March 28, 2010

Voila!

Wow, i never expected to get so much helpful advice about organizing my drawer! Thank you so much. I was so impressed and inspired by all of your pointers that i just had to do something. Lookie at my drawer now (like magic, huh?):
You're wondering where it all went, right? Well, i can tell you it didn't go into the garbage can, or into the basement, or into a box, the garage, or another (bigger) drawer. No, no. You see, my sister had given me this cute hook a while back
(she got it at anthropologie):I didn't know where to put it...until now. So, i hung it on the back of the closet door in my studio and made this:A hanging organizer with custom-sized pockets to hold all that stuff from my drawer! Cute, huh!? It's basically a mini-quilt (about 15" x 20") with pockets on one side. For the backing, i used up a bunch of scraps so it's nothing to get too excited about — but i did add batting and do a quick "meander" to quilt it. Before i sewed the lines to divide the pockets into various sizes, i layed out all the items on top of the pocket fabric and marked the appropriate width. Also, i put a dowel across the top of the back for support. It's sewn into a fabric sleeve like this, and then the top straps (that loop around the door hook) are sewn around the dowel. Does that make sense? Would you like a detailed tutorial for this project? (subliminal message: please say "no" because otherwise i'm going to have to figure out how to explain what i did)

The great thing about this organizer is that i now know where everything is and, better yet, what it is. I even got out my colored Sharpies and labeled each cord (thanks for the idea, Mama Spark!)Now to figure out what to put in that empty drawer! But that will have to wait because i'm off to sew with Jennifer and Nancy over at Make & Mingle! Fun!

15 comments:

  1. Now that is one smart idea...which I will shamelessly copy and present as my own to hubby ;)

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  2. loving the verna organizer!!!!!!!!! See you in a minute..

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  3. great solution! what an excellent result from all of those ideas!

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  4. wow, that's a fantastic idea!

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  5. I'm off to make on of these (shamelessly) to use for a couple of different things. Love the idea and the look.

    Thanks.

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  6. so enjoyed meeting you today! that was a perfect gray-day-get-a-way, don't you think?
    beautiful site and blog. lovely work (and fabulous project), Kate!
    Charlotte

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  7. I love the idea of emptying a drawer and adding cuteness to the room all in one! And marking the cords--SMART!!

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  8. Great job Kate and such a smart idea! Look at you go!

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  9. Dang you are smart... will you be my friend? Hehe... great use of our favorite fabric line :)

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  10. Love your organizer...and love the idea about writing on the cords...maybe I'd better go back and read all the comments on that post to get more ideas...my goal this week for spring break is to do some organizing (and sewing)!

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  11. very cute.... just wait till you see what you inspired me to make...

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  12. Thanks so, so much for joining Jennifer and Nancy atthe Quilt Haiti quiltie love fest! I’m Tammy, and I have been corralling quilts to send to Haiti. Thanks again for opening your heart sharing of your talents. I wish I could have been there. xotammy

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  13. Wooooow! I need one of those now! Good job! And good on you for labeling your wires *thumbs up* :)

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