Craft Storage Idea: Fabric Storage Baskets

Craft Storage Idea: Fabric Storage Baskets
Craft storage ideas are all around us!

Hello craft storage lovers – we know, it’s been a while!

We’ve been working on craft storage ideas to share with you in 2016 and we thank you for hanging in there with us while we regrouped.


To kick things off, I’m sharing a quick handmade craft storage project I came across while perusing some new-to-me craft blogs – this project’s not only super simple, but one that’s perfect for using up your fabric and/or felt scraps. 

This cute little Pixie Basket was created by Heidi Staples and found on her blog, Fabric Mutt – thanks to Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts for the link!

Craft Storage Idea: The Pixie Basket by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt (image)
Craft Storage Idea: The Pixie Basket by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt (Image: Fabric Mutt Blog)

OK, how cute is this little gem?!

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Just One Tip!

Hey there crafty friends, Lisa here today to share {Just One Tip}! I had so many ideas rolling around in my head, but I happened to stumble upon something super cute while looking for something else on Pinterest.

You’ve all seen this type of semi flat metal birdcage (Liv Furniture and Things) that can be hung on your wall right? The kind you can tuck & clip notes, postcards or photos into.

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Well how about a birdcage craft supply organizer! Isn’t this the cutest storage/organization idea? So many possibilities. You can find the full tutorial on The Silly Pearl blog. Blog owner Steph has the complete step by step how to for you. This one is as easy as it is adorable!

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Thanks for stopping by today, we appreciate your visits!

Lisa

Daring DIY {Damask Love Twine Holder Tutorial}

Check out this darling DIY project for storing spools of twine. I’ve been spying these adorable frames from Michael’s, but couldn’t decide on a project to use them on…until now! Happy Dance!

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I told you it was darling and adorable! Here’s a close up shot:

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Be sure to follow the link to the Damask Love blog for a complete tutorial on how to create on of your very own, for just $12 and some change!

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If you wind up making one of these, you definitely have to share yours with all of us! ~ Doris

Doris

Storage Solution Roundup: Wafer Thin Dies

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Hi all! Noelle here today with my latest storage solution for my ever-expanding collection of dies. You may remember from my Studio Tour that I had been using these knife racks from Ikea for storing my dies. I had five of them, and they eventually became so crammed that I was faced with a dilemma… Either get another knife rack or come up with a better way to store them since I had way too many. Being that I design for The Cat’s Pajamas, and sometimes guest design for other companies, I am blessed because I get a lot of free stuff in the mail. It’s wonderful! 🙂 However, lately my tiny space is feeling even more cramped than normal. I have barely any wall space and I knew that adding another knife rack (maybe even 2 or 3 more down the road…) just wasn’t going to work. So I needed to come up with a new idea. Then looking around on Pinterest I found a few cool ones…

Magnetic vent covers nailed straight to the wall.

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 Decorative magnetic board

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  Pocket binder

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Die storage on rings

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 ArtBin magnetic storage case

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And I came up with my own system, though very similar to others I’ve seen. I had this long silver bin I got at the thrift store a few months ago, I decided to make that my bin for the dies, though in hindsight I might end up putting the cards in plastic pocket sheets in a binder instead of this bin. The cards I made are 3 ¾” by 5 ½” so they would fit nicely in 4” x 6” pockets. But for now, the bin works well. The width of the bin dictated the width of my cards and you can see that some of the dies overhang their cards a bit.

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 I started out using those cheap magnets that come on the phonebooks. I have a pile of them and they’re so thin that they cut well with a paper cutter. You can even punch through them I once discovered while trying to turn my sons Perler Beads creations into magnets! When I ran out of those, I went to the craft store and got two packs of that magnetic strip that comes in rolls. It even has adhesive already on the back.

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 I used more of that cheap white cardstock that I’m trying to use up. I cut one of each die also from the white and adhered the white die-cuts that would be included on that card on the front. On the back I put the magnetic strip, and the dies that were for that card.  One thing to note is that while nesting dies work fine on this magnetic strip, you can’t really layer dies on it. The magnetic pull of the knife racks is far stronger than these little craft magnet strips.

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 I decided to use a color coding system, since I tend to work in terms of manufacturer, but you could also break it down by themes, shapes, borders, etc. I started with my Cat’s Pajamas (TCP) CutUps, since I have more of them than any other kind. I didn’t get any more done before this was due, so sorry you won’t get to see the rainbow of manufacturers! When I was all done with all the die cards, I made a yellow divider card, and yellow tabs with the names of the dies included on each card. I’ll do blue for Spellbinders, green for My Favorite Things, red for Papertrey Ink, and so on. This is how the one section looked, the others won’t be nearly as big as this one, but I like how I can keep expanding this without needing to use up more precious wall space.

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 Maybe a couple of the knife racks will end up in my kitchen…. I’m sure something else will take up that wall space in my studio soon enough!

Have a stellar day!  🙂

Noelle

13 in 2013: 6×6 Paper Storage


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Okay, how many of you have a teetering stack of the cute little 6×6 inch packs of patterned paper in your craft space?  I know I fall into this category.  I was pretty excited when I stumbled on a blog to showing how to make a 6×6 paper storage box.

Chris Simon from Colorful OM  has an easy tutorial to put together this paper box.

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The pieces to this box have been cut from foam core board and glued together using a hot glue gun.

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The dimensions to cut the box and assemble the box

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The index tabs were made with a round tab punch and stapled to the tops of a divider

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The box can be decorated to match your space

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Love having decorating options

I am ready to go make one of these or two for my craft space.  Thanks for stopping by Craft Storage Ideas!

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13 in 2013: Spreadsheet Organization

Sometimes organizing your craft room doesn’t mean just organizing your materials, it also includes organizing the files on your computer related to all things crafty.  Doris is here today to talk about saving hyperlinks, particularly those that you might need in addition to Pinterest.

You should know by now that I am quite the shopper/collector/organizer of all things crafty. As a result, I spend way too much a lot of time “surfing the net” for places to shop, ways to store and organize, and to inspire creativity. Before Pinterest came along, I was struggling with ways to keep up with all the websites, videos and blogs I was coming across. Even if I “bookmarked” them or wrote the URL down somewhere, I would usually forget why within the time it took to click off the page. Inspired by another lady’s spreadsheet, I set out to create one of my own. And, let me just say, while I may be proficient at shopping/collecting and organizing, I am not when it comes to Excel spreadsheets, Word documents and the like. So, what I’m going to be sharing with you is my {extremely} basic spreadsheet created in Microsoft Excel 2007.

As you can see, I have just 2 columns: (I told you it was basic!) Column A contains the “hyperlink” to the original location of what’s referenced in the Comments section in Column B. I know I’m probably the last person on the planet to learn how to insert a hyperlink, but, on the outside chance that you’re that person, here’s how I did it:

Since I knew I would need “screen shots” for this article, I did a Google search and found a tutorial. Once I followed the link to the website, I highlighted the URL (web address), right clicked on my mouse and selected “copy.”

Next, I went to my spreadsheet to enter my information.

Lastly, you will insert your Hyperlink into your spreadsheet entry.

This is what it will look like if the Hyperlink has been inserted correctly (another shortcut would be to use Control + V to insert the address). Now, if you were to click on Computer Tips, it would automatically take you to the page you want to find! The person who figured out a way for us to do this is a genius!!!

And that’s it! You just repeat that process for each hyperlink you want to insert.  Sometimes, it helps me to see how other people categorize their organization/storage, so I thought I would give you a list of the types of things I save to my spreadsheet.

Baby Ideas
Blogs
Bow Making
Candles
Card Making
Christmas
Craft Rooms
Cricut
Crochet
Cuttlebug
Flower Making
Frames
Gift Card Holders
Gift Ideas
Gift Wrapping
Inspiration
Jewelry
Kids Crafts
PDF Files
Project Tutorials
Recipes
Resources
Sewing
Silhouette
Sketches
Stamping
Storage
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This process has really helped me so much in my quest to stay on top of all of the amazing ideas I come across. I can’t tell you how many times I refer to this list and add to it. I hope you’ll try your hand at setting up a similar system. If you have any questions, I will be happy to try to answer them – or find the answer for you. If you have any tips on how to make this whole process work even more efficiently, I hope you’ll share that with us!

Here’s to a Happy, Crafty, Organized New Year! ~ Doris