Tuesday, May 17, 2011


I know this is a strange title but I like using things differently from their intended purpose and like them even more if they are cheap. I do keep quite a few things handy on the table by my chair so I don't have to jump and run every time I  want to do something or forget an idea or phone # if not jotted down immediately. It seems I am in constant need of:pencil/pens/paper clips, pins/needles/thimble/thread, fingernail clips/file, glue stick, notepad/daily planner, etc.

All this paraphernalia has been kept in a basket til now which took up too much space.

When the idea of this little coffee mug organizer hit, I just loved it and had to make one for myself to see if it would hold enough stuff for me. While I was at it, I made several more for friends, my sisters and my mother. I hope they get as much good from this as I do. The cup with its pockets holds everything I need in a much smaller area and looks so much better. 

[All that stuff in one little mug] 

It takes just a few cents worth of fabric and a coffee mug with your every day sewing tools. You probably have a mug in your cupboard that you can use or pick one up at a yard sale for a few cents. I, the great cheapo, broke down and actually bought special friend mugs for the gift organizers. Mine, on the other hand, came from my own kitchen.

The organizer can be really dressed up if you wish with any trims you have. Ours just has some of my plain vintage buttons securing the lace ties. I think these would also make a good bizarre or festival item. They could be made up in theme fabrics for fall, Christmas, teachers, patriotic to be used as a fund raiser.  

The video demonstrating how to make the coffee mug organizer was made for FaveCraft.com, the online craft site that provides free patterns, videos, tutorials and instructions for all kinds of crafts including:crochet, knitting, paper crafts, kids crafts, jewelry making, needlework and much more.

If you decide to make one of these, I would love to see it.
You can contact me at:quiltngrin.granny@blogspot.com

Happy crafting,
Carolyn Wainscott
the quilting granny

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  1. I am trying so hard to find that super sized dresden plate plastic template you used in your video. Help please,

    1. Hi, Pat, Thank you for watching my video. I replied through my email notification when it came in but just in case you did not receive through that avenue-my dresden is a pattern, not a template. If you are still interested, the pattern will soon be available in pdf format you can download through my Etsy and the craft site-Craftsy. Both sites help keep costs down. The pattern will also have a traditional sized pattern to use for accessories. I have designed a coordinating pillow scarf to match the queen size dresden in the video that uses the traditional pattern. I have found another printer who can print my full size patterns but have decided to go the pdf route for some and this is one of them. If you need a printed pattern, I have a couple left from the original printing that you saw me using. The printer forgot to include the smaller pattern however. I can send you one of those. Let me know and thanks again for watching.

  2. My sewing machine has been in storage for 4 years. I just got it out. This will be the first thing I make, and I bet I can't stop at one!! Thank you so much! Wheee!

    1. Hi, Suzi
      thank you so much. These are so quick and simple. I need to make myself more-they are one of the handiest little things I have ever made. I made several in one afternoon for friends and family. I think they would make a great bazaar item also

  3. Carolyn, I love the design but work better with printed/written directions. Do you have them anywhere? The video is good but not as helpful to me.