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Project

Art-Supplies Organizer

Introduction

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.

Materials

  • Fabric place mat
  • Pins
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Twill tape
  • Ruler
  • Water-soluble marker
  • Iron

Steps

  1. Step 1

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

  2. Step 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. Step 3

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

  4. Step 4

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

Source
Martha Stewart Living, April 2004

Reviews (66)

  • 10 Sep, 2009

    When I was very young, now 62, my mother made me an apron with slits like this and filled it with crayons.....i just loved it....BG

  • 10 Sep, 2009

    When I was very young, now 62, my mother made me an apron with slits like this and filled it with crayons.....i just loved it....BG

  • 10 Sep, 2009

    Dear Marta,
    I'd like to know if there is any way to suscribe me to your living magazine from Spain.
    Thanks

  • 10 Sep, 2009

    Dear Marta,
    I'd like to know if there is any way to suscribe me to your living magazine from Spain.
    Thanks

  • 25 Aug, 2008

    Love it! This will be my first small group project. What better way to get started crafting than creating a lovely and useful way to carry our tools is there? Thank you Martha!

  • 25 Aug, 2008

    Love it! This will be my first small group project. What better way to get started crafting than creating a lovely and useful way to carry our tools is there? Thank you Martha!

  • 25 Aug, 2008

    Love it! This will be my first small group project. What better way to get started crafting than creating a lovely and useful way to carry our tools is there? Thank you Martha!

  • 25 Aug, 2008

    Love it! This will be my first small group project. What better way to get started crafting than creating a lovely and useful way to carry our tools is there? Thank you Martha!

  • 25 Aug, 2008

    Oh! May I share my variations....I sell cosmetics and do cosmetic consultanting and used this idea for my brushes. Then the craftiness crept up on me and I sewed two short ends of the place mat together, turned the piece vertical, laid my cosmetics horizontally in the middle, pinned out their positions, stiched them and WOW! I have made several for family members and now the guys want the too. The save space (in your closet, cabinets and luggage.

  • 25 Aug, 2008

    Oh! May I share my variations....I sell cosmetics and do cosmetic consultanting and used this idea for my brushes. Then the craftiness crept up on me and I sewed two short ends of the place mat together, turned the piece vertical, laid my cosmetics horizontally in the middle, pinned out their positions, stiched them and WOW! I have made several for family members and now the guys want the too. The save space (in your closet, cabinets and luggage.

  • 22 Aug, 2008

    unfortunately this would not take care of my craft organization (really need someone to organize the whole room (lol). The organizer might handle some brush for class. I still may make one for some of may scrapbooking tools or my extra colored pencils

  • 22 Aug, 2008

    unfortunately this would not take care of my craft organization (really need someone to organize the whole room (lol). The organizer might handle some brush for class. I still may make one for some of may scrapbooking tools or my extra colored pencils

  • 20 Aug, 2008

    I made this and I use it for all of my makeup brushes. Now everything stays nice and neat.

  • 20 Aug, 2008

    I made this and I use it for all of my makeup brushes. Now everything stays nice and neat.

  • 19 Aug, 2008

    My silver is stored in a felt like fabric, looking very much like this organizer. It helps to retain the polished silver longer.

  • 19 Aug, 2008

    My silver is stored in a felt like fabric, looking very much like this organizer. It helps to retain the polished silver longer.

  • 19 Aug, 2008

    I have used this to store my silver cutlery. It is a fantastic space keeper, although I am still looking for the fabric that retains the silver polish to make this with. Any suggestions where I could order this online, as I live in South Africa and it would have to be mailed to me. Thanks for all your great ideas.

  • 19 Aug, 2008

    I have used this to store my silver cutlery. It is a fantastic space keeper, although I am still looking for the fabric that retains the silver polish to make this with. Any suggestions where I could order this online, as I live in South Africa and it would have to be mailed to me. Thanks for all your great ideas.

  • 18 Aug, 2008

    it would be really good to store all my daughter's art stuff. it wont be missing again and again....... thanx...

  • 18 Aug, 2008

    it would be really good to store all my daughter's art stuff. it wont be missing again and again....... thanx...

  • 18 Aug, 2008

    my boyfriend wants something like this for his wrenches in his toolbox.

  • 18 Aug, 2008

    my boyfriend wants something like this for his wrenches in his toolbox.

  • 18 Aug, 2008

    My grandmother kept her crochet hooks and knitting needles in one of these tidy envelopes and when she passed away it became one of my prized possesions.

  • 18 Aug, 2008

    My grandmother kept her crochet hooks and knitting needles in one of these tidy envelopes and when she passed away it became one of my prized possesions.

  • 18 Aug, 2008

    Several years ago, one of my "youth group girls" had a case like this which she used for her assortment of felt tip markers throughout our trip. When we returned, her mother received numerous requests for carrying cases like this. She actually started a little business making them. She used both placemats and double-sided quilted fabric and coordinating binding.

  • 18 Aug, 2008

    Several years ago, one of my "youth group girls" had a case like this which she used for her assortment of felt tip markers throughout our trip. When we returned, her mother received numerous requests for carrying cases like this. She actually started a little business making them. She used both placemats and double-sided quilted fabric and coordinating binding.

  • 18 Aug, 2008

    This is a great and simple project! This must be the reason I am unable to save it to my favorites. Excellent project!

  • 18 Aug, 2008

    This is a great and simple project! This must be the reason I am unable to save it to my favorites. Excellent project!

  • 18 Aug, 2008

    ooh! this would also be great for makeup tools!

  • 18 Aug, 2008

    ooh! this would also be great for makeup tools!

  • 18 Aug, 2008

    Once I clicked on the 'add comment' icon the 'save' icon appeared!

  • 18 Aug, 2008

    Once I clicked on the 'add comment' icon the 'save' icon appeared!

  • 18 Aug, 2008

    I am also wondering why we can't save this idea...no icon!!!

  • 18 Aug, 2008

    I am also wondering why we can't save this idea...no icon!!!

  • 18 Aug, 2008

    I'm definitely going to make one for my crochet hooks. I can never find the size I want since they are currently in a box. I love this idea!

  • 18 Aug, 2008

    I'm definitely going to make one for my crochet hooks. I can never find the size I want since they are currently in a box. I love this idea!

  • 18 Aug, 2008

    Found it!

  • 18 Aug, 2008

    Found it!

  • 18 Aug, 2008

    What happened to the icon to click on to save this idea? I don't see it.

  • 18 Aug, 2008

    What happened to the icon to click on to save this idea? I don't see it.

  • 18 Aug, 2008

    This is a great idea, I plan on using this for my sewing supplies and adding a hang tag to the twill tape to label contents

  • 18 Aug, 2008

    This is a great idea, I plan on using this for my sewing supplies and adding a hang tag to the twill tape to label contents

  • 18 Aug, 2008

    I think I am orginizationaphobic. But I will use this idea for many different pieces to many different crafts, if I can find them.

  • 18 Aug, 2008

    I think I am orginizationaphobic. But I will use this idea for many different pieces to many different crafts, if I can find them.

  • 18 Apr, 2008

    Oh, and how about doing this for crochet hooks? It might take two mats or a table runner for knitting needles, but it would definitely save steps vs sewing from scratch.

  • 18 Apr, 2008

    Oh, and how about doing this for crochet hooks? It might take two mats or a table runner for knitting needles, but it would definitely save steps vs sewing from scratch.

  • 18 Apr, 2008

    Wow - much, much easier than the canvas one I sewed from scratch!! One great thing I added, though, was a large eyelet/grommet at each of the top corners. My brother, an artist, has little cup hooks screwed into the edge of his wooden art table and hangs the case there. Then he just rolls and ties it up for travel.

  • 18 Apr, 2008

    Wow - much, much easier than the canvas one I sewed from scratch!! One great thing I added, though, was a large eyelet/grommet at each of the top corners. My brother, an artist, has little cup hooks screwed into the edge of his wooden art table and hangs the case there. Then he just rolls and ties it up for travel.

  • 31 Mar, 2008

    This would be a great way to store my knitting needles. Thanks!

  • 31 Mar, 2008

    This would be a great way to store my knitting needles. Thanks!

  • 7 Mar, 2008

    Love this idea. Could be useful organizing lots of things taking up drawer space.

  • 7 Mar, 2008

    Love this idea. Could be useful organizing lots of things taking up drawer space.

  • 6 Mar, 2008

    Think this is a wonderful idea and I am going to organize all my craft supplies. Thanks a lot for the idea. I do not have placemats however I always see them at yard sales for about $.25 each. You now know what I will be buying at yard sales Elizabetth

  • 6 Mar, 2008

    Think this is a wonderful idea and I am going to organize all my craft supplies. Thanks a lot for the idea. I do not have placemats however I always see them at yard sales for about $.25 each. You now know what I will be buying at yard sales Elizabetth

  • 6 Mar, 2008

    I forwarded this organizer to my mum. She is an artist and I am sure this will helpful for her!

  • 6 Mar, 2008

    I forwarded this organizer to my mum. She is an artist and I am sure this will helpful for her!

  • 6 Mar, 2008

    I forwarded this organizer to my mum. She is an artist and I am sure this will helpful for her!

  • 6 Mar, 2008

    I forwarded this organizer to my mum. She is an artist and I am sure this will helpful for her!

  • 6 Mar, 2008

    I forwarded this organizer to my mum. She is an artist and I am sure this will helpful for her!

  • 6 Mar, 2008

    I forwarded this organizer to my mum. She is an artist and I am sure this will helpful for her!

  • 6 Mar, 2008

    I forwarded this organizer to my mum. She is an artist and I am sure this will helpful for her!

  • 6 Mar, 2008

    I forwarded this organizer to my mum. She is an artist and I am sure this will helpful for her!

  • 22 Jan, 2008

    I've used it to organise my camping cooking utensils. Learned it from my grandmother!

  • 22 Jan, 2008

    I've used it to organise my camping cooking utensils. Learned it from my grandmother!

  • 19 Jan, 2008

    This is brilliant, a marvelous space saver and a way to use all thiose placemats sitting in my hutch.

  • 19 Jan, 2008

    This is brilliant, a marvelous space saver and a way to use all thiose placemats sitting in my hutch.