Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Magnetic Pockets a tutorial - 5 steps in 15 mins





Does your fridge look anything like this?

I get endless vouchers and notes that get stuck on the fridge with magnets, but look very messy and cluttered.
So I decided to pretty them up a bit!
So instead of this:

I can have this:

Much neater and prettier!

It's a nice simple project that just uses scraps of material and a magnet for each pocket. (I have several odd magnets that have fallen off things or come unstuck etc).


So here's how to make your own magnetic pocket for the fridge to hold all those coupons, vouchers and notes, in just 

5 steps and 15 minutes

Step 1
Cut your fabric a little wider than you want your pocket and 4 times the length.
(I cut mine 11 x 40cm (4.5 x 16")
Fold in half lengthways with right sides together:

Step 2
Stitch down both long sides:

Step 3
Turn the pocket right sides out and press:

Also press the raw edges of the opening inside the pocket like this:

Step 4
Place the magnet just inside the pocket:

Then stitch across the top of the pocket on both sides of the magnet. I used my zipper foot so that I could get the line of stitching nice and close to stop the magnet slipping around.




Then stitch down the other two sides of the magnet to hold securely in place.

Step 5
Fold up your pocket in half, with the magnet at the top back.

And top-stitch down both sides, close to the edge.

And you're done! Pop it on your fridge and fill up with those vouchers and coupons!


I think my fridge looks a little tidier now, don't you?

You could make these pockets any size you like - but you may need more magnets spaced out across the top for larger pockets!

For the downloadable PDF version of this tutorial, click here.


For more simple sewing tutorials that anyone can sew in just 
5 steps and 15 mins - go here.

And for over 100 free sewing tutorials for all levels and abilities - take a look at 




43 comments:

  1. Yay!!! You give us hope for our refrigerators!! What a cute idea! -The Six Sisters

    ReplyDelete
  2. Such a great idea ~ my refrigerator is a mess but this would really neaten it up nicely.

    Thanks so much for sharing at Project Inspire{d} ~ Hugs, Mary Beth

    p.s. pinning :)

    ReplyDelete
  3. What a great idea. Perfect as a gift for that person who has everything!

    ReplyDelete
  4. This is perfect for those who don't want to scratch their stainless steal refrigerator with magnets. Mine has been magnet free since I got it because of the warning of scratching. See my post on teaching your children to sew:
    http://www.thelostapron.com/summer-sewing-camp/

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Ana - I hadn't actually thought about the magnets scratching - but yes, this would protect them!
      And thanks for the link on teaching children to sew - I'll head on over and take a look!

      Delete
  5. that looks really neat. never thought of this. love ana's comment too. come share your ideas tomorrow on the blog at the linky party. love to see this there...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Rose - will pop over and link up!

      Delete
  6. Such a clever and cute idea! My refrigerator front is a mess.... I need to make these!!

    Susie

    ReplyDelete
  7. Very cute idea! My fridge is a jumbled mess with papers, and these would be perfect!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Makes it so nice and neat!!
    Great idea.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Oh my gosh I LOVE these.. now I am wishing that my fridge was magnetized.. but it's not.. boo!
    These are so cute.. thanks for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party~
    xoxo
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Amie! I don't know where I'd keep all that paper clutter if my fridge wasn't magnetized!!

      Delete
  10. Fabulous tutorial! I think I'll make one soon!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Great idea! Thanks for the tutorial!

    ReplyDelete
  12. What a cute way to hide the "junk" on the fridge! :)

    ReplyDelete
  13. Very cute ! My notes have a hidden space on the fridge, but these little pockets of yours are so lovely, I will make some just to "add" to my fridge :-)

    Linda
    With A Blast

    ReplyDelete
  14. Super cute! Thanks so much for linking up to Do Something Crafty Friday on See Vanessa Craft!

    ReplyDelete
  15. I love how you can customize this to the design of your kitchen, and it helps hid fridge clutter!

    ReplyDelete
  16. Thats impressive.. so simple.. and easy.. Loved this idea..

    ReplyDelete
  17. The front of my stainless steel fridge is not magnetized but the sides are, so the one open side I can use is full of stuff. Can't wait to make a bunch of these. May I please pin it to my Sewing board on Pinterest? Thanks :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Sandy - thanks for your lovely comment - yes pin away! Glad to know someone is getting use out of my tutorial!

      Delete
    2. Thanks Jill - I will do a blog post about it when I'm done and will share the link with you so you can see them!

      Delete
  18. Wow! You could also put these on a cookie sheet memo board attached next to a workstation. I could see them holding pens, pencils and brushes, if the magnets are strong enough. Great idea!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Sue - Love your idea of putting these on a cookie sheet memo board!

      Delete
  19. Such a clever idea! Thanks so much for sharing! I'm going to make several of these NOW!

    ReplyDelete
  20. These would be great made out of pockets from old jeans. Great for lockers or teen rooms!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Making them out of jeans pockets is a great idea!!

      Delete

I love comments and try to respond to them all. Thanks for taking the time !