Convert a dish towel into a multi-pocket case to keep some of your devices, chargers, cords and accessories neat when you are on the go. Short trip or long trip, you can adapt how you use this organizer readily. You can also adapt the size to accommodate your collection of ‘stuff.’
The concept is to fold a towel (or other fabric) and do some sewing in such a way as to create two rows of pockets and a covering flap. If you start with a towel there is no edge sewing treatment to do.
The diagram below illustrates how the towel (fabric) is folded.
A little math and the length of the fabric for a desired pocket size can be calculated OR the pocket size for the length of a piece of fabric (maybe a towel) can be calculated OR forget the math and just experiment.
Total fabric length = (5 times rear pocket length) – 2
example for 7 inch pocket – - (5 x 7) – 2 = 35 – 2 = 33 inches fabric length
Rear Pocket length = (length of fabric + 2) divided by 5
example for 28 inches of fabric – - (28 + 2) / 5 = 30 / 5 = 6 inch rear pocket
I started with an 18” x 28” kitchen towel purchased at Sam’s Club. As you can see from the photos, the stripe design in the towel worked out very well…… I was lucky this time. No measurements are made to the stripes.
1. Place the towel wrong-side up on your workspace. A ruler along the edge makes it easy to mark where the folds should go. My cutting mat is marked in inches. You might want to use a yard stick instead of a marked cutting mat.
2. Place a pin at the 12 inch, 18 inch and 24 inch marks.
3. Fold the bottom edge at the 24 inch mark.
4. Secure the fold on both sides with pins.
5. Flip the towel over and fold at the 18 inch mark (towel is folded back onto itself).
6. Pin both edges to secure the folds.
7. Flip the remaining 12 inches back over the other folds.
8. Pin all the layers together on both sides.
9. If you folded the towel correctly, it will have two long pockets — one 4 inches deep and the other 6 inches deep.
Optional — sew two lengths of ribbon to the top and two lengths of ribbon to the bottom edges for closures.