All About The Furniture: Cutting Table from Storage Cubbies

Hallo!  Hazel, from Sunny South Africa again.  By now you would know that I am the world’s biggest hybrid crafter. That translates into “ I’m allowed to have a lot of stuff”.  I also love to recycle, reuse and repurpose – that means A LOT MORE STUFF.

Today I’m sharing cubicles recycled into a wonderful cutting table. The idea is super great and easy to do.  I hope my husband is not reading this post – I want him to think I’m brilliant and saving him money by thinking up “our” next project – a table from recycled storage cubbies!

I got the idea via my friend Pinterest ex the blog of Georgia Peachez. First up the before picture of her space: a folding table (balanced on paint cans for extra height) and a wall of cubbies.

 

And NOW:

 

In Georgia’s own words:

“Instead of building a wall of cubbies, I used the cubbies to build the island cutting table. To build this I used 4 sets of cubbies and connected them for stability using L-brackets and mending brackets.  The top is just a cutting board.” 

Hop over to Georgia’s blog and tell her how much we love her idea and while you are feeling inspired – try it out and send me a link to your project. I would love to see what you did and …………………….. my hubby and I will sure try an adapted version of this – I will post my link in the comments as well. Just watch this space!

That’s it from me.  I’m off to find my husband. Have a great day and please check back as my teammates and I have a lot more storage ideas to share with you.

Hazel

Storage Solution Roundup: Fabric storage

Hallo, Hazel from Sunny South Africa again and today I’m sharing fabric storage ideas.  Now, I’m a hybrid crafter – for me it means that I buy the minimum, recycle, reuse and repurpose as much as possible and I craft in ANY medium. My mom used to make all our clothes and I do mine as well and therefore I can’t resist a beautiful piece of fabric.

They are quite bulky to store so I’ve made a deal with myself – with clothes I don’t store anything – I only buy once the previous item has been made.  However, I do indulge in my little secret pleasure – a beautiful piece of fabric. My rule is – if it is not for clothes, I’m only allowed the minimum yardage they sell.  It works very well – I always have beautiful fabrics to choose from for my hybrid fancies and I don’t go overboard and buy stock that will never be used.

Anyway, it still has to be stored and I went to my friends Google and Pinterest for some tips. Want to see what they came up with?

First up:  Recycle, reuse and repurpose the furniture you’ve got.

A dresser:

 

A chest of drawers:

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CD Racks:

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Now that we have covered my favorite options, what about a few new ideas?

Gift wrap rack:

What a great idea that you can make yourself.

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Hangers:

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On Rolls:

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Wall mounted racks / hangers:

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And now for my favorite – storing scraps!  If you only buy the minimum yardage I think that most of the time my fabric stash is categorized under scraps. This is what I found:

Wire baskets:

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If only we could find these in Sunny South Africa, this would be the one for me.

Plastic baskets:

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Look at the banner made out of vintage patterns.  I love it!

Closed plastic containers:

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Now, this one is for me.  Not the one that looks the best but at least I can see what is inside and don’t have to chase dust bunnies as I go.

And something I stumbled upon that I think is a GREAT idea:

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Why not tag your fabric? Name and yardage.  I can’t tell you how many times I had to roll down an entire roll to re-measure and when I have to re-order ………………  well, I don’t because if you buy the minimum, you don’t get the print on the side with the name, repeat and color.  Mark my words, in future I’ll write it down when I buy!! (and I’ll tag my fabric)

I hope you have enjoyed my extended tour around blogland to see what is out there for storing fabric.  If you have a system that works for you or an excellent one you found online PLEASE send me a comment – I would love to look or hear from you.

That’s it from me. Have a great day and see u again soon.

Hazel

 

Just One Tip: Using clothing hangers for craft storage

Hey all, Noelle here with a tip on some inexpensive storage, some that you might already have “hanging” around! 😉 I am not fortunate enough to have a closet in my space… not that it’s prevented me from hanging a curtain rod upside down under a shelf and making my own hanging bar, though! 🙂  But I bet many of you do have a closet, or maybe you’ve even turned a closet into your crafting space! Here are some ideas to incorporate clothing hangers as storage in your studio.

This has been one of my favorite storage solutions in my own studio. I use giant plastic zipper storage bags (2 ½ gallon sized) suspended from inexpensive pant hangers to store all my “themed” items. One is for Christmas, one is for Halloween, one for school, etc. I even have one bag for each of my kids keepsakes (things like report cards, certificates, and class photos) that I’d like to incorporate into their scrapbooks. It’s great, because, when I go to scrap, say a First Day of School page, I pull down the “School” bag, and rummage through to find my school papers, stickers, and embellishments. They are all right there together, I just love that!

While searching around for other cool hanger ideas, I came across these….

Use a vintage hanger as a frame! This would be a great way to showcase your kids art, or your most recent scrapbook page.

Use a scarf or shirt hanger to store ribbon lengths on.

You might remember in my “Ribbon Re-do” I used a multi-tiered pants hanger with arms that swing out to store ribbon spools.

If you are a jewelry maker, adding cup hooks to a wood hanger, could be a great way to store strings of beads, or lengths of chain.

Going back to the pant hanger idea, here’s a great way to store fabric so you can see it all without rummaging through a big pile.

How about using hangers to store tissue paper, so it doesn’t get crushed or torn?

And if you want to dress up some hangers to make them look pretty in your space, here’s a clever way to use some of that scrapbook paper or fabric on those free wire hangers from the dry cleaners. This could even make a fun gift!

Do you think you could use some more hanging storage? There are so many great closet organizational goodies out there that could be used for crafts, just think of all the possibilities! 🙂

Thanks for popping by Craft Storage Ideas! See you again very soon!

 

Just 1 Tip: Recycle

In the ever-changing world of crafting, one thing that will probably never change would be recycling or resurfacing an old product, like these cans.

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You can create one-of-a-kind containers with or without handles and use a variety of finish materials to give each one a unique look.

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Decorating the outside of the can to compliment the colors of the pen is a great idea to keep pens organized.


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Spray paint is a great way to match the decor in you spaces.

I hope that you start to rethink how you can use or re-use your everyday cans that you have emptied and turn them into wonderful and useful storage pieces.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vintage Cassette Tape Tray {Tonya Staab}

What do cassette tape trays and fabric have in common?  Not much, but when you combine them, it’s gorgeous!  Tonya Staab created this awesome fabric scrap organizer from a vintage (I know, it’s a little weird to use vintage and cassette tape together, but it’s true!) cassette tape tray!

Fabric scrap storage

Isn’t that a perfect use of a vintage item?  Now, imagine how beautiful and colorful this would be hanging on the wall!

Cassette tape holder turned fabric organizer

Tonya has tons of craft and storage ideas on her blog.  Check it out!

Fabric Organizers {Girl.Inspired.}

Fabric organization mixed with ribbon embellishments

Isn’t that beautiful!  I’m just itching to create something with fabric now!

Fabric Storage using Fabric Organizers

I’ve seen these Fabric Organizers on several blogs.  They seem absolutely perfect for storing large cuts of fabric!

For more info on Stef’s studio and her projects, check out her blog.