You could make it as large or as small as you want. A few things you could do with it...
- Store cords and chargers
- Attach straps and use it as a car caddy
- Make out of heavy mesh and use in the bathroom for things like hair brushes and bath toys
- Organize dolls and other toys
- Store shoes
- A small version could store essential oils
Here are the steps to make a customized one of your own!
- Rectangle of heavy fabric. Use canvas, or other decorator-weight fabric. Denim would work great. (The one I used was 30" x 18.")
- Package of bias tape. To determine how much you need measure around your rectangle and buy length accordingly. You can also make your own with this tutorial from coletterle.com (If you choose to make your own, be warned, this will not feel like a small project...)
- Strips of fabric the height you want the pockets. They should be at least 3" wider than the large rectangle to allow for the pleats.
- Eyelets or grommets and tool.
- Iron a 1/2" crease or a small rolled hem on the long sides of your strips. Topstitch the top end.
- Pin the first strip of fabric to your rectangle allowing at least two inches of space at the top. On the bottom of the strip make a small pleat where you want the middle of the pocket to be. Make the pleat large enough that you can sew over it easily.
- Repeat with the other strips.
- Trim edges so they match exactly
- Pin the bias tape around the edges. (If you haven't done this before you might need help on the corners. Here is a tutorial from fluffyland.com.
- Sew a straight line (you can mark it out with a pencil and a yard stick or other straight edge) up where you want the sides of the pockets. Stop at the top of each pocket to go back and forth to reinforce.
- Sew along the bottom of each strip of pockets close to the edge (I did 1/8"), reinforcing on each pleat.
- Topstitch on the bias tape at the same time securing the sides of the strips to the rectangle.
- Mark and tool eyelets or grommets. (The key to hanging one of these is to distribute the weight as evenly as possible. I used 7 and corresponded them to the screw-in rack I bought at the dollar store.)
Tip: Label the pockets for chaos control and ultimate utility.
Have you made any organizing progress lately? What did you do?