Introduction: Up-cycled: Sewn Tupperware Organizers From Old Pant Legs
I got tired of having a crazy Tupperware cabinet that couldn't fit all our containers. I realized the most annoying things were container tops and round containers so I re-used pant legs I had just cut off to make myself some shorts to make the containers.
I made both lid-pouches and pouches for my round Tupperware.
- Some old pant legs or just plain fabric
- Threaded sewing machine
- X-acto knife (could use scissors but knife makes it easier)
- Screws + screwdriver or drill
- Keep your Tupperware handy for sizing
Step 1: Cut Your Lid-pouches
Use the top of the leg to make a lid-pouch for bigger lids and the bottom of the pant legs to make a lid-pouch for smaller lids. I cut a piece of pant leg that was 15 cm long for the big lids and 8 cm for the small lids.
Step 2: Hem the Top of the Lid-pouch
Once you have your piece of pant leg, you can sew a hem by folding the edge twice and securing it with a pin as shown in the picture. Once your edge is pinned down, sew the hem. I used a zig-zag stitch to make sure it was sewn all across and because I like how it looks.
Step 3: Sew Shut the Bottom of the Lid-pouch
Turn the pouch inside out and sew the bottom of your pouch together.
Step 4: Make Small Slits at the Top Right and Left Corners of the Lid-pouch
These slit will be for the screws to hold the pouch up. Make the hole just large enough to fit the screw.
Step 5: Screw the Screws Into the Cabinet
I wanted to hang the lid-pouches on the cabinet doors. I hammered in the screws at the right distance apart then screwed them in until it was tight. I just slid the lid-pouch onto the screws and it worked perfectly! Make sure your cabinet still closes: I had to move my screws higher up because there was interference.
If you want to reinforce the slits you made in the pouch you can hand sew all around the slit. I used jean fabric and I'm not worried about the slits not holding up.
Step 6: Make the Pouch for Round Tupperware
These pouches are basically the same except they do not need to be closed. Cut them a little longer than your containers. Hem the top and bottom of the pouch. You can also make the pouches smaller by sewing down a section while your pouch is inside out (as shown in the picture).
Step 7: Make the String to Hold the Pouch
To install the pouch, I made a sort of string out of a strip from the pant legs and hemmed it. I slit holes into each end, screwed in two screws on the ceiling of my cabinet, and installed the pouch. The pictures show the system using the string. The screws are holding up the string fine because I made very small slits. You can also use washers to make sure the string doesn't inadvertently fall out.
Step 8: Organize Your Tupperware in Your New Storage!
You're done and can enjoy a put-away Tupperware cabinet!
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