Prettify your working-from-home space by learning how to make home office organisation with fabric by Joules.
Many of us have created make-shift work spaces in areas of our homes. Maybe it’s a sneaky corner of the kitchen or you’ve transformed your bedroom into a part-time boardroom.
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Keep your documents, stationery and mind (!) organised with handy fabric-covered storage boxes. Notice boards are ideal for pinning memos and photos, while hanging storage is great for tucking away other essentials. Here’s how to make them…
How to make home office organisation with fabrics by Joules
Hobbycraft has devised these fun and creative projects using its new and exclusive range of Joules fabrics. Inspired by the lifestyle brand’s heritage style, think elegant florals, classic stripes and British wildlife prints.
The collection of Joules fabrics is available online and in-store as fat quarters, cotton fabric rolls and by the metre.
How to make fabric noticeboards
The first of our no-sew solutions for making home office organisation is super easy, though it does require you to invest in a staple gun. Don’t worry though – it’s one of those tools you’ll use again and again.
You will need
- White stretched canvas 20.3cm x 25.4cm
- Fat quarter of fabric
- Staple gun
- Push pins
1. Position the fabric on the canvas
Lay a piece of fabric right (patterned) side down on a flat surface. Place a stretched canvas upside down on top of the fabric. Make sure there is at least 10cm excess around all edges.
2. Begin folding the fabric
Fold the fabric over one side of the canvas so it’s smooth and taut. Staple gun to secure in place. Be careful not to staple over any staples already in the canvas.
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3. Staple the fabric in place
Add additional staples to secure the first side. Aim for one staple every 5-10cm.
4. Secure the other side
Repeat for the opposite side of the canvas. Remember to make sure there are no wrinkles in the fabric but do not overstretch it.
5. Finish your noticeboard
For the final sides, fold the fabric edges like you are wrapping a gift. Secure in place as before.
Position on the wall and use push pins to add memos, notes and postcards.
How to make fabric boxes
You will need
- Mache box
- Tape measure
- Double-sided tape
1. Measure and cut your fabric
Measure your square box. Cut two strips of fabric, each 2cm wider than the base and long enough to cover two sides and the base, plus an extra 10cm.
Buy now: Mache box 22cm, £5, Hobbycraft
For example, for a 22cm square box, the strips will be 64cm long (22cm base + two 16cm sides + 10cm).
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2. Hem the short edges
Hem the short edges of one fabric piece. Do this by folding over each short edge once, press with a hot iron, then sew in place with a 3.5mm straight stitch.
3. Add double-sided tape
Add some strong double-sided tape to the sides and base of the box (as pictured).
4. Stick down the first side
Lay the hemmed fabric flat, right sides down. Place the box in the centre of the fabric. Peel off the backing from the tape. Carefully fold one side of the fabric up so the hemmed edge tucks into the open box.
Press the fabric in place so it’s stuck to the outer side of the box as well as inside.
5. Stick down the opposite side
Repeat for the opposite side of the fabric and box. You’ll be left with a flap of fabric on either side. Stick down with double sided tape.
6 Hem the other fabric piece
Return to the second piece of fabric you cut in step 1. Hem all four edges. When hemming the long edges, fold over enough fabric so the final piece is the same width as the base of your box.
7. Cover the rest of the box
Stick tape to the two sides of the box not covered in fabric.
Place the box on the hemmed fabric piece, right sides down. Fold the fabric round the sides of the box and stick in place. The hemmed long edges should line up neatly with the box edges.
8. Cover the lid
Cover the lid of the box in the same way. You will need to use a smaller piece of fabric. Once the fabric is stuck to the lid, fold the remaining raw edges in by 1-2cm, then fold the fabric up and over the edges of the lid. Stick in place with tape.
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How to make hanging storage for paperwork
This is a great small home office idea as it clears your desk of paperwork where drawer space is limited.
You will need
- Two patterned fabrics
- Tape measure
- Lightweight interfacing
- Sewing machine
- Sewing thread
- Wooden dowel
1. Cut out your backing fabric
Cut 44cm x 52cm from fabric. Apply lightweight interfacing to the wrong side. Then fold in half lengthways, with the wrong side facing outwards.
2. Stitch the fabric
Stitch down the long edge and one of the shorter edges using a 1cm seam allowance. Trim the corners close to the stitching.
Turn the right way out through the open short edge. Press flat with a hot iron.
3. Fold in the raw edges
Tuck the remaining raw edges inside by 5-10cm. Press flat but do not sew shut.
4. Cut and sew the hanging strips
For the hanging strips, cut 12cm x 20cm from a contrasting fabric. Fold in half lengthways with right sides facing. Stitch the long edge with a 1cm seam allowance. This will create a tube.
5. Turn out and press
Turn the tube right sides out. Lay flat so the seam is in the middle and press. Fold this piece in half widthways so the seam is now hidden.
6. Insert into the backing fabric
Tuck the folded fabric into the open end of the larger piece. Repeat so you have two hanging straps in position.
7. Secure the straps
Top stitch along the open edge and over the two straps to secure them in place.
8. Cut and sew the pockets
For the pocket, cut a 22cm square from fabric. Fold in half, right sides facing. Sew down the two short edges using a 1cm seam allowance. Trim the corners.
Turn right sides out. Tuck the raw edges inside by 1-2cm. Press flat.
9. Add the pockets
Pin the pocket to the backing piece. Position with the open edge at the bottom. Top stitch in place with a 3.5mm straight stitch along the bottom and both sides.
Repeat to make two more pockets.
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10. Hang up your wall storage
Thread wooden dowels through the hanging straps at the top of the storage. Tie string to the dowels and hang from a hook or nail.
Visit Hobbycraft’s Ideas Hub for more Joules sewing projects to make.
Or just sit back and enjoy your neat and tidy home office.