Wednesday, July 18, 2012

37 Reader Space: That's a Wrap!

I love a good tutorial for DIY organizing storage, so when Christina popped over a project she whipped up thanks to a tutorial found in Flea Market Style magazine, I couldn't wait to share the awesomeness! 

Christina wrote:

Hi Jen!  

I have been wanting to send you a link to a wrapping paper organizer that I made a few weeks ago.  You can find the step by step tutorial here.  It really is an easy sewing project that I love!  Look how organized my wrapping paper and accessories are!  Hope you like it as much as I do!  

Have a great summer,
Christina

Here is the finished wrapping paper storage project!


How sweet is that?!  Any idea what she used to make such awesomeness?  I will give you a clue:


So stinkin' great right?!  

You can find all of the step by step sewing details over on Christina's blog here, but here are some of the highlights:

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.
  • 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.

Christina sewed up all the pockets and attached them to the stool:




Once the compartments were finished up and attached, the fun part comes, which is filling it up and loving the end result!





It's times like this when I just gasp at the fact that anything really can function as anything you wish it to be with a little imagination, creativity and determination.  Who would have thought a simple stool could double as wrapping paper storage?

  • Christina found a tutorial in a magazine and wasn't afraid to tackle the project on her own.  Check out the end results!  
  • The entire project only took about two hours and was far less expensive than a typical store bought wrapping paper cart.
  • I love when sewing equals storage.  I. Must. Learn. To. Sew.  I would be making storage pockets and pouches left and right.  So awesome!
  • The outcome of the project is quite compact when you take a look at the number of items and supplies being stored.
  • I love the casters added to allow for quick and easy mobility!

Lets chat about the endless possibilities of modified storage.  What is something you turned into storage, that wasn't originally intended to be?  Any other creative solutions for wrangling all those wrapping supplies?


ATTENTION!!  Want to be featured in a Reader Space edition?  Have an awesome organizing story to share?  I am looking for projects that have made a positive impact to your life.  Please submit your story and photos here and I would heart to feature them right here, on the blog!!  Photos should be high resolution and unedited.  Please include a description of the project, including any costs, inspiration, and how it has changed your life and routine for the better!  Oh, and no worries my friends, we will NEVER judge "before" pictures because that just wouldn't be nice!  Only love goes on at this blog!

37 comments:

  1. Um...definitely copying this.

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  2. WOW Christina! What a creative idea! Wrapping paper storage is always a huge headache, and you've definitely found a way to solve the problem. You should sell these...I know I'd buy it!

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  3. This has to be the best wrapping storage idea I have seen yet! Great work!!

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  4. Great idea! Would love to try this!

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  5. Just found your blog! I do love to organize, so I am off to browse, what a great idea for the stool! Hugs, Lynn

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  6. What an awesome idea!!! Thanks for sharing Jen. :)

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  7. That is an awesome idea! So cute! I love repurposing old things! Erin

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  8. Brilliant ~ so impressed!!! (and so doing this!!)

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  9. Genius! I can't get over the simplicity and ingenuity! It's one of those "Why didn't I think of that" moments. Well done!

    ~ Ferly
    Gifts We Use {to grow, love and serve}

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  10. LOVE! I have a stool I had planned to paint for my son's room but I think I just repurposed it!

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  11. Wow!!! How ingenious!!!! She is so talented! I hope you don't mind me stealing your idea!
    Xoxo
    Claudia

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  12. Wow, I would never have thought of doing that. I'm now looking at everything in our home to see if I can re-purpose something ordinary in such a clever way!

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  13. This is so crazy creative. What a genius idea. I have never in my life thought of putting a stool upside down for anything. Now, I am looking at every piece of furniture I own in a different way. Oh, boy!

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  14. This is so smart!!!! What a big improvement from my current - brown box method that is constantly unorganized. I cannot wait to try. Thank you for sharing:)

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  15. I love this! I'm new to your blog and also love organizing...so naturally I'm loving all of your great ideas!! Thanks for sharing :)

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  16. Wow, love Christina's project. I'm loving your organizing blog so much that in trimming back on blogs today, I ditched the other organizers in favor of you.

    Keep writing...

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    1. That is the sweetest comment ever! :) thanks friend!

      xoxo,
      Jen

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  17. I thought it was a clothes hamper originally, until you showed the stool. Genius! I can't sew, but envy those who can. I just made a gift wrap station in a closet, and it is working well so far. I need to send it to you.

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    1. You totally should! I would love to see it! :)

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  18. I NEED to make this! Like this weekend haha!

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  19. I'm now thinking of this for gift wrap and what other ideas I can use it for. The idea is beyond creative!

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  20. Mind-blowing! Who would have thought of turning the stool upside down? Now I'm wondering what else I could do with that since I did an over-the-door gift wrap storage spot a couple of months ago. Cleaning supplies? Craft stuff? I love it all!

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  21. So the link to Christina's blog doesn't appear to be working anymore and I am chomping at the bit to start this project! Can you redo the link? Thanks, Jen!

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    1. Thanks for the heads up Jessica! It is fixed. :)
      http://www.2littlehooligans.com/2012/06/08/fat-quarter-friday-wrapping-paper-organizer-tutorial/

      xoxo,
      Jen

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  22. This is AMAZING! My mom has always struggled with setting up wrapping stations; at Christmas she sets up a big table and we call it "Wrapping Central". I think I will be making one of these for her birthday next month! Thanks to you both!!

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  23. OMG!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE this. I have my wraping supplies all over the place and it's hassle when I actually need them. I will be doing this for my home!!!

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  24. Such a cool idea! I have to admit, though, that I'm still looking for cheapo bar stools finds to use as - wait, here's the surprise - bar stools ;-) But if I find an extra one, this might be great to make!

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  25. This is brilliant! I'm going to be on the hunt for bar stools at garage sales now! I have my wrapping well stored in bins from The Container Store. I hate tripping over the bins all over the place in November and December. This is perfect for rolling out for those high-use months and can be easily rolled out of the way (hidden away) for a day or two. Thank you for the feature! I'll be creating my own soon!

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  26. If you drill holes in the legs, about 2 inches from what is now the top, and make them big enough for a dowel, that's where I'd put the spools of ribbon.

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  27. Awesome repurposing! I especially love that even the extra-long rolls of paper will fit with no problem (an issue I'm having with my store-bought, lidded wrap organizer.) Thanks so much for sharing!

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