Grammy’s cute little note card organizer

My mother in law went to a bag party a few months ago and kept telling me about this cute little note card organizer that she saw there. She kept saying how she wished she had bought it to show me the design of it. So going by her explanation and the design of my own sewing bag, her little note card organizer was born. I have to say I love the way it turned out and of course now my little creative mind has come up with even more baskets for storing all of our goodies!

One side of the basket has slots for storing pencils, pens or markers.

While two sides of the organizer have pockets for storing note cards, envelopes or note pads.

Inside of the basket stores more note cards, plus I filled it with tape, white-out, scissors and other little goodies that she may use.

The organizer was pretty quick and easy to make. In case you are wondering, I will be sharing a tutorial for this cute little organizer for one of my upcoming fat quarter fridays. The basket is actually small enough to use up a few of our fat quarters. Just one more reason to love this little organizer. Of course the size of the basket can be adapted for storing larger items as well. I used terry cloth as my stabilizer. I was hoping to try a thin foam instead, but I didn’t get to the fabric store in time. I like the way the terry cloth gave the basket its shape and it is even firm enough to stand on its own. I think it worked great as a stabilizer but it was a little hard to work with at times because of its thickness in some spots. So I guess you could say I have a few kinks to works out still.

Just think of all the different baskets that can be made! I have already tweaked my design a bit, and have come up with a few other baskets that can be made for storing all our crafting goodies. Stay tuned!

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  1. runningchick says:

    I love this!

  2. Absolutely adorable! Can't wait for the tutorial – this would be perfect for my little granddaughter who has developed a love for writing in small notebooks!! She's only 2! Thanks for sharing! You're awesome!

  3. What a really great bag for organizing all of your stuff. I love it. I am your latest follower. I would love for you to come and check out my blog and follow me back at Thanks so much.

  4. fruitfulwords says:

    This is so adorable and functionable. I look forward to the tutorial. Having all my letter writing supplies in one place will make it much easier for me to stay on top of sending letters and cards. Love the choice of your fabric.

  5. Jessica at Me Sew Crazy says:

    i love love love this!!!! awesome bag! seriously!

  6. TheCraftInMe says:

    So cute and fun!

  7. This is so awesome! might inpsire more handwritten notes!

  8. Super cute! i am sure that she will love it.

  9. Natalie - Organized Habits says:

    Oh I love it! So cute and so useful!

  10. This is so cute i love it. I would love to see atutorial as i'd love to make my mum one tina x x

  11. seriously? i want this. you are ridiuclous.

  12. Nicole... given says:

    DAANNG probably the cutest and most functional thing i haver ever seen!

  13. Love this! I will be making one of these as soon as you put the tutorial on! Thanks for sharing it….did I mention I love the colors!?!

  14. Oh this is just perfect! Thank you so much for the "coming soon" tutorial – I can't wait!!!

  15. This is super cute! I can't wait for the tutorial!

  16. Awesome! I love it!

  17. Inspired Gal {Crafts} says:

    sewwwww cute that I'm going to have try to make one :0) Hopped you over from Tip Junkie's Tip Me Tuesday. I'm your latest subscriber :0)

  18. Stephanie Smith says:

    This is really cute. I recently did a crochet hook case on my blog.

  19. Wow! I can hardly wait for the tutorial on this project. Seriously Cute! I think I might have to start sewing again, just so I can make this!!

  20. Anonymous says:

    I am watching for the tutorial on this one…Way too cute..this would make a great end to the school year teacher gift.

  21. erika bailey says:

    tutorial please! oh please! i love this! i almost fainted with excitement xD

  22. Anonymous says:

    Your bag is great- I am staring at my sewing machine waiting for you to post your directions!!

  23. I love this! Did you ever do a tutorial?

  24. 2littlehooligans says:

    nikki, yes i did and called it the organizing tote basket. i just made it a little bigger the second time around, but the same design. look through my tutorials on my tutorial page and you will be able to find it. happy new year!

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  28. just found your blog – love this project. I couldn’t find any instructions listed on the tutorial page. I love the little (mass manufactured) square toted and would love to custom make one to better suit my needs. I do not have the step by step reasoning process that you have shown so well here. Please let me know if a tutorial is or will be available! Thanks so much for sharing! Keep up the good work!

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  30. Barbara says:

    I ADORE this and some similar baskets I have made and have plans to make in the near future. I always do practical things for myself and my family, and when I find things that cannot be bought which serve not only a useful purpose but beautify as well, I am one happy stitcher! I live in a retirement community full of elderly folks who are not computer literate, no longer sew, still need to buy gifts for their loved ones, and who really love new and unusual items like this for themselves and those Christmas gifts that they are often not able to go shopping for. We have one huge craft sale per year so they can do it all in our large clubhouse and not have to go out into the town’s stores. Those of us who can, do sew items for them to buy inexpensively, and I think that some similar little baskets (perhaps a bit simpler) will fit this year’s needs very, very well. I would make them for friends, and put in a few teabags, some sweetener packets, and a new mug for those who aren’t feeling well, and some with comfort items for a hospital stay which is also a frequent occurrence here. Last year I made a similar one to hold a Ball brand Elite pint jar (short and squatty), and the basket also serves as a microwaveable hot pad for the jar, and the handles make it easy to carry from kitchen to table, even when one hand is unavailable, as in my case sometimes. I’ve used the warm and natural type of batting in those, but I think new ones will get some cotton flannel as a stabilizer in order to cut down on bulk. Little baskets don’t need much to be stable. Next up at my house is one to hold a few diapers, diaper cream and wipes for my newest grandson whose birth is imminent, so I’d better get busy! Thanks for the new idea that would be great for the elderly, but kids as well, if I tuck in some crayons, stubby scissors, a glue stick, some stickers, erasers, and other craft items that the grandies love to get from me. Thanks for inspiration for many more! (((Hugs!)))

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