How to Make a Project Keeper

26 Jan 2010

Yay, I was super excited to see that my new project is up on CRAFT this morning!

I designed these Project Keepers as a way to neatly store all my projects-in-progress. They're a super simple construction - a little like an envelope pillow, so small items can't fall out. And they come with a hangtag so I can label each project.

Best of all, you can make them from oilcloth, or you can find a vinyl tablecloth (backed with flannel or not) at your local thrift store.

Here's a shot of the opening, and of one of my longest-standing WIPs. Joan Hawley of Lazy Girl Designs was kind enough to send me this pattern for her Gracie Handbag, along with one of her Bag-E-Bottom stabilizers. I really want this bag! I found awesome fabric!

...And (gulp) a year and a half later, I'm still trying to find time to sew it. Ack.

Wait. Forget I said all that. Go look at the Project Keeper tutorial!

And, check out this pretty idea from Modern June, where oilcloth takes a similar shape as gift wrap!

Comments

Thank you! Ooh, plastic canvas project storage envelopes?!?!


GREAT idea! I've seen plastic project storage envelopes in the store, but I like these much better. Adding this to my to-do list! Thank you!


neat! what a great idea!


Ok - this is seriously useful! And a way prettier solution to storing projects in process than the one I use - which as you well know is nothing more than a stack of cardboard flats! I love this idea and the fact that you can, if you wish carry it around with you!

Beautiful job on the tutorial! So glad to see you posting tutorials again!


Thanks, Mom! :-)


They look like they'd handy to stash in your bag and take with you on the train or something. Perfect.


Oh Diane these are PERFECT! I've had some beautiful oil cloth (I think almost identical to yours in fact, but in pink) since before I knew how to sew (yup, I'm that much of an optimist!) and now I finally have a use for it. I'm so excited! Linked today @ Ready, Set, Craft!

xo
Joanne
http://www.readysetcraft.blogspot.com


Thank you so much, Joanne! And thank you for the link! If you like oilcloth, you'll also love Oilcloth Addict: http://oilclothaddict.blogspot.com/ So many cute oilcloth projects over there!


I literally just came up from the craft studio where I was working on my own project keepers via your tutorial when I got your note! LOVE oilclothaddict, thanks for referring me over there. Yup, I think oil cloth is my next "thing" ! : ) Have a great Sunday!


Thank you so much, Joanne! And thank you for the link! If you like oilcloth, you'll also love Oilcloth Addict: http://oilclothaddict.blogspot.com/ So many cute oilcloth projects over there!


I literally just came up from the craft studio where I was working on my own project keepers via your tutorial when I got your note! LOVE oilclothaddict, thanks for referring me over there. Yup, I think oil cloth is my next "thing" ! : ) Have a great Sunday!


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