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  • 3/24/2021


    How to Make a Sewing Machine Organizer 






    Helping keep your sewing tools handy helps to keep your sewing time more efficient! Janome Artisan Maday Delgado from Sustainable Textiles Designs created a fantastic solution and tutorial using the limited edition 100 Anniversary Janome fabric!

    I’m so excited to share this easy sewing room organizer with you and I can’t believe it took me eleven years to make one! I used the Accuquilt Go cutting system to streamline the fabric cutting process. I also included two rulers that you can use instead, to create hexagons and triangles.

    With this organizer, you will have all of your favorite sewing notions visibly at your fingertips, maintain a tidy sewing table and celebrate Janome’s 100th anniversary. This project can be adapted to fit into any room or make into a table mat or larger quilt.



     Helpful Hints:

    I used 1/8” and ¼” seams throughout this project and ironed seams to the side.

    When you work with hexagons or half-hexagons, it helps to stitch units in rows vs a completed block, to avoid y-seams.

    Stitch length – 2 – 2.2”

    The triangles in this project are equilateral (all sides are equal). The stitching sequence is the same no matter what side we choose.

    Adjust the vinyl size if you would like to create deeper pockets.


    4 assorted color fat quarters or scraps

    Janome 100th Anniversary fabric – half a yard

    GO! Half Hexagon-4 1/2" Sides (4 1/4" Finished) Die

    GO! Equilateral Triangle-4 1/2" Sides (4 1/4" Finished) Die

    Quilt in a Day 60-degree Equilateral triangle Ruler (8 ½”) – Optional

    Hex N More Ruler by Jaybird Quilts – Optional

    Book – Simplicity by Gyleen Fitzgerald – Optional

    Clear vinyl or favorite color (7.5”x22”)

    Batting (28” square)

    Backing fabric (28” square)

    Coordinating 50wt cotton thread for top and bobbin

    Clips/fine pins

    Organ needle 90/14

    Machine Used

    Janome Continental M7 - with hp 1/4” foot/hp needle plate

    Cut triangles and half-hexagons (HH) using AccuQuilt dies

    6 Janome fabric triangles and HH, 6 triangles of print 2 (hearts), 6 triangles of print 3 (light blue), 3 HH of print 4 (dark blue), 3 HH of print 5 (geometrical cream)

    Make 6 units  – Join triangle and HH as shown below 



    When you have all of the pieces cut, arrange them on your design wall or on any flat surface to make sure you are happy with the layout.

    Taking a photo helped me to visualize the pieces that were out of order.



    Make 6 of the following unit – the triangle die, cuts perfect dog ears, matching the corners has never been easier.


    Add 3 dark blue HH to 3 of the above units and 3 geometrical cream HH to the remaining 3. Stitch the half-hexagons to print 2 (hearts). See below



    The finished large triangle units (60-degree equilateral triangle), are comprised of 3 triangles and 2 HH each.

    Stitch units in the order below, as rows. You will have two rows. The vinyl will be attached to most of the bottom row to create a pocket with compartments for tools.


    Use 1/8” seam allowance to stitch vinyl to the lower half of the hexagon and two sides. Pin using fine pins to hold it in place.




    Using the top as a guide, trim backing, and batting to the same size. Place organizer top and backing RST, batting on the bottom. Use pins or clips to keep layers together.




    Leave a 5” opening to turn the organizer right side out. It helps if the opening is left on the side that does not have the extra layer of vinyl.


    Push all corners carefully out after turning and topstitch 1/8” or ¼” from the edges.

    If you need to press the organizer, I recommend carefully ironing from the backside as to not melt the vinyl.



     Now you are ready to stitch/create the pockets of the organizer that will best accommodate the sewing tools you use regularly.



    Your organizer is ready to enjoy! As you can see below, it makes the perfect centerpiece for small tables as well.


    I recommended a book, under the supply list, that I think you would enjoy from an artist that loves to work with polygons. If you are curious about working with interesting shapes, this book will surely delight you.


    Happy Making!



  • 3/22/2021

    Welcome back to the Janome Rainbow Quilt Block of the Month designed by Janome Maker Carolina Oneta! We hope you had fun making Block One in this delightful Block of the Month! 



    This month we will make our second block, the Economy Block. The Economy Block is also known as a Square in a Square Block. The solid version is gorgeous but it is also a fun block to add a fussy cut in the center! 

    All the blocks in the Rainbow Quilt Block of the Month 2021will have a finished size of 12” finished so that means the unfinished size will be 12 1/2."

    Fabric Requirements:

     White background

    · Two 7” squares

    Light Pink (center)     

    · One 6 1/2” square

     Dark Pink

    · One  7 1/2” square






    • From the 7.5″ square cut corner to corner to create (4) triangles.
    • From the two 7″ squares, cut each square on diagonal to create (4) triangles

    Center the long edge of two of the smaller triangles on opposite sides of the center square and sew using a 1/4″ seam. Triangle tips will overhang the outside edges of the square.


    I recommend that to make sure that your triangles are centered, fold the long edge in half and make a little crease with your fingernails at the center. Do the same on all four sides of the center square. Match up crease marks to easily center the triangle.

    Press seams toward the outside triangles. Trim dog-ears. Repeat the process with the remaining 2 triangles, pressing seams toward the outside.


    Repeat the same process with the final 4 triangles, sewing two sides, pressing toward the outside, sew the remaining 2 triangles, press.



    Trim your block if it is necessary to 12.5” x 12.5”


    After you finish your block, please be sure to share a photo on our social media!

    Janome Sewing Classroom on Facebook




    Be sure to use the hashtags 

    #janomemakes + #rainbowquiltBOM2021 and tag @janomeamerica! 



















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