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Padded Hangers

  • Cotton-poly batting or thin foam rubber
  • Scissors
  • Wooden hangers
  • Soft tape measure
  • Awl (optional)
  • Staple gun
  • Staples
  • Pins
  • Needle and thread
  • Pencil
  • Thin cardboard or paper (for template)
  • Round object (for tracing curve on template)
  • Fabric (1 yard of 45-inch fabric will make approximately 8 hangers)
  • Sewing machine
  • Pinking shears
  • 5/8-inch ribbon (3/4 yard for each hanger)
  • Small buttons with shank (optional)

Under-Bed Storage Box

Those few inches of empty space under the bed are a great place to store extra pillows, sheets, blankets, and off-season clothing such as sweaters. Martha and style editor Tom Tamborello transform an Ikea under-bed storage box into an elegant piece that will look attractive under any bed.
  • Prefabricated under-bed storage box
  • Paintbrush
  • Wallpaper primer
  • Tape measure
  • Grass-cloth wallpaper
  • Scissors
  • Wallpaper adhesive
  • Pieces of wooden lattice
  • Clamps
  • Oak tag or thick construction paper
  • Leather
  • Utility knife
  • Shoemaker's glue
  • Small brush
  • Canvas
  • Sewing machine
  • Awl
  • Hammer
  • 4 large snap fasteners
  • Snap-installation tool (comes with snap fasteners)
  • Cedar plywood, cut to fit bottom of box

Basic Tool Kit

  • Hammer: A 16-ounce hammer is a good choice. But you may want to add something lighter, like a 12-ounce hammer, for small jobs.
  • Screwdriver: A 4-way screwdriver offers an assortment of tips and sizes in one tool.
  • Utility knife: This tool is indispensable. Buy one that has a retractable blade, and buy plenty of extra blades.
  • Measuring tape: Buy one that is at least 25 feet long. If it is an inch wide, it will be sturdier than narrower styles; this is important when you need to extend it to measure tall windows or between walls.
  • Saw: You can buy one that is small enough to fit in your toolbox. Make sure the blade has a cover so it is protected -- and so are your hands!
  • Putty knife: This inexpensive tool can be used for everything from spackling to prying out nails.
  • Pliers: Buy more than one kind. Try to include long-nose pliers, cutting pliers, and groove pliers.
  • Goggles: Keep these wrapped in a piece of flannel cloth with your tools so the lenses won't get scratched.
  • Cordless drill: Choose one that comes with a wide assortment of drill bits and screwdriver bits. This won't fit into your toolbox, but you should have one on hand.
  • Assortment of nails, screws, hooks, wire: Put these in a plastic container that has many small compartments.
  • Work gloves: Consider keeping two pairs, one for light tasks and one for heavier tasks.

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