For this simple project, I’ll give you the basic dimensions and steps to make your own CD Poket to hold 6 CDs with the finished size of 5 1/2″ x 7″. You can make yours larger or smaller by easily adjusting the amount of pockets.
- 29 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ piece of fabric or I just used 2 Fat Quarters
- Thick fusible interfacing, cardboard or batting (basically something to add shape and stiffness to your poket)
- Sewing machine
- Scissors, rotary cutter and mat
- Straight pins
*This tutorial is meant for personal use. Please don’t sell CD Pokets made from these instructions.
1. Cut one piece of each size from your fabric:
(A) 8 1/2 x 12 1/2 (This will be the back)
(B) 8 x 12 1/2
(C) 7 x 12 1/2
(D) 6 x 12 1/2 (This will be the front)
2. Hem pieces B, C & D along one long side:
Fold and press 1/4″ along the length of each piece.
Then fold and press 1″ to form the hem.
Sew the bottom edge of the hem on wrong side as close as possible to the edge. If you want, you can also stitch along the top of the hem for a crisp edge.
3. Sew seams for each pocket:
Place piece B on piece A with right sides facing up and the bottom edges lined up. Mark a parallel line 4″ from the top of piece B across the entire length of B. Sew A & B together along your line.
Place piece C on piece B as above and mark line again 4″ from the top of piece C. Sew A, B & C together along your marked line. (If your seams aren’t perfectly straight, like mine, you can simply adjust each piece to make your hems line up nicely. Just make sure you trim off any excess fabric on the sides and bottom so that all the layers match up with the bottom piece A. )
Place piece D on of all others. (You will not have to sew this one in place since it will be done when the bottom seam is put in.)
4. Pin layers together and with right sides together, fold in half. Pin again through all layers making sure the hemmed edges match up.
5. Starting at the bottom right corner, sew, (using 5/8″ seam allowance), across bottom, along raw edge and about a fourth of the way across the top. Leave a small opening for turning.
If you want all your seams to match and a nice tight pocket, also sew along the edge of the folded side.
6. Clip corners and turn right side out using a pencil to push out corners.
7. Cut interfacing to size that will fit inside your pocket.
Roll and stuff into poket. Straighten and smooth interfacing then iron entire poket.
8. Fold in raw edges of opening to match up with the seamed edge and pin. Sew along entire top as close to the edge as possible.
Yay, you’re done!
Please feel free contact me if you have any questions. If you make your own CD Poket using my tutorial, I’d love to see it! Please add your picture to the Flickr CD Poket group.