For this project you will need fabric, 2 plastic rings, 2 over the door hangers and elastic. I used 3/4", but you can use wider...I just didn't have it.
These little extras are for the clips that hold the cards on. You can use anything even clothespins.
I started with 2 strips of 2 1/2" wide Christmas fabric. Cut them the width of fabric...so 42"-44" long.
Here's a close up of the fabric...Moda by 3 Sisters, I think Maison de Noel.
Take the 2 strips and sew the short ends right sides together.
I used 1/4" seam in black thread so you can see.
Now you have one long strip about 88" long.
Fold over both long sides about 1/4". Press with iron.
Fold in half wrong sides together...the entire length. The piece should now be about 1 inch wide by 88" long.
Now sew close to the edge along the full length of the strip.
Roll this seam to the middle and press.
Flip it over and you now have a flat tube, without having to turn it right side out!!
Take your elastic and cut a piece about 48" long. Why that length? Not sure...I just hung it on the hook, stretched it out and then cut it. The trick is to have about double the amount of fabric as elastic to give it the ruffled effect. Now use a safety pin to run the elastic through.
Sew through all thicknesses to secure the elastic at both ends.
Push the end through the ring and fold over to the side with the seam.
Sew down both ends to secure.
Place one hook on the top of the door.
and the other on the bottom of the door, upside down.
Loop one ring over each hook.
Add a ribbon or greenery for decoration.
Now you can hot glue little doo dads to the paper clips for added color.
and now you are ready to hang all your cards as they start coming in.
Don't forget the clothespins too.
You can always paint them to match.
Bring 'em on postman...I'm ready!!
I had mentioned in an earlier post that this could be used all year long. If you made them to match you room, you could use them for:
- the inside of you kitchen cabinet to hold recipe cards that you use all the time
- in your children's room on the door or closet to hold their artwork or school work
- in the sewing room to keep track of inspirational pictures or patterns that you want to do
- or in your office for that "to do" list or family photos
Have fun making these and have a great Tuesday,