Sunday, July 20, 2008

Make your own Organizer.. tutorial

This is a tutorial that will teach you how to make a great organizer out of 2 place mats.  This is a fast and easy project, even for people who do not sew much.  Make sure the placemats you use are the same front and back.

The only concern for beginning seamstresses is that you use a heavy duty needle and sew slowly, since it will get pretty bulky.  

 Lay your two place mats  side by side.

Slide one placemat on top of the other one, with the top one two inches lower than the top one.
Fold the top placemat up, with the end coming up 2 inches below the top of itself.

Finally, fold the end up, which will be the bottom placemat.

O.K. you should have this sort of thing now.. Pin it on the sides.

You sew vertically, through all the layers.  Depending on how many pockets you want, you sew that many lines down the middle.  I made two seam lines up, which created three pockets on each level.  (9 pockets total)

Now you can hang this or put it in a drawer.  I plan to hang it in my craft room.  
Oh, and I bought the placemats at a garage sale: $.25 for the 2!  What would this go for on ebay?  


Laura said...

Would you look at that, how clever are you!!

Anonymous said...

Wow! I want to try that! I've been meaning to crochet myself a hook book, but this looks like something I would actually get done.
I love how crafty you are!

Anonymous said...

Way cool! You could use that for all kinds of things, too, not just knitting needles.

Anonymous said...

simple and elegant.....even a scrap_hag could do it! have just helped me with my first christmas present this year. wowsa

Unknown said...

What a fabulous project! I am a new to the sewing world, and this would be something I'd love to try to make myself! There would be many uses for these in our household! Thanks so much for posting this!

All the best,

Kathleen said...

This is so very creative. How would you feel if I mentioned your blog referring to this item in my blog?
Kathy from the Blig Blog

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing. Love your idea.

Bee said...

What a wonderful idea:) Thanks for sharing!

Unknown said...

I agree this is great, and just what I was looking for! My plan is toadd some straps and hang it over the back of my son's high chair for holding small toys, bibs,wipes, etc. Thanks!

gracielynn's said...

love that .. you did great pics and easy to follow directions :-)
Thanks so much,

hoofprints said...

Can i just say i am new to knitting and crocheting and have been searching the web to the point of exhaustion for something i can make to hold my knitting needles.Im just to knew to everything and I'd get halfway through reading patterns and say ahh forget it.thank you for ending my search..I can soooo do this. Your a genius..seriously..Im sending you the biggest hug..

Marietta said...

There are so many handy things one can make with placemats. I am on the hunt for them in every thrift store! Thanks for this's a winner with me.

SueBK said...

Thanks for the inspiration. I didn't have any placemats, so I fudged along making it up as I went with fabric:

Unknown said...

Such a fabulous task! I am a a novice to the stitching globe, and this would be some thing I'd wish to try to make personally! There'd end up being a lot of purposes of these in our house! Cheers a great deal with regard to posting this!
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tiantang said...

Thanks so much,

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Computer Nurse said...

nice and simple. Placemats are so durable. Even machine washable. I like it! I think I will add a third placemat to go along the back and fold over the top. Also add ties so I can roll it up and take anywhere.