Saturday, February 21, 2009

Fabric Mail Sorter

Grandma had the girls sleep over Thursday and Friday nights, so I took the opportunity to make this fabric mail sorter. I initially saw it on the Craft: blog, and got pretty excited about it. I always have a hundred different school papers for Nora and kept meaning to find a better way of organizing them. I had been sticking them to the fridge with magnets and knew it was only a matter of time before I lost something important. This mail sorter was clearly my answer. I was already planning to make it when I saw that it was one of the two February project options for Finny and Donk's Craft: Along. Sweet!

I followed this tutorial, which was incredibly well written and very easy to follow. I am the first to admit that my sewing skills are way less than great, but I still managed to make this with minimal swearing and only one date with the seam ripper. And I only burned myself once on the iron, which is a small miracle.

Here is a close-up of one of the pockets.

The whole unit. I love the fabric, but now that it is finished and hanging on the wall, I am not sure how I feel about it. It is really wild, and I can't decide if it is too- Great Grandma. Like, maybe I should have used the binding fabric as the main, and the wild floral business as the binding. Too late now! The thing is, I NEVER choose neutrals. My parka is lime green, my hat is wild, my purse is crazy... For some reason, I am drawn to crazy patterns. So probably I should just zip it and smile. And then go sort Nora's school stuff. I might make another, less wild one as a gift. It was that simple!

1 comment:

  1. I'm glad my tutorial was easy to follow. The fabric looks great, there's nothing wrong with "spicing up" your kitchen with some bold fabric!

    Also thanks for mentioning this was part of a craftalong. I had no idea!