DIY Folksy Cross-Stitch Wall Organizer

DIY Folksy Cross-Stitch Wall Organizer

Wall orga­niz­ers are great for dress­ing up your work­space and keep­ing craft tools and mate­ri­als tidy. This vintage-style embroi­dered orga­nizer fea­tures a super cute & folksy doll with yarn braids and it’s per­fect for stor­ing your favorite hair­pins, cards, pens, scissors…

DIY Folksy Cross-Stitch Wall Organizer

Mak­ing the orga­nizer is a snap. I used cross-stitching to embell­ish the piece, but feel free to have fun adding felt for the doll’s face and trim to gar­nish the pock­ets if you don’t feel like embroidering.

DIY Folksy Cross-Stitch Wall Organizer

Your wall will light up with this fun & folksy organizer!

DIY Folksy Cross-Stitch Wall Organizer

Mate­ri­als

  • Print­able tem­plate with the cross stitch chart (down­load here)
  • Main fab­ric (14-count black Aida or any even­wave fabric)
  • Back­ing fab­ric (blue gingham)
  • Inter­fac­ing
  • Nee­dle & embroi­dery thread
  • Scis­sors
  • Tai­lors chalk or erasable marker/pen
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron
  • Wooden chop­sticks
  • String

For dec­o­ra­tion:

  • Yarn
  • Rick­rack, rib­bon, bias tape, trims…
  • Pom poms
DIY Folksy Cross-Stitch Wall Organizer

Step 1
Down­load and print the Wall hanger tem­plate and cut your fab­rics fol­low­ing instructions.

From the main fabric:

  • 1 piece 8.25 in. x 12 in. — this is the front panel
  • 1 piece 8.25 in. x 10 in. — these is the pock­ets piece.

From the back­ing fabric:

  • 1 piece 8.25 in. x 12 in.

From the interfacing:

  • 1 piece 8.25 in. x 12 in.
DIY Folksy Cross-Stitch Wall Organizer

Step 2
Let’s make the pock­ets piece first. Fold the piece fol­low­ing the tem­plate instruc­tions. Fold the ends over 1/4″ and top­stitch along the folds to make sim­ple hems.

Note: you can add a rick­rack or any other trim to the pocket tops as shown on the images. I’ve sewn a red rick­rack all around the edge of the oppo­site side bot­tom pocket to com­bine with the embroi­dered border.

DIY Folksy Cross-Stitch Wall Organizer DIY Folksy Cross-Stitch Wall Organizer

Step 3
Time to dec­o­rate and embroi­der! Find the cen­ter of the fab­rics and count holes to place and cen­ter cross stitch charts. Mark and draw designs.

I used a beau­ti­ful 14-count black even­wave fab­ric for needle­work. I worked “over two threads,” mean­ing when fol­low­ing the chart you would miss one hole and go into the next.

Stitches are quite big, easy for chil­dren and adults too! You can find cool cross-stitch guide­lines for begin­ners on this web­site, but if you don’t want to embroi­der you can dec­o­rate it using felt, but­tons, gog­gling eyes… what­ever you like!

I designed a smil­ing face for the front main panel, and for the pock­ets I made two cute bor­ders and lit­tle for­est fel­lows: a fox, a flower and a wild boar.

DIY Folksy Cross-Stitch Wall Organizer

Step 4
Place folded piece f0r the pock­ets onto the main panel once you’ve fin­ished dec­o­rat­ing. Pin and mark pocket divi­sions. Sew along these marks, attach­ing the pock­ets to the main panel.

DIY Folksy Cross-Stitch Wall Organizer

Step 5
Place loops of yarn all along front panel top. Take note that the yarn must be longer on top, to exceed the stitch­ing mark, to be well-sewn.

Fold inside bot­tom yarn loops ends, mak­ing sure they don’t reach the other stitch­ing mark.

Lay and line up the back­ing fab­ric and next, on top,  the inter­fac­ing piece, sand­wich­ing  the yarn between fab­ric lay­ers. Pin and stitch around all four sides using a 0.7-in. seam allowance, leav­ing a 2.5-in. open­ing for turn­ing the wall hanger right side out.

DIY Folksy Cross-Stitch Wall Organizer

Step 6
Turn it right side out.  Iron and hand-stitch to close your turn­ing open­ing. Style the doll’s hair, mak­ing two lovely braids using cute ribbons.

DIY Folksy Cross-Stitch Wall Organizer

Step 7
Cut four pieces of bias tape or other trim of your choice and stitch to the top of the back­ing piece (for pass­ing through the wooden chopstick).

Tie a cord and you’re done!

DIY Folksy Cross-Stitch Wall Organizer

Hang up your new wall orga­nizer. Fill in your cards, pens or craft tools, and attach a pair of fab hair­pins to her cute braids.

DIY Folksy Wall Organizer

Happy craft­ing :)