Chic Mama Stroller Organizer

Hello again, it’s Jennie from Clover & Violet and I’m here today with a fun project for those with little ones!  As a busy mom, I am always looking for ways to incorporate quilting with fun and function, so today I’m sharing my quilted stroller organizer.

1 {Coquette} Charm Pack
1/2 yard Small {Flowers} Print
1/2 yard Large {Paisley} Print
1 yard Fusible Woven Interfacing
1 – 10″ zipper
1 – 16″ zipper
10″ Stem-a-Seam {optional}
20″ – 5/8″ Velcro
6 Mini Anorak Snaps & Snap Tools

Begin by selecting 27 charms, cut 6 in half  for 12 – 2 1/2″ x 5″ pieces, from one 2 1/2″ x 5″ rectangle, cut a 2 1/2″ square.

Sew the charms into seven rows of three whole squares and one half as shown.  Sew one additional row out of three 2 1/2″ x 5″ rectangle and one 2 1/2″ square.  Cut the rows of whole charm squares in half lengthwise.  Arrange the rows as shown into 12 rows for the body of the organizer and 3 rows for the pocket.

Optional:  The stroller I made this for is a convertible with a lower, second seat.  So, I’ve added these three toy loops so my little one can have toys.

Cut an additional charm square in half and use the leftover piece from the 2 1/2″ x 5″ rectangles for the loops.  Fold the pieces in half longways, right sides together, stitch long seam, turn right side out, and fold in half.  Sew the loops to one of the center rows of the organizer.  Continue sewing all the rows together to form the main panel.  Sew the three pocket rows together and set aside.

Fuse one 16″ x 25 1/2″ piece of woven interfacing to the wrong side of the patchwork panel and quilt as desired {I used random horizontal and vertical lines}.  Note: for a more quilted look, use fusible fleece or batting.  I chose the woven interfacing because I wanted my organizer to be lightweight.

From the small print half yard, cut one 10″ x 19″ rectangle for the zipper pocket.  Line one 10″ edge up with the first row of strips on the main organizer, right sides together, pin in place.  One inch below the edge of the pocket piece, draw an 8 1/2″ x 5/8″ rectangle.  Stitch around the rectangle.  Then, carefully cut a slit down the middle of the stitched box, clipping toward the corners.  Push the pocket piece through the opening and iron.

Cut the strip of Steam-a-Seam in half and fuse to the right side of the zipper.  Remove paper and fuse zipper to the inside of the pocket.  Using the zipper foot, stitch in place.  Fold the pocket piece in half and stitch around three sides as shown.  I stitched through the bag front as well, to give the pocket the largest amount of room.

Next, take the pieced pocket panel that was set aside, fuse a 16″ x 6 1/2″ rectangle of interfacing to the back.  From the small flower piece, cut one 16″ x 6 1/2″ rectangle, this is the pocket lining.  Layer the pocket piece and lining right sides together.  Sew along the top and bottom edges, leaving the sides open.  Turn right side out, press.  Then quilt in the same manner as for main organizer.

Following the manufacturer’s directions punch holes for the snaps on the pocket panel and the main organizer.  I positioned mine at 1/4″ from the bottom of the third row of tiles on the main organizer, 6″ from each edge.  When punching the holes on the main organizer, be sure not to punch through the zipper pocket piece.  Punch matching holes on the pocket.  I use Fray Check around my punched holes to keep them in place.  Apply snaps.

Snap the pocket piece to the main organizer.  Then stitch 1/8″ and 1/4″ from the bottom edge of the pocket to secure in place.

From the small flower cut two 2″ x WOF strips for the ties.  Sew, right sides together, along the long seam, back stitching at beginning and end.  Turn right side out.  Position the ties 3/4″ from edge, with an equal length of fabric on the top and bottom of organizer. 

Stitch the tie down.  I stitched mine in three boxes, 1/2″ from top, right above the pocket, and right below the pocket, that way I could hang a clip for my keys, shopping bags, or sunglasses from the loops.

Cut the Velcro into two 10″ lengths.  Sew the hook side to the back of the organizer, 3/4″ from the edge.  Cut the loop portion of the Velcro into four 5″ pieces.  For my stroller I measured 7″ for the ties to hook around the handles.  Pin Velcro in place and trim tie to 1/2″ longer than Velcro.  Fold the 1/2″ under the Velcro for a finished edge.  Stitch in place.  Note: I added snaps to my organizer ties for sturdiness, since my baby will be sitting under it.  However, the Velcro allows me to move it to different strollers and adjust the ties.

From the large flowers cut two 16″ x 12 1/2″ for the lining and two 16″ x 7″ for the inside pocket.  Construct the pocket as for outside pocket, omitting interfacing and quilting.  Place the pocket on one inside lining piece.

Divide pocket in thirds and sew along lines to create three pockets.  Note, if you use specific cups or bottles, adjust your pocket widths accordingly.

To install the top zipper, place the zipper face down on the outer piece.  Note:  Make sure the zipper pull is on the same side of the organizer as the smaller zipper’s.  Place one lining piece, right sides together, on top of the main organizer.  Use the zipper foot to sew near the zipper.  Turn right sides out, then place zipper, face down, on other side of main organizer.  Layer lining as before, sew.

Place the lining right sides together and the main organizer right sides together, pin zipper tape toward lining.  Stitch along the sides of organizer and lining with a 1/2″ seam allowance.  Stitch along the bottom of the lining, leaving a 4″ opening.  Turn right sides out through the opening.  Stitch the opening closed near the edge of the lining.  Then, just tuck the lining inside the organizer and zip!

Optional:  As I mentioned before, I chose to add snaps to secure my organizer when using my double stroller.  I added the snaps after sewing the organizer together, to help keep the lining in place on the inside.  I placed the snaps right above and below the Velcro, as shown.

One fun organizer sure to spice up any stroller and carry everything you need on hand!

{Clover & Violet}