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Sewing Tool Wall Caddy

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Materials
  • Poly mesh stabilizer to fit 5x7 hoop (47 pieces-one for each sewing says block, and two for each spool block)
  • Red embroidery thread to sew sewing sayings blocks
  • White embroidery thread to sew spool blocks
  • White sewing thread to sew blocks/rows together
  • Scraps of fabric to create Spool Quilt Blocks:
  • For each of the 16 small block sides: tan 2- 4” x 2”, white 4- 2” x 2”, and for each center section 1- 3” x 3” red print and 2- 2” x 3” white
  • For each of the 4 large block sides: tan 8” x 3”, white 4- 3” x 3”, and for each center section 1- 4” x 4” red print and 2- 3” x 4” white
  • Backing fabric (24" x 36")
  • Cotton batting (24" x 36")
  • Clear medium weight vinyl: 1- 13” x 19” and 2- 6” x 19”
  • Fabric for binding and hanging sleeve

  • Designs used in this project
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/ramona-baird/stockdesign/1/rwss01.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/ramona-baird/stockdesign/1/rwss02.aspx
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  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/ramona-baird/stockdesign/1/rwss09.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/ramona-baird/stockdesign/1/rwss10.aspx
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  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/ramona-baird/stockdesign/1/rwss12.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/ramona-baird/stockdesign/1/ithspqb.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/ramona-baird/stockdesign/2/ithspqb.aspx


  • Preface:
    The steps for creating the small and large ITH Spool Quilt Blocks are the same. After the blocks and Redwork sewing sayings are stitched, the only thing to do is trim them to size, place into rows, add vinyl for pockets, sew the rows together to create the caddy, and then make a quilt sandwich and bind the project.


    Step 1:
    Gather the materials and read through the instructions before beginning. Choose the 7 sewing says Redwork quilt blocks you would like to embroider for your sewing caddy. Print out a paper template of the design and color sequence. Use scraps of fabric. For the project linen was used for the “wooden” portion of the spools and scraps of red fabrics were used for the inner portion of the spools representing the thread. All the blocks were stitched with red embroidery thread. All seams throughout the project are ¼”.

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    Step 2:
    To stitch the Redwork sewing sayings blocks, starch the fabric well and hoop the fabric with one layer of poly mesh stabilizer and stitch the design. Cut each block to 6 ½” square, centered.

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    Step 3:
    To stitch the smaller ITH Spool Quilt Block hoop one layer of poly mesh stabilizer. Load the small ITH Spool Quilt Block on the machine. Stitch color one which is the placement line. 

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    Step 4:
    Place down the tan fabric (4” x 2”), centering it over the placement line. Lay down one small square (2” x 2”) of white fabric and stitch color 2 which is a sewing line to sew the pieces in place. Flip the white piece up and out of the way; finger press the seam.

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    Step 5:
    Lay down a second white piece (2” x 2”) over the lower section of the tan fabric and stitch color 3 which will sew a line. Remove the hoop from the machine and trim the seam allowances to ¼”; Press the white pieces away from the tan fabric.

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    Step 6:
    Place the hoop back on the machine. Stitch color four which tacks down all the fabrics; remove the hoop from the machine and trim away the excess fabrics. Place the hoop back on the machine and stitch color 5 which is the next placement line.

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    Step 7:
    Place down the tan fabric (4” x 2”) and the white pieces (2” x 2”), stitching colors 6 and 7 to sew the fabrics down. Remove the hoop from the machine, trim the seam allowances, and press the white fabrics away from the tan. Place the hoop back on the machine and stitch color 8 to tack down all the fabrics. Remove the pieces from the hoop and trim the pieces close to the stitching line and set aside until needed.

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    Step 8:
    Hoop a new piece of poly mesh stabilizer. Stich color 9 which is the placement line for the center of the spool. Place down the center color (3” x 3”)and then place down the white fabric (2” x 3”) and sew color 10 which will sew the seam line.

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    Step 9:
    Flip the white piece of fabric away from the center color fabric. Place down the second piece of white fabric (2” x 3”) as shown and stitch color 11 to sew the seam. Remove the fabric from the hoop and trim the seam allowances to ¼”. 

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    Step 10:
    Press both white pieces away from the center piece. Place the hoop back on the machine and stitch color 12 to sew the tack down; trim away the excess fabric next to the stitching line.

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    Step 11:
    Next will be to sew the two side pieces to the center piece. They align as shown in the picture on the left. Take the left side piece, flip it on top of the center piece, aligning all seam lines and making sure the corners will match. 

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    Step 12:
    Carefully pin in place keeping the pins out of the way of the sewing foot. Place the hoop on the machine and stitch color 13 to sew the left side piece to the center.

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    Step 13:
    Flip the left piece out of the way and repeat the pinning and sewing color 14 for the right side piece. Remove the fabric from the hoop and trim away the stabilizer.

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    Step 14:
    Trim the fabrics close to the sewing lines and then press the seam allowances open.

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    Step 15:
    Repeat steps 3 through 14 fifteen more times for a total of 16 blocks. To make the smaller four patch spool blocks, lay them out as shown. Sew the top two blocks together, right sides together, carefully matching corners and using the previously sewn seam lines as a guide to sew the blocks together at the regular sewing machine. 

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    Step 16:
    Repeat for the bottom two blocks and then sew the four blocks together; repeat for the remaining blocks so there will be four sets of four small spool blocks.

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    Step 17:
    Load the larger ITH Spool Quilt Block design on the machine, and hoop a new piece of poly mesh stabilizer. Repeat the same steps of sewing the placement lines and sewing the white pieces to the tan piece to create the side pieces (using the larger 8” x 3” tan pieces and 3” x 3” white pieces) trimming after the sewing is completed.

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    Step 18:
    Load a new piece of stabilizer and sew the center pieces together (4” x 4” red print and 3” x 4” white pieces) and then sew the side pieces on as dictated in the color sequence.

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    Step 19:
    When pinning, make sure to align the corners and match the seam lines carefully to create an accurate block.

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    Step 20:
    Very carefully match stitching lines, corners, and intersecting lines.

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    Step 21:
    Keep the pins out of the way of the foot to sew the seam line. Be sure to move the left side out of the way to pin and sew the right side in place.

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    Step 22:
    Trim away the excess fabric and stabilizer and press the seams open.

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    Step 23:
    Repeat sewing three more large spool blocks. You should have four sets of four small spool blocks and four large spool blocks.

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    Step 24:
    Lay the blocks as you’d like. For the project, the large spool blocks were placed in the corners and the smaller sets of spool blocks were alternated with the sewing says blocks and the small spool blocks were turned so they were not all the same direction.

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    Step 25:
    Now sew the rows together. To do this, lay the left block over the center block, right sides together, and sew the seam. Then lay the right block over the center block, right sides together, and sew the seam.

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    Step 26:
    Repeat for the remaining rows. Next, sew the bottom two rows together by laying them right sides together and sewing the seam. 

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    Step 27:
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    Next will be to cut the vinyl for the pockets. One piece will be cut to make deeper pockets for the bottom two rows and two pieces will be cut to cover the second and middle rows.


    Step 28:
    Cut the vinyl pieces larger than needed and pin the pieces in place within the seam allowances. Begin with the bottom two rows. Mark and cut the vinyl (13” x 19”) using a ruler to maintain a straight line and pen to mark the vinyl. Use very sharp shears to cut along the drawn line. Make the vinyl pocket as deep as you would like. For the project the pocket was made about ¾ (about 9” deep) of the depth of the two last rows.

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    Step 29:
    Pin the vinyl in place along the side and bottom seam allowances, keeping the pins within the seam allowances only. Baste the vinyl along the bottom and side seam allowances, securing it to the two bottom rows.

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    Step 30:
    Repeat marking, cutting (6” x 19”), and basting the vinyl to the second and middle rows to create pockets (pocket depth was about 4”, finished, for these two rows). Next sew the top two rows together and sew the middle row to the top of the bottom two rows.

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    Step 31:
    Use the seam allowance previously sewn in the hoop as a guide for accurate seaming. Sew the remaining row to join all the rows together.

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    Step 32:
    Measure the caddy width and length. Cut the backing and batting pieces about 3-4” larger all the way around. Lay the backing, wrong side up, on the table and then place the batting over the backing. Center the caddy top over the batting.

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    Step 33:
    Pin the layers together, including through the row seam allowances.

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    Step 34:
    At the sewing machine stitch in the ditch through all layers removing pins as you sew. You will be sewing through the vinyl to create the pockets in the rows.

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    Step 35:
    Trim the backing and batting to the caddy top edges. Use your favorite method for binding the caddy and sewing a hanging pocket on the back.

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    Step 36:
    Congratulations on creating your “Sewing Tool Wall Caddy”! Hang the caddy up (a metal ruler was used in place of a rod for this project) and now you’ll be able to keep your basic small sewing tools organized and at hand for al. your embroidery projects.

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    Meet The Author: Ramona Baird
    Ramona is a free-lance educator with many years of experience in the industry. She loves learning about new techniques and styles, and absolutely loves creating new and exciting projects for EmbroideryDesigns.com

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