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How To: Make Graphic Cork and Leather Hanging Memo Boards

by Capree K

How To: Make Graphic Cork and Leather Hanging Memo Boards

After recently completing our office makeover, I realized I needed somewhere to put all those random little notes and lists and other office-y bits. You know, something people like to call a "memo board". After looking around, the only options appeared to be giant rectangular boards, emphasis on giant. And rectangular. Since I like to keep things a little quirky (and colorful and covered in pattern), I decided to make my own!       

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8 Quick Tips for Cleaning and Organizing Your Car Interior

by Capree K

8 Quick Tips for Cleaning and Organizing Your Car Interior

While you're rampaging through your spring cleaning checklist, don't forget to give your car a little TLC. Whether you're facing a mound of discarded coffee cups and drive-thru trailings or just a winter's worth of dust and dirt, here are 8 quick tips for cleaning your car's interior -- and keeping it that way!     

1. Start by emptying everything out of your car: throw away garbage, bring those gym clothes inside, file away important...

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DIY Wall-Mounted Wrapping Paper Storage Organizer

by Capree K

DIY Wall-Mounted Wrapping Paper Storage Organizer

My name is Capree and I am a wrapping paper hoarder. (Phew! It feels good to get that off my chest!) I have an entire closet full of wrapping paper and several drawers of a giant, Mid-Century dresser are dedicated to all manner of colorful ribbon. It's... a problem. Fortunately, there is a simple, budget-friendly solution that I can't wait to implement!      

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Make It: Easy DIY Magazine Rack

by Capree K

Make It: Easy DIY Magazine Rack

I'm the type that only keeps magazines around for a short period of time before donating or recycling them, but I love the idea of having a small, rotating collection readily available to peruse. This simple DIY magazine rack would be perfect for storing a few faves!     

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How To: Make a Simple DIY Fabric Storage Basket

by Capree K

How To: Make a Simple DIY Fabric Storage Basket

We are a bit strapped for closet space here in San Francisco –- the verdict is still out on if it’s because I have a shopping problem or the fact that our 1906 apartment has tiny closets! I had been on the hunt for a practical way to store excess blankets and pillows when I came up with the idea to make a fabric basket.      

I decided to use pellon, a common material at fabric stores that adds cardboard-like stiffness to just about any fabric that can be ironed, giving you the freedom to match the design of the room! This is a fairly simple DIY that can be completed in under an hour.

Fabric Basket DIY

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Tools and Materials:

  • 1.5 Yards of Fabric
  • 1.5 Yards of Pellon 71F Peltex (available in most craft/sewing supply stores)
  • Iron
  • Ironing Board
  • Sewing Machine
  • Size 16 Needle (denim needle)
  • Pins
  • Rotary Cutter
  • Cutting Mat
  • Ruler
  • Pencil

Directions:

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Step 1: Iron the fabric to the Pellon backing.

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Step 2: Trim the excess fabric.

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Step 3: Cut a 20 x 30 inch piece out of the fused fabric.

Step 4: Cut two 13x10 inch pieces out of the fused fabric.

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Step 5: Measure to the middle of the 13x10 inch piece and mark with a pencil on the inside facing piece. Measure 1 inch down and make another mark. Draw a 2x4 inch rectangle and cut out the handle. Repeat on the other 13x10 inch fabric piece.

Note: You will make the basket inside out and then fold right side out once it’s complete.

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Step 6: With the fabric side down, pin the handle sides to the outside middle of the 20 x 30 inch piece. Sew in place and repeat on the other side.

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Step 7: Fold the side pieces up, pin in place and sew. (You may have to finagle the fabric a bit to get it to lay flat because there is some bulk to the material that helps it stand on its own.) Repeat for the remaining three sides.

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Step 8: Turn right-side-out and voila! You have yourself a one-of-a-kind fabric storage basket!

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Stacy Wichelhaus is a wedding planner and wedding publicist for Hello Cupcake Public RelationsWhen not consumed by all things wedding, she can be found creating original DIY projects on her blogHello Cupcake.

[Images by Meredith Nguyen of Not Merely Living]

 

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Mega Roundup: 25 Easy DIY Jewelry Organizer Projects

by Capree K

Mega Roundup: 25 Easy DIY Jewelry Organizer Projects

I'll be the first to admit that my jewelry organization situation is pretty horrendous. The knobs on my closet doors are home to countless necklaces, half of which fall off if one happens to even glance in their general direction. Fortunately, there are DIY jewelry holders aplenty, a few of which I have my eye on for upcoming weekend projects. Check out all 25 below and let me know which one is your fave!     

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Roundup: 21 Creative DIY Wall Hook and Coat Rack Projects!

by Capree K

Roundup: 21 Creative DIY Wall Hook and Coat Rack Projects!

I'll admit that the coat rack/wall hook situation in our entryway (which is really just our living room) needs a little help. When we have guests over, they inevitably ask, "So... uh, where do you want me to put my coat?" -- which means "Dude. Get a coat rack already." We end up tossing jackets over the back of a random piece of furniture and call it day, but I'd love to surprise our friends with an actual, honest-to-goodness coat rack or wall hook the next time they come over. One of these modern DIY options ought to do the trick!       

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