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Becky Roletter, Oriental, North Carolina
Cabinet Door Storage Organizer
2001 Ford F-350
2014 Lance 855S
Having just two drawers for storage, it bothered me that we were using an entire drawer for flatware that wouldn’t stay organized.
For this mod, I started by measuring the back of the cupboard door (including where the latch was located). Then I cut marine-grade Sunbrella fabric (from scraps on hand) for the backing. Next, I looked over my flatware and determined the height of the row needed to contain the forks, spoons, etc.
I cut Phifertex fabric strips that height plus extra to allow for pleats (folds) to allow room for the flatware to stack. I had Dacron on hand for covering the edge of the gray Phifertex. Ribbon could also be used to fold and see over the rough edge.
I folded under each grey Phifertex strip and sewed it along a chalked line on the Sunbrella backing. Finishing sides were completed with an additional Dacron strip (or ribbon) folded over the raw side edges.
After my first effort, I felt the depth of each fold/pocket was too much. To solve this, I sewed on buttons that I had on hand. I also included a strip to hold in longer utensils and chip clips. While we initially affixed the flatware caddy to the door with heavy-duty velcro, we found that screws provided better strength to keep it in place.
It’s been a big help and it was fun to create in a couple of hours using a sewing machine and heavy scrap fabric.
Sunbrella fabric from Sailrite.com
Phifertex from Sailrite.com
Buttons (optional) from JoAnn Fabrics
Thread from JoAnn Fabrics
It took me two hours to complete this modification and cost me $30. In my opinion, the skill level of this modification is medium.
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