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Curated by ITF - Issue 17

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Organise Your Space

The start of a new year or turn of a season means it's time to get organised!

It’s nice to start a new year or season fresh and make space to get all your creative juices flowing. We’ve made it easy with this Curated by ITF project - a resource to help you organise your space and keep on top of the clutter that goes hand in hand with being creative.

We’ll give you tips and resources for organising your sewing space and supplies. Plus we've included 3 patterns - pattern weights in 2 sizes, an overlocker thread catcher and a project bag! These projects are perfect for incorporating scraps and small off-cuts and will also make fantastic gifts for your crafty friends. You’ll be reaching for these patterns for many years to come!

Organise Your Space Resource

Keen to give your sewing space a lift, but not sure where to start?

No worries, that’s what we’re here for! Sometimes we just need a few prompts to help us see the potential.

This issue is full of tips to help you make the most of the space you have (we know that not everyone has a designated sewing space, and that’s okay!), and for making time to sew when time is short. We’ve got ideas for sorting, organising and storing your fabric stash and pattern library. Thoughts on how to plan future sewing projects and manage your WIPs. With our printable fabric labels, pattern specification sheet and project planning template you’ll be ready to dive into those sewing projects in the year ahead!

And, if you’ve ever wondered what someone else’s sewing space is like, we’re giving you a peek into our sewing rooms and we’ll be encouraging you to share your space in our community group!

In the theme of organising our spaces, we’ve included some handy patterns to help you with your sewing projects and to practise new skills!

The Pattern Weights pattern is a great scrap busting pattern that is super useful for your sewing room! Use these handmade tools to hold your patterns in place while cutting or pattern making. It’s a quick and easy sew, and great practice for sharpening up your hand sewing skills!

The Project bag is perfect for storing all your latest projects including patterns, fabrics and trims. They’ll also make it easy to keep on top of projects when you’re cutting more than one project at a time. Keep your sewing space organised with these handy accessories. We've included a front pocket that fits both A4 and US paper size instructions so you've always got them on-hand as you sew. You can also add an optional clear pocket so you can easily identify what's inside.

The Overlocker Thread Catcher pattern is the perfect companion to your overlocker/serger. Simply place underneath the overlocker and let it catch all your threads and scraps as you sew! Having somewhere to drop all those little threads and scraps in your sewing space will make cleaning up after a sewing session a breeze.

What you'll learn

We’ve put the fun in functional with three sewing accessory patterns that will also help you practise your sewing skills. You’ll learn how to:

  • Sew sharp corners
  • Sew velcro closures
  • Attach patch pockets
  • Create a self fabric hanger tab
  • Assemble a bag
  • Bag out to achieve a lovely clean finish
  • Use hand-stitching to finish accessories.

Working through the process of tidying and re-organising your sewing space will also help you:

  • Consider what’s important for you within your sewing space and creative practice
  • See your sewing space in a new way
  • Learn how to maximise the space you have
  • Find ways to organise your fabric
  • Find ways to organise your patterns
  • Plan out your projects.


    The Organise Your Space Resource is a 52 page workbook, filled with exercises that will guide you through the process of tidying, decluttering and getting organised for a year of making. This includes tips and ideas for:

    • Setting up your sewing space
    • Maximising the space you have
    • Making time to sew when time is short
    • Organising your fabric, notions and patterns
    • Planning your projects.

    Three sewing room accessory patterns are also included to help you organise your space and keep it tidy.

      Mighty Networks group

      By purchasing this issue you will gain access to the extra resources we shared in our online community group when we released the project. This means that you will be able to ask questions, share your makes and connect with other makers who are also on a mission to learn new skills and sew clothing in a slow and conscious way.

      Digital product details

      The Organise Your Space Resource contains 52 pages of tutorials and content. The booklet is suitable for printing on both A4 and US letter sized paper, or can be viewed onscreen using a PDF viewer.

      The patterns included in this issue are suitable for printing on both A4 and US letter sized paper. A copy shop version is also included in the file (A0 or US 36" x 48").

      Print at home pattern: 16 pages

      Print at home pattern: 9 pages

      Print at home pattern: 1 page for each size

      If you would prefer to print at a print shop, all patterns are nested on 1 A0 page.
      If you have any questions please see our FAQ and Digital Product Policy.

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      If you have any questions please see our FAQ and Digital Product Policy.

      The Organise Your Space project is not currently available as a standalone product and is only available for purchase by current members of Curated by ITF. It will be released as a standalone product in 2023.