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"Cloth closet" hangs from the ceiling. Zippers open its three shelves.

"Cloth closet" hangs from the ceiling. Zippers open its three shelves Knocking out interior walls and redividing space gave this kitchen remodel a feeling of spaciousness while creating new access to the floor above.

The bright 15-by 20-foot room, made by combining the old kitchen and a service porch, opens to the back garden. Carefully placed partitions help define cookincg and eating areas and traffic patterns without sacrificing openness.

Hanging free in a bedroom or tucked into a garage corner, this cloth closet can add significantly to a room's storage capacity.

Three hardboard circles, accessible through zipper openings, form the shelves, while three nylon cords support the fabric cylinder. Depending on your skills, you should be able to make the closet over a weekend. It costs about $25.

Materials you'll need include:

* 2-1/2 yards of 45-inch wide canvas, cotton duck, or heavy cotton-polyester blend

* Matching thread

* 3 26-inch-long dual separating zippers (about $2.50 each)

* 12 feet of 1/4-inch nylon cord * 4- by 4-foot sheet of 1/4-inch hardboard or plywood * 3/4-inch PVC plastic pipe coupling

* A sturdy screw hook

You'll also need a sewing machine, scissors, straight pins, a needle, a pencil, tailor's chalk, a saber saw, and a drill with a 1/4-inch bit.

Cut and sew the canvas casing

Referring to the diagram below, mark and cut fabric to dimensions shown. There should be one large rectangle, two 21-inch-diameter circles, and four strips. On the large rectangle, chalk the marks for the support strip and zipper placement: position the curved lines for the zippers on the right side of the fabric; on the wrong side, mark points A1, B1, A2, and B2 indicating where the support strip ends will be attached.

To install the zippers, cut a slit for each opening, then turn under the raw edges of the fabric 1/4 inch and press. Pin and baste each zipper in place, first clipping into the tape on both sides (see diagram), to help the zipper lie flat. Machine-stitch.

To form the shelf supports, fold the four fabric strips in half lengthwise, then turn long raw edges under 1/4 inch; press and machine-stitch. On wrong side of large piece of fabric, pin one end of each strip to points A1 and B1, leaving a 1/2-inch seam and with the raw edge down. Double-stitch the seam for added strength.

Next, form the cylinder. Fold the fabric rectangle in half, joining the short edges, right sides together, and machine-stitch, allowing a 1/2-inch seam. Open one zipper. With a 1/2-inch seam, pin the fabric circles to the top and bottom edges of the cylinder, right sides together; adjust fullness as necessary (the circles may stretch). Baste and machine-stitch. Then turn cylinder right-side-out through the zipper opening. Working through the zipper openings, pin the loose end of each support strip to points A2 and B2. Leaving a 1/2-inch seam, double-stitch the strip in place with the raw edge down.

Preparing the shelves

With the saber saw, cut four 20-inch-diameter circles from the hardboard. On one circle (to rest at the top of the cylinder), mark three points 3 inches in from the perimeter and drill a 1/4-inch-diameter hole in each spot. Place this circle inside the fabric cylinder and hold it against the casing top. With a pencil, mark three corresponding holes in the fabric; cut.

Finishing the hanging cylinder

Cut three 48-inch lengths of the nylon cord, then tape or melt the ends of each to keep them from unraveling. Next, pass the cord ends through the corresponding holes in the fabric and hardwood circles. Firmly knot each of the cords under the hardboard.

Pull the cords upward until taut; tie together in a knot 24 inches from the cylinder's top. Slip the PVC coupling over the knot and then braid the remaining length of cord. Knot securely.

To finish, slip one of the remaining hardwood circles through the lowest zipper and position it on the bottom of the case. Slip the other two circles through the middle and upper zippers, respectively, and settle them on the crossed straps to form the upper shelves.

The completed unit can hold quite a load, so hang it from a sturdy screw hook mounted to a ceiling joist.
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