Pretty Ways to Organize

Here are the instructions for the organizing projects.

A place for everything and everything in its place. What a great feeling! And such organizing can be decorative too. Below are the instructions for the following projects: Frame for Scarves, First Aid Roll-up Kit, Cube Open Shelf, Cube Hidden Tray, Drop-Down Desk, Cubby Holes, Tea Towel Pouch, Tool Holder, and Versatile Catch All

Frame For Scarves

You need: picture frame; polyester batting; floral fabric; sewing supplies; tacky glue; staple gun; dowel; nails.

Assembling: Wrap batting around picture frame and glue in place. Cut pieces of fabric to fit around sides of padded picture frame, mitering corners. Sew mitered corners together. Fold pieced fabric around picture frame and staple to wrong side. Cut and position a dowel across frame. Nail dowel in place.

First Aid Roll-Up Kit

You need: 1 yard each of white terry cloth and red jersey fabrics; heavy-weight plastic; grosgrain ribbon in 3/8", 5/8", 7/8" and 2-1/8" widths; sewing supplies.

Cutting: From white terry cloth and red jersey fabric, cut one square each 22". Mark an 18" square in the center of the jersey piece for pocket placement. Cut three strips of plastic, each 4" wide. Cut one 18" long and two 22" long.

Sewing: Position plastic strips across center on right side of red square. 18" strip will have two pockets. Longer strips will have three pockets. Fold pleats in plastic so strips fit neatly in 18" center. Tack pleats in pockets with several overcast stitches. Position strips of 3/8" wide ribbon along bottom and side edges of pockets. Sew through ribbon strips and plastic to secure pockets in place. Position and sew 5/8" wide ribbon along the outside edges of pockets. Cut four 18" ties from 7/8" ribbon. Position short end of tie along each side edge in each upper corner of red piece. Position remaining ties along side edges at the top of bottom pockets. Cut lengths of widest ribbon to fit across the horizontal and vertical center of white piece. Sew pieces in place. Cut four crosses from widest ribbon and sew one in each corner of white piece. With right sides facing, sew red and white pieces together, catching ends of ties and leaving an opening for turning. Clip corners and turn right side out. Sew opening closed.

Open Cube Shelf

Assembling: Cut three squares, each 17". Cut two rectangles, each 17" x 18". Arrange pieces to make a box. Glue and nail pieces together. Fill in nail holes and joins with wood filler. Sand box with coarse and fine sandpaper to create a smooth and porous surface. Let dry between coats. Paint with primer. Paint inside of box with two or more coats of black paint. Paint outside of box with red paint. Paint entire box with two or more coats of polyurethane. Keeping open side at one side, attach canister wheels to bottom of box.

Cube With Hidden Tray

You need: 1/2" thick finished plywood; 1" x 1/2" square molding; jigsaw; coarse and fine sandpaper; 1-1/4" finish nails; wood fill; wood glue; 4 canister wheels; latex primer; red and black latex paint; water-based polyurethane.

Assembling: Make cube in same manner as open cube shelf (above). Keep open side along top. Cut 18" square from plywood for lid. Measure 5/8" in from all sides and mark. From molding, cut two pieces, each 15-5/8", and two pieces, each 16-5/8". Form a square with molding pieces along marked square and glue in place. Paint lid in same manner as box.

Drop Down Desk and Cubby Holes

You need: bookshelf; decorative molding; 1" finish nails; wood glue; sandpaper; paint primer; latex semi-gloss paint in white and grey; 1/2" thick finished plywood; 1" x 1/2" square molding strips; wood filler; piano hinge; chain; eye hooks; miter box; saw.

Assembling Cubby Holes: Install shelves in bookcase. Install one shelf 31" from the floor for the desk. Install one shelf 3" below desk shelf for cubby shelf. Install another shelf 25" above the desk shelf. Measure depth of bookshelf. Cut three pieces of plywood, each 3" x depth of bookshelf. Fit plywood pieces perpendicular between desk shelf and cubby shelf and glue and nail in place. Cut pieces of decorative molding to fit along edges of bookshelf, desk shelf, cubby shelf and cubby partitions. Glue and nail molding pieces in place. Sand bookshelf and prime with paint primer. Paint with two or more coats of white paint.

Assembling Desk: Measure inside width dimensions of bookshelf for desk measurement. Subtract 1-1/8" from either side. Cut a piece of plywood, obtained dimensions x 23-7/8" for desk. Cut two pieces of square molding to fit along side edges of desk piece. Glue and nail side pieces in place. Cut one piece of square molding to fit along top of desk piece. Glue and nail in place. Molding pieces cover unfinished edges of plywood. Fill in cracks with wood filler and sand smooth. Paint one side and edges with white paint. Paint remaining side with grey paint. Install piano hinges along edge of bookshelf and unfinished edge of desk piece to secure desk piece to bookshelf. Install eye hooks at each outside corner of desk piece and inside bookshelf below upper shelf. Cut and install a chain to fit between bookshelf and desk while it is opened.

Tea Towel Pouch

Cutting: Cut one piece from tea towel, 14" x 21", for back. Centering design of towel, cut one piece, 20" x 12", for front. Use selvage edge of tea towel for top edge of front piece. Cut decorative motif from remaining tea towel to position on back piece, adding 1/2" all around. From red fabric, cut two pieces, each 1-1/2" x 22" for bindings. Cut two pieces, each 1" x 6", for loops. Fold 1/4" to wrong side along each long edge of binding pieces and press. Fold loop pieces in half lengthwise With wrong sides together, fold binding pieces in half lengthwise and sew one short end closed. Turn right side out, clipping corners. With wrong sides together, fold binding pieces in half lengthwise and press.

Sewing: Fold and sew 1/2" double hem along top edge of back tea towel. Fold 1/2" to wrong side along all edges of decorative motif and sew in place on right side at upper section of back piece. Fold binding pieces 1/2" over each long edge of back piece and top stitch in place. Back piece now measures 15" wide. Fold bottom edge 2" to right side along bottom edge of back piece and press. Fold 1/2" to wrong side along each long edge of front piece and press. With right sides together, pin bottom of front piece to 2" fold over and bottom of back piece and sew together. Turn right side out. Position front piece on top of back piece and top stitch side edges in place. Fold 1" pleats on either side of front piece at top edge and sew pleats to secure.

Tool Holder

You need: 38" x 36" piece of peg board; black and white paint; 4 wooden yard sticks; wood glue; 8 clamps or spring clothes pins; polyurethane; heavy-duty picture hanging loops; peg board hooks.

Assembling: Paint peg board black; let dry. Glue yard sticks in place to frame peg board; clamp overnight so glue is completely set. Decide which tools will hang where and paint freehand the appropriate shape in white; let dry. Finish with two coats of polyurethane. Attach picture hanging loops on back and peg board hooks on front as needed.

Versatile Catch-All

You need: 3/4"-inch thick pine; wood glue; clamps; lattice; screws; two vintage-y cast-iron brackets; white paint; decorative knobs; drill with bits to fit size of knob screws.

Assembling: Cut wood into four pieces for frame and one top piece for shelf to size desired. Glue four frame pieces at corners; clamp and let set overnight. Cut lattice to fit backside of frame; screw in all over to back of frame to further secure frame assembly and so lattice lies flat. Screw brackets to bottom of shelf and front of frame, positioning so top of shelf is flush with top of frame. Screw into shelf through back of frame to further secure shelf. Prime and paint assembly white. Drill pilot holes for decorative knobs where desired. Screw in knobs.