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Monday, September 5, 2011

Embroidery Hoop Organizer

Over the summer we used framed to-do lists for the girls' chores in the morning.  Things like putting dishes away after breakfast, brushing teeth, and a different cleaning job every day (wash windows, dust, etc)  Having the list behind glass lets them mark each item with a dry erase marker every day.

Now that school has started I wanted to dress things up a little, and I also wanted a way to keep the dry erase markers easily accessible--and not lost! 

So here's my little organizer made from an embroidery hoop!  I bought a bag of these gems a couple of years ago from Goodwill. Most of them were small (like 4 inches), but there was one 9 inch one in there.

I bought 2 fat quarters from the craft store and cut the background fabric into a 12 inch square.  The pocket fabric I cut to 8.5 by 4.5 inches.  Iron over 1/2 inch on each side of the pocket.  

Sew across one edge--this will be the top of the pocket.

Put the background fabric into the hoop and tighten it.  Pin the pocket where it will go, then take the fabric out of the hoop and sew on the pocket.  Sew two vertical lines, creating 3 sections of the pocket.

Put the whole thing back into the embroidery hoop and tighten it as much as you can.  Trim the extra fabric and run hot glue around it.  If the fabric got pulled out of the hoop, there's no way you'd be able to get it back in there again, so this will prevent that from happening.

Now fill your pockets with useful items and hang it up somewhere! 

To make the chore lists match I stretched fabric around the cardboard backing in each frame.  A small piece of double sided tape holds the paper list to the fabric just fine.  Each list also got a small fabric rosette glued to the glass on the front.

I have no idea if it will make the kids more inclined to do their chores happily in the morning, but I know I like looking at it!


  1. How cute! I'll definitely have to do this when my kids get a little bit older (right now we don't trust them 100% with markers, LOL)!

    Thanks for your comment today!

  2. Thanks for coming by my blog. So, I had to check out yours... This is a very cute idea!

  3. CUTE!!
    I was looking at your other posts and the one called, "It looked better in my head" cracked me up. Just because of the title of the post. EVERYTHING I make looks better in my head!
    I live in the PNW too. :)

  4. Saw this over on Funky Polkadot Giraffe and had to come by and say how fab it is! Love the fabric too.

    Rhi x x

  5. Love this!! I have tried so many diff ways of doing chores, I am excited to try it with a glass frame. Great idea!!

  6. I love how organized you are. I never would have thought to make a pen holder. Your "Chore Wall"looks great! Thank you for sharing with my readers.

  7. Clever! I love this idea. Thanks so much for sharing.

  8. Very good colours! But I would prefer some other shapes, instead of circles/dots. Maybe rectangles or triangles? :) Thank you for sharing!

    call Bangladesh

  9. Oh how creative!! Thanks for sharing at Craft and Tell!

  10. This turned out so cute! I love all the uses for embroidery hoops I've been seeing latley. So creative!!

  11. What an adorable idea. It looks so cute hanging there between your lists. Love your blog. I'm your newest follower. If you get a chance hop on over to http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/

  12. What a great idea. Thanks for joining the Home Decor and Organizing Link Party. I featured this today.

  13. My husband was just saying, "we need a chore chart."
    Love what you did!

    ~ Meredith From A Mother Seeking

    A Mother Seeking...

    This week, "Night Stand Transoformed"

  14. This is so cute and creative! I love it!

    Thanks so much for linking up to Tuesday Talent Show! I would love to have you stop by and link up again with more great projects!

  15. So super cute! Love that pocket on the hoop and that this concept could be used anywhere in the home and look adorable!

    Thanks so much for sharing!


  16. Love this organizer! You were featured this week at the Saturday Show- Off this week! Thanks for linking! http://threeyearsofdeath.blogspot.com/2011/09/saturday-show-off-link-up-4.html

  17. Cute idea. I'm going to try to put some magnets on it so it can stick on the fridge.

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