Just One Tip: Small Ribbon Storage

Organizing Small Ribbon Pieces

Hello, it’s Suzanne here today with a tip for storing small pieces of ribbon (or twine, string, floss, etc.). We all have a favorite brand, color, or pattern of ribbon that seems to run out sooner than the rest. If you keep your ribbons on their original spools, that means that you may be taking up prime storage real estate with a tiny piece of ribbon left on a large spool. The solution that works for me, is to take the remaining ribbon off its spool and twist it around a tongue depressor (also called a jumbo craft stick or popsicle stick). Have a look at the pictures below to see how crafters are using this technique.

This first picture is from my own small ribbon storage.  I wrapped ribbon, waxy flax, twine, and hemp string around tongue depressors and then corralled similar ribbon types in Mason jars.

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Here is a picture of the same technique but the ribbon is stored in clear jars. There are plenty of pictures on this site, so check them out for some great ideas.

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This ingenious way to organize and store small pieces of ribbon utilizes clothespins. I love this idea because the ribbon can be held in place by the clothespin clasp, which prevents unraveling.

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These ribbon pieces are wrapped around a completely different type of clothespin. The advantage of this wooden pin is that it is round, and will not kink the ribbon during storage.

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And finally, we are back to the tongue depressors, but with a twist! These wooden sticks had holes punched in one end so that a steel jump ring could be placed through them and clipped together. There is a step-by-step tutorial at her website if you are interested in this type of storage.

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Be sure to check out all of the links for additional pictures on each storage solution. Do you have a favorite way of storing small pieces of ribbon? Be sure to share with us in the comments below!

Suzanne

 

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