Quick Sew Clear Vinyl Organizers (A Tutorial)

I made a bunch of these easy, quick sew vinyl organizers to hold Boo’s games and puzzles. These could be used for almost anything: makeup, puzzles, coupons etc.  I used clear tablecloth vinyl and foldover elastic in a variety of colors to make them fun. You could use bias tape but I prefer the elastic because the loop that closes the pouch needs to be slightly stretchy to really hold the organizer closed.

Step 1: I cut a large rectangle of vinyl and folded it in half:

Step 2: I folded elastic over one of the top edges and stitched all the way along making sure the stitch went through all three layers: elastic, vinyl and elastic.

Step 3: Cut a loop of elastic that would be slightly smaller than the depth of the organizer so that it will loop snugly around when the organizer is filled.

 

I sewed the second top edge but stopped halfway and used some stay tape to hold the loop in place as I folded the elastic over it and continued sewing across the second half of the edge:

Here’s what the organizer will look like at this point:

 

Step 4: Lastly I closed up the sides of the organizer by folding elastic along each side and sewing up the edge:

Finished! These can be made in almost any size to accommodate large or small pieces! The best part is that they look so pretty stored on a shelf!

 

I’m working on organization!

 

 

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Hanging Metal Storage Bins (A Tutorial)

Hanging metal bins for organization via lilblueboo.com

 

I loved some aluminum bins I spotted on Pinterest that Beneath my heart had hung on the wall and knew they’d be the perfect solution for a blank wall in my pantry. I found these large aluminum beverage tubs at Michaels recently:

 

Hanging metal bins via lilblueboo.com

To create holes for hanging I took a large nail and punched 2 holes in the back of each tub about 10 inches apart:

 

Poking a hole via lilblueboo.com

Once the holes were punched I used them to mark the wall and then used a level to make sure the hole marks were at the same height. Then I used matching aluminum screws to attach each bin to the wall:

 

Attaching metal bin to wall in pantry via lilblueboo.com

The top bin holds “unopened snacks” like chips and pretzels…..and the bottom two (that Boo can reach) are snacks that are open and ready to eat!

 

Metal bins for pantry organization via lilblueboo.com

 

Many more posts to come!  I’ll show you shelving, tips, electronic storage etc in my new series:

 

The Getting Organized Series via lilblueboo.com

 

 

Make sure to check out how to make the chalkboard labels….free template downloads included:

DIY Chalkboard Paint Labels via lilblueboo.com

DIY Chalkboard Paper (and Free Download)

Boo and I have been working on organizing her toys as part of our “Getting Organized” project. It was too hard to find chalkboard paper around here for labels so I made my own using chalkboard spray paint and regular adhesive shelving paper.

 

How to make chalkboard paper diy tutorial with free lablel download via lilblueboo.com

 

First, I had my Silhouette machine cut out the labels onto a piece of contact paper (you can download the Silhouette template file further down the post):

 

How to make chalkboard paper diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Next I sprayed a light coat of Chalkboard paint across the labels not entirely covering them. Once that was dry I sprayed a second coat to fill in all the thin areas:

(Note: to keep your paper from curling you can use a glue stick to tack the backing of the labels down onto cardboard or cardstock)

 

How to make chalkboard paper diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

It’s easy to make a large batch of labels at once!

 

How to make chalkboard paper diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

When the labels are completely dry, carefully peel them from the backing and apply where you like:

 

Click below to download my label template for the Silhouette machine:

 

If you don’t have a Silhouette machine you can download these vintage labels and use them as a template:

How to make chalkboard paper diy tutorial with free lablel download via lilblueboo.com

One of my first projects was organizing Boo’s closet and toys. I like to use clear containers when organizing so that I can see what is in them.  Chalkboard labels keep everything organized with a specific “home” for each type of toy….and as Boo outgrows toys we can easily change the labels to reflect her new ones!

 

How to make chalkboard paper diy tutorial with free lablel download via lilblueboo.com

How to make chalkboard paper diy tutorial with free lablel download via lilblueboo.com

 

Stay tuned for more as I get my household in order!

Getting organized with lilblueboo.com

 

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Jar o’ Elastic Hair Bands

Jar of Elastic Hairbands (using FOE Elastic and Glass Etching) via lilblueboo.com

 

I love these elastic hairbands (or hair ties)…..and with an etched glass recycled jar they make a cute, practical gift too!

 

Jar of Elastic Hairbands (using FOE Elastic and Glass Etching) via lilblueboo.com

On my last trip to L.A., I bought a bunch of foldover elastic (FOE) by the yard (I’ve seen rainbow lots of FOE on ebay if you are looking for a source):

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A Wine Cork Sculpture (A Tutorial)

How to make a sculpture from wine corks via lilblueboo.com

You can breathe a sigh of relief now….my tutorial on how to make a huge wine cork sculpture using just newspaper and wire hangers is finally here. I had to take it easy this weekend so Boo and I set up camp in front of the TV with the coffee table covered in corks and supplies. I let Boo pick the project and of course she chose the TALLEST of all land animals: a giraffe.  A snail or bird would have been much easier to tackle!

 

How to make a sculpture from wine corks via lilblueboo.com

I’ve been collecting wine corks from friends and family this year with this project in mind.

 

How to make a sculpture from wine corks via lilblueboo.com

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Upcycling Broken China (A Tutorial)

How to make upcycled accessories from broken china via lilblueboo.com

 

Ever break a glass or dish you love? Happens here all the time…..and I can never bring myself to throw the pieces away. I always have big plans to one day make a big mosaic wall or table…..but in the meantime I’ve decided to use the pieces for some smaller projects. This jar holds every single piece of porcelain from a Tiffany vase I broke a few years ago:

 

How to make upcycled accessories from broken china via lilblueboo.com

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