Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Tutorial - 5 Minute Fabric Organizer

If you sew or do any craft that involves fabric, you probably have a bunch of fabric scraps knocking around in a box or drawer. If you're anything like me, you are also wasting money buying new fabric when you already have some great stuff that you've totally forgotten about.

To fix this problem I've come-up with this quick and cheap way to get scraps organized and have way to visually see what's on hand at a glance.

All you need is:
• A box (preferably with a lid) I used The Container Store's "Our Best Box." They're not paying me, I really like this box.
• Double sided tape

As you're putting your fabric in the box cut a small swatch of each one. When you're done, put double sided tape on the outside of the box and stick the swatches onto the tape. Bing, bang, boom, done! To celebrate, you can download the "I'm organized" thought bubble clip art here and smugly enjoy how organized you are.

When you need to get inspired you can go to your box and just look at the outside to see what you've got on hand. You can also pull the swatch off rather thank dig through the box if you need to match colors or take it to the fabric store with you.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Craft Space Organization - Step 3

I've finished all of my sorting! Yay! I filled a garbage bag with junk and another box with stuff to donate to the Goodwill. I was amazed at some of the stuff I'd been hanging onto. I found extra buttons from clothes that I got rid of years ago and some fabric scraps that were so ugly I don't know why I had them in the first place.

That means I'm ready for Step 3: A PLACE FOR EVERYTHING
One of the reasons why my craft space is such a mess is because I don't have a real place for things. My tools and projects tend to migrate from a drawer to the desk to the floor depending on what I'm currently working on. My goal is to have a real spot for all of my stuff.

This is when things get fun. Now I have a reason to get new storage bins/boxes and even maybe some new furniture to get organized. I'll update soon with some quick and easy ways to get your stuff in order!