Fat Quarter Friday {Wrapping Paper Organizer Tutorial}

I’m so excited about today’s Fat Quarter Friday project. Like, I’m mildly obsessed with it, seriously! It just may be my most favorite thing I have ever made. See, I have been wanting a wrapping station for like… well, for forever. But all the ones I have wanted are just way too pricey for me. So the other day when I was reading my Flea Market Style magazine I saw the most in-genius wrapping paper bin made from an old wooden kitchen stool. Oh yes, I was in LOVE with this idea! It is cheap, practical, and oh so cute! I really should have taken a picture of the stool for you, but truly you should all just go and buy this magazine. It is great! I hardly buy magazines these days, but this one is always a must!So basically their wrapping paper bin was an old kitchen stool turned upside down. On the bottom of the seat part they added casters so that it could easily roll around. Inside of the stool they placed a bag made from fabric to hold all of the wrapping paper. Then they added some little S-hooks to the rungs of the stool to hold scissors in place. Yes, their idea was simply brilliant! BRILLIANT! So I came up with my own design inspired by their wrapping paper bin. My wrapping paper organizer fits my needs perfectly and hope it will fit your wrapping needs as well or at least inspire you to make one that will fit your needs. So enough explaining about this wrapping paper organizer, lets make one!

Wrapping Paper Organizer Tutorial

(allow 2+ hours to make)

Materials Needed:

* Kitchen stool. Keep your eyes open for one at the thrift store or yard sales. I used a stool we had but were no longer using. I actually bought it a few years ago at Walmart for about $20.  

* Fabric: To make two larger bags and two smaller bags like I did you are going to need about 2 1/2 yards of fabric or one $5 twin flat sheet from Walmart. Of course you will need more fabric depending on the size of your stool and the design of your fabric chosen. Read below to see how to determine the amount of fabric needed.

* 4 Casters. You can buy these at any hardware store.

* 2 packages of bias tape or about 4 yards of homemade bias tape. (Of course you could use ribbon as well.) And really the amount needed depends on how long your want your ties to be.

My stool was a light colored wood that I no longer like so I sprayed it white. Now here is how you determine how much fabric you are going to need. Take and lay your stool on its side. Measure from right under the seat part to the bottom of the last rung. Mine measured 18″ long. Now measure the length between the legs at the widest part of the legs. Mine measured 12″ at the widest part. Another way to measure is to lay a piece of fabric down on the table and then lay the stool (on it’s side) on top of that piece of fabric. Then trace onto the fabric right under the seat and then trace on the bottom of the last rung. Then trace on the outer edges of the legs of the stool. Confused? It’s actually really easy and once you see the second picture below you will totally understand what I mean. See the piece of fabric below? This is the piece that I traced out and cut. You are going to want to cut out a piece of fabric like so as well. Now you are going to need 4 pieces cut like so to make one bag. Which means you are going to need 12 pieces the same exact size to make a gift wrapping organizer just like mine. So measure your piece of fabric or use your measurements to determine the amount of fabric needed. I actually used a $5 sheet from Walmart, but by my calculations I came up with about 2 1/2 yards needed per stool for a stool my size. But to be certain, do the math yourself by your measurements.Cut out your 12 pieces of fabric per your measurements. Take two pieces of fabric and sew right sides together on the sides and the bottom. Leave the top (widest part of bag) open. See picture below.Now you want to square off the edges to give the bag shape. To do this, fold your bag out like shown below.  Now measure in about 1 1/2″ from the tip of the bag. Draw a line across. Sew on the lines you just drew.Trim off the excess fabric.Now your bag has shape. Make 3 more bags like you just did. You will want a total of 4 bags with 4 pieces of fabric left over. The remaining 4 pieces will be cut later to make the smaller bags.Now gather your bias tape.You are going to cut your bias tape or ribbons to the length that you want your ties to be. I cut 6 pieces of bias tape 24″ long. Now top stitch your bias tape shut.Measure in 2″ from the edge of your bag on both sides. This is where you will want to attach your bias tape. Fold bias tape in half. Place folded part of bias tape on top of marks and tack in place. Now take one of your bags and turn it wrong side out. Place right side out bag that has ties inside. Pin both bags together at top.Sew around top while leaving an opening for turning right sides out.Turn bag right side out through opening.Press and top stitch around top edge.Now tie the bag onto the stool.Repeat with the other two bags.Now gather the remaining 4 pieces of fabric and fold in half like below. Cut on folded edge.Now you have 4 pieces of fabric in two different sizes. 4 smaller pieces and 4 bigger pieces. The two different sizes will give you the two different sized bags. So just like before, you are going to make 2 bags from the four pieces of fabric. Just make sure you are sewing the same sized pieces together.

Attach all of the bags to the stool and attach your 4 casters to the seat of the stool. Space them out evenly on the edges of seat.Now gather all of your wrapping supplies and start filling those bags.Use the rungs of the stool without a bag to store your folded tissue paper on.Place your wrapping paper in the middle.Use the smaller pockets to hold your siscors, tape, hole punch, cards, tags, pens, markers or any of your smaller items.And use the larger pockets to hold your ribbons, boxes or bags.

So what do you think? LOVE it?I know I do! Big Thanks to Flea Market Style for the great idea!*Just remember all of my tutorials are for PERSONAL use only! Please feel free to use any of my pictures, just link back and give credit where credit is due, thanks!*

Another amazing GIVEAWAY from Blue Sky!

I’m so excited to have been given the chance to review and host another giveaway for Blue Sky. This time I was sent a few products from their new line of calendars and planners from Egg Press for Blue Sky. I’m telling you, these planners are simply beautiful! The new collection comes in a range of sizes, colors and formats to suit all of your needs.

And will be available in all Target stores beginning November 1, 2011, just in time for the Holidays.
These planners offer plenty of writing space while still giving you a modern look and feel with lots of bright colors. Plus, they are still small enough to store in a purse or bag. If you are anything like me I cannot go anywhere without my planner.
The pages are uncluttered and so fresh looking.
And are set up in a simple but very usable manner.
This is one of my favorites in the collection. It is the Egg Press Heartflower Weekly/Monthly Planner 5″ x 8.” It comes in a durable wire-o binding planner and is the perfect size for storing in a bag, but still has plenty of room for keeping track of ones busy schedule.
I love how they paired the bright yellows and greys together in a wire-o binding. I’m a big fan of being able to fold my planners over when out and about instead of having the whole planner open all at once. I have found that I like to use my planner for everything. And with all of the recent home improvements lately I have been using by planner to store all of my paint chips and fabric swatches in. It works perfectly to have everything in one convenient place. That way I am not juggling a bunch of different books when I’m in the stores shopping and can spend more time juggling these 3 kids of mine.
And for those of you that prefer to use a larger calendar they also offer desk pads, spiral wall calendars and tablet calendars. They come in the fresh modern looking designs just like their smaller planners.
This is the Egg Press Garden Monthly Calendar. It is perfect for use on a desk, wall or in a binder. I can totally picture this calendar in one of my fabric 3 ring binders, how cute would that be?! So are you just as excited about these planners as I am? Want to win one of your own?

You have 2 chances to win!
**Just make sure you leave a separate comment for each chance to win.**

1. Head on over to Blue Sky to see which planner from the new Egg Press line would work best for you and your busy life.

2. “Like” the Blue Sky Face book page.

Giveaway will end Sunday November 13, 2011.

Blue Sky Giveaway.

I was contacted by Blue Sky a few weeks ago wondering if I would be interested in sampling a few of their products along with conducting a giveaway on my blog. I am usually hesitant about doing such things, but once I had a little peek at their products I was sold immediately, plus I knew that you all would love the chance to sample a few of their products as well.

Have you heard of Blue Sky? If not, Blue Sky is a new line of calendar-based organizing products designed especially for busy, modern households. The collection includes 14 different products – most featuring dated calendars and all under $10 – that can be mixed and matched to meet the organizing needs and lifestyles of busy families. Their new line will be available for purchase in Target stores this July.

Here is the bundle of samples I received in the mail the other day (insert squeal)! Oh yes, I love these checklists, note pads and planners. I cannot wait to wrap open those door pads! I foresee lots of fun notes for Daddy from the kiddo’s with these.

The colors are wonderful and I love nice clean simple designs of them.
How cute is this grocery checklist?! I just wish my coupon organizer was large enough to hold this pad. I just may need to make a new one now.
And this is the greatest little “notebook!”
It is full of checklists and pockets. Plus it is small enough to fit right inside of your bag. Oh and there is a whole section that is just orange…does it get any better then that?

Then there is this great weekly/monthly planner. Now I’m not going to lie here, I love my Erin Condren planner and I still use everyday. I have nothing negative to say about it except the price was a bit steep. So if your not willing to pay the $50+ that I did on a planner, then this is the one for you!
It has more then enough room to write all of your activities/appointments for the day.
And even has an extra little space for notes each week.
I love these pages. A monthly calender and your to do lists all in the same place. How convenient is that?!

So who would love to sample a set for themselves? You have two chances to win. Giveaway will end August 1, 2011.

To enter:

1. Leave me a comment.

2. “Like” the Blue Sky Face book page for an additional entry.

**All the opinions in this post are mine and mine alone. I was contacted by Blue Sky to simply sample and conduct a giveaway. They did not asked me or require me to write a review. I however choose to do one, because I felt that many of you would be interested in their products.**

How to make a bubble station.

We spend a lot of time blowing bubbles in this house, so in turn we make a lot of messes with bubble solution. You know the deal, each kid wants their own wand and their own glass to dip into…baby included. So this momma fills 3 glasses with bubble solution and in about 2 minutes all of their glasses are spilled over and they are asking for more. Soon that large bottle of bubble solution is gone. So it was either come up with an easier way for us to enjoy blowing bubbles or buy stock in bubble solution. So this is what my never-ending-crafty-brain came up with.

The ultimate bubble station.

It was a no-brainer to use canning jars since we use them for EVERYTHING in this house, plus they are the perfect size for holding bubble solution and are easy for the kiddo’s to dip into. But the best part about using canning jars is that since the kiddo’s wont be spilling their bubble solution, all I have to do is screw the lids on the canning jars once they are finished and we have the remaining bubble solution ready for next time.

I can’t tell you enough how much I love this little bubble station of ours. It has really turned bubble time into something fun and not something I used to dread.

As you can see, the design is super simple. The top board is large enough for 5 holes and thick enough so that the canning jars wont tip over. The bottom piece of wood is a piece of ply-wood and is there just to keep the canning jars from falling out.

To cut the holes, the hubby simply used a hole saw that was slightly larger then a canning jar.

Once the boards were cut out I sanded and painted the two pieces of wood…orange of course. And as you can see, I’m not the best as sanding or rather, I’m very impatient. But really, if you are going to make one, take the extra time to do a better job sanding then I did. You will be thankful you did. Then after a few coats we screwed the boards together from underneath so that the screws wouldn’t show.

And there you have it, our perfect little bubble station!

Of course this little caddy isn’t used just for blowing bubbles. A caddy made for holding canning jars can be used for ANYTHING! Just think of all of the goodies that can be stored in this little caddy. I already have used it for holding candles, flowers, drinks and kids snacks.

Organizing Tote Basket {tutorial}

Phew, it’s finally finished! This was one of those projects that I never thought I would finish. In all honesty, it is a fairly quick and simple project. Its just like making a basket or a bag, but with adding large pockets on the outside before sewing it all together. This little organizer can be used in so many ways. I just love it! The first one that I made was for my mother in law and she uses it to organize all of her note cards and stationary, see it here. But you can use it anywhere to store anything. Use the same basic design to make a bigger or smaller one. You could even make a round one! I’m hoping that I will be back on my sewing feet again soon because I have plans to make a ton of these! Sorry about the spacing of the pictures and wording. I had a hard time getting everything to line up properly. It still drives me nuts, but I finally had to give in and leave it to be. Hopefully this doesn’t make it harder to follow, just let me know.
Organizing Tote Basket Tutorial

(Allow 3-4 hours to complete)

Materials Needed:

* cotton fabric about 1 yard

*fat quarter of flannel fabric or light weight stabilizer

*1/2 yard of terrycloth, fleece or medium weight stabilizer

*70″ of bias tape or make some if you have enough fabric.

Cut the following from the cotton fabric: (Make sure you letter each piece of fabric as you cut them out. It will make assembling the organizer much easier.)
A: 6 pieces at 9 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ (sides and bottom of organizer)
B: 4 pieces at 7 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ (sides of organizer)
C: 2 pieces at 9 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ (side pockets)
D: 1 piece at 7 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ (side pocket with slots)
2 pieces at 17″ x 3″ (handles)
Cut the following from terrycloth, fleece or medium weight stabilizer:
A: 3 pieces at 9 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ (sides and bottom)
B: 2 pieces at 7 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ (sides)
Cut the following from the flannel or lightweight stabilizer:
1 piece at 7 1/2″ x 5 1/4″ (stabilizer for the pocket with slots)
2 pieces at 9 1/2″ x 5 1/4″(stabilizer for the longer pockets)
**Bias tape**
You will need about 70″ of bias tape. You can either buy some bias tape or make it yourself. I had plenty of fabric so I made my own bias tape.
For now you will be working with just the following pieces: the bias tape, the 3 pieces of flannel, 2C pieces & 1 D piece.

Fold one C piece in half, wrong sides together with the 9 1/2″ x 5 1/4″ piece of flannel folded in the middle. Iron flat.

Cut off a 9 1/2″ piece of bias tape.
Unfold the bias tape. Place the top edge of the bias tape onto the folded edge of the fabric.
Sew bias tape on. If you are using homemade bias tape, do not sew in the ditch, sew in a little bit. If you are using store bought bias tape line up the shorter side on the top edge and sew in the ditch.
Now fold bias tape up.
And over, then fold edge raw edge under. Sew bias tape as close to the edge as possible.

Here is what your first finished piece will look like.
Repeat with the other C piece and 9 1/2″ x 5 1/4″ piece of flannel. Once that is finished, repeat the same steps but with the D piece and the 7 1/2″ x 5 1/4″ piece of flannel. Your three finished pieces should look like this now. These are going to be the pocket pieces on your organizer. Take the D pocket piece that you just made and measure how wide you want your slots to be. You can make them as wide as you want, depending on what you will be using them for. I made my slots 1″ apart with one larger slot. Make sure when you are making your marks that you figure in for the 1/2″ sew seam on both sides of the pocket.
It’s hard to see, but I started by measuring in 1/2″ and then measured 1″ for my slots. I ended up with 6 slots and one of them was a little larger due to my measurements.
Take a marker and draw your lines down vertically. Gather a B piece of fabric and place the pocket piece on top of the B piece of fabric. Pin in place and sew down the vertical lines to make your slots.
Your pocket piece should look similar to this one now. OK, this is where the lettering of each piece of fabric comes in handy. Gather three pieces of A, one piece of B and the B pocket piece, along with all of the terry cloth or medium weight stabilizer. Lay out all of your pieces like so with the terrycloth or medium weight stabilizer underneath each of the pieces of fabric shown. Pin the 2 pocket pieces C (C pocket pieces are the ones that you just made above with the bias tape) in place on top of the two side A pieces like below. Make sure the bottom of the C pocket pieces are even with the bottoms of the A side pieces.

Now, working with the A pocket piece and the A bottom piece pin right sides together.
Make sure you start a 1/2″ in from the edge and end a 1/2″ in from the edge. This will make it easier for the sides of the organizer line up evenly when sewing them all together. Just trust me on this one.
Sew top edge.
See? Make sure you back stitch at the beginning and the end a few times as well.
Now attach the other A pocket piece to the other side of the A bottom piece.
Your pieces should look like this now. All the A pieces are connected and the B pieces on the sides.
If you need to straighten up the edges a little bit. You want to make sure everything is kept straight.
Pin the B piece onto the A bottom piece and sew in place.
And repeat with the other B pocket piece that has the slots.
All 4 sides should be sewn in place now. (Sorry guess I forgot to take a picture of all the sides attached.)
Now it is time to sew the sides all together to make a basket. Take any two sides that are beside one another and pin right sides together. Make sure you line them up very straight starting at the bottom edge of the organizer.
Sew edge. Make sure you start and end at the edge, do not start the 1/2″ in here. Also make sure you back stitch a few times near the bottom piece. You want it to be strong, since that is going to be the bottom of your organizer.
Repeat with remaining sides by pinning and sewing in place. It does not matter which order you sew them together in.

Now you have the outside of your organizer all finished. Turn right side out.

Now it is time to make the lining of the organizer. You are going to repeat the same steps that you just did in making the outside of the organizer, but this time you are only working with the cotton pieces of fabric and no stabilizer or batting.
Gather the remaining A & B pieces and lay them out like before.
Like before, sew the bottom piece A to a side piece A.

Remember to start and stop sewing 1/2″ from the edges.

Now sew together the last A piece to the other side of the A bottom piece.

Now sew the B side pieces on.
All four sides should be sewn onto the the middle (bottom) piece now.
Should look like this now.
Begin by lining up the sides and sewing in place, like you just did with the outside of the organizer. Remember you don’t need to sew them together in any particular order.
Now you have the inside of the organizer all finished.
Place the inside of the organizer into the outside of the organizer, wrong sides facing.
Gather the rest of your bias tape. Now you are going to sew the inside and the outside of the organizer together around the top by using the bias tape.
Start by folding one edge of the bias tape in and ironing it flat. You will be working with the folded edge of the bias tape first. Pin the bias tape in place all around the top edge of organizer.
Sew bias tape in place starting at the folded edge and ending at the folded edge. Allow the unfinished edge of the bias tape to overlapp the begining folded edge of the bias tape a little.

See how I covered up the folded edge of the bias tape a little bit?

Fold bias tape up, over and under.
Pin bias tape in place
And sew. Like before, sew as close to the edge as possible.

Now gather the 2 pieces of fabric that are 17″ x 3″. It is time to make the handles.
Fold right sides together and stitch all around leaving a 2″ space in the middle for turning right side out.
Turn right side out and iron flat. Top stitch all around handle.
Sew handles in place where desired.

Attach the handles on by sewing a box to make them stronger. You can see I sewed a little spot at the top of the organizer on the bias tape to keep the handles in place better.

If you want, take and sew the handle together into itself to make them smaller. Measure up about 2″ away from edge of bag, fold edges together and stitch.
And that is it! Your finished!

I love this little organizer! Not sure what I will be storing in it yet or if I will even keep it for myself. I just couldn’t help but throw my yarn and knitting goodies in there. The colors just looked too good not too!

**Please feel free to use this tutorial for your personal sewing projects. Feel free to use any pictures, I just ask that you link back and give credit where credit is due.**
If you have any questions or comments please contact me, I would be more than happy to help you out. And remember to add your photo’s to my flickr group if you make one, I would love to see it!
Happy Sewing!

finally finished!

Wow, I never thought I would finish this cute little organizing tote that I started weeks ago, but I finally did. Oh and I just love the way it came out. Now all I have to decide what to use it for. I go back and forth on using it for my knitting goodies or for organizing my stationary. It would also be great for the kids coloring supplies too. So many possibilities! The tutorial is half finished and my fingers are crossed that I will be able to share it will all of you this friday.


Gosh, I sure have missed sitting in front of that sewing machine of mine.

**smitten**

I am completely **smitten** over this new monthly planner of mine! I first learned of the erin condren planner from i heart organizing. I’m kinda fussy when it comes to my planners and always find myself switching to a new one every few months because I can never find the right one. Well after much contemplating I finally spent the money and bought one of the erin condren monthly life planners. It is everything I have ever wanted from a planner and then some.

It arrived wrapped & packaged in the cutest little box along with a few freebies.

Of course I chose an orange cover, but they have a ton of other colors and cute designs to choose from as well.

I decided to buy just the monthly planner with lots of blank pages for my blog ideas and etsy shop. This way I can keep everything in one spot instead of carrying around 3 different books.

There are more than enough lined and blank pages to make lists and sketch ideas on.

And has two sheets of these brightly colored little sticky notes. You can use them as stickers, labels or for page tabs…LOVE!

There are two pockets for holding loose pieces of paper as well as a plastic zipper pouch for holding smaller items that are always falling out of my previous planners.

To keep all my blog ideas in one spot, I printed off these FREE printables from i heart organizing. Jen has the most amazing organizing blog and is offering some free printables for the rest of the month, so head on over there before the month is over.

I just love how perfectly her printables coordinate with my new planner. So how do all of you keep your blog ideas, etsy shop, and sketches organized? Please do share if you have any great tips!

fat quarter friday {getting organized}

Since I won’t be able to post a tutorial today, let’s talk about storing and organizing those cute little fat quarters instead. You can see here that all of my fabric is neatly organized in dresser drawers. I have to admit, I don’t have a ton of fat quarters like some of you out there, but I still needed a way to organize them.

I neatly folded each fat quarter and used 2 baskets from The Dollar Store. Nothing exceptionally pretty or inventive, but it was cheap and it works.

So let’s see how others organize their fat quarters and what types of products are out there to help us get organized, shall we?

Products to buy for storing fat quarters:

Fons and Porter Jumbo Fat Quarter Box

Fat Quarter Tote

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Janet Basket Aluminum Frame Bag

Did any of you know that Marie Osmond has her own fat quarter organizing system? Basically you buy these cardboard cards that you neatly wrap your fat quarters around and then secure the fat quarters in place with a fabric band.

Then once all of your fat quarters are neatly wrapped and secure, they can either be stored in this portable tote bag,

or in this fat quarter storage box.

The Marie Osmond fat quarter organizing system can be found here.
This is a great system for those of you traveling with your sewing goodies (hmm, like Marie Osmond) or if you take a lot of sewing classes.

Neatly fold those fat quarters and store them in this portable plastic case.

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ArtBin Super Satchel

Here is one of my favorites that I found, a Clip It Up Base Unit. How adorable would this filled with all of your favorite fabrics stored on a shelf or cabinet?!

Or if you rather store them using the Clip It Up system on a wall.

SWOON! Am I right?! You can read more about the Clip it up Base Unit here.

For those of you that have a lot of fat quarters, how about storing them all neatly folded in this Besta-Shelfa unit from IKEA. Or for those with a lesser amount of fat quarters, how about these cute little cubes?

( Store in style 2-drawer accessorizer cube from Oriental Trading.)

CD boxes are the perfect size for storing neatly folded fat quarters.


Acrylic Storage box from The Container Store.

Etsy finds for storing fat quarters:

A Vintage wire basket from SweetAnneVintage.

Old wooden boxes like this one from GiantFlea.

Or how about this Dansk Sunshine Yellow Enamel Pot from Swoonshop. I can already see my fat quarters all neatly rolled up inside this beauty, next to these…

Felted Treasure Bowls from Shanineal.

Fat quarter storage ideas from others:

Metal bins or baskets

source: BH&G
Labeled wicker baskets

Plastic shoe box storage containers.

Good Housekeeping shares this idea for organizing a craft room. See the fat quarters in a clear box on a shelf.

And here is a great way to label all of your fat quarters and scraps. Want to keep track of the name of the fabric, type and washing instructions?

Thanks to Shannon who tipped me off on this one. Cathe from Just Something I Made, created these downloadable wraps for organizing her scraps and remnants.

And this curated gallery on flickr is a must see!

And this fabric stash and storage group from Sew, Mama, Sew.

It was so fun seeing how others store their fat quarters and scraps. I saw so many sewing rooms and areas that I loved! But for some reason, this sewing room just stuck in my head and had to show you. Maybe it’s because orange is my favorite color or maybe it’s that cute little kids table next to momma’s sewing station. Love it!

Hope you found some inspiration here to help you get those fat quarters organized. Already organized?…care to share your tips, tricks and ideas?

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!

I *heart* organizing’s project paper challenge

I’m so embarrassed to admit that my paper filing system was horrendous. Really, it was so embarrassing I wouldn’t even let the hubby inside those bins. He would ask me where an important document was and I would jump up immediately to try to find it for him. A good 10 minutes later and I would have it in hand. Oh and there were times when I swore I knew where it was, but just couldn’t find it. I had all the little cute white matching bins, yet they were just filled with an unorganized mess. They may have looked cute on the outside but if you were ever to take the tops off those bins you would have seen it… pure madness!

My filing system usually changed a few times a year. I would start by filing all our bills by the month and then the other important documents would be split into their own categories. Within a short period of time I was no longer filing our bills by the month and they had their own file. I never seemed to have enough file folders for all of my documents so instead of buying more, my important documents just shared their home with one another. Oh and labeling, nothing was labeled, it was a guessing game on where to put things. I always had good intentions of getting it all organized, really I did. I just never took the time to do it.

So when I read about Jen and her month of organizing paper project I jumped on board without hesitating. Thankfully I didn’t have to buy a thing other then more file folders. I can’t believe how easy it was to do and how drastically it has changed the way I pay my bills and file them. My little command center is definitely not as cute as her but it is completely organized and functioning. There will be no more lost papers, late bills, or accidentally thrown out documents.

That little Dollar Store basket keeps all of my billing paying tools in one little spot.

Does this little coupon shopping list organizer look familiar? I use it all the time. I actually put a little monthly planner in there and use it for more then just shopping now. I love having everything in one place. Go here for the tutorial if you haven’t made one yet. It is the handiest thing ever!
There it is…complete organization!
Thank you Jen for helping me gain control of my paper madness. I cannot wait for next months challenge…project photography! This is definitely going to take me a whole month to complete. My pictures are a mess and in all honesty I do not have an organization system for them, and don’t even know where to start.