Crystal Light Versatile Tool Organizer

keep it open for linear storage...

keep it open for linear storage...

...or grouped to conserve space with swivel capability (see below)

...or grouped to conserve space with swivel capability (see below)

Draw string allows you to wrap it up and take all your tools along without unpacking.

Draw string allows you to wrap it up and take all your tools along without unpacking.

It’s a tool organizer and a travel tool kit that is capable of swiveling!  And it’s made from four Crystal Light containers.  If you have lots of items like paint brushes, clay sculpting supplies or any tall, skinny tools rattling around in drawers, this may be the right project for you. 

Watch it spin!

Directions

The mesh fabric is easy to cut, doesn’t fray and is sturdy enough to hold the containers when they’re filled. Grouped, the organizer takes less than 6”.  In a linear configuration, it is 2” deep and about 18” long.

Just stitch 5 lines to join two pieces of mesh fabric which also creates the cuff for the organizer. The cuff raises up to create the drawstring bag which will keep your items from falling out during travel. When you get home, untie the drawstring and fold the cuff down to gain access to your tools without having to unpack them and put them away. This is a really fast project to make. Just don’t drink all that Crystal Light at one sitting!

step 1 - Gather together four empty Crystal Light containers. Remove the labels and lids.

step 1 - Gather together four empty Crystal Light containers. Remove the labels and lids.

step 2 - Cut two pieces of mesh.  The first should be 5.50” x 17.50”.  The second should be 12” x 17.50”.  Pin pieces together with edges matching.

step 2 - Cut two pieces of mesh.  The first should be 5.50” x 17.50”.  The second should be 12” x 17.50”.  Pin pieces together with edges matching.

step 3 - At the top edge of the 5.50” piece, place pins .25” from the side edges.  Position three more pins with 4.25” in between each. At the bottom, pin the pieces together in line with the top pins.

step 3 - At the top edge of the 5.50” piece, place pins .25” from the side edges.  Position three more pins with 4.25” in between each. At the bottom, pin the pieces together in line with the top pins.

step 4 - Cut a piece of grosgrain ribbon to measure 21”.  Insert the end into the pinned side of the fabric 2.50” from the bottom edge.  Stitch from the top pins to the bottom pins reinforcing the beginning and ending stitches.  Cut another ribbon 2” long and slip two “D” rings on it.  Insert that ribbon on the other end of the fabric at 2.50” from the bottom fabric edge.

step 4 - Cut a piece of grosgrain ribbon to measure 21”.  Insert the end into the pinned side of the fabric 2.50” from the bottom edge.  Stitch from the top pins to the bottom pins reinforcing the beginning and ending stitches.  Cut another ribbon 2” long and slip two “D” rings on it.  Insert that ribbon on the other end of the fabric at 2.50” from the bottom fabric edge.

step 5 - Measure your tallest tool and mark that many inches from the bottom with a pin.  Thread a large darning needle with 24” of cotton cord and weave it in and out of the mesh every half inch across the length of the mesh.

step 5 - Measure your tallest tool and mark that many inches from the bottom with a pin.  Thread a large darning needle with 24” of cotton cord and weave it in and out of the mesh every half inch across the length of the mesh.

step 6 - Attach a decorative bead to the cord ends then tie a double knot.  The beads will prevent the cord from slipping out of the mesh.

step 6 - Attach a decorative bead to the cord ends then tie a double knot.  The beads will prevent the cord from slipping out of the mesh.

step 7 - Place the containers into the cuffs and fill them with your tools.  If your tools aren’t tall enough to stick out of the top of the container, use the lid as a pattern and cut foam a little smaller than the pattern.  Place it in the bottom of the container then fill it with your tools.

step 7 - Place the containers into the cuffs and fill them with your tools.  If your tools aren’t tall enough to stick out of the top of the container, use the lid as a pattern and cut foam a little smaller than the pattern.  Place it in the bottom of the container then fill it with your tools.

step 8 - Fold the tall fabric back down against the back side of the containers.

step 8 - Fold the tall fabric back down against the back side of the containers.

step 9 - To group the containers, wrap the ribbon around them then secure the end in the “D” rings.

step 9 - To group the containers, wrap the ribbon around them then secure the end in the “D” rings.

step 10 - Prepare the package for travel by flipping up the fabric back (cuff).  Turn the containers in toward each other and secure them with the ribbon.  Pull on the drawstrings and tie the ends together.

step 10 - Prepare the package for travel by flipping up the fabric back (cuff).  Turn the containers in toward each other and secure them with the ribbon.  Pull on the drawstrings and tie the ends together.

step 11 - To Spin When the containers are grouped and the cuff is down, slip their center opening over the sturdy rod and base that you get when you purchase a package of blank dvds. Be sure there are a few dvds at the bottom which will help the group to spin.

step 11 - To Spin

When the containers are grouped and the cuff is down, slip their center opening over the sturdy rod and base that you get when you purchase a package of blank dvds. Be sure there are a few dvds at the bottom which will help the group to spin.

 

Supplies

At Canvas Etc.

  • vinyl mesh18” x 18”

At Fabric Store

  • grosgrain ribbon 24”
  • 2 “D” rings
  • cotton cord 24”
  • large beads
  • sewing notions
  • large eye darning needle

Miscellaneous

  • 4 Crystal Light 6.50” tall containers
  • blank dvd packaging

 


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