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DIY Garment Rack

DIY Garment Rack - Noodlehead, designed by Anna Graham

Are your closets bursting full? Or maybe you’re looking for a simple and beautiful way to display your clothing or other items? Build yourself a garment rack!  I’ve used mine over the past year to corral my pattern samples. It’s been great not to have them smashed in a closet or contained in a box only to get wrinkled and misshapen.

DIY Garment Rack - Noodlehead, designed by Anna Graham

At first I searched the web quite a bit, intending to use someone else’s tutorial. I didn’t find exactly what I wanted, so I ended up building my own. I liked the idea of having a fabric shelf at the bottom, both to hold things off the floor and to keep the rack more stable. So here’s my garment rack, and guess what, it’ll probably cost you less than $20 in materials to make!

The only thing I would caution you about for this type of rack is that very heavy items will cause the middle portion to sag a bit. I made mine 39″ long, so if you’re intending to hang lots of heavy items, making it less wide which will definitely help. Feel free to experiment! You can also add hitch pin clips at the end of each dowel to hold each dowel securely in place. I haven’t needed them, but you could check it out.


Materials needed:
(4) 8ft long 1x2s (if you can find 6ft lengths, those will work too)
(3) 4ft long 3/4” wooden dowels
3/4 yard cotton canvas (42″ wide or wider)
cordless drill with 3/4” spade bit
chop saw (or have your local home improvement store cut them to length while you wait)
paint/brush or spray paint

Step 1: Cut the pieces

(4) 62″ long main legs (cut one end of each main leg at a 15-degree angle for the rack to sit level on the floor, be aware that most home improvement stores only cut at 90-degrees, if you don’t have your own saw at home to make these angled cuts it’ll still work but might be a little less sturdy/stable)
(2) 21.5″ long braces
(3) 39″ long dowels

Step 2: Drill holes for dowels

Using a cordless drill with a 3/4″ spade bit and a main leg, drill a hole 1″ from each top end and 10″ from each bottom (angle cut) end. Drill holes in end of both brace pieces, 3/4″ from each end.dowel

Step 3: Paint

Spray paint works well, too or leave as is.DIY Garment Rack - Noodlehead, designed by Anna Graham

Step 4: Dry fit

Assemble rack by passing a dowel through one end of a brace piece, about 3″ past the end of the dowel. Insert remaining brace on other end of dowel. Repeat for remaining dowel and empty brace holes. This will form a rectangular shape creating the bottom shelf frame. Place last dowel through top holes of each main leg, with two main legs per side. Pass assembled main legs through dowels of bottom shelf frame.

Step 5: Sew fabric shelf

*You might want to press and pin your fabric shelf in place before sewing to see how everything fits, make any adjustments needed.
Cut cotton canvas 35″ x 24″. Hem both short edges (these will be the sides of the fabric shelf running along the braces) by pressing one edge to the wrong side by 1/2″ and again by 1/2″. Sew hem in place. Repeat for remaining short side. Create the pockets for the dowel to slip through by pressing one 35″ edge to the wrong side by 1/2″ and again by 1 1/2″. Sew in place creating the pocket for the dowel to pass through. Hopefully that makes sense, it’s probably easier to just look at the picture!

Step 6: Assemble

Start by taking apart the rack and slip sewn shelf into place along each lower dowel. Reassemble as in Step 4 and enjoy!

DIY Garment Rack - Noodlehead, designed by Anna Graham

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Custom DIY Sewing/Cutting Table

Alrighty, so I offered a little bit more info for my new sewing/cutting table at the end of last year. Today I’ll share how we put together the table.  Maybe it’ll work for you too!

I sketched out designs, scoured Pinterest for inspiration, and looked around my house to see what I could do for a new cutting table/sewing table.  It was not easy! I already have a cabinet that holds most of my fabric and a desk for my computer, but this new table is in such a great addition.

The height of this table is really easy to customize!  I goofed around and searched out different options for height.  I ended up settling on my perfect middle, between counter height and desk height, about 34″ tall.  I’m about 5’8″ and am quite comfortable both cutting and sewing at this table.


  • 1 Ikea Expedit shelving unit
  • 42″ wide by 62″ long oak veneer 3/4″ plywood
  • (1/4″ x 3/4″) Oak Screen Moulding – [3] 8′ 0” Long (for finishing edge of plywood) 
  • [1] 10′ 2×4
  • [3] 8′ 2×2’s
  • [10] 4” lag screws (for attaching ‘legs’ to Expedit and table top)
  • [25] 3” deck screws (for making the ‘legs’)
  • pickling stain
  • water based poly

Nail gun, cordless drill, and someone that knows about woodworking are invaluable.

I believe the pictures show it pretty well how the desk goes together.  The 2×2’s are made into 2 rectangular frames and attached to the table top and back of the Expedit cabinet.  There are [3] pieces of 2×4 that go under the Expedit (to add extra height), the other 2×4 goes under the open side of the desk, it attaches to the 2×2 frames and stabilizes the front edge of the desk. Hopefully this sketch will help a little, too:

  • 2×2 [cut 4] 20.5”
  • 2×2 [cut 4] 32.5” (these are the vertical pieces, if you’d like to adjust the height, make longer or shorter)
  • 2×4 [cut 3] 15” (these pieces get attached under the Expedit to raise it’s overall height)
  • 2×4 [cut 1] 55.75”

We pickled the top of the desk (oak veneer), it’s such a great look without spending gobs more money on a more expensive veneer or other solid surface countertop.  Keeps everything bright and happy.

Everything is held together with the lag screws.  And it’s very sturdy.  Don’t need a wobbly desk! Anyway, if there’s something that I forgot, please ask away!

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fabric berry basket: DIY tutorial

I am in love with so many design blogs. I spotted Fellow Fellow making some paper versions of the classic strawberry basket, and I immediately wanted to make some. However, I’m a little lacking in the awesome paper department. But I do know where I’ve got a great selection of fabric! So I thought I’d share a tutorial for making a fabric berry basket. Now before you get all “You can’t put berries in there! Are you crazy?!” on me, just step back and think of all the storage possibilities!!! And don’t stop at my few size suggestions, play and make your own…lots!


  • 2 fat quarters (18″x 22″ pieces) or scraps
  • one yard 1/2″ double fold bias tape (can be bias cut or straight on grain)- handmade or storebought
  • *1/2 yard double sided fusible heavyweight interfacing (Pellon 72F is my top choice and works great)
  • Large & Small Basket Pattern Piece [PDF Download] 

*if you don’t have any Pellon on hand try out another heavy weight fusible or use a combination of interfacings you prefer!

{1/4″ seam allowance used throughout}

From fabric:

  • Cut two pieces, one from exterior fabric, one from lining.

From double sided fusible interfacing: Sizes noted on pattern sheet.

Place lining and exterior right sides facing. Sew pieces together along these lines:

Fuse on interfacing to center part only, fusing to only the exterior fabric.

Clip into inside corners corners.

Turn right side out.  Press!  Slip each of the remaining interfacing pieces into the 4 exterior sides. Press from both sides.  Topstitch along these lines:

Apply bias tape to top edges leaving a slight gap between each side section, if you want to be very precise you can do some measuring (a 1/2″ space between exterior sides looks nice), otherwise just eyeball it!

  • Open up raw edges of binding tape
  • Align with top raw edge of binding on the exterior of the basket. Fold edge of binding tape in by 1/2″.
  • Sew along first fold line.  Overlapping at the beginning/end.
  • Flip binding tape up and over to conceal top raw edge of the basket.  Topstitch binding in place.
I do recommend the larger size for someone who hasn’t had a great deal of experience applying binding.

That’s all, now make more.  Repeat until your entire house is filled then proceed to give as gifts.  If you make any fabric Berry Baskets, I’d love it if you would show them off in the flickr group!