Monday, October 25, 2010

Practical Matters -- Gift Bag Organizer

It's not like there's tons of discretionary storage space in an 
old house.  It's not like there's any at all, really.  
So, when it became blaringly obvious I needed to "condense" my gift wrapping supplies I went to town. 
 

I made a gift bag organizer for the inside of one of my closet doors.  It takes up very little space and it holds a boat load of stuff.  I crammed 46 bags in it with room for more.

 
I started by sorting my gift wrapping supplies, taking measurements and making a sketch.
Okay -- so I skipped the decorative rod and, well, the tassels were a no go as well, but it was  going in a closet, ladies, and 
I just couldn't make myself do it!  


 There's a pocket at the top edge for a wooden dowel and pockets for gift bags, tissue paper, tags and ribbon.  For roomier pockets, each is pleated at the corners. 


There's room for 7 rolls of ribbon.  Each pocket has a small gap in the stitching at the bottom edge to allow the ribbon 
to be pulled through it.  



I'd love to say my scissors are always hanging right here....


I know that's where I put 'em...

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30 comments:

  1. Beautiful! So organized and tidy! Amazing work!

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  2. I would love to be that organized :) You're a talented seamstress too!

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  3. that's such a great idea! i have all my stuff in one big rubbermaid, but i hate having to go thru the whole thing. what a genius idea about your ribbon, too. unbelievable!

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  4. Very cool idea...shared on my fb fan page ;)

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  5. Another clever idea from Lindy ~ but this one could probably be patented and sold! Put me down for two of them! ~Cheers~

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  6. Super idea...it is great to make such wonderful use of what would otherwise be wasted space.(-:

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  7. You should sell this. If you do, please tell me. I will buy one.
    Looks great!
    Jenny
    www.simcoestreet.blogspot.com

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  8. That is a fabulous idea! One worth repeating (and copying). This would be perfect for my daughter's area where she has limited storage. Thanks for the idea/inspiration. Diana

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  9. Very nice! I often imagine what I could make or do for all of my ribbon that I have. I usually picture a heavy duty rod for all my rolls to be on...if only I had the space for it! I really like what you did for yours.

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  10. You are SO clever! What a great idea and a great final product! It's so funny that you mentioned about the scissors! When I first saw them hanging there, I thought, "Those wouldn't stay there for long in my house."!LOL!

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  11. I live in an old house too. Over the years, I have been forced to become very inventive when it comes to storage. This is a great way to use the back of a door! Looks cute too!

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  12. Very creative and organized project,I am in the process of settling some space as my work place, sure this idea will help me a lot...Thanks for sharing and for exact measurements too...
    I would love if you spare some time for me to peek on to my post at
    http://craftaworld.blogspot.com/
    Love
    Farah

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  13. What a fantastic idea!I really need to get organized. I would love to try this.

    Kathy

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  14. That is a great idea! I am envious you are so organized! I need to do this!~Hugs, Patti

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  15. Way to rock that. Makes me think of all the baby bags I still have a few of.

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  16. Love the ribbon pulls. Very clever.

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  17. This is great! Excellent idea!

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  18. That looks great and holds so much. I'm hosting We're Organized Wednesday until Saturday and would love for you to join the party. Hope to see you there.

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  19. What a fabulous idea! Thanks for sharing.
    God's blessings,
    Sarah :D

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  20. I was hoping you'd link this, too. Another fantastic job--who would have thought of this?--oh, yeah, Lindy!

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  21. I saw your project @ Trendy Treehouse so I came for a closer look - it's FABULOUS - you did a great job - wow you're organized!

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  22. that is super super cute! even without the rod and tassel :) If you have time come link up @ Ladybug Blessings Handmade Tuesdays next week! www.ladybug-blessings.com

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  23. What a great idea! I really need to condense my supplies! Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesday's!

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  24. This is absolutely brilliant. I hope you've linked it everywhere! I would love to create one of these for myself, but unfortunately I don't think my fabric pieces would fit. Rats!

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  25. I so know what you mean about a lack of space in an old house, we had exactly TWO closets in the entire house! I LOVE this idea, sure wish I could sew!

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  26. This is so beautiful and useful. I would love to make one of these, but alas, I have something hanging on the back of every door in our apartment. Maybe I will make one for my mama.

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  27. I looove this. And I have got to make one because my gift bags are becoming a serious problem!! Thanks for sharing :)

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