If you’ve been on Pinterest, I’m sure you’ve seen some clever ideas for many things, including organizing your ribbons for crafts and sewing. Today I wanted to show you my ribbon storage. I needed to not only have my ribbons organized, but I needed them to be portable as I am known for taking off for a scrapbooking retreat or going to a friend’s house to do a craft project. Here are the containers I use:
The small container is just for tidbits of ribbon – small pieces that can be used to tie a bow and paste on the front of a greeting card.
The blue container was my first traveling embellishment holder.
Inside the square grids, I have rolled pieces of longer ribbon. The box initially came with about a dozen clear plastic boxes. As you see here, I also rolled ribbon into them.
They are really handy because you can pull out the length of ribbon needed and cut.
And last, but definitely my favorite, is the little vintage bird suitcase.
I purchased this mini suitcase from Tuesday Morning because I loved the design. I brought it home and started trying to figure out how to use it to hold ribbon spools. I knew it would work but wasn’t quite coming up with the right idea.
I asked my husband and guess what? My “McGyver” came up with an awesome idea! He took a plain old plastic tube hanger (actually 2 hangers) and cut it the exact width of the box. I then stacked my spools onto the plastic rod and voila! I was able to get two rows of ribbons in the suitcase. It is super easy to see what I need and snip off a bit of ribbon.
How do you store your ribbon for crafting and sewing? Please leave a comment and share your ideas!
Some of you may know that when I am not working, I have an alter ego. Her name is CraftyNat. I love this girl – she’s the creative side of me. I have many different types of crafts that I do but my first choice is anything that involves paper. I love scrapbooking and making cards! The other day I was looking for a particular embellishment and found myself digging and grumbling. Uh oh…You know what that means… time to perform some maintenance on this craft closet!
While organizing is done to set up systems that work easily for you, maintenance is equally important. It’s a good idea to take a look at systems you have set up and make necessary changes every now and then. And so, here is my craft closet:
– Use a lidded box, color coded per child and label
– Use large envelopes, labeled by year and child
– Transfer yearly papers to labeled accordion file keeper
– Have a journal with you to notate date, locations, and events
– Gather tourist brochures, postcards, etc. in journal
– Transfer to accordion file keeper, categorized by year
– Tear pages from journal and include with memorabilia
Today’s featured organization tool is the shower purse from Clever Container. From the inference of the name, you immediately think it is a bathroom organizational product; and you are right. It was invented to keep all the personal hygiene/shower necessities together and make it easy to store or grab. It’s made in the USA and is molded plastic. It has nice tall handles and the mid-section features 3 sections, one of which is intended for a bar of soap. It comes in 3 colors – white, green and pink.
Here are some handy ways it can help your family stay organized:
“When shelf space is at a premium, these boxes go a long way in keeping a number of items neat. Tame your paper clutter or sort out any smaller items with these crisp, stackable boxes.”
Organizing with boxes… Okay that’s nothing new but I like these document boxes by Clever Container. Not only are they colorful, but their uniform size makes them perfect for many areas in your home or office. Here are a few ways I have recommended using them:
One for each family member to be used as in-boxes
One per child to store (and limit) the amount of school projects and artwork kept for the year
One per project at work or home
Containerize crafting tools
Containerize small toys (barbie outfits, small cars, etc.)
Holds the art supplies
Holds vacation/travel memorabilia
Teachers can carry back and forth with papers to be graded
Store doilies, napkins, napkin rings in linen closet
Containerize all small office supplies (extra staples, paper clips, tape, scissors, etc.)
Give them as a gift to each adult child with their old report cards, sports ribbons, and memorabilia inside
And the list goes on. How would you use these versatile boxes?
If you want a set, you can order them online at my Clever container website – www.clevercontainer.com/Natalie.
Today is National Thrift Shop Day. While no one seems to know who created this prestigious day, I am celebrating! Here’s a secret… I love thrift stores- so much so I have a monthly allowance for thrift store shopping. As a young mom with 3 kids and not much money, I discovered I could stretch my dollar by shopping at thrift stores. Now there are some things I wouldn’t buy there.
1. Know what you have
Round up all those supplies! You can’t know what you have (or how to organize it) unless you have it all together. It’s a good ideas to do a “round up” about every 6 months; things get spread out as you work and new purchases don’t always get put away where they need to go. Remember to keep tools used for certain activities together.
Here Tricia from Craft Addict keeps all of her beading supplies and tools together.