Thursday, 22 March 2012

Handmade Craft Room Storage


Not just a "book" sling!


There are a lot of different "book slings" (mostly for kids books) online. One of my favorites is this one  found :here



I wanted to try making one to hold my cutting mats and grid rulers in my craft room.

The main fabric I chose is called "Sew now! sew wow! "
from the Alexander Henry Fabric collection. The backing fabric is a heavyweight canvas like fabric for strength. The darker stripe showed through and made the novelty print look dull so I added a white lining. In the end I really liked the weight and strength of the sling.



TIP: For sewing straight seams it often helps to put a piece of tape on the machine to give you a more visible line.

I made one inch seams so I used a ruler to make sure my corner ended at one inch.

Sew around leaving an opening wide enough to turn the right side out.
Before turning cut the bulk out of the corners

I drew a line to show the seam line and how close to cut.

Turn the fabric right side out. Push out the corners with something narrow. I used a chopstick.
Press flat!

I topstitched all around to close the opening and give a nice finished edge.


Turn under 2 inches on each of the longer sides
 and sew for rod pocket.

As a finishing touch I glued buttons on all the dowel ends.


Mounted on the wall with brackets from Lowe's.


All finished!


29 comments:

  1. I love how organized everything is, very pretty!
    I really should just gut my studio and reorganize, it's a mess!

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  2. Okay, now I really have to get on making this! I pinned it ages ago. The fabrics you used are fantastic!

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  3. Thanks for the nice comments!

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  4. This a such a brilliant idea. It now on my to do list for this weekend. Thanks for sharing and the tutorial. Super fabric and I love Alexander Henry prints.

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    1. Thanks Sande. I hope it works out well for you.

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  5. Golly, these are GENIUS! And so pretty too!

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  6. Eu gostei muito da ideia....ela é criativa e diferente......fica tudo arrumado ....Parabéns.

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  7. This is so totally cool both for corralling my tools and as a book pouch. Thanks.
    Terri

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    1. Glad you like it. I find it very handy.

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  8. That is a awesome idea !! I'am making one as soon as I get to Lowes and get the bracket .Do you know what that bracket is called other than a bracket , or all the brackets in the same place ? Thank you so much for posting this , I'm also going to make a couple for gifts .

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    1. There is no special name for the bracket it is just a double bracket for curtain rods. I hope it works out for you.

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  9. Going to make me one! Perfect for rulers etc. Saw this on FB, shared by Handi Quilter.

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  10. how deep did you make your sling?

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    1. Hi Naomi, the final finished depth is 10 inches.

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  11. Awesome!!!! Making this asap!

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  12. I would like to know whether, after all this time, the mats warped. I always have trouble if I don't keep mine flat on the table.

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    1. My mats have not warped. They stand up quite straight. My lining fabric is heavy which might make a difference.

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  13. Can you tell me how wide your project is please.

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  14. The fabric is 28 inches wide and the rods are 30¼ inches long. Hope this helps.

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  15. Love this! I just moved into a new house where I have my own studio. This project may have to be at the top of my list...now where is my sewing machine?? ;)

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