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« on: February 18, 2004 04:47:53 PM »

i'm starting to sew alot more/craft alot more and all of my stuff is all over the house. any ideas for fun things to put on the box/what box to use etc.


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« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2004 11:09:10 PM »

you can use a basket and line it with fabric, then put a wide fabric or ribbon band around it with pockets for your scissors, threads, and other sewing supplies.

another idea is to use a metal lunchbox, you can paint or decoupage it and stick a fabric or ribbon band in it with pockets to store things, you can stick some felt on the inside of the box lid to pin your needles in.

you can also use large cigar boxes to store your sewing supplies.

my mom uses a spice box (a wooden box with lots of drawers usually found in ikea) to store her sewing supplies in.

if i have more ideas i'll let you know.
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2004 11:25:56 PM »

Well, this isn't very crafty, but right now most of my sewing stuff is in a really big Rubbermaid container. . . Actually... the material is scattered over the floor and needs to be put back into the container... bad me!
The container works way better than a bunch of bags, especially if you don't have a whole lot of stuff to store.

For sewing supplies like thread and pins and whatnot, I've got my grandma's old sewing basket, but for an idea that recycles and is crafty, you can use those round plastic containers that tobacco comes in. Put quilt batting on the lid, cover it with fabric, (use hot glue to stick the fabric on), then wrap ribbon around where the fabric ends. You can also use those cheap plastic strings of beads, the kind that come on a roll.
The nice thing about having the quilt batting on top is it makes a built-in pin cushion!

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« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2004 10:40:37 AM »

I use to waste a lot of time and money looking for or rebuying sewing items because I wasn't organized. I finally spent a weekend and about 100 in supplies to get more organized, heres some of my ideas.For patterns I use manila folders which are 25 for 2.00 at like office depot, I scan a pic of the front of the pattern and tape it to the front of the envelope this way I dont have to try and fight the cut pattern back into that lil envelope it comes in (zip locs work good but they dont stand up in a file cabinet.I then store them in a file cabinet and Im ashamed to say I took up 8 drawers just for patterns . For stuff I use at the machine i made a pocket organizer that hangs under my machine it was out of old drape fabric so basically free. It holds my seam ripper a measuring guage and a stiletto etc. and my machine has its own pincushion on it. For like rulers and stuff I made custom wall pockets for each one with a silhouette of it on the outside, and I use the cheap yardsticks as rods for them, looks cute. My scissors I keep on one of those accordian type coat racks. And for little bitty stuff like grommets, buttons and snaps, I stole one of my husbands tackleboxes that has clear sides so I can see whats in each one, plus I have one of those label machines, I label everything. I put things like bias tape, seam tape etc. into clear shoe boxes, and I buy the underbed boxes and clear plastic storage bags for fabric at dollar stores when I can find them. I also schedule my sewing time, and my fandamily has learned to deal with it. I dont have a dedicated table for sewing and my machines are set up in a closet, but I still manage to sew 8 hours a week as oppsed to the measly 2 before. And when I make things like tshirts or purses I make 2 at a time and put one away as a gift . The last and final thing I did was cover one of those cardboard foldout cutting boards with felt, so if I have to put what Im cutting away temporarily i can fold it up and the fabric stays put . I keep all my in progress projects in drawstring bags with the pattern and notions needed and fabric all together and then hang it in the closet in between sewing time. I use fabric bags because I hate storing fabric in plastic, and it looks tackier then a drawstring bag.

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« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2004 08:11:42 AM »

Thos clear zippered bags that comforters and sheets come in are soooo handy for fabric + yarn!

You can see exactly what's inside and with the zipper all the  contents are easily accesible!  Plus they are squishy, so you can cram them under your bed or in your closet or any other little crevis you may find!

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« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2004 11:41:58 AM »

My new thing is  to use Altiod tins to holds your bobbins, etc. They fit perfectly.Anotehr tin holds my pins.   I put some pictures from the Joanne's ad on the outside  so I know exactly what is inside.
« Reply #6 on: February 29, 2004 09:46:29 AM »

My sewing box looks like that (it's a toolbox actually) .
I use little photo film containers for buttons, needles ... and all the little stuff.
I also use Ziploc bags for bigger stuffs like ribbons, bias...
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