Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!

"No one in the world can take the place of your mother. Right or wrong, from her viewpoint you are always right. She may scold you for little things, but never for the big ones." - Harry S. Truman

I made sure to get started on my Mother's Day gift to my mom early. I even let her pick out the fabric for it, so I was sure it would appeal to her. I found a super simple yet super practical idea in Martha Stewart's Good Things for Organizing for making a fabric plastic bag organizer.

This unique design is a fashionable alternative to some of the other options on the market. Unlike it's counterparts available in stores and online, making your own allows you to customize the design to suit your kitchen's or bathroom's color scheme and decor. I embellished what Martha designed by using satin ribbon in a contrasting color at the top in addition to the bias tape. You have the option of using wider bias tape and wider ribbon too. Elastic gets threaded through a loop of fabric at the bottom so that the organizer acts as a bag dispenser only when you give a tug on the bottom bag. Ingenious.

Although everyone in my family is making an effort to utilize reusable fabric bags for our shopping needs, plastic bags still find a way to multiply like bunnies in the back of our closets and in the bottom of our kitchen drawers when we're not looking. Now we have an eye-catching way to save them up for recycling or for reuse. They can cleverly hang in the kitchen, hang in the bathroom, or hide away in a closet. What Mother wouldn't want something as clever as this?!?

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