DIY This Hanging Storage Bag and Keep Your Home Office Organized
Spring cleaning can be an intimidating task, especially when it comes to your work space. There’s your craft closet where you just throw everything all winter long and your desk that is starting to look a bit messy. So let’s take a deep breath, download a cleaning checklist printable and take the opportunity to try a brand new DIY project. This hanging storage bag is the perfect organizer for paintbrushes, washi tape and everything you have on your desk.
Materials + Tools:
– matching thread
– fabric scissors
– wooden or plastic dowel
– sewing machine
1. Measure a rectangle that’s 17 x 23 inches, and cut it out.
2. Now cut out a rectangle that’s 6 x 18 inches and repeat to create two other large strips.
3. Take your strips and fold the top of the long edge over about 1/2 inch. Pin it in place and sew.
4. Repeat step 3, but this time fold the bottom edge over.
5. Place your strips over the big rectangle, and sew as shown below to create your pockets.
6. Turn the rectangle so that the back is facing you. Fold the left, bottom and right edges over about one inch. Pin and sew in place.
7. Fold over the top edge about two inches and sew again to create a loop for your plastic dowel.
8. Measure the center point of the organizer, and use your sewing machine to sew from top to bottom. Just be sure to leave the loop open.
9. Insert your dowel, and tie the twine.
First measure a rectangle that’s 17 x 23 inches, and cut it out. This will be the base of your organizer. Now, it’s time to think about the pockets. Cut out three rectangles that are 6 x 18 inches. Then, take your strips and fold the top of the long edge over about 1/2 inch to create a hem. Pin it in place and sew. Repeat with the bottom edge.
Now, place the pockets over the base rectangle and sew as shown above. Then, turn the rectangle so that the wrong side is facing you and fold the left, bottom and right edge over about one inch. Pin them in place, and sew using your sewing machine. Next fold over the top edge as well, and sew to create a loop that’s more or less two inches wide. This is where you’ll insert your plastic dowel.
Find and mark the center point of the organizer, and sew a straight line from top to bottom. Just be sure to leave the loop open. Finally insert the plastic dowel and tie the twine. Voilà! You’re ready to hang the storage bag :)
The pockets are perfect for notebooks, pens and knick-knacks.
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Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!