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Art-Supplies Organizer

Source: Martha Stewart Living, April 2004


Just as a place mat keeps a table setting looking orderly, it can do the same for arts and crafts supplies. Convert one into a roll-up organizer that doubles as a carrying case.


  • Fabric place mat

  • Pins

  • Needle

  • Thread

  • Twill tape

  • Ruler

  • Water-soluble marker

  • Iron


  1. Place the mat on your work surface vertically for long supplies or horizontally for short ones.

  2. Fold bottom up about 4 or 5 inches; pin and sew the edges, sandwiching a folded piece of twill tape in one side for a tie.

  3. Using a ruler and a water-soluble marker, measure and mark pockets to fit your supplies; pin, and sew.

  4. Fold top down to make a flap. Iron, then topstitch, leaving a 1/8-inch seam allowance.

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