Sunday, November 23, 2014

Potholder Organizer

Today I have a guest blogger whom I've asked to share a project she made earlier this week.  It's my daughter Haley (14), and she made this adorable potholder organizer in Girl Scouts this week. Take it away, Haley!

Hey everyone!

So, holidays.  Stressful time, am I right?  The time of year everything's on sale and you end up arguing with a middle age mom over the last monster high doll on the shelf.  Wouldn't it be so much easier to get presents anyone can enjoy, without sticking to the usual gift cards and socks?

Well, that's where this little beauty comes in.




That, my friends, is a portable organizer made from a potholder, six plastic baggies, a button, and a (Totally optional) piece of ribbon.

This makes a great present in sooooo many ways.

1.  Super affordable.  Just one trip to the local dollar store gives you everything you need.

2.  Simple to make.  If you can sew and/or use a hot glue gun, you can make this no problem.

3.  You can customize it to suit everyone on your list.  Use a potholder in someone's favorite color, decorated with flowers for a pick-me-up, or even drawn on by hand with some sharpies.

4.  Useful for anyone.  Your teenage daughter can use it for makeup and hair ties, the family workaholic can store metrocards and cash, your well meaning but kinda nutty aunt can use it for coupons and little candies, etc.

So now that I'm done gushing about how great a gift this is, let's dive into the materials and steps.

MATERIALS

1 Potholder (Super easy to find at the dollar store, ranging in colors and patterns from solids to snowflakes)

1 button (Again, super easy to find.  If, on the off chance, you can't buy one, just take the spare that every button up garment comes with.  Shhhhh, nobody will notice...)

Needle and thread and/or a hot glue gun (I recommend sewing the button and hot gluing the baggies and ribbon, but if you only have one or the other you can make it work.)

6 snack baggies (  If you don't have a box of these in your house, reconsider your life choices and buy a box.  Maybe two.  Definitely two.  Yes, you do need that many.  Trust me.)

Ribbon (Optional, mainly just used to pretty up the finished project.  If you don't have any, no biggie.)

INSTRUCTIONS

1.  Take your potholder and fold it in half, design (If any) facing out.  See where the loop is resting on the potholder (For me it was Santa's boot)?  Mark that with chalk or something.

2.  Sew or glue your button to the marked spot.  Don't worry about being super exact, but make sure the loop can fit over the button securely.  Congrats, you've made the closure!

3.  After reveling in your victory, flip the potholder over.  This is where the baggies will go.

4.  Sew or glue the bottoms of the baggies together in two groups of three.  Tip:  Use a low setting for the hot glue gun.  Not only will it reduce any plastic melting, but you'll spare your fingers a mighty deal of pain in case of any mishaps.

5.  Now to glue or sew them into the potholder.  Take your groups and put one on either end of the potholder, openings facing out.  You can glue them with a little space in the middle or completely together.  If sewing, sew only through the first layer of the potholder.

6.  If you'd like, sew or hot glue a piece of ribbon between the baggie clusters.

7.  Pat yourself on the back for your hard work and reward yourself with a bowl of popcorn and a netflix marathon.

There you go!  A great gift for everyone on your list!  And a homemade one to boot!  

Happy holidays, everyone!  :)

Thank you so much, Haley!  I'm sure you have inspired us all to make some of these adorable - and affordable - organizers for holiday gifts this year.

6 comments:

janet said...

This is GENIUS!!!!!!!!

I love it, and I love how you wrote everything in very clear details. Awesome job and SO on my to-do list for some craft ideas for my daughter and her library-time children. And her name is Haley too.

Awesome post- Awesome idea!!!!!

Thanks for sharing and Happy Thanksgiving!
Janet

Debbie From Illinois said...

Very cute!

Solange J. said...

This is a brillaint idea!

Rona Thompson said...

Wow! What a great post! Haley, you are a talented writer... I hope we see more guest posts from you!

laurie danielle said...

This is awesome! But now I'm worried -- Am I the middle aged mom? Am I the Nutty Aunt? If I tell you what I would put in my organizer, can you tell me what my title is?

Jeanette Giancaspro said...

Don't worry, Laurie. I'm all of the above. :) Thanks for reading and commenting.