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I've often admired an organized closet but winced at the prices for the perfect matching accessories used to maintain order. Save money while creating your own compartments. Here's how:
  • The Basics: First, you'll want to take stock of your closet. What do you need to organize it better? Typically shoe bags, more hangers, and fabrics boxes for storage are the main requirements. Be sure to toss or give away what you don't love or haven't worn.
  • Fabric Matters: One of the great advantages of making your own closet accessories is that you get to choose the fabric and the size. For a shoe organizer or a storage box, any light or midweight textile will do and offers infinite style options. A heavyweight muslin is also a popular choice. Twill fabric is a sturdy weave that will support your shoe needs.

  • Favorite Patterns: In commercial patterns from the bigger companies, you'll often find one pattern that has all your closet accessory needs (and more) packed into one envelope. Although made for sewing room accessories, you'll love the basket liner, pocketed tote, and hanging organizer pattern from Butterick. This storage box pattern is just genius, especially when you consider how expensive and cheaply made the storebought options are. McCall's makes a closet accessories pattern that include organizers for shoes, jewelry, purses and even a mult-garment bag. The teen in your life will love honing sewing skills with this cute organizer pattern.
  • Free Stuff: Plenty of free patterns are available online for closet organizers and accessories. Check out this detailed video series for making shoe bags. Hanging shoe organizers are relatively simple to make, and can be used for storing more than shoes--socks, underwear, accessories and even sewing supplies will stow away neatly. For covered or padded hangers, you'll find great tips and links at the Sewing Success blog.

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