guest tutorial from tiffany at lemontree- upcycled craft organizer

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You know when you meet someone and immediately love them? That’s how we feel about Tiffany from lemon tree creations and happy day. She is a master decorator, throws fabulous parties, and she exudes love for her littles and her husband (she even used to be a teacher!). And we get to be friends with her! Best of all, she is here with us today! YAY!
Hi!  I am Tiffany from Lemon Tree Creations.  I am thrilled to be back at kojo!  I am big fan of this blog and its incredibly talented writers!  Thanks girls for letting me be a guest at your place today!  
Such a fabulous idea to “destash”.  I have been loving the fun ideas from this series.  I desperately needed to dive into my abundance of fabric, ribbon, and supplies.  So, here is a small sampling of my stash…
I have an almost 5 year old little girl.  With my little girl comes an enormous amount of art supplies.  The girl loves to draw, cut, glue, and color anything she can get her hands on.  This means that our kitchen island is constantly covered with an abundance of art supplies.  
My solution: An art organizer that could be hidden from view to fool everyone into thinking our kitchen was clean.  Ha.
So I found a lot of muslin fabric in the stash.  I also found an old pair of pants in the closet that I could put to good use.
I cut the muslin fabric into two large pieces that would fit on our pantry door.  I put the two pieces of fabric right side together and sewed only the bottom and sides together.  I flipped it inside out and had a large muslin rectangle.  I then began preparing the pockets.
I cut out the butt area of the pants as well as the bottom of each pant leg.  I would use the bottom of the pant legs as two pockets for the top of the organizer and the butt of the pants for the large bottom pocket.  I measured how big I wanted each pocket to be and then hemmed the sides and bottom of each one.  

Then I pinned and sewed each pocket into place on my fabric.

 I folded the top of my muslin rectangle over and ironed it down.  Before sewing, I made sure to leave an opening big enough for my dowel rod and ribbon to go through.  I sewed along the bottom edge.

I inserted my dowel rod and some fun ribbon into the opening.

I tied the ribbon in a knot at the top and hung it from a hook inside our pantry door.

I went through my old teacher stash and found these nametag holders.  They were perfect for labeling my art organizer.

I typed up labels for each pocket and then cut them to size and slipped them in the holders.

I clipped a label to each pocket.  I am going to let my little girl write the labels herself when we get a chance.  Great writing practice and she loves being a part of my projects.  Also, who doesn’t love a little kid’s handwriting?

And there you have it.  Organized art supplies.

 The supplies are within her reach and it makes for easy clean-up because everything has its place.  We can close the pantry door and our art supplies are out of sight.  Cheers to a cleaner kitchen. Woohoo!

Go check out Tiffany at happy day and lemontree creations… we guarantee, you’ll fall in love with her too!

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  1. I love this! I just threw an old pair of jeans in my stash that would be perfect for this. And the name tag holder label idea… genius!

  2. I love this! I just threw an old pair of jeans in my stash that would be perfect for this. And the name tag holder label idea… genius!

  3. I really like this idea…endless possibilities! I need to use it for some of my scrapbooking supplies! It's time to break out those jeans I'll never wear again, lol.

  4. This is great! I love the little "butt" pocket, too cute!!

    I'm sure you've fooled everyone into thinking the kitchen is clean too! 🙂

    Great idea!

  5. What a great idea! My kids' supplies are currently overflowing from a small (decorated) box on top the fridge..

  6. great idea! I've been wanting to make something like this, but didn't really have a reason to! I love the heart supplies! (and I just got some clear vinyl at a great price!)

  7. Excellent! I can think of so many uses for this concept… spice packets, batteries, rubber bands… so much of that stuff that's in the "junk drawer".

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