Mail Sorter Tutorial
Fabric that coordinates with your room:
Four coordinating 14x14 inch squares of fabric
Three 14x14 squares of lining fabric
Freezer paper or iron on interfacing
OPTIONAL: Trim or ribbon for the edges
White foam board
Spray or roll on adhesive
Two 14" pieces of ribbon
Cut your white foam board so it's only 10 inches wide. I was going to use a canvas for this project, but the price difference between canvas and white board was $26 vs $2, so I opted for the white board.
Cut your fabrics into 14x14 inch squares.
Cut three 14x14 inch squares of freezer paper or interfacing.
Lay the freezer paper down on your ironing board, shiny side up. Then place your fabric on top, with the wrong side towards the freezer paper. Iron the fabric. This will adhere the freezer paper to it. Repeat to adhere freezer paper to all three of your pocket fabrics.
Iron all other fabric,
including the lining.
Sew one edge of a
pocket fabric to a lining fabric, right sides together.
Fold the fabric right
sides out and press the edge.
I left a quarter inch or so
from my lining fabric show, just wrapping it around my
Sew on any ribbon or
trim that you'd like at the top of your pocket squares.
I embroidered a strip of fabric for mine, but you could
also use freezer paper stenciling
if you'd like
your pockets labeled without embroidering.
Using a spray or roll on adhesive, attach the top background fabric to your board.
Duct tape the edges down smoothly to the
back side. Yes, my duct tape is pink.
Set your top pocket on
top, after folding the bottom edge edge under to the
depth you want.
Fold it down
and staple the bottom edge into place.
Fold it back up, then
flip it over to the back side. Now tape the edges of the
pocket down smoothly on the back of the board, pulling
the bottom of the pocket snug, and gradually letting it
bell out towards the top (which will allow the pocket to
pooch open at the top).
Attach the next two
pockets in a similar fashion, but on the bottom pocket
just wrap the bottom of the pocket around to the back of
Cut two pieces of ribbon, 14 inches long each.
Make a dot where you want to drill the holes to hang your sorter. Then, using an exacto knife, press an X on each dot to break the surface of the fabric so it doesn't twirl around your drill. Then, drill a hole all the way through.
Poke your ribbons
through the two holes and hang from two nails by tying
the ribbons into bows. Now you have no excuse for
letting your mail pile up on the counter!
Last, if you decided to
do this project yourself, please send me a photo of it
with your name and what state you're from! I've recently
decided to start featuring my readers' finished results.