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Since the advent of computers, the real world strikes me as so highly inefficient anymore.  Holding up a book to read it!?  Turning pages with my fingers and keeping on the right page when I set it down with a bookmark?!  How archaic!

Why can't my shelves be self organizing?  Why can't I click a button in a corner and hide the things I'm not working on right now.  And so on.

In my humble attempt to get reality to get in line, I give you ....

OpenApron: An apron with easy to configure customizable pocket modules.  Use the Apron Plugin Interface to add and remove pocket modules.  It's Open Source!  Free to all developers!  Nothing to download!  No data plan required!  Access it from the Cloud*



*j/k not really
 
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Step 1: Warnings and disclaimers

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Aprons can be Hazardous!

Please use all due caution when doing anything.

Don't keep pointy things in your apron if there is a risk of falling, tripping, slipping or otherwise poking yourself inadvertently.

Your mother would be sad if you hurt yourself and so would we.

Step 2: Materials

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sewing machine
an apron
a lot of velcro
remnants  (Goodwill is a great source for awesome and cheap remnants)
chalk
scissors


Step 3: Motivation

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Okay what is it?  It's just an apron with velcro stripes that lets you create customizable pockets that you can put on and remove at will.

Why do you need that?  Well, a lot of times I'm running around wondering where I put the scissors or the screwdriver or the phillips bit or tape measure or pen or whatever it was I was using last.  And what I'm looking for tends to vary depending on what I'm working on.  But there are definite trends.  Some tools I use for almost all projects, and other projects require specialized tools.

So, why not have an apron with pockets dedicated to just a particular tool(s) that you can paste on or remove at will.   And you can paste and remove it from any surface that has the fluffy side of velcro on it.

Relish my moment of OCD joy with me.




HelenaTroy2 years ago
neat idea!

May I just add a word of caution about carrying scissors in apron pockets? There was a news report of a man who died doing some DIY; he had scissors in his apron pocket, slipped off the ladder and they stabbed him .
foobear (author)  HelenaTroy2 years ago
Dear god how hideous! Okay. Something else to worry about. I will add a warning I think, since you mention it now.
mounting them sideways might be safer - or use those plastic kiddie ones - mind you that's your street cred down the loo if ya do : -)

Could be your the person who makes carrying scissors safer for us all - oh and screwdrivers too cos I am always putting them in a back pocket and sitting on them - eeeeeeoooooowwwww!!!!!!!!
Maybe some kind of cowboy-style gunbelt, with loops for tools to sit in? and a "holster" for a drill etc? I think having tools behind one would be a bit safer than having them in front - one might get stabbed in the bum, but that's better than being stabbed in the stomach.

But it all comes down to human nature in the end - the bloke I mentioned was an experienced DIY-er who knew what he was dong - he just slipped, which couldn't have been predicted.

One could make a sheath for scissors, to cover the blades, but it's remembering to use it all the time, every time - it only has to be forgotten once ...
foobear (author)  HelenaTroy2 years ago
Well, sh*t happens, be mindful. I really think that's all you can do. I guess you can cover the entire world with padding and possibly never hurt yourself, but so much energy would be expended trying to be safe against every potentiality that you'd never make any progress. Like if Zeno were would only go halfway there if there was an ambulance waiting at the finish line just in case.
darrenhall2 years ago
OCD rules!!!!!
foobear (author)  darrenhall2 years ago
yah! woooh!
Very nice! "Katie No-Pocket" (author Emmy Payne and artist H A Rey) would love it! (I like it too.) Go to the address below for kattie and her apron :0)

http://www.google.ca/imgres?imgurl=http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_0tA5dmNlUGY/SLvnfNVS-TI/AAAAAAAABrY/8H67JYfB2P4/s400/DSC_1855.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.vintagechildrensbooksmykidloves.com/2008/09/katy-no-pocket.html&h=400&w=247&sz=34&tbnid=zq-0RI6RzZA46M:&tbnh=90&tbnw=56&zoom=1&usg=__YO1lFS45AwemR0MRIbJvx89QXls=&docid=VhDERNbDta3wOM&sa=X&ei=Qn1nUZWELsPO2wXot4G4Cg&ved=0CFoQ9QEwBQ&dur=702
Excerpt from "Kattie No Pocket" "So Katy stood under the tree and screamed at him, (the owl)“I’m a mother kangaroo and I haven’t a pocket to carry my child in. How shall I carry him? What shall I do?”

foobear (author)  porcupinemamma2 years ago
I love children's books and I have a minor mission to read all the best ones someday (and maybe make one of my own!)
foobear (author)  porcupinemamma2 years ago
wow, cool! heehee!
jmray2 years ago
Excellent - I would really appreciate an instructable on organizing/storing your materials, how to decide what to keep, etc. Any suggestions that would help someone who needs to declutter her sewing room. I have many books on this topic, somewhere..., but it seems that having a delegated "remnant drawer" was beyond me. Thank you.
foobear (author)  jmray2 years ago
You know, I think about this problem all the time. It's easy to be creative when things are clean, when it's a mess, I get an overwhelmed sensation. So I am always trying to think of the optimal way to store and arrange things. It's in a constant state of evolution. Some day I will get to the perfect setup, I don't know when though.
foobear (author)  foobear2 years ago
But I am attracted to the challenge of your question and I may go ahead and attempt to do one on that subject. I kind of have been thinking about it for a while.
wearingpink2 years ago
I share your OCD joy! it's a great idea.
foobear (author)  wearingpink2 years ago
hee hee hee hee! =)
That is such a fun idea and I love all the different pockets!
foobear (author)  Penolopy Bulnick2 years ago
Thank you Penelopy!