I normally use giftbags instead of wrap presents because I am a terrible wrapper. However, this year after I used up my stash (and bought a few more), there were no gift bags to be found near me (unless I wanted to pay a couple $s each. No thanks.) So I bought gift wrap – 4 pack. And now I have 3 full, and one partial roll of giftwrap left. I had been storing my old rolls in a mailing tube, that was OK for one or even two half finished rolls, but not 4. So I needed a way to store them. I wanted something dedicated to it – so I looked online for gift wrap organizers. Amazon had several – but the cheapest was about $14. Then I remembered something. I had a big old bolt of what a friend of mine had called “the ugliest fabric known to man” I had bought it the Star Trek Auction and had made a few drawstring laundry bags – but otherwise it was just behind my chair taking up space. So I decided to use it for a free but ugly solution to my storage problem. The fabric was I guess for some ugly curtains or something so the bolt was a long tube a little over 4 feet tall.
Ugly fabric 2 strips approximately 4 feet by 2 foot wide
I got out my cutting mat and cut a strip just under the width of the mat – probably ended up about 22 inches wide. I folded it in half – right sides together, and made a tiny stay stitch along the bottom fold for strength. Then I sewed the sides. I then started making pockets for the rolls – the 1st one was too small – but I found a use later for it. I ended up taping an old gift card to the edge of my sewing machine to give myself a guide for the width I wanted. I would line up each previously sewn line to that and try to keep it even by feel. It wasn’t perfect by a long shot but it did the job. Key point – I didn’t go all the way to the top – I wanted some wiggle room.
I ended up with 4 long pockets the right size for a roll of wrapping paper and 2 small pockets on either side (1 of which will hold dollar store rolls). Oh and the wrapping paper stuck out about 3 inches.
I then cut another strip about the same size, and folded both ends toward the middle. and sewed that up so I had 2 pockets with a gap in the middle approximately the size of a pillow case. One half, I sewed closed and then sewed a few extra lines to keep it from getting puffy. That is my flap. The other side I sewed up the middle to give 2 pockets about 12 inches deep and 6 inches wide. These pockets are for tissue paper. Now to attach the 2 pieces together.
with the pockets facing out – I aligned the top of the tissue pockets to the top of the clothes hanger and sewed the two together along the side. That is where those two pockets that are too small for rolls come in handy. Next I sewed carefully across the top so that they were firmly attached, but the pockets for the gift wrap were still open. It helped that I accidentally folded the gift wrap tube unevenly, and it stuck out about a half-inch in the back of the gift wrap pockets which gave me something to aim for. Now i have an organizer with a flap.
To put the hanger on, I used a metal hanger (thin but strong) and placed it where I thought the flap should be flipped. I stitched it in place about an inch (basically making a tube with the hanger bar in the center) and then did the same on the other side. This kept it from slipping. then I finished the tube. I should have sewed another line for strength, but I didn’t.
Here it is. My apologies – WordPress won’t let me edit or rotate nor will it keep the rotation if I do it on my computer.