As I rummaged through, things were falling off the table, the cats thought the hooks and needles were play things, and I may have lost something in the process. I even left it all there to sit for a few days. Ya, I'm not the greatest at picking up after myself unless I do it right away.
My husband came home from work one day, looked at the mess and said, "You know I sure wish I could actually use this table for what it's for." His indirect way of reprimanding me and getting his point through. I knew he was right. I knew I needed to clean it up, but I also knew that it would look the same in the cabinet I use to store all my crafting things. (I am REALLY looking forward to the day that we can build an office for me.)
So, I started my quest for a needle organizer. I knew what I wanted it to look like, but needed a basic template to help me get started. (Usually, I just go with the flow and make my own patterns, but I wasn't feeling it.) Most patterns I found were a bit small for what I wanted, until I found Alexantra's Knits Tutorial. It was EXACTLY what I envisioned. What I used from her tutorial was the size of the organizer.
From there I made it my own. I didn't use the binding, but rather folded over the edges from the outside fabric. It turns out the be like a fake binding. It's easier since I'm a beginner sewer, but I also like the look a little better, too. I made the number of vertical pocket number and sizes my own as well. I felt it worked better for me compared to what she had in her template. I still need to make ties, but the organizer still does it's job without them. I'm thinking of a sweet knit icord in a gold.
As for fabric, I knew I needed durable. So, I used the denim I had lying around to make most of the insides. The floral fabric I used for a blanket in my shop, but absolutely loved it! Luckily, the remnants from the blanket were enough to sew this organizer (since this fabric I know isn't available at the store anymore).
In the end, I have an AWESOME organizer for all my knitting and crocheting items. I absolutely love it and there will be no more needles lying around willy nilly! Wish I could say the same for the yarn. ;D