Friday, December 16, 2016

Zipper Organizer

I made a quick little project this week. If you saw this in-progress pic of it, could you guess what it was?

I didn't think so. How about this, where it's all sewn?

I wouldn't have known, either, so here it is in use:

A few days ago, someone pointed me to a brand new pattern for a zipper organizer, and it sounded perfect to me, since I'd been wondering how to organize and store all the zippers I've accumulated. It's a pattern designed by Michelle Wootton of Birdcage and Thread, and it can be found here. You can't beat the price of only $2.00! It was well-written and even had a nice video tutorial to go with it. It was also easy to sew!

I used some of Jess's older fabric, her Sunflower canvas. I didn't have the grosgrain ribbon the pattern called for, so I improvised by sewing a fabric tube and pressing it flat. It worked just fine. The hooks are actually drapery hooks, and I dug around and found 55 of them in a drawer - enough for more than two organizers! (Sometimes it pays to save everything!)

There are 11 hooks on each side....

.... so the organizer holds up to 110 zippers, with 5 on each hook.

I think this idea was ingenious! I can now hang my supply of zippers in a closet to prevent them from getting dusty or fading, and they're portable so I can take them wherever I want to match with fabrics. I love it! The organizer could also be used to hang belts, jewelry, or anything else that would fit on the hooks.

The photo above doesn't show all my zippers. I only put a few on there for demo purposes. I need to do some organizing by color, etc. And I probably need to make another organizer. ;)


Geneviève Thiffault said...

Love the fabric and how useful this is! Nice work. ☺

How was the pattern? Would buy more from this designer?

Grandma G said...

Thanks, Geneviève! The pattern was great - it was all explained very well, and the video would leave no one in doubt about how to make this. It was pretty simple as far as patterns go, so hard to tell if a more complicated pattern would work as nicely, but I'm guessing it would. So yes, I'd definitely try another pattern from this designer.

Kris Quilts said...

Zipper organizer... Who knew?! This is probably much better than my method of organizing. (Shove them in a ziplock bag. I'll have to look into this idea. I'll need to find some drapery hooks, I'm sure I don't have any of those.
Thanks for the great idea.

annie dee said...

I'm with Kris - who knew? This is brilliant!! I'll check out the pattern AFTER the holidays.

Grandma G said...

Thanks, Kris and Annie Dee! Isn't it just the best? I was considering the ziplock bag idea myself, but somehow that didn't seem like the right answer. Now I'm glad I procrastinated on that. 😊