November 20 ~ Gifts for Organization

on November 20 | in Handmade Holidays | by | with 79 Comments

We absolutely love today’s tutorials and need at least a half dozen of these to help us organize our lives. You’ll want to make some as gifts and some for yourself!
Corkboard/Wall Pocket
Have you wondered how to make the great wall pockets you see on crafty blogs? They are fantastic as inspiration boards and a fun way to give favorite fabrics a strong visual presence in your environment. Linda from Craft Apple shows you how to make one for yourself (oh, and for gifts too!) with her Corkboard/Wall Pocket Tutorial.
Car Organizer
Alicia’s Car Organizer Tutorial is a great solution for vehicle clutter and would make a great holiday gift; Alicia writes, “…Sneak into your sister’s minivan and take a few measurements!” Visit Alicia’s blog, mayfly, for more inspiration.
Quick Pocket
Tracy from Crafty Beats made her Quick Pocket from a dishtowel. In an hour and a half she created a pretty, tidy solution to shelf clutter and she shares it with you in her Quick Pocket Tutorial.
Pleated Pocket Front Door Organizer
Meg’s Pleated Pocket Front Door Organizer Tutorial provides a place to put many of life’s little items as you come and go. Visit Meg’s blog, Montessori by Hand, for more innovative and beautiful ideas.

Pattern Recommendation

If you’d like to try a pattern, we suggest this one:

Sort Things Out

Fabric Recommendations
Here are just a handful of fabrics we love for these projects:

Beth’s choice Kristin’s choice Lauren’s choice
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More Handmade Holiday ideas:
19 ~ Tech Gifts
18 ~ For Baby
17 ~ Purses
16 ~ Gifts for the Crafter
15 ~ Warm those Toes
14 ~ Dress the Kids
13 ~ Placemats
12 ~ For the Table
11 ~ Reading & Writing
10 ~ Ties & Belts
9 ~ Fabric Ornaments
8 ~ Whimsy
7 ~ For Your Purse or Pocket
6 ~ Blankets for Baby
5 ~ Tote Bags
4 ~ Lunch Bags
3 ~ For the House
2 ~ Pincushions & Pins
1 ~ Aprons

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79 Responses to November 20 ~ Gifts for Organization

  1. Michele says:

    I really NEED the organizer for my car! Thanks for the ideas!

  2. Lynn says:

    I like that wall pocket.

  3. Kim says:

    Oh my GOSH!! I SO need one of those on the back of my minivan seats!!

    Thanks!
    Kim

  4. April C says:

    OH my goodness! What great ideas! Loving the seat organizer for the car… perfect for all of the kiddo’s crayons and toys.
    I love all of the great patterns and am excited to get to it!!

    Thanks for being awesome!

  5. sharon says:

    I love these! … Alicia’s instructions for the car organizers’ remind me of my dad’s recipe for chicken paprikash ….”first you steal a chicken ….” (just joking of course!)

  6. jenn says:

    So many great ideas! Perfect car organizers, I must get busy!
    jenn

  7. Ashley says:

    Great tutorials!

  8. Deb says:

    Must — sew — wall pockets! My sewing room is in real need of some creative organization. Thank you for the great tutes!

  9. Your November series is giving me heart palpatations! There are soooooooo many fun things to make!!!

  10. Dore says:

    Cool! I am down with the flu and can only sit here and dream of how organized things could be….

  11. Meloney Funk says:

    Wow, just what I need for my daughter’s messes. LOL
    Thank you for your ideas!

  12. i love the pleated pocket front door organizer! i really need to be more organized, especially with 4 kiddos under foot! thanks :)

  13. Jean says:

    I love all the pockets- now maybe I can organize my life!

  14. Rose L says:

    Oh, I am totally making the corkboard!… and the car organizer!… and the quick pocket!… These are great ideas. :)

  15. Libby says:

    The corkboard/wal lpocket is great! You could make it look like a piece of art on the wall.

  16. Carol says:

    I like the idea of having an organizer that hangs from a closet hanger like the one in the pattern.

  17. Samantha says:

    Oooh! More present ideas for ME!

  18. Julia D says:

    The car organizer would make a GREAT gift! …so much sewing to do…

  19. Kensie says:

    Awesome! Love these ideas!!

  20. Sarah M says:

    What great ideas! Instead of carrying around a diaper bag I can stock some diapers/wipes/ointment and clothing changes in an organizer hanging on the backseat!

  21. Angela says:

    Oh wow — I see at least two of these that I MUST make! Way too cute!

  22. brandee says:

    Definitely something that I can use here… love the wall pocket especially! makes my corkboard look boring in comparison, need to upgrade! :)

  23. Andrea says:

    I have to make that car organizer. what a great idea.

  24. aurora fox says:

    oh fab! that car orgnizer—so great! thanks!

  25. Letty says:

    What bright ideas! And very nice fabric suggestions!
    Letty

  26. Sandy says:

    These are all really great usable projects – who doesn’t need more organization in their life?

  27. adrienne says:

    Really like the corkboard organizer and the front door organizer. Beth and Kristen’s fabric picks are fabulous!

  28. Claudia~L says:

    Love the organization!! I need some.

  29. Missy says:

    I love all those fabric suggestions! What great ideas!!!!

  30. Francine says:

    These are great! I could use some organisation :)

  31. I already had a couple of these bookmarked but the rest are new to me! :) Thanks!

  32. Wendy says:

    I was so excited to find all of these tutorials. I just bought my first sewing machine and I am thrilled to make some of these! After I figure out some of the basics first:) I haven’t sewed in like 15 years!! Thanks again!!

  33. fiona says:

    yes, yes ,yes
    now these hit the spot, and i’m not at work tomorrow, he he he

  34. In a world of excess, organization may be the best gift you can give someone. :)

  35. Holly says:

    Organization, love it! Could use some of it =)

  36. If only an organizer came with the organizer. ; )

    Good ideas.

  37. Javede says:

    I got a Corkboard/Wall Pocket thingy recently and it’s just perfect for displaying my many brooches.

  38. Charli says:

    These are just all so fabulous. Every day there is just so much yummy goodness going on over here! I want to make SOOO many of the great things ya’ll have showcased here this month!

  39. Lynne H. says:

    This is a great idea. It would be so handy to have these on a road trip to keep little hands occupied with tools for quiet activity!

  40. Lauren S. says:

    this post gives me some good ideas for my new and messy apt.

  41. Kristine says:

    Oh wow! These are neat! I could use a bit of organization myself…

  42. Violet says:

    And I almost put up a plain corkboard in my studio last night…
    Thanks.
    -violet

  43. Lil' d says:

    Thanks again for all these tutorials.

    nb. I think that a better idea for helping to keep things organised around here would be a straitjacket for my kids…

  44. These are fantastic!

  45. Lindsey says:

    The back seat organizers are great!

  46. JV says:

    Yay!!! Thanks! Ive been looking for a car seat organizer.

  47. alison says:

    The corkboard/wall pocket would be perfect for my ‘tween daughter’s room. One more thing to add to the project list for Christmas (or maybe I’ll save it for her birthday). Love these great ideas!

  48. andrea says:

    all of these are great organizational ideas, now if i could just get organized to try them!

  49. oooh…my two very favorite subjects: Sewing and Organization…LOL! I especially love Linda’s (aka Craft Apple’s) Wall Pockets…I started three of them for my sewing room!

    Lots of additional tutorials on my blog along with my Sewing Room Organization Challenge.

    And yes Beth, your fabric pick today is ROCKIN’!

    Thanks for the continued sewing inspiration! I’ll be so sad when the Handmade Holidays come to an end (but I’m sure I’ll be referring to them all year long)!

    With friendship,
    Lisa

  50. Maggie says:

    Wow. All the ideas are great so far. Today I am especially excited. I have been looking for organization and cork board ideas. Thank you!!

  51. Heather B says:

    I need all the gifts suggested today! Great ideas, and the fabric choices are once again beautiful!

  52. Samantha says:

    I could definitely use some extra organization right now! What fun ideas!

  53. Kacy says:

    Love those fabrics, Kristin & Lauren!

  54. Natalie says:

    Gotta get organized, and these are great tutorials.

  55. Debra says:

    Okay…the Car Organizer will be great during the Holiday travel!!!!
    Great tutorials!!

  56. Hettie says:

    Oh wow, I love the car ones. I think I’ll make one for the boys to store their car books and trinkets in. And I need to make one for the office… and another one for the pantry… and… Yep, I could use a few as well!!

  57. Ekioart says:

    0-o I am going to have to whip up one of those car organizers today! Were driving out early tomorrow morning and that would be so helpful! Silly cluttered minivans.

  58. mj says:

    so useful!

  59. Alison says:

    wow, can’t wait to organize my life! thanks so much :)

  60. Miss Sassy says:

    These are awesome ideas! There are too many to choose from! Martha Stewart’s website has a hand towel caddy pattern that I made to store hairbrushes in. I was just thinking about how useful it was getting ready this morning so today’s organization entry is right up my alley! Here is a link to a picture of the caddy I made:

    http://sassypriscilla.typepad.com/sassy_priscillas_craft/2007/05/martha_stewart_.html

  61. Loopy says:

    OMG, I can just see it now… I can put these all over the office and FINALLY see the color of my desk! Brilliant!

  62. jane says:

    Love the corkboard! I’ve been looking for a bulletin board for my kitchen that my husband doesn’t think is “boring”. Perfect!

  63. Maria says:

    Nice ideas! Thanks! There are so many things that need an own place: coins, mail, keys.. .

  64. Heather says:

    Fantastic! Everyone I know could use a care organizer and a pocket organizer to keep their mail organgized.
    Thanks again for all the great tutorials!

  65. I’ve enjoyed many of the tutorials posted, but I think I am going to bookmark this one!

  66. Angie says:

    Oooo! I NEED a the car organizer. All of these tutorials are great! I love the corkboard/wall pocket too. Thank you so much for sharing these with us.

  67. Taia says:

    I love these ideas and will be making them as soon as I can!

  68. Jenny says:

    Who couldn’t use an organizer? Just great tutorials! Thanks so much for this awesome idea.

  69. Susan says:

    These are wonderful. My head is spinning. I want to make everything at once but since all the family is coming to my house for Thanksgiving I can’t sew this week!!! Ah, there’s next week!

  70. Shannon H. says:

    I so need to make a couple of car organizers in bright fun colors for my daughters. It would be so nice to put something in the car to put books and a few toys to keep them entertained. I’m definitely checking out today’s tutorials!

  71. Vickie says:

    Wow! This a great idea! Everyone I know could stand some help with organizing! Me especially!
    Thank you for these wonderful ideas!!!

  72. Natalie says:

    I think I will be making these for me for Christmas! I need a little organization in my life.

  73. Shelly says:

    I’ve been thinking of making the carseat hangers…now I have a tut to start from!!!

  74. Yvette says:

    Oh these are absolutely wonderful ideas!!!!!

  75. Vikki says:

    Fabulous cork board/wall pocket. I’m off to look through my stash.

  76. Isabelle says:

    Lovely ideas… Thank you! Love Kristin’s fabric choice, too.

  77. lauraj says:

    These are great! Who doesn’t need a little organization in their life?

  78. Kristin says:

    The car organizer and the wall pocket are perfect! Thanks so much.

  79. Helen says:

    I definitely need a bit more organisation in my life – great tutorials again. I can see the car seat organisers being especially useful as I have 2 small children. Thanks!

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