Today, Samarra Khaja, SammyK on Spoonflower and one of the craftiest ladies we know, stops by the blog to share a fun and innovative DIY to organize your collections, travel memorabilia and other bits and bobs!
Has your spring cleaning morphed into summer cleaning? Feeling like it’s on the brink of oh-why-even-bother cleaning? Well, before you feel as though weeding the greenways along the highway entrance ramps would be a better use of your time, I want to show you four, count ‘em, four fun-filled wall organizing solutions that will allow you to happily display your cherished collections, even if everyone else thinks you’re a hoardin’ fool. We’ll show them!
First stop, buttons. Yup, the commemorative kind. This also includes pins, my friends. All the flair, good people, all the F-L-A-I-R. It’s time to free them from that battered up shoebox that’s languishing in the depths of your closet and show them off with pride!
For this set of wall organizers – both of which are printed on Spoonflower's Eco Canvas – I chose to sew a hanging sleeve at the top of each back panel. This way, you’ll be able to thread a dowel through the sleeve and tie on your favorite ribbon or cord for easy hanging.
Place each of your scout panels face to face with its corresponding back panel, sandwiching a layer of same-sized batting along with them. Pin in place and sew everything together, starting at the bottom edge of the panel, leaving a 2.5” opening. Once sewn up, trim off all corners and flip your panel right side out. Using a ladder stitch, hand-sew the opening closed and iron your finished panel flat.
Let the fun begin because now it’s time to arrange your pins! While working on placement, I recommend positioning everything where you want it and then taking a quick reference photo of your final layout. This way you can remove everything from your panel and individually pin each one through all layers and still know where the next ones are to be pinned.
Now do the same with your buttons! Take time to intermix larger buttons with smaller ones to maximize your display. Your friendly scouts are proud to help!
Once all pins and buttons are securely in place, thread your dowels through each sleeve, tie on your favorite hanging ribbon and hang up your collections loud and proud!
Not only is your favorite flair now perfectly displayed, but it’s also easily rolled up, safe and sound for convenient transport if you ever need to move them. Done and done and cute to boot!
Oh, what’s that you say? You’ve got an immense patch collection you’ve spent decades curating and you want a place to display them that doesn’t involved holey knees? Well, I hear your cry for help and present you with the World Traveler wall organizer!
Let’s harken back to ancient crusty olden times (i.e. our childhood) when we jet setters would happily emblazon our bright red matching sets of Samsonite suitcases with travel stickers and let’s now adapt that retro style into this modern fabric version.
For this panel – which I printed on Linen-Cotton Canvas – I opted to skip a hanging sleeve. If you’re not feeling up to all that sewing, guess what? You can simply sew up your panel like we did before (sandwiched with a layer of batting and back panel) and add two spiffy bulldog or binder clips at the top for super easy hanging with a neat industrial look!
Next up, spread out all your patches and decide where you want everything. Take a quick reference picture to remember placement. Then, depending on your patches, you can either iron each of them in place or stitch them onto your panel suitcase.
Voila! A great memento of all the places traversed is now ready! It’s a perfect conversation starter and wonderful reminder of so many great global voyages enjoyed. Plus, there’s room for future souvenir patches, so get on out there and keep exploring the planet!
For my last trick, here’s a fourth wall organizer that’s got a lot of versatility. It works especially well for precious curiosities like heirloom button collections and any other randomness you refuse to part with. Right when you had no idea what to actually do with all those vintage sewing notions, I’ve got your answer in the form of these Collection Jars to visually organize and contain all your prized objects.
For this panel, I chose the Faux Suede substrate to add an extra lush texture to the final piece. Also, for people who don’t adore machine sewing, guess what? It’s staple gun time using either a pre-made stretcher or creating a more custom size with individual canvas stretcher bars, both of which can be found at your local arts and crafts store.
Once all edges are securely stapled, place your stretcher right side up. We arrived at fun central again, because now’s your chance to play around with how you want to arrange everything. The multiple jars give you all sorts of options for what you’d like to visually ‘collect’ in each container and how you want to group everything. By color? By size? By item type? The options are endless!
Once everything’s in place, take a quick photo of your arrangement for reference and find a nice comfy chair along with good lighting. It’s time for some quality hand sewing, because you’re going to tack each button in place with some white pearl cotton thread.
Once all twinkly heirlooms are secured in place, you’re done! Hang that beauty up and marvel at your work and the beauty of all those fun-filled jars! Fourth wall-organizing project, complete!
Feel free to mix and match not only what you embellish each wall organizer with but also how you prep them for final presentation (we covered hanging sleeves and bulldog clips, but also think grommets and fabric loops too!). There are a myriad of options, so combine techniques that work best for you. Most of all, enjoy, because there’s nowhere but up with all that spring cleaning!
**Purchase all four fun-filled wall organizers on one yard here! Make sure to select 1 yard of any fabric that's 54" wide to get the complete set of four! Enjoy!.
About Our Guest Blogger
Samarra Khaja is an artist, illustrator, licensed textile designer and proud lefty. She has two murals on vivid display in Brooklyn, NY that can also be spotted from the F-train riding towards Coney Island, so keep your eyes peeled! Her first book, Sew Adorkable, debuts this September and she’s already practicing her happy dance for that! Find out more about her creations at www.samarrakhaja.com and follow her random musings via Instagram.
Photo: Ann Price Photography