Use scrap fabric to make a mail organizer!
I have SO MUCH scrap fabric in my stash! A few weeks ago, I used an old picture frame to make my own canvas. This idea is some-what the same concept, but I’ll show you how to use small scraps of fabric!
Here is what you will need:
An old picture frame or painting canvas of any size (I used one that I painted on one to many times but I never really liked!)
Medium weight fusible interfacing (optional)
Rotary cutter, cutting mat, and ruler
(scissors will work if you don’t have these!)
Machine Iron and ironing board
Project Time: 2-3 hours
Project Difficulty: Moderately difficult
First, cut your fabric scraps to roughly the same size. You don’t need to make these precise, we will trim them down later! You can used as many colors as you want, I chose three (plus one to cover the base with.) I used interfacing to add some support to each “pocket” (scraps of fabric). This is optional. If you are using the interfacing, cut these to the same time as your scraps as well!
Next, using you iron, fuse the interfacing your scraps (if you are using the interfacing.) After fusing the interfacing, use your straight edge and rotary cutter, trim you all three of your scraps to 5″ wide, don’t worry about the length because you’ll trim this down later.
Fold one side to make a 1/2″ seam and pin in place. Repeat this with each one of your “pockets” (scraps of fabric.)
Sew the seams in place using a zig-zag stitch. Repeat on the other “pockets” (scraps of fabric). Set aside once complete.
Cover your canvas or picture frame with your base fabric using your staple gun. I wrote a great tutorial here!
Take each of your strips and layer evenly down your base, securing them in place with your staple gun. Start from the top and work your way down. Take one pocket and secure in place on the back of your canvas. Wrap the strip around the front and to the back of the opposite side. Hold the strip tightly and staple in place.
Staple along the bottom of the strip to the wood base along the front of the canvas to create your pocket. Repeat this with the two remaining strips (or however many pockets you are making.)
Use the same technique to wrap your corners of your bottom pocket that you use to wrap the corners of your base.
Trim the excess fabric from the back and you’re all done!
Hang on your wall and sort your mail! Obviously, this picture is a lot prettier than what my actual mail looks like!
What fun crafts have you made to help organize your mail?