Sewing Tool Organizers
Monday, June 13, 2016
Happy Monday! I recently finished a pair of fun sewing tool organizers! I pinned the #10 Caddy pattern by Sew Can She to Pinterest long ago, and I've always wanted to make it. Last month I finally sat down to make a pair of them, one for Amanda's Birthday, and one for myself.
What makes this organizer unique is how it gets it's structure, from a #10 aluminum can. This is a big can, 7" tall and a little over 6" in diameter. I couldn't find a can that big in my local grocery store, but ended up finding them at a regional grocery chain, Woodman's. The pattern recommends checking warehouse stores like Costco or Sam's Club. I ended up buying a can of kidney beans and peeled whole tomatoes. (For this recipe, and this one. I portioned recipe amounts out and froze them.)
After cleaning the cans, I used a bit of duct tape on the inside edge of the cans to cover up any sharp edges. I also cut a felt circle and hot glued it to the inside bottom of the can so that the metal wouldn't show.
For Amanda's organizer, I used some of her favorite fabrics, all from Constellations by Lizzy House. I've been hoarding a fat quarter bundle for a while and decided it was time to cut into it. I had to piece the exterior pocket piece in order to make a fat quarter work, but I don't think it's too noticeable. I also used muslin for the lining pieces that aren't visible, on both organizers.
For my organizer, I used one of my favorite fabrics, this fat cat Halloween fabric, Magic Meows by Alexander Henry. Any excuse to see this fabric all year round! To make it feel a little less Halloween, I paired it with black and white fabrics, including a long stashed piece of ruler fabric from Tailor Made by Cosmo Cricket.
These organizers turned out so cool and were really fun to make! My only word of advice is to choose your can wisely because these cans contain a ton of food. Or check with a local restaurant and see if they have any empty cans to spare.