Sewing for home organization

—By Heather

Like many of you, I have made a New Year’s Resolution to get organized around my home. One of the first problem spots we tackled over the holiday break was our entryway. A few trips to the hardware store solved the biggest problems of backpack and coat storage but we still didn’t have a suitable place for things like hats, gloves and scarves. While shopping for containers and not finding anything that would really suit my needs, it occurred to me that the perfect solution was only as far as my sewing room.

Our closet door is very narrow, so I needed something that would fit that odd shape. I decided to make some small hanging totes/cubbies for the inside of the door. I took some quick measurements and in two hours I had a perfect little boxed-bottom container. Then I added two grommets to the back and hung it using adhesive hooks.

It is small but holds quite a few hats and gloves. Win! As of this writing I have only finished one. The other three, each with an identifying initial on the front are soon to follow.

I didn’t use a pattern here but if you need one, the internet abounds with wonderful and creative storage solutions that you can sew. We also carry several books in the store which feature nice home organizing projects: 1-2-3 Sew, Simple Sewing by Lotta Jansdotter and Growing Up Sew Liberated.

Or better yet, follow Melissa’s soft box tutorial. We use varying sizes of these around the store and they are so great. Happy organizing!