm x 41cm rectangles - pockets
  • 3 x 13cm squares - tabs

Contrast Fabric

  • 3 x 27cm x 41cm rectangles - pockets

Note - Seam Allowance 1.5cm


Step 1 - Fold each of the 13cm squares in half and sew along raw edge. Turn right side out and press with seam along middle. Fold in half matching raw edges with seam on inside, creating a loop. Pin raw edges together.

Step 2 - Place 1 x backing piece right side up. Pin each tab to top of backing piece (41cm edge) with loop end facing the inside of the backing, matching raw edges. Place one in centre and remaining two with far edges 4cm from each side edge of the backing.

Step 3 - Place remaining backing piece right side down, matching edges and pin in place along each long edge and top tab section, enveloping the tabs, leaving the bottom free. Sew. Trim corner edges at an angle. Turn right side out, turning in bottom edge seam allowance, pin and top stitch all around 1cm from edge, closing bottom in the process. Press.

Step 4 - With a pocket piece facing right side up, with 41cm edge at top and bottom, turn down the right top corner to meet the bottom raw edge of the cut piece, creating a triangle. Measure 4cm from the pointy tip created along the bottom edge towards the centre and mark. Sew perpendicular from the bottom edge at the 4cm mark to the folded edge (this will look like you have sewn the long edge of a triangle at the pointy folded edge. Repeat for the left top corner. This creates a base dart for your pocket. Complete for each of the 6 pocket pieces (3 x calico, 3 x contrast).

Step 5 - Place one calico pocket piece right side up with darts at bottom. Place a contrast pocket piece right side facing downwards. Pin in place, matching edges and darts. Sew around side and bottom of pocket pieces. Repeat this for the remaining two pockets.

Step 6 - Turn each pocket right side out from the raw edge opening. Press under the top seam allowance of each pocket to the inside, pin together and top stitch along top edge of pocket, closing in the raw edges. Press pocket neatly so as to not see calico on the outside of the contrast fabric. You will end up with what looks like half a tray with two corner edges sewn at points (the base) and the flat corners (the top).

Step 7 - With the backing piece lying flat, measure and chalk a faint 3cm horizontal line from the bottom of the edge and pin the bottom pocket edge with corners along this line, ensuring it is centred on the backing. Sew close to pocket bottom edge in between darts securing the pocket base in place.

Step 8 - Secure the sides of the pocket evenly from the edge of the backing piece with pins. Sew close to the edge of each pocket from the top of the pocket down to the base of the pocket stopping just before the dart.

Step 9 - Repeat this for the remaining two pockets, measuring 3cm from the top of the previous pocket for the placement of the base of your pocket on the backing.

Step 10 - Place dowel through loops at top of completed hanger and tie your choice of cord/twine to each end creating a hanger.

Step 11 - Feel free to decorate with trim, tassels, ribbon or anything else you fancy. You could also replace the calico with another contrasting fabric/colour.



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