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« Reply #10 on: October 26, 2008 09:54:52 AM »

Great collection - your daughter will love the set!  Awesome fabric - do you know the name/maker?

I would also love a tutorial for the shower caddy as I work away from home and my bath/shower is shared and across the hall.  I used to have a caddy like this but wore it out - I'd love to MAKE ME one!  Wink
« Reply #11 on: October 26, 2008 01:22:06 PM »

What a great set! I'm sure your daughter will love it! Such a fabulous gift for a college student (or college bound!)! 

Love the fabric too!

Thanks for sharing!
« Reply #12 on: October 26, 2008 02:25:08 PM »

Ok i've never made a tutorial before and at points it maybe very descriptive because I am not sure who will make one and what experience they have sewing. so bare w/ all my details/faults. If you have any questions feel free to PM me!

Here ya go!

First off, as I mentioned, I made this with the fabrics I had left over and I didnt take exact measurements but this tutorial will explain the basics of how I constructed it.

Items needed:
(The amount of fabric is based on your circumference of the caddy.)

1. Fabric A (outside) approx yard
2. Fabric B (inside) approx yard
3. Medium to Heavy fusible weight stabilizer
4. elastic
5. 4 grommets
6. Ribbon (for drawstring. Or you could make your own using fabric.)
7. Two sheets of cardstock or paper
8. Something round to be used as a template which will determine how big your caddy will be.
9. Tape measure
10. Iron

Instructions:  Use a seam allowance.

First: Preparing your base size.
        1. Take your round object and trace the circumference onto your cardstock/paper.
            This is going to be the size of the bottom of the caddy.
        2. Cut your tracing out. I like to use cardstock because it's stiffer and easier to work   

        3. Measure the circumference of the rounded object (or your cutout) with your tape measure. For  this  tute, I will be using 24 as my total circumference. That was the size of my lampshades bottom opening. that i used to make a template.

   4. On your traced cut out write down what your total circumference was so you dont  forget.

    5. Set this aside for now.

Next: Cutting Fabric sides:

1. Determine how tall you want your caddy. My height was 15 as my finished height.

2. Cut both fabrics, A & B, in a rectangle shape 24 (the circumference of your circle) x 15 inches. The half inch
allows for the seam allowance.

3. Cut 2 pieces of fusible stabilizers to fit these rectangles and fuse to fabric.

Next: Cutting outer pockets:

     With fabric A (main outside) cut a longer rectangle approximately half the height of your finished project size. Your width is cut the width of your base rectangle plus half and add seam allowance. 

Lining pocket fabric B:
Cut the same width but ADD an inch and a half to height.

Constructing Pocket:

   1. With RIGHT sides together of pocket pieces sew top upper edge (36.5 top edge) using seam   allowance.

   2. Press seam open. (important)

   3. With WRONG sides together and making sure bottom edges of both pieces are even, press again. You   should end up w/ about a half inch of the lining fabric B sticking up over the top edge of the main fabric A.

   4. Stitch in the ditch of joining seam to connect the two pieces and to create a casing for the elastic.

Thread your elastic through casing with out pulling on the elastic. You want the elastic nice and loose for now. Make sure you leave enough elastic on both ends so you can pull later. Pin the elastic at both ends so it wouldnt move during construction of creating the pocket.

Creating the customize pockets:

Try and determine what your pockets will be filled with and then space accordingly.
To sew pockets at any width use this method.

1. Base stitch left side of pocket and basic rectangle A starting right under seam of top edge to temporarily secure the two pieces, using no more then a seam. (Basically, you DO NOT want to catch the elastic at this point so keep the elastic pinned and begin sewing right under elastic at seam.)

2. Start creating a pocket. Make sure you PUFF the fabric to give it some pocket entry. This will tighten a bit at the end once you pull your elastic.
3. Pin all the way down from the pocket stitch in the ditch to lower edge. This is creating the pocket divider.

4. On lower edge, accommodate the excess pocket fabric by pleating and pinning at the bottom.

5. Continue making pockets and pinning off dividers and pleating bottoms of each segment until pocket fabric is used. If there is excess pocket fabric left, just cut evenly with Basic Rectangle A.
      (Shown in picture below are 3 pockets. But you should be able to create at least 6 depending on how wide each pocket is.)

     6. Once everything is pinned off, Starting right under the stitch in the ditch sew a straight line from top to bottom removing pins as you go.

    7. After all dividers are secure, base stitch at lower bottom edge to secure in pleats in place at the bottom.

Pulling Elastic:
1.   Once all dividers are stitched in place, begin to start pulling the elastic from both ends. Doing one side at a time and moving over excess fabric of pockets towards center.
2.   When pulling elastic, make sure the opening of the pocket puckers up/or closes a bit in accommodating the excess fabric being scrunched.
3.   After elastic is pulled and pockets look evenly pulled, stitch over the elastic/casing to hold elastic in place. I recommend that you back stitch several times to really secure this.

Front pocket and outside is complete!

JOINING Fabric A (outer side) to Fabric B(inside.): Side B should already have its fusible stabilizer adhered.

1.   With RIGHT sides together stitch at top edge of both Basic Rectangle pieces

2.   Press seam open
3.   With fabric fully extended out having the lining on the top and the outer fabric on the bottom.With WRONG side facing you, bring the two long sides together and sew a seam down a quarter of the way on the lining side. Leave about a 4 to 5 gap then continue sewing down to the bottom of fabric A. (this gap is for you to invert at the end.
4.   You should be creating a TUBE. Make sure that the seam allowance that attaches the two 
pieces are kept open.

Bottom Circle:

1. Take your original template of the circle you created earlier and cut one of Fabric A and one of fabric B. Cut two stabilizers and iron on each fabric piece.

2. With RIGHT SIDES together pin Fabric A circle to Fabric A opened end tube. This is done a lot easier if you find the 4 centers of each piece and pin to mark then align these four sections first.

(If fabric circle is to small snip around curve to create some ease making sure not to snip past your seam allowance. OR create small pin tucks on the tube side within the pins.)

4.   Sew the circumference at seam allowance.
5.   Do the same procedure to the opposite end with Fabric B lining.


1.   Through the slit of lining pull caddy right side out.
2.   Press upper seam of caddy and top stitch.

3.       OPTIONAL: I cut a base to slide into the bottom using plastic cardboard (corrugated plastic).
          a.   I took my original circle and re traced it on another piece of paper, then I decreased it by a half inch all the  way around and used this for a template to cut the corrugated plastic. If you choose to add a hard base, now is the time to slide this in.

Once round base is in (or Not), stitch up opening gap on lining side.


1.   With upper opened end of caddy laying flat with seam to the far right. Measure 2.5 in from the side and 1.5 inches down from the top edge.

2.    Be careful when making your holes for the grommets to fit in, not to go through the other side. Make 4 individual holes for the grommets at the measurements given. (two on each side.)

Thread your ribbon through the holes using a tie knot bow at the end and then heat sealing the ribbon so it doesnt fray.

WALA youre DONE!

« Last Edit: October 26, 2008 02:54:48 PM by lowree » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #13 on: October 26, 2008 03:08:16 PM »

Great collection - your daughter will love the set!  Awesome fabric - do you know the name/maker?

I would also love a tutorial for the shower caddy as I work away from home and my bath/shower is shared and across the hall.  I used to have a caddy like this but wore it out - I'd love to MAKE ME one!  Wink

It's from JoAnn's, the Heidi Grace collection. There is another print that goes to it w/ tiny butterflies on it.
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« Reply #14 on: October 27, 2008 08:02:30 AM »

super nice, i would love one!! i will have to see if i get time to make my daughter and myself one of these for when we go away or off camping, great idea, the pockets are nifty.
you must be a brillant sewer. well done.
i have bookmarked it and hope to get back to make one.
i appreciate the time you have taken to make the tute.

« Reply #15 on: October 27, 2008 08:47:51 AM »

Wow! What an awesome job working without a pattern. That's supa!
« Reply #16 on: October 27, 2008 03:20:01 PM »

Very nice set!  I like all the pieces.  The set would make a lovely gift.
« Reply #17 on: November 01, 2008 04:35:37 AM »

My goodness, Lowree, you are amazing!  That tute is spectacular!  Thank you for taking the time to work up the tute and provide it to us.  You really did a great job!

Thanks for sharing!
« Reply #18 on: November 01, 2008 01:44:33 PM »

Thanks for sharing, this is such a great bag to take with camping or even for sleepovers.. you'll have everything you need with you
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« Reply #19 on: November 02, 2008 05:55:31 PM »

How cute is this set?!?! I only wish I knew someone going to college so I could make it for them. Well I'm sure I'll find someone who could use it. Thanks for the tute!  Grin

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