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In just about every set of bedding I have bought in the last year has pillow shams with it. I am not a pillow collector and shams just get in my way of a restful nights sleep. Oh, who the hell am I kidding, I haven’t had a restful nights sleep since 1994. At any rate over the last year I have acquired a herd of pillow shams. What do you do with them if they are not housing a pillow? Sure I could leave them folded up on a shelf in a closet, but I knew there had to be a good use for them. Turns out an idea came to me, yep be afraid, be very afraid.
Once the smoke cleared the area caused by me thinking, I jumped into action. Those of you that have dug back a bit on the blog are aware we are expanding our property into a farm. I will be dealing with wool from our famous local sheep herder, Mrs. Peggy. Also we will be raising alpacas for fiber that I will process for varies things. At any rate to save money I have been making things I will need to process wool and fiber a tad easier. One of the things I knew I would need is some type of pouched, easy access organizer that could hang on the wall.
Now, since I have a team of daughters, this mean I also have a bunch of tulle and netting in every color of the rainbow. You have to have this stuff when you live with a princess, deranged Tinkerbell and hyper Minnie Mouse! However, the wall organizer I came up with is set up like a shoe organizer. Which means…you will now know how to make your own shoe organizer, hair accessory holder, massive make-up collection or whatever else, maybe sewing paraphernalia or a home office wall organizer.
What you will need:
tulle or netting
Doing the deed:
Lay our your sham, take your tulle and cut strips. These strips should be an inch wider than your sham, allowing you a 1/2 inch on each side when sewing the pocket into place. The height of the netting will be however deep you wish the pockets to be. Now lay the tulle strip across the shame in a length wise manner. Fold the two side edges and bottom of the tulle so it would be on the inside of your pocket and pin it. Start up your handy dandy sewing machine and let’er rip. Run a stitch down all three sides. Tulle and light weight netting have a life of their own, and most times the direction they move in, is not where you want them. I decided to put an edge trim of just plain ribbon along the top edge on my second run at this organizer. If you would like a clean finished top edge, fold the ribbon over the edge on each side. Folding the ribbon in half length wise with the netting sandwiched in between and then just run a straight stitch down it. This step would take place after you cut the tulle strip to the depth you want for your pockets. It allows the raw edges to be tucked into the pocket in the 1/2 inch you allowed for both sides.
To hang your new organizer you can sew on a loop of ribbon, string or I took the easy way. At the very top of the sham I measured a 1/2 inch down and stitched a straight line all the way across the width. Then at both ends I simply cut a slit as a panel of curtains would have. Went outside and found a smooth long stick and fed it through the slit to the other side like a curtain rod. The great thing about making the organizers out of the pillow shames, you are guaranteed it will match your decor of that room. Bonus! We love that.