Hung Up on Storage
A canvas shoe organizer hung from clip-on curtain rings functions as a cool window treatment while storing art supplies. The pocket depth is perfect for colored pens and pencils, paintbrushes, and notepads of various sizes.
Oilcloth bags hanging on the back of the door corral blocks, Barbies, and other small toys. Zippers on the sides of each bag let a child open it for use as a play surface.
How to Make It-- Cut two rectangles (one for facing, one for lining) with a 1/2-inch seam allowance on all sides. -- Sew zippers into the sides of the bag.
-- To make the tabs, cut a fabric strip 5-1/2 inches wide.
-- Fold the long edges in so they slightly overlap and machine stitch.
-- Cut tabs to fit over rod.
-- Top off with a snap to hold the ends together.
Instant Storage with Old Jars
Transform old jars into handy storage for ribbon, buttons, and tags.
Personalize a Message Board
Make a message board just for you. Glue crystals around the edges of a purchased board and apply rub-on-transfer words across the top. Add memorable magnets by gluing a pretty jewel onto a small mirror and attaching the pretty piece to a magnet.
Fabric-Covered BoxesStore your stuff in style. Whether for your sewing room, bedroom, or home office, create custom storage with a personal flair.
Spunk Up Notebooks
Give cheap notebooks a designer look with a quick coat of crafts paint. Apply circle stickers randomly and paint over them, covering the entire notebook; let dry. Remove the stickers to reveal circles in the journal's original color. For another look, stick an adhesive-back stencil to the notebook and paint; remove the stencil and let dry. For a little sparkle, glue crystals to the design.
Paper just isn't practical for some purposes, such as soft and comfy throw pillows. Enter heat-transfer paper, which allows you to tattoo your favorite paper designs onto fabric. A copy center will reproduce a paper image onto an 11-x-17-inch sheet of transfer paper for less than $4. Transfer the design to fabric using an iron and following the paper manufacturer's instructions. For an eye-catching change of scale, the patterns used on these pillows were enlarged by 250 to 400 percent before being copied to transfer paper.