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Personalizing "organizers" with colorful fabric.

What can you give a man, woman, or child in your life who has everything? If the thought of picking out another tie or bauble leaves you cold, take a trip to a good stationery store. You'll find all kinds of useful organizers. Next, visit a fabric store with a good selection of cottons. Then go home for some productive fun.

The steps shown here and on page 168 apply to most items (boxy or cylindrical shapes are easiest to work with).

Where to begin

Opaque, medium-weight cotton covers best. Any pattern should complement the scale of the object, Random or floral patterns are easiest because exact alignment isn't critical. If you choose a striped, checked, or strong geometric pattern, be careful not to stretch the fabric.

To figure out how much fabric you'll need, take along the item to be covered and wrap it in the fabric at the loose end of the bolt. If you're covering a book, use a complementary fabric inside the cover. Cut the fabric to size, leaving enough to wrap over edges. Besides scissors, you'll need water-soluble white glue; a thin, blunt toollike a letter opener; and several clean cotton rags (terry cloth is excellent).

Gluing tips

The key to success is going light on the glue. Let it dry until slightly tacky before applying the fabric, and let it dry well between steps. (Wash your hands frequently to keep from smudging fabric.) If you're short on patience and long on ambition, you can tackle several projects simultaneously, moving from one to another while the glue dries.

If you misposition the fabric, lift and lay it down again. Dampen the surface with a sponge if the glue gets too dry. To remove any glue that bleeds through, wipe the fabric with a damp cloth, rinse cloth, and scrub gently if necessary. (If a lot of glue bleeds through, you're using too much. Remove the fabric, wash and iron it, then start over.)

When covering items such as books or boxes with lids, isolate glued surfaces until thoroughly dry. Plastic bags work best because they don't cling.

When folding corners, tack insides of fold with drops of glue and let dry before you glue the final flap of the corner.
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