organizer

FALL 2011

road warrior

PROJECT

by KEVIN KOSBAB

WEB PROJECT

Whether it’s work or play that keeps you in your car, this organizer, with pockets for the owner’s manual, license and registration, insurance papers, and other glovebox necessities, will tidy and protect all your important car info.
FABRIC
—1⁄3 yd (30.5 cm) of 45" (114.5 cm) wide cotton duck canvas (shown: khaki) —1⁄3 yd (30.5 cm) of 45" (114.5 cm) wide cotton print (shown: blue, green, and brown geometric print) —41⁄2" x 81⁄2" (11.5 x 21.5 cm) piece of clear vinyl

OTHER SUPPLIES
—1⁄2 yd (45.5 cm) of 20" (51 cm) wide medium-weight fusible interfacing —1⁄4 yd (23 cm) of 22" (56 cm) wide ultra-firm interfacing (such as Pellon Peltex) or cardboard —Sewing thread —1 size 24 (5⁄8" [16 mm]) heavy-duty snap and setting tool —Rotary cutter, rigid acrylic ruler, and self-healing mat —Fabric marking tool —Seam sealant (optional) —Cellophane tape —Road Warrior Tab pattern on page 4

FINISHED SIZE
6" x 9" x 3⁄4" (15 x 23 x 2 cm) closed

NOTES
—All seam allowances are 1⁄4" (6 mm) unless otherwise noted. —For explanations of terms and techniques, see Sewing Basics at interweavestitch.com/ sewingbasics. —The sample was sized to fit an owner’s manual up to 51⁄2" x 81⁄2" (14 x 21.5 cm), bound on one of the short edges; adjust the overall size of the organizer or the manual pocket configuration to suit your car’s manual. Alternatively, use the manual pocket to hold a pad of paper for notes, recording mileage, etc. —For a utilitarian look, use contrasting thread when topstitching is called for, edgestitching 1⁄8" (3 mm) from the edge or as directed.
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Sew the Main Exterior to the opposite side of the front pocket lining.5 cm) square (for snap reinforcement) Fuse the interfacing pieces to the wrong sides of the corresponding fabric pieces.5 x 16.5 x 19 cm) rectangle on the canvas.5 x 24 cm) rectangle for Interior Pockets From the fusible interfacing.5 cm) rectangle for Manual Pocket Backing —One 183⁄4" x 91⁄2" (47.5 x 16. cut the following pieces: —Two 53⁄4" x 83⁄4" (14.com PAGE 2 OF 4 . parallel to the most recent seam and 51⁄2" (14 cm) from it. Clip from the corners of the cut rectangle to just inside the larger rectangle’s corners (figure 2 on page 3). Fold the front pocket lining out of the way and cut out the window along the inner rectangle through both layers of canvas.5 cm) from the fold and centered between the side edges.5 x 24 cm) rectangle for Interior Pockets —2 Tab pieces —One 13⁄4" x 13⁄4" (4. following the manufacturer’s instructions. With a removable marking tool. to create the front pocket (figure 1).FALL 2011 organizer road warrior following pieces: —One 181⁄4" x 91⁄2" (46.5 cm) rectangle for Manual Pocket —One 91⁄2" x 61⁄2" (24 x 16. cut the figure 1 Edge strip of canvas to one long side of the Front Pocket Lining and press the seam allowances toward the pocket lining. cut the following pieces: —One 151⁄2" x 61⁄2" (39.5 cm) rectangle for Manual Pocket —One 183⁄4" x 91⁄2" (47. Leave these pieces right sides together and press the seam allowance.5 x 22 cm) pieces —One 1⁄2" x 83⁄4" (1. Draw a second rectangle 1⁄4" (6 mm) inside the first.8 x 24 cm) strip for Exterior Edge —2 Tab pieces (using the provided pattern piece) From the cotton print.5 cm) square for Step 7. 1" (2. Please respect the copyright by not forwarding or distributing this document 5½" (14 cm) interweavestitch. From the ultra-firm interfacing. All rights reserved. sew the Exterior © INTERWEAVE PRESS LLC Not to be reprinted. 3 Fold the Main Exterior to the wrong side. CONSTRUCT THE EXTERIOR 2 With right sides together. draw a 33⁄4" high x 71⁄2" wide (9.3 x 22 cm) piece CUT THE FABRIC 1 From the duck canvas.5 x 24 cm) rectangle for Main Exterior —One 11⁄2" x 91⁄2" (3. cut the following pieces: —One 51⁄2" x 91⁄2" (14 x 24 cm) rectangle for Front Pocket Lining —One 151⁄2" x 61⁄2" (39. Reserve the 13⁄4" (4.5 x 4.

6" (15 cm).5 cm) 1" 1" (2. do not put tape along the edge nearest the fold. fuse the 1¾" (4. Lengthen the stitch to 3 mm to avoid perforating the vinyl too closely. Fold the back layer out of the way and topstitch the front pocket to the middle pocket along the line to make two card pockets. right side up. and edgestitch the folded edge. Sew around all sides of the organizer. and press. While the pocket is still unfolded.5 cm) interfacing square to the wrong side of the outer canvas layer over the pocket fold. centered from side to side. Clip the seam allowance at the curved corners. ¼" (6 mm) Please respect the copyright by not forwarding or distributing this document interweavestitch. Draw a line along the center of the fabric from the 4" (10 cm) fold to the first fold made. press.5 cm) 3¾" 71⁄2" (19 cm) figure 2 4 Open the folded pocket and press the ¼" (6 mm) seam allowances around the rectangle to the wrong side of the fabric on both layers. then remove the tape. If desired. Measuring from this folded edge. making sure the vinyl extends at least ¼" (6 mm) beyond the folded edges of the window on all sides. With right sides together.com PAGE 3 OF 4 . aligning the raw edges and placing pins only through the canvas sections to avoid holes in the vinyl. stitching directly on the marked curves at the corners and making sure the pressed-under edge of the interior pockets piece remains folded at the center of the organizer. taking care not to sew the pockets closed. Edgestitch the curved edge. folding along the larger marked rectangle. Place the pocket on the Manual Pocket Backing piece. to create a rounded seam line. aligning the open end of the tab with the raw edges. turn the tab right side out. 0 Slip the assembled tab between the exterior and the lining at the center of the 9½" (24 cm) manual pocket edge. pin the manual pocket pieces to the windowless half of the exterior.5 cm) fold along the lines to form pockets and press (figure 3. and 12½" (31. put a drop of seam sealant in each corner of the window to prevent fraying. with the window portion on the right. wise with wrong sides together. aligning the raw edges and orienting the pocket so it opens toward the top of the organizer. Clip the curves. note that valley and mountain folds are distinguished by different line styles).5 cm) 121⁄2" (23 cm ) 9" (15 cm) 6" (5 cm) 2" (10 cm) 4" figure 3 CONSTRUCT THE INTERIOR 7 Fold the Manual Pocket in half cross© INTERWEAVE PRESS LLC Not to be reprinted. Accordion on the work surface. to reinforce the fabric for the snap (figure 2). ¼" (6 mm) in from the edges. 6 Place the Tab pieces right sides together and sew around the curved edge. but keep the front pocket lining out of the way. Baste the pocket to the backing 1⁄8" (3 mm) from the raw edges. 8 Press ¼" (6 mm) to the wrong side along one short edge of the Interior Pockets piece. 5 Place the clear vinyl piece over the inner layer of the window on the wrong side of the canvas. Edgestitch around the window through all the canvas layers to secure the vinyl. ASSEMBLE THE ORGANIZER 9 Arrange the assembled canvas exterior (31. aligning the long edges and the raw short end. All rights reserved. Edgestitch the folded edge of the pocket. where it will be inaccessible for removal.2011 organizer interfacing sandwiched clip at corners road warrior (2. 9" (23 cm). sandwiching the vinyl between the layers and making sure the windows are aligned. leaving the short end open. (9. leaving the short straight edge open. Edgestitch the folds at the 4" (10 cm) and 9" (23 cm) lines. Pin the folded interior pockets piece over the window side.8 cm) from the fold. Use cellophane tape to secure the vinyl temporarily along the three outer edges. Trace around the edge of a small thread spool or coin at each outer corner. turn the organizer right side out through the opening in the lining. Pin the tab in place. mark parallel lines 4" (10 cm). and press. Refold the pocket.

make sure that you are printing at 100% and that there is no scaling.5 cm] KEVIN KOSBAB is a freelance writer. NOTES When preparing to print templates. Install the socket and back portion of the snap at the mark. and a pattern designer.5 × 2. Check the settings for page scaling (should be “None”) and check the preview to make sure that you will be printing at full size. just outside the interfacing in the front cover (about 2½" [6. check for similar settings). Topstitch along the spine of the organizer. All rights reserved. just below the edgestitching. = Following the manufacturer’s instructions. check the size of the TEST SQUARE.3 x 22 cm) piece of ultra-firm interfacing into the spine through the center opening and edgestitch the folded edge of the opening to close it and keep the spine and back cover interfacing in place.5 cm). Make sure that the box labeled “Auto-Rotate and Center” is unchecked (instructions apply specifically to Adobe Reader.5 2. © INTERWEAVE PRESS LLC Not to be reprinted. Please respect the copyright by not forwarding or distributing this document interweavestitch. to enclose the interfacing.net.com PAGE 4 OF 4 . Edgestitch the perimeter of the organizer. Insert one piece into each half of the organizer through the opening in the lining. an editor. Insert the ½" x 8¾" (1.FALL 2011 organizer road warrior . ROAD WARRIOR ORGANIZER TAB cut 2 duck canvas cut 2 interfacing Test Square 1" 1" [2. install the outer portion and stud of the snap in the tab. He designs modern quilts and sewing projects for a variety of magazines. centered ¼" (6 mm) from the curved end. Flip the tab over the front of the organizer and mark the snap location at the center of the front pocket. through the pocket only and not the body of the organizer. if using another PDF reader.5 x 22 cm) piece of ultra-firm interfacing to fit into the rounded corners of the organizer. and you can find his Feed Dog Designs patterns in stores and on the Web at feeddog. The Test Square should be 1" × 1" (2.5 cm] from the folded edge of the card pockets). To ensure that the template has printed at the correct scale.Trim two corners of each 5¾" x 8¾" (14.

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