Mark Twain, one of my personal heros, had these wonderful thoughts on the topic of travel: "Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." It's the season to pack your bags and venture onto new paths. But... you can't face new adventures without a bag full of your familiar stuff! We've come up with a series of nine travel accessories created in Anna Maria Horner's beautiful new Loulouthi fabric collection for Free Sprit Fabrics. This unique series is part of our second Free Spirit Artist Trio Series, which features Anna Maria. Today, we start with something to organize and hold the one thing you simply cannot forget: your underwear. Our eight-pocket lingerie caddy rolls up to discreetly stash your unmentionables in a tidy package within your suitcase.
When your get to your destination, unroll the caddy and clip it to a hanger in the closet. The width is a perfect fit for a standard hotel wooden hanger. The finished flat size of the caddy is approximately 14" x 21".
Our Travel Accessories series is sponsored by Free Spirit Fabrics, as part of our Artist Trio Series introducing Anna Maria Horner's amazing Loulouthi fabric collection. Today's project is also sponsored in part by Fat Quarter Shop, who graciously provided the two featured Loulouthi prints; they have a great selection of Loulouthi in stock and ready to ship.
Sewing Tools You Need
- Any Sewing Machine (we recommend the Janome DC1050)
Fabric and Other Supplies
- 1 yard of 44-45" wide fabric for caddy body and pockets: we used Loulouthi Summer Totem in AH37-Grapefruit by Anna Maria Horner for Free Spirit Fabrics
NOTE: You may need to purchase slightly more or less fabric based on the direction and size of your fabric's print. Extra fabric is recommended for large scale prints with one way motifs such as our Loulouhti.
- ¾ yard of 44-45" wide fabric for caddy back: we used Loulouthi Hugs and Kisses in AH45-Pink Lime by Anna Maria Horner for Free Spirit Fabrics
- 2 yards of 20" wide lightweight fusible interfacing for caddy and pockets
- 3½ yards (two packages) of extra wide double fold bias tape for top pocket edges and entire outside edge of caddy body: we used Wrights Extra Wide Double Fold bias binding in Berry
- 2 yards of ½" - ¾" coordinating satin ribbon; we used Berry to match the binding
- All purpose thread to match fabric and bias binding
- See-through ruler or yardstick
- Fabric marker, pen, or tailor's chalk for marking fabric
- Iron and ironing board
- Scissors or rotary cutter and mat
- Straight pins
- From the fabric you are using for the main body of the caddy and the pockets (Loulouthi Summer Totem in Grapefruit in our sample), cut the following:
ONE 14" x 21" rectangle for the main body of the caddy
TWO 20" x 10" rectangles for the upper and lower pockets
ONE 18" x 12" rectangle for the middle pocket
NOTE: We Yoga Sling.
- From the fabric you are using for the back of the caddy (Loulouthi Hugs and Kisses in Pink Lime in our sample), cut ONE 14" x 21" rectangle.
- From the fusible interfacing, cut the following:
TWO 14" x 21" rectangles for the Caddy Front and Caddy Back
TWO 20" x 5" rectangles for the upper and lower pockets
ONE 18" x 6" rectangle for the middle pocket
- From the bias binding, cut the following:
Cut ONE piece of binding 18" long for the top edge of the middle pocket.
Cut TWO pieces of binding, each 20" long for the top edges of the upper and lower pockets
Cut ONE piece of binding at least 72" long (2 yards) for the perimeter of the caddy
At Your Sewing Machine & Ironing Board
Adhere the fusible interfacing to all pieces
- Place the Caddy Front wrong side up on the ironing board. Following manufacturer's directions, apply a matching 14" x 21" rectangle of fusible interfacing, making sure all edges match.
- Repeat for the Caddy Back.
- Fold the 18" x 12" pocket (the middle pocket) in half lengthwise, wrong sides together. Press along the fold line, creating a sharp crease. The pocket is now 6" tall x 18" wide. If you're using a directional print as we did, pay attention to which way is up; the fold line will become the bottom edge of the pocket.
- Unfold the pocket and place it wrong side up on the ironing board. Apply an 18" x 6" rectangle of fusible interfacing on the wrong side of the fabric, aligning one 18" edge of the interfacing with the visible crease.
- Fuse in place, following the recommended manufacturer's instructions. Re-fold the pocket wrong sides together and press again.
- Repeat these steps for the two remaining pockets (the upper and lower pockets), using the 20" x 10" rectangles of fabric and the 20" x 5" rectangles of interfacing.
Create the pockets
- Slip the 18" length of binding over the top raw edge of the middle pocket (opposite the folded edge), encasing the raw edge with the binding.
- Edgestitch in place.
- Repeat these steps to apply bias binding to the upper edge of the two remaining pockets (the upper and lower pockets).
- The two 20" wide pockets (the upper and lower pockets) will each be divided into three pockets. To figure out your division points, first find and mark the exact center of each pocket by folding the pocket panel in half. Mark this point with a fabric marker or pin.
- Along the bottom fold line of one 20" pocket panel, measure and mark 3-3/8" from the left raw edge of the panel AND 3-3/8" from the right side of the panel. Use pins or a fabric pencil to mark both of these spots. These are the center pocket marks.
- Now, measure 3-3/8" from the first right hand mark and 3-3/8 from the first left hand mark. These will be the marks for the two pocket seams
- Finally, make additional marks 1" to the left and to the right of EACH original mark (the center, the outside left and the outside right).
- Make a pleat at each set of three marks. To do this, pinch the fabric together at outside marks, which means you are pinching ½" on either side of your mark - the mark becomes the edge of your fold. Fold these two sides (the two 'pinched' pleats) together to meet in the middle at the center mark. This is definitely one of those things that is easy to do and really hard to explain. Here's a picture.
- Pin in place and press well. You've made a 1" box pleat.
- Edge stitch along the lower edge of each pleat to hold in place for the remaining steps of construction.
- Repeat to form the second 20" pocket panel.
- The middle 18" pocket panel is divided into just two sections.
- First, fold the panel in half and mark this point. This mark will be the panel's center seam.
- Next, along its bottom fold line, measure and mark 4½" from the left raw edge of the panel AND 4½" from the right side of the panel. Use pins or a fabric pencil to mark both of these spots.
- Make additional marks 1" to the left and to the right of EACH original mark (the the left and the right).
- Create two 1" pleats following the same steps as for the upper and lower pockets.
Place the pockets on the caddy
- Mark the position of the pockets with a horizontal line 7" from the upper edge of the caddy for the first row of pockets and 14½" from the upper edge of the caddy for the second row of pockets. The third row of pockets will be aligned with the lower edge of the caddy.
- Place the lower edge of the upper pocket panel along the 7" marked line. Align the raw side edges of the pocket panel with the raw side edges of the caddy. Pin in place. Edgestitch along each side of the pocket and across the lower edge, pivoting at the corners.
- You should still have your center, inner left and right pin/marks from your original marking and measuring above. After pleating, the center mark is still in the center and each of the outside marks should be approximately 4¾" from the outside raw edge of the pocket panel - one 4¾" from the left, one 4¾" from the right.
- At each of the three marks (center, left and right), create a line of pins, starting at the lower edge of the pocket. Work toward the upper bound edge of the pocket, keeping the fabric straight.
- Topstitch a straight line from bottom to top through all layers, following the line of pins and removing them as you sew. Back tack or lock stitch at the top and bottom of each seam.
- You've now divided the panel into three pockets. The center pocket is just slightly smaller than the two outside pockets.
- Use the same measurements to create the lower row of pockets, aligning the lower edge (the folded edge) of the pocket with the lower raw edge of the caddy.
- The middle pocket panel is divided into two pockets. Place the lower edge of this panel along the second 14½" marked line. Edgestitch in place along the sides and lower edge of the pocket as you did with the upper and lower pocket panels.
- You should just have the one center mark left on this pocket panel. Create a line of pins at this center point and topstitch as above to create the pocket division seam for this panel.
Assemble the caddy body and bind the perimeter
- Place the caddy front and caddy back wrong sides together, matching all edges.
- Cut each end of the satin ribbon at an angle and apply seam sealant to these cut edges.
- Fold the ribbon in half and baste the folded edge to the caddy back at the top center.
- Baste close to the edge around the entire perimeter.
- Flip the caddy over to the front side.
- Measure in 7½" from left side of caddy along bottom edge and mark this point with your fabric pencil or a pin. Starting at this point, attach the binding around all edges of the caddy. You are using your final remaining 72" length of binding, which is enough for the entire perimeter plus about 4" extra to make a clean finish at the end.
- Be sure to fold and miter the binding at each corner.
- When you return to the bottom edge of the caddy and are almost back to your starting point, stop (lock your stitch) when you get to within about 2". Remove the project from your machine.
- Cut away the excess binding so your binding tail extends about 1" past the binding starting point. Fold this tail end back ½", pin in place over the head of the binding, and finish the edgestitching. This clean-finished, folded end will now be 7" from both the left and right sides, which is exactly the midpoint of the bottom edge of the caddy.
NOTE: Because our binding is fairly wide and the edges mostly straight, we went for the fastest method of binding: simply slipping it over the raw edges and edgestitching in place. If you are new to binding, there are a number of methods. Here are some of our tutorials and projects, which might help if you need a little extra step-by-step info:
Project Design: Alicia Thommas
Sample Creation & Instructional Outline: Michele Mishler
Other machines suitable for this project include the Elna 3210 Jeans and the Brother Innov-is 80.