This week we’re going to focus on making your stitching life easier with some easy fixes. Yesterday we looked at some lifehacks for needlepoint. Today we are going to look at some great ideas and tutorials for making needlepoint organization and storage. Tomorrow we’ll look at ways to repurpose ofther items for needlework organization. Thursday we’ll have a round-up of lifehacking posts on this blog (DIY tools, organization idea, tips, mobile apps, etc.).
Make Custom Storage for Charts & Magazines
Do you love charted canvas? Do you have years of magazine around? Using decorative brackets and some simple woodworking skills, you can make s custom and beautiful storage rack.
The tutorial, from This Old House, requires basic woodworking skills, but you could make this rack any size and color you like. Doesn’t it look as if it would cost a fortune in some catalog?
Customize Ready-made Storage
KEA makes some great small wooden storage units, but they are unfinished wood (very dull). Why not customize yours in a style of your choosing? Go to the craft store and buy some scrapbook paper in styles and colors you like. Buy a pad or individual sheets. Make sure you have enough for each drawers, the top and both sides. Buy labels, embellishments (if you like), and Mod Podge.
Remove the drawers. Cut out the paper to fit each drawer, including the covering the opening to pull it. Brush surface with Mod Podge and put on paper. Write the contents on the label using a waterproof pen and let dry. Put it onto the drawer front and Mod Podge over everything. Let dry and add another coat.
When dry, add embellishments if you have them.
Repeat with all the drawers then with the top, front, if needed, and sides of the unit.
After everything is dry, reassemble and add your supplies.
Make Fabric Boxes & Baskets
Maybe you love those Atenti fabric Baskets but can’t afford them. Maybe you have a place for cubbies but hate the bins you can find. You can make your own fabric storage easily. The blog, Skip to my Lou, has a round-up of 10 great fabric storage tutorials. While most of them require sewing, some just need you to be handy with glue skills.
Buy some fabric you like, even use up scraps, and make your own storage.
Make your own “Sweet” Tool Storage
You’re see those tool storage pieces that are roses where you stick your tools into the spirals. This is a great free pattern from Just Another Button Company that creates a swirl of ice cream using Weeks Dye Works felt.
Tolls and scissors go between the swirls, counting pins, get stuck into the swirls.
Make Fabric Baskets
These great baskets are a craft first seen in the 80′s in “country” decorating magazines. Easy to make, and easy to customize with your fabric choice, fabric-wrapped baskets can be made in most any size and require no sewing skills because you assemble the basket as you wrap by wrapping the cords together every 1″ or so, or by using hot glue. You can also use a strong thread such as linen or pearl cotton to ties together cords every inch or so.
THe secret to making it is that giant cording. It’s the same stuff used to make fabric cording on pillows, just big. For thinner wraps (or smaller baskets) you can use cotton clothesline.
Using bias-cut fabric strips you wrap the cording then you wind it into a basket. You can make a more rustic look by tearing the fabric into 1″ strips.
Leave off the handle for thread storage that fits nicely on shelves.
You can make them any size. Wouldn’t these on some open shelves be a lovely way to display skeins of thread?
This tutorial shows you how.