Monday, January 2, 2012

How To: Make a Hanging Organizer

Mom and I saw some hanging organizers in a small gift shop a few months ago that were selling for $25 and immediately knew that we could recreate them at a fraction of the cost. So, we decided to make a few for holiday gifts for her friends this year.

organizer_supplies_athomewithh You’ll need:

  • Frame of some sort – we used old wooden picture frames
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • Fabric of your choice – we used tea towels
  • Iron
  • Fusible hem tape
  • Nail head tack
  • Rubber mallet
  • Scissors
  • Needle-nose pliers

Step 1. Lay out your frame and the fabric to determine whether you need to trim the fabric. Make any cuts and then hem the cut side so that you have a crisp edge. We used fusible hem tape that you affix with an iron.

organizer_cut_athomewithh organizer_hem_athomewithh Step 2. Lay the fabric onto the frame to determine how big you want your pockets. When you’re satisfied with the pocket sizes/placement, carefully move the fabric onto the ironing board.  Since we used tea towels, our pocket sizes were limited. We made a smaller pocket on the top for coupons/stamps/etc. and a larger pocket at the bottom for mail/bills/etc.

organizer_pockets_athomewithhStep 3. Iron the fabric so that the pocket edges are crisp. Then, using fusible hem tape, fuse together the fabric so that each edge of the pockets are secure. You could also sew the edges but we couldn’t find the plug for the sewing machine so we used the hem tape instead.

organizer_hem2_athomewithh Step 4. Apply hot glue to the edge of the frame and press the fabric onto the frame.

organizer_glue_athomewithh Step 5. Using needle-nose pliers, hold the nail head tacks in place and then lightly hammer into place using a rubber mallet.  We attached a tack at each pocket corner and at the top and bottom edges of the frame.


organizer_withnails_athomewithh Step 6. Optional – add any embellishments. Mom wanted to stamp on hers so she stamped a saying on each organizer before we attached the picture hanger.

That’s it!  Total cost for Mom: approximately $3 per towel (we needed three) and $1.50 for a pack of tacks (one pack was used to make three organizers).


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