Intro: NoSew USB Electronics Organizer
This is a no sewing version of my other electronics organizer instructable. It involves much less measuring and is held together with staples and/or duct tape.
Do you need a place to keep your handheld electronic devices? Do you want to be able to quickly locate the "RIGHT" USB cord or power cord? The wall-hanging organizer will help.
You can buy this one on Etsy.com:
My family has three different computers, cameras, cell phones, MP3 players and numerous other devices we need to charge or connect to our computers. This nifty wall hanging will help you keep all your handheld electronic devices matched up with their power cords and USB cords. The one I am showing here is holding our cameras and all of their accesories. It has temporary labels which can be removed.
After having brain surgery in April, I realized I really needed help with organization. I forget where I put everything. I was not really that organized before the surgery. Fortunately, the surgery did not affect my ability to create or make the crafts I love. I came up with this idea after hearing about the contest. My sewing machine broke the next day so while it was being fixed I made this no-sew version to practice with the measurements and create a pattern. It took a few tries to get the sizes right. My husband fixed my sewing machine (temporarily) and I sewed the other version. Then it completely died so I really hope I win this sewuseful contest.
Step 1: Materials and Supplies
Clear medium weight vinyl
Marker and pencil
Cutting board and rotary cutter (or Xacto knife/scissors)
Step 2: Measure, Cut, and Mark
Cut four pieces of vinyl
top pocket (4 inches by 14 inches)
middle pocket (4 inches by 17 inches)
bottom pocket (5 inches by 17 inches)
back pocket (12 inches by 7 inches)
Cut one piece of tagboard (11 inches by 16 inches)
I chose this size becase that was as far as my stapler could reach. You can use a long arm stapler or just hold the vinyl down with a paper clip then tape.
I will give the dimensions I used here but on Step 8 I will show you how to design you own custom size.
Draw lines to mark the pocket bottoms on the tag board. The height is 16 and the width is 11. With a pencil draw horizontal lines:
- 1 inch from the bottom (bottom edge of largest pocket)
- 5 1/2 inches above that (bottom edge of middle pocket)
- 5 1/2 inches above that (bottom edge of top pocket)
Now draw the staple lines vertically:
3/8 inch from each side
And 3 3/4 inches from each side
These lines will all be concealed when you tape over them.
On the vinyl you will draw dots.
On the 14 inch piece:
3/8 of an inch , 4 1/2 inches and 5 inches from each side.
On the 17 inch piece:
3/8 of an inch , 5 1/2 inches and 6 inches from each side
Step 3: Staple and Tape Middle and Side Lines
Tape the top of each pocket by folding over some duct tape.
Staple bottom pocket in place at edges first. Then staple up the middle with staple line going through vinyl marked dots You can also just clip the pockets in place and tape them down with no staples..
I cut my duct tape into skinny pieces here so I would not lose too much pocket space. Tape across the staples from bottom to top at edges and down the middle.. You might want a few layers here to keep it strong and hide the staples.
Step 4: Staple and Tape Down Pocket Bottoms
Spread each individual pocket bottom evenly away from center. Each side should have equal amounts of overlap. Staple or tape down each pocket. Then tape across the bottom of each whole row of pockets to cover staples.
Step 5: Tape Pocket Onto Back and Tape Around Edges.
Tape the back of board where any staples show. You could also use a new piece of tagboard a backing and tape front and back together.
Fold a piece of tape across top (12 inches) of the large back pocket.
Tape or staple the sides of the big pocket first. Spread from the center across the edges to give the pocket some depth. Tape down the bottom of the pocket.
Tape all around the edges to make organizer beautiful and hide any bumps.
Step 6: Finishing Touches
Make labels on small pieces of duct tape for each pocket. I used a different color for each camera and its accesories. I also made matching labels for the parts themselves.
Put items in pockets and hang on wall.
Step back and admire!
Step 7: Design Your Own Size!
Attached you will find formulas to make your own organizer in exactly the size you need. Just decide how wide, tall, and deep you want the pockets. When I made the pockets 1 and a 1/2 inches deep, they sagged forward too much. I would stick to 1 inch or less unless your pockets are quite wide and tall. Good luck and let me know if you make this..