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Artist's Organizer

This lovely artist's organizer is the perfect way to easily store all of your children's art supplies for use at home or on the go.

Materials

  • Oilcloth and felt (enough for measurements outlined below)
  • Sewing machine with regular needle and heavy-duty (No. 16) needle
  • Machine-sewing thread in coordinating color
  • Two 18-inch-long lengths of ribbon in a coordinating color
  • Pins
  • Small binder clips
  • Tailor chalk or disappearing fabric pen
  • Ruler or measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Sketchbook
  • Various artist's tools

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Select a sketchbook for your artist's organizer; measure the sketchbook. Add an inch to the height. Double the width, and add 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 inches for the fold, depending on how wide you want the finished organizer to be. These measurements create the foundation.

  2. Step 2

    Cut felt to the foundation measurements.

  3. Step 3

    Create a book and tool pocket: The measurements for the book pocket are found by adding an inch to the width of the sketchbook, and subtracting 1 1/2 inches from the height. The tool pocket is the same width as the book pocket, with a height of 4 1/2 inches.

  4. Step 4

    Cut both pockets out of felt.

  5. Step 5

    Position the book pocket 1/4 inch in from one (short) side and 1/4 inch from the bottom (long side) of the foundation felt. Pin. Repeat with the tool pocket on the other side of the foundation. Sew the pockets to the foundation felt, topstitching with a 1/4-inch seam allowance around 3 sides. Note: You can have the sketchbook pocket on the right or the left, depending on your preference.

  6. Step 6

    Using tailor chalk, draw vertical lines onto the tool pocket to mark divisions for art supplies. Sew a straight stitch along the lines that you drew.

  7. Step 7

    Cut a piece of oilcloth in the foundation dimensions. Place the felt with the pockets onto the wrong side of the oilcloth piece. Insert a half inch or so of a length of ribbon between the oilcloth and the felt in the middle of each short side, using binder clips to hold together (this prevents pin marks in the oilcloth).

  8. Step 8

    Change the needle in the machine to a size 16 needle (recommended for sewing oilcloth). Sew the oilcloth and felt foundation pieces together, topstitching with a quarter-inch seam allowance, all around the edges.

  9. Step 9

    Insert sketchbook and artist tools into pockets.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, April 2008

Reviews (4)

  • 6 Dec, 2010

    I just finished making these and I have to say it's a really cute idea, but you definitely need a bit of patience when working with oil cloth. It's a bit tricky to work with, so be prepared for that. Also, when I stitched the lines for the individual markers or pencils, it bunched everything up so that the cover wouldn't lay flat when I put the pens in. I'm not sure if that was my mistake, or I just tried adding too many individual slots.

  • 25 Aug, 2010

    I think I will make one just for my good paint brushes. It should hold quite a few.

  • 25 Aug, 2010

    WHAT A BEAUTIFUL LITTLE EASY CRAFT. WILL BE MAKING LOTS OF THESE. ALL MY GRANDKIDS LOVE TO DRAW AND COLOR. THANKS!!!!

  • 25 Aug, 2008

    Good project for us "big" kids that love to draw too! :)