Craft Storage Idea: Solution for 6″ x 6″ Paper Pads or Fabric Bundles

Craft Storage Idea: Solution for 6″ x 6″ Paper Pads or Fabric Bundles
Craft Storage doesn’t have to come from a craft product retailer!

Today’s post centers around finding organizing and storage solutions for 6″ x 6″ papers, paper pads, and folded fabrics or fabric bundles.

Craft Storage Ideas: Solution for 6x6 Paper Pads or Fabric Bundles - Fabric Bundles (image)

Craft Storage Ideas: Solution for 6×6 Paper Pads or Fabric Bundles – Fabric Bundles

Craft Storage Ideas: Solution for 6x6 Paper Pads or Fabric Bundles - My 6x6 Paper Pads (image)

Craft Storage Ideas: Solution for 6×6 Paper Pads or Fabric Bundles – My 6×6 Paper Pads

But, this storage solution is NOT a craft storage item, nor an item found at craft product retailers.

It may, however, be found at your local home organization store.

 

Craft Storage Ideas: Shopping for Organizing & Storage Solutions, For YOU! (image)

Craft Storage Ideas: Shopping for Organizing & Storage Solutions, For YOU!

As background, I’m a frequent ‘shopper’ at home organization stores and craft product retailers, and I usually take weekly ‘field trips’ to my local retailers in search of items that I need for my own products and supplies, and/or which we can recommend to you.

Craft Storage Ideas: The Command Center (a.k.a. Steph's Office) (image)

Craft Storage Ideas: The Command Center (a.k.a. Steph’s Office)

And in the interest of full transparency, when you work as a solopreneur, and work from a home office, getting out at least once a week is important to long-term sanity!

But even if I worked in a corporate office, I’d still be checking out the latest in organization and storage products – it’s my thing and a major aspect of what we provide our Craft Storage Ideas audience…you!

Now, please note the ‘ ‘ around the word ‘shopper’ above – I am NOT making purchases every week, but rather searching for what’s out there, and most importantly, looking for items that can be re-purposed for craft product and supply storage.

And that brings me to today’s find and recommendations…


Meet the InterDesign Bath Binz!

Craft Storage Ideas: Solution for 6x6 Paper Pads or Fabric Bundles - InterDesign Bath Binz (8" x 8" x 6") (image)

Craft Storage Ideas: Solution for 6×6 Paper Pads or Fabric Bundles – InterDesign Bath Binz (8″ x 8″ x 6″)

This clear acrylic container, a container which measures 8″W x 8″D x 6″H, is both sturdy and stylish.

And for those who need to see what you own, or need storage that’s portable, this is likely ideal!

This bin has handles (openings) both front and back, making it easy to grab it and take it to where you’re working, and slide it into and out of shelves and cubbies.

And because the bin is square, it doesn’t matter whether you place your items in a forward-facing manner or side-facing manner.

 

Craft Storage Ideas: Solution for 6x6 Paper Pads or Fabric Bundles - My 6x6 Paper Pads Stored, Front-Facing (image)

Craft Storage Ideas: Solution for 6×6 Paper Pads or Fabric Bundles – My 6×6 Paper Pads Stored, Front-Facing

In the image above you can see that I’m storing my 6 ” x 6″ paper pads in a forward-facing manner, with the front handle (opening) facing forward as well.

I need to be able to quickly and easily access my collection of pads, grab what I need and slide the rest of the collection back in place, or bring my whole collection to my crafting table.

Craft Storage Ideas: Solution for 6x6 Paper Pads or Fabric Bundles - My 6x6 Paper Pads Stored, Side-Facing (image)

Craft Storage Ideas: Solution for 6×6 Paper Pads or Fabric Bundles – My 6×6 Paper Pads Stored, Side-Facing

The pads will also fit in a side-facing manner, as shown above.

Craft Storage Ideas: Solution for 6x6 Paper Pads or Fabric Bundles - My 6x6 Paper Pads Stored, Front-Facing in My Expedit (image)

Craft Storage Ideas: Solution for 6×6 Paper Pads or Fabric Bundles – My 6×6 Paper Pads Stored, Front-Facing in My Expedit

The front handle makes this access and return process easy, and this bin fits well, on top of another container of 6″ x 6″ paper pads, in one of the cubbies of my IKEA Expedit storage shelving.

I love that the bin is clear so I can see what’s inside of it without opening a lid, and the dual handles means it’s easy to tote along if I’m creating in another space or at a craft event.

 

Craft Storage Ideas: Solution for 6x6 Paper Pads or Fabric Bundles - My Fabric Bundles (image)

Craft Storage Ideas: Solution for 6×6 Paper Pads or Fabric Bundles – My Fabric Bundles

Into sewing and/or quilting?

Consider storing your smaller pieces of fabric (or folded remnants) in these bins.

‘Flats’ of fabric fit well and can easily be organized by theme, color, type, etc.

Grab some dividers (store-bought or homemade) and add them between your fabric pieces to make finding what you need even quicker and easier.

Again, we think this is a super versatile product, one that’s not just perfect for the bathroom or other areas of your home, but for YOUR craft, sewing or quilting room as well!


A word of caution:
Because this bin is clear and not completely enclosed, items stored in it could be subject to fading and getting dusty, or getting covered in pet hair if you have animals.

We recommend storing these bins inside a closed storage unit (e.g., my Expedit has a curtain covering the front so light isn’t entering the cubbies and there is very little dust getting on my paper pads) or, at the very least, keeping them away from bright light sources (e.g., sunlight) and away from where your beloved pets hang out.


So what do you think –
is this a solution you can envision yourself using,
for papers or fabrics, or perhaps another crafting supply?

Please let us know what you think of the InterDesign Bath Binz!
and how YOU would use them.


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Steph & The CSI Team

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Craft Storage Ideas: Color Is Your Friend!

Craft Storage Ideas: Color Is Your Friend!
Craft Storage & Organizing By Color – Worth a Try?

Who’s looking for a little colorful inspiration?

How about colorful inspiration for organizing your crafting supplies?

I came across a three craft storage products that I thought you might want to check out, especially if organizing by color is something you want to try, or already love.

Of course these products would also be great if you just really like lots of color in your creative space or when crafting on the go!

This is the first time I’ve seen these items at retail, and I haven’t had a chance to try all of them out myself (yet!), but I thought I’d share them right away in case you’re on the hunt for a new solution for organizing by color, or simply organizing with colorful solutions.


Now keep in mind that just because a storage unit has a craft-specific name (such as two of those below have), that doesn’t mean you can only use them for that type of tool or supply.

When we share products, we’ll do our best to provide you with lots of use cases, no matter what type(s) of crafting you’re into.

After all, most of us dabble in at least a couple of crafty endeavors, so multi-use storage can be quite valuable.

And as our crafting desires change, it’s great to re-purpose our organizing and storage products rather than having to buy all new solutions, right?


O.K., let’s take a look at three plastic and portable storage units…

Craft Storage Ideas: Iris - Large Photo & Craft Keeper (image)

Craft Storage Ideas: Iris – Large Photo & Craft Keeper

This first item, made by Iris, is a multi-drawer unit that’s ideal for smaller items – think paper and fabric scraps, embellishments and thread, embroidery floss, small tools like scissors and tweezers, etc.

It’s called the Large Photo & Craft Keeper and as you can see from this photo, it retails at Michael’s Craft Stores for $39.99.

Of course, when Michael’s puts their plastic storage items on sale, or you have a coupon that’s valid on this type of item, this item can be purchased for much less.


This product is “designed for” storing photos, but it’s perfect for so many different types of craft tools and supplies!

I have several of the clear Photo & Craft Keepers and I love them for storing items like Ranger Distress Ink Reinkers, extra Distress Tool pads, Stickles bottles, etc.

I like my craft supplies to be visible and portable so these are perfect for my needs!

If you’re a hand-sewer, embroidery nut, paper-piecer, quiller or jewelry maker, you might want to check out the unit above (or the XL and/or clear version) for storing your tools and supplies, especially if you’re on the go a lot.

Perhaps the best aspect of this type of unit is that you don’t have to carry the whole outer case with you – you can simply grab a few of the inner containers, toss them in your craft tote and off you go!

 

The second and third products we’re sharing today are made by Really Useful Products (the company is out of the UK, but their products are available here in the U.S., in stores and online, as well).

 

Craft Storage Ideas: Really Useful Products - Drawers Tower w/7 Drawers (image)

Craft Storage Ideas: Really Useful ProductsDrawers Tower w/7 Drawers

The first product by Really Useful Products is called the Drawers Tower.

This version has seven (7) drawers and they make many versions of this item, with fewer or more drawers. 

If you buy this item directly from the company (link above), you can also buy the drawers individually and put together whatever configuration you need.

But, if you’re looking for this item locally, in the U.S., this exact configuration is available at Michael’s (which is where this photo was taken).

As you can see, the price is $39.99, but with a coupon or when their plastic storage items are on sale, you could get it for much less.


This drawer unit is great for scraps, small notions, jewelry-making supplies, etc., or for those who like their supplies sorted by color – you could quickly and easily add all purple items to the purple drawer, blue items to the blue drawer, etc.

And the benefit to this method of storage is that you wouldn’t need to label the drawers – you’d know exactly what was in each drawer just by glancing at the drawer color!

This unit could also be great for tool storage if you either just like a lot of color on your work area, or if your tools are colored and it would be easy for you to recall which tools are in each drawer based on the color of the drawer.

And yes, it’s even portable – it would definitely fit in a large tote or shopping bag, or simply add a strap around it for easy hand-carrying.

 

Craft Storage Ideas: Really Useful Products - Scrapbook Drawers Tower w/Eight Drawers (image)

Craft Storage Ideas: Really Useful Products – Scrapbook Drawers Tower w/Eight Drawers

And the third and final product being shared today, another product from Really Useful Products, is called the Scrapbook Drawers Tower.

This version has eight (8) drawers (they also make versions with more or fewer drawers) and it comes with casters so even this larger unit is somewhat portable.

This drawer unit would be perfect for storing larger, 12×12 items such as scrapbooking paper* and cardstock*, sheet protectors*, finished scrapbook layouts, etc., as well as folded or rolled fabrics, interfacing, rolls of vinyl and many other items that require or work well in a horizontal larger space.

*Please keep in mind that you’d need to lift the larger, flat items mentioned to find what you need, but chipboard dividers between them could make this process easier.


Have lots of wood-mounted rubber stamps or ink pads?
You could fit a lot of either in each of these drawers!

This rolling unit would also be perfect for storing lots of smaller items in containers – think beads, jewelry findings, embellishments, notions, etc.

And, the drawers are sized well for storing short jars of paints, glitters, embossing powders and art mediums, items which sometimes spill and require a surface (like this plastic) that’s easily cleaned.

And again, this is a great solution if you prefer, or want to try, organizing everything by color – one of these drawers is large enough to hold a lot of pink, red, orange, yellow, green, blue or purple supplies!


This appears to be a new product for the manufacturer and it appears that it can be bought directly from them – again, I grabbed this picture at my local Michael’s.

The price of this unit is $129, but again, there are certainly opportunities to save by taking advantage of sales or coupons.


Well, that’s it for today’s shares.

Please let us know what you think of the products we shared today.

Have ideas for how YOU might use these storage units?

Please share your ideas with us and your fellow crafters
by leaving them in a comment!

Have a great week and happy organizing,
Steph & The CSI Team

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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?!

What a great project for a rainy/snowy day, and it’s a super way to use up your scraps!

Think how cute this would look made from felt (totally on trend and easy to hand-sew or glue together!) or from oil cloth (spill-proof, yay!).


And because I’m much more proficient with paper than I am with fabric (o.k., fabric and I get along great, but I have a love-hate relationship with threading a sewing machine!), I’m thinking about gathering some fun papers and laminating them, and then creating one of these with the laminated sheets.

I’m not sure how it’ll turn out, but I’m willing to give it a go!

You too?

I’ll share my attempts at a Pixie Basket made from paper if you will!

 

Or, will you be raiding your fabric stash and making one of these from your favorite patterns or scraps?

Well, whatever materials you choose to use, I’m pretty sure you’ll have a great time creating one (or more!) of these and filling it with your favorite artsy craftsy tools and supplies.


Click here for the link to
Heidi’s Pixie Basket tutorial and additional photos:
Fabric Mutt’s Pixie Basket Tutorial

Wondering what you could store in one of these Pixie Baskets?

Here are a few ideas:

  • Needle Art Tools
  • Spools of Thread
  • Sewing Notions
  • Scissors & Other Sewing Tools
  • Small Sewing & Quilting Dies or Templates
  • Jewelry-Making Tools & Supplies
  • Small Containers of Beads, Gems & Findings
  • Papercrafting Dies or Punches
  • Embossing Folders
  • Alpha Sticker Sheets
  • Clear Stamp Sets
  • Wood-Mounted Stamps
  • Pocket Scrapbooking Cards & Embellishments
  • Scrapbooking & Cardmaking Embellishments
  • Dry Adhesives
  • Planner Supplies
  • And So Much More!


Of course kids would love these too!

Let them pick their favorite “character” patterns, fabrics in their favorite colors or colors that match their rooms, and create a few Pixie Baskets for them to use in keeping their favorite arts & crafts supplies corralled.

Take it from a former professional organizer, kids are much more likely to use organizing solutions if they like them and had some say in their creation or purchase!


And if, like me, you travel a lot, why not make a few of these baskets to take along for keeping your own crafting supplies contained?

Toss one or two in your carry-on bag and crafting in the air is much easier – no more looking for dropped tools and supplies!

Prefer traveling by train, car or caravan (camper/motorhome)?

Use one or more of these to keep your tools and supplies, and kids’ crayons, from ending up between or under seats.


We’re sure you can come up with even more great ideas
for putting these clever little baskets to good use, right?

And speaking of that, we’d love your feedback –
tell us how YOU’D use a Pixie Basket for your crafting endeavors.

And if you’ve already made one of these,
or something similar,
please share a photo of yours and tell us how you use it
we’d love to see and hear about your ideas!


And finally, we welcome your input on what we share here in 2016 – what are your organizing and storage challenges, and what would you like for us to talk about and share here?

Thanks for tuning in again – happy crafting & organizing!
Steph & The CSI Team

 

 

Craft Storage: Unique Storage Solutions – Pallet Power

Craft Storage: Unique Storage Solutions – Pallet Power
Craft storage ideas using a readily available, and often FREE, supply!

Do you ever feel that you want to live simpler and use what’s already available?

Hello fellow craft storage enthusiasts!

Hazel here to share one of my favorite topics – re-purposing of old / unused / broken items.

Today it’s PALLET POWER!


I’ve been gathering ideas on my Pinterest board, Pallet Power, as my husband and I are thinking about investing in a country retreat.

We want everything to be self-sustainable and what better way to start out than using unwanted pallets, right?

Not all my ideas are for craft storage, but 99% could be easily adapted for storing your stash, whatever your craft, hobby or interest might be.


Let’s start with something everyone needs: a BED!!

Craft Room Storage: Unique Solutions - Pallet Bed Storage (image)

Craft Room Storage: Unique Solutions – Pallet Bed Storage

Image Source: DOSE.com

Even if you live in a teeny, tiny apartment – pallets could be for you.

Just look at all this under-bed storage!

I think I could fit my whole craft stash in those crates!

Steph adds that they’re portable, making it easy to carry them to where you want to do your creating.

And now, something all craft rooms need – a TABLE.

Craft Room Storage: Unique Solutions - Pallet Table, Foldable (image)

Craft Room Storage: Unique Solutions – Pallet Table, Foldable

Image Source: DumpADay.com

I love this idea!

You can pull it down when needed and put it back when you need more space.

It’s perfect for weekend crafters who need/want space-conscious set-ups.

The photo above shows a gardening table, but with a bit of imagination and paint, this same idea could work in ANY area.

Add a thin piece of wood cut to the same size as the pallet and you have a nice, smooth work surface for crafting!


The table shown below is used in a kitchen but it would make the PERFECT craft table as well.

Note the space under the tabletop – perfect for a cutter!

Craft Room Storage: Unique Solutions - Pallet Table (image)

Craft Room Storage: Unique Solutions – Pallet Table

Image Source: DumpADay.com


This one has been ‘hearted’ by Steph – she’s in love!

Craft Room Storage: Unique Solutions - Pallet Table w Side Pockets (image)

Craft Room Storage: Unique Solutions – Pallet Table w/Side Pocket

Image Source: DOSE.com

Of course, her love of this one could have something to do with the wine rack on the side!

She points out that the side pockets could also be used for cutters and mats, as well as other large and sometimes difficult to store craft tools.

Of course, a bottle of wine close by isn’t all bad either. 😉


Do you share crafting space with your husband / household or kiddos?

Here is a pallet ROOM DIVIDER – perfect for a bit of crafting privacy and hiding of the creative clutter.

Craft Room Storage: Unique Solutions - Pallet Room Divider (image)

Craft Room Storage: Unique Solutions – Pallet Room Divider

Image Source: Bandits Collectibles on Etsy

And the best part?

You can show off your creations by hanging them from the slats.

And, if you are not a DIY enthusiast, you can buy this one “ready made” on Etsy – just click the link above!


What about some additional DESK space?

Craft Room Storage: Unique Solutions - Pallet Workstation (image)

Craft Room Storage: Unique Solutions – Pallet Workstation

Image Source: OurDailyIdeas.com

This pallet workstation set-up is perfect for a narrow space, or even a craft closet.


And here’s another pallet desk/work surface to check out – fancy!

Craft Room Storage: Unique Solutions - Pallet Desk 1 (image)

Craft Room Storage: Unique Solutions – Pallet Desk 1

Image Source: OurDailyIdeas.com


And now, let’s move on to WALL STORAGE…

This wall unit with fold-down desk is perfect for crafting in a small and/or multi-purpose space!

Craft Room Storage: Unique Solutions - Pallet Wall Unit & Desk (image)

Craft Room Storage: Unique Solutions – Pallet Wall Unit & Desk

Image Source: www.unelmientalojakoti.fi


How great is this unit below?

There’s room for storing supplies (in tins, jars and dishes, or from hook hooked onto the slats) and displaying your small works of art or favorite photos!

Craft Room Storage: Unique Solutions - Pallet Wall Shelf (image)

Craft Room Storage: Unique Solutions – Pallet Wall Shelf

Image Source: LushHome.com

And this one is perfect for that unused space above a desk or in a craft closet.

Craft Room Storage: Unique Solutions - Pallet Wall Unit (image)

Craft Room Storage: Unique Solutions – Pallet Wall Unit

Image Source: SavedByLoveCreations.com

Interested in creating this unit?

Here are the instructions for creating this pallet wall unit: Pallet Wall Unit Instructions


Need a unit for storing your heavy crafting tools?

This one just might do the trick – it’s not only functional, but looks nice too!

Craft Room Storage: Unique Solutions - Pallet Wall Unit for Tool Storage (image)

Craft Room Storage: Unique Solutions – Pallet Wall Unit for Tool Storage

Image Source: DumpADay.com thanks to PopularWoodworking.com

(And be sure to scroll down to the infographic,
Ultimate Guide to Upcycling with Pallets,
from TerrysFabrics.co.uk)


And a Bookshelf is a MUST in any home, and perfect for storing your favorite crafty magazines, scrapbooks, mini albums or other crafting items that require upright storage.

Craft Room Storage: Unique Solutions - Pallet Bookshelf (image)

Craft Room Storage: Unique Solutions – Pallet Bookshelf

Image Source: OurDailyIdeas.com

You can also fill it up with baskets, tins or glass bottles for holding your precious craft supplies.

I see your wheels turning!


And one more…

Steph spotted this one and about fainted!

Craft Room Storage: Unique Solutions - Pallet Rolling Chest (image)

Craft Room Storage: Unique Solutions – Pallet Rolling Chest

Image Source: TheOwnerBuilderNetwork.co

Got large sheets of specialty paper or lots of wood-mounted stamps, or fabrics that need to be stored flat?

This is a wonderful option for all of the above!

 

I think I could go on and on forever about good uses for old pallets!

BUT, I have things to do, people to meet, and places to go, so I’ll end with some bonus pallet inspiration, specifically for our gardening friends…

Craft Room Storage: BONUS! Unique Solutions - Pallet Garden (image)

Craft Room Storage: BONUS! Unique Solutions – Pallet Garden

Image Source: BrightNest.com

Note from Steph: I am not currently a gardener, but I’m a lover of succulents and I’d love to have one of these hanging on our back patio!

How about you – do you garden and are you interested in making one of these?


Thanks for checking out these ‘unique storage solutions’ made by re-purposing pallets.

If you have any ideas of your own –
please leave us a comment or a link.

We’d love to hear how you might use pallets
in your craft space.

Of course, I’d love it if you’d hop over and visit me at my blog, Play as U GO.

And don’t forget to check out my Pinterest board: Pallet Power, for lots of ideas for re-purposing pallets!

If I try my hand at any of these ideas, you’ll be the first to see them, on my blog!
Hazel

Craft Storage Ideas Contributor: Hazel Hamman (image)

Craft Storage Ideas Contributor: Hazel Hamman


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Craft Storage: Contributor Solution – My Locker Love

Craft Storage: Contributor Solution – My Locker Love
Craft storage that shows that I practice what I preach! 

Hello, it’s Hazel all the way from sunny South Africa with you today to share the latest addition to my craft storage – My Locker Love!!!

Craft Storage: Contributor Solution - My Locker Love Lockers (image)

Craft Storage: Contributor Solution – My Locker Love Lockers

Remember that you hopped around the interwebs with me to see what other Bloglanders did with their lockers???

OK, if you forgot what I shared or missed that post, just revisit my Craft Storage Ideas Locker Love post and you can see what I shared.

Between you and me, this post was my fave!!

 

Craft Storage Ideas: Cottage Market Post on Upcycling School Furniture (image)

Craft Storage Ideas: Cottage Market Post on Upcycling School Furniture

The Cottage Market Post on Upcycling School Furniture

Let’s start with a bit of background…

My husband and I ended up with a house too big for us after both our boys left.

As we live in Stellenbosch (a university town) and flat rentals are a very good source of extra income, we converted 2 “unused” rooms into a self-contained flat.

Perfect, BUT…I ended up losing 2 BIG cupboards that had been invaded by my fabric stash over the years.

My Craft Closet is filled to the brim, so I had to think out of the box (No, out of the CLOSET!).


After I did the Locker Love post, I came up with the brilliant idea of adding a row of lockers to an unused space between our garages and the house.

I would have loved to use some recycled lockers, but as I wanted a rather uniform look, I opted to buy new ones.

To my fellow South Africans, I found these lockers at Just Steele, bought them online and four weeks later they were delivered to my door!!!


I chose this one:

Craft Storage: Contributor Solution - My Locker Love - Just Steele 12-Compartment Locker (image)

Craft Storage: Contributor Solution – My Locker Love – Just Steele 12-Compartment Locker

Just Steele 12 compartment Locker

This one is “slimmer” than the rest of the range and I wanted LOTS and LOTS and LOTS of cubbies.

I chose the two-tone cream and beige color as I thought the grey would look too industrial.

In hindsight, I should have chosen the grey.

My taste is rather industrial.

BUT, in the long run, I plan to have them spray painted fire engine red or with a black chalkboard finish.


In the meantime, I’ve transferred my fabric stash from our extra bathroom to the 
cubbies.

Here is a “before” pic.

Who can spot the bath???

Craft Storage" Contributor Solution - My Locker Love - My Fabric Stash: Before (image)

Craft Storage” Contributor Solution – My Locker Love – My Fabric Stash: Before

I sorted the fabric in groups of dress fabric for summer, plain and printed; dress fabric for winter, plain and printed; curtain; upholstery; sheeting; and, haberdashery.

Want a peek inside?

Craft Storage: Contributor Solution - My Locker Love Fabric in Locker Cubbies (image)

Craft Storage: Contributor Solution – My Locker Love Fabric in Locker Cubbies

I’m still working on a system of labeling the cubbies and making it SUPER easy to find something at a click of a button / turn of a page, so you’ll have to come back next month to see what I’ve done.

In the meantime, if you have any ideas,
please leave me a comment or share a link.

I would love to see as many ideas as possible
before I make up my mind.

I’m off to get the truck load of patterns sorted that arrived from my mother (and grandmother before her), but that’s a story for another day.

Thanks for looking at My Locker Love.

I’ll be back next week with GREAT ideas for traveling with crafts to keep your little ones busy.

Please check back and all will be revealed.

And when you have a moment, please swing by my blog – PlayAsUGo – and say hello!
Hazel

Craft Storage Ideas Contributor: Hazel Hamman (image)

Craft Storage Ideas Contributor: Hazel Hamman

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Craft Storage: Contributor Storage Solutions – Fabric Storage

Craft Storage: Contributor Storage Solutions – Fabric Storage
Craft storage ideas for quilting and sewing rooms!

Hello,

It’s Amanda again!

I’m here to share with you a quick solution that I use in my craft room to get those precarious piles of fabric out of the closet and out in the open where my collection can inspire my creativity.

First, I ordered some comic book backer boards from Amazon.com, similar to these Ultra Pro Regular Size Comic Boards.

Of course you could use cereal box cardboard, or regular cardboard, if you’re patient enough to save up enough pieces for your stash.

I’m not that patient.

Then, just fold your fabric into a width that is slightly smaller than the height of your cardboard, and begin wrapping the fabric around the cardboard.

Craft Storage: Contributor Storage Solutions - Fabric Storage, Wrapping the Fabric Around the Backer Boards (image)

Craft Storage: Contributor Storage Solutions – Fabric Storage, Wrapping the Fabric Around the Backer Boards

To secure the end of the fabric to the mini bolt, use a sewing pin, or a clothes pin if you’re worried about poking fingers later.

Craft Storage: Contributor Storage Solutions - Fabric Storage, Securing the Fabric to Itself Using a Pin (image)

Craft Storage: Contributor Storage Solutions – Fabric Storage, Securing the Fabric to Itself Using a Pin

For storage, simply line up your mini bolts of fabric on a shelf or bookcase.

Super simple!

It looks like you have a mini craft store right in your craft room and the fabric is out where you can see it.

Just seeing all the pretty patterns together makes my fingers itch to turn it into a beautiful quilt or to sew up a cute stuffed animal!

Craft Storage: Contributor Storage Solutions - Fabric Storage, On A Shelf (image)

Craft Storage: Contributor Storage Solutions – Fabric Storage, On A Shelf

(This is Steph: I don’t even sew and I’d love to have this kind of inspiration in my craft room! Great idea, Amanda!)

It’s been fun – thanks for joining us today!

And when you get a chance, please stop by my blog, Krafting Kreations, and say hello!
Amanda

Craft Storage Ideas Contributor: Amanda Corbet (image)

Craft Storage Ideas Contributor: Amanda Corbet

 

 

 

 

Craft Storage: Re-Use, Recycle, Re-Purpose – Upcycled Metal Storage

Craft Storage: Re-Use, Recycle, Re-Purpose – Upcycled Metal Storage
Creating clever craft storage using old metal finds!

Craft Storage: Re-Use, Recycle, Re-Purpose - Upcycled Metal Storage, Metal Compartment Tray via Haven Vintage (image)

Craft Storage: Re-Use, Recycle, Re-Purpose – Upcycled Metal Storage, Metal Compartment Tray via Haven Vintage

Source: Haven Vintage Etsy Shop

Hi everyone, it’s Kim from Stamping Imperfection to share some fun ways to upcycle metal storage containers to use as craft storage.

I love giving new life to old items destined for the trash and I’ve noticed that this is a trait of all truly serious crafters!

We have a tendency to buy new crafting supplies and then figure out a craft storage solution for them before we even craft with them!


Why is it so satisfying to be able to take something from a thrift store or a garage sale and completely revamp it into something that not only has a useful purpose, but looks great?

Honestly, that is a crafting/DIY project unto itself!


Metal items can be a great addition to your craft room storage solutions.

You find them available everywhere and there are so many ways to change them up for just a few dollars.

They generally don’t require a ton of sanding and prep like a wooden item might.


Check out some of the clever ideas that I found to share with you for your craft storage…

Here is a tool box idea created by Virginia Fynes of fynesdesigns.com.

Tool boxes are great craft storage solutions.

You’ll see these at garage sales and thrift stores all the time and they are fantastic portable storage solutions that are sturdy!

Craft Storage: Re-Use, Recycle, Re-Purpose - Upcycled Metal Storage, Tool Box (image)

Craft Storage: Re-Use, Recycle, Re-Purpose – Upcycled Metal Storage, Tool Box

I love that we can see that Virginia only paid about three dollars for this tool box!

She transformed it for next to nothing with some metal spray paint and some gold vinyl dots – love this! 

Virginia is using this for her Project Life storage.  Very clever!

I love that this is so portable – you can take this from your craft space to your kitchen table to a crop at a friend’s house.


Another easy way to transform a metal piece is to use Mod Podge like Sunush from Hometalk shows us with the metal cabinet below.

Craft Storage: Re-Use, Recycle, Re-Purpose - Upcycled Metal Storage, Metal Cabinet (image)

Craft Storage: Re-Use, Recycle, Re-Purpose – Upcycled Metal Storage, Metal Cabinet

This cabinet was covered with a double roll of wallpaper using Mod Podge.

How fabulous does this look?!

You can match any craft room decor with this idea for a few dollars in a few hours.

Imagine how much storage this cabinet would provide for you in your craft space.


Here’s another great upcycle!

This one looks like it takes a bit more artistic skill to create the incredible final result.

Those of us who might be less artistically inclined might create a similar effect using stencils or vinyl cut with a die-cutting machine.

Craft Storage: Re-Use, Recycle, Re-Purpose - Upcycled Metal Storage, Faux Finish Metal Cabinet (image)

Craft Storage: Re-Use, Recycle, Re-Purpose – Upcycled Metal Storage, Faux Finish Metal Cabinet

This beauty was created by Brittany from Pretty Handy Girl.

This is a thrift store find that was spray painted and given a faux zinc texture and adorned with chalkboard paint.

Rustoleum has several faux metal spray paints that create amazing metal pieces to add to your craft room.

This piece could provide great storage for your larger craft papers.


Another great little find transformed on a budget is this little tool chest from Katie at Little House of Four.

Craft Storage: Re-Use, Recycle, Re-Purpose - Upcycled Metal Storage, Metal Hardware Drawer Unit (image)

Craft Storage: Re-Use, Recycle, Re-Purpose – Upcycled Metal Storage, Metal Hardware Drawer Unit

This is a great little craft storage unit for embellishments, threads, scraps, small punches…you name it!

I love how simple this transformation is.

We all have that one amazing sheet of 12 x 12″ patterned paper that we had to have, but never wanted to cut up.

Why not use it for a project like this?

You can see that Katie added some labels to complete her project and to make it a really functional piece.

Simple, useful and budget friendly!

For my final share, I want to show you how great these metal items are even if you don’t do a single thing to them.


Here is an industrial looking craft room created by Larissa from Prodigal Pieces.

Craft Storage: Re-Use, Recycle, Re-Purpose - Upcycled Metal Storage, Industrial-Look Sewing Room (image)

Craft Storage: Re-Use, Recycle, Re-Purpose – Upcycled Metal Storage, Industrial-Look Sewing Room

I love the vintage industrial look that Larissa has achieved in her sewing space.


What does she store in those drawers?
 

Fabric!

Look below to see how she cleverly uses hanging files to hold her fabric stash.

I love this idea!

You can see exactly what you have without having piles of fabric on a shelf.  (My piles never stay neat.)

Craft Storage: Re-Use, Recycle, Re-Purpose - Upcycled Metal Storage, Industrial-Look Sewing Room (image)

Craft Storage: Re-Use, Recycle, Re-Purpose – Upcycled Metal Storage, Industrial-Look Sewing Room

Whether you choose to leave the metal storage items as they are or you choose to use your craft skills to transform them into something new and fabulous, don’t pass these items by at garage sales, thrift stores and clearance bins.

They have unlimited possibilities!

Please leave a comment – let us know what great metal finds
you’ve transformed into useful craft storage!

Thanks for stopping by today and please stop by my Stamping Imperfection blog and say hello and check out my latest stamping projects!

Craft Storage Ideas Contributor: Kim Skinner (image)

Craft Storage Ideas Contributor: Kim Skinner

 

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Just One Tip: File Cabinet Makeover

Cicily here with a quick, just one tip for you today. If you like to peruse second hand stores, chances are you come across your fare share of metal file cabinets, usually at a steal! Why not give it a makeover and turn it into craft storage?

Here’s a cute one with an entire tutorial for the chalkboard makeover at Design Improvised.

Just think of all the craft supplies you can stuff organize in here! LOL

This is my final post with CSI. I’m going to miss posting for you all but I feel after 2 years it’s time for me to move on. Thank you so much to all you crafty organizers!

Cicily

Heather Bailey’s Sugar Shop Studio

Hello all my fellow craft storage enthusiasts!  Today I’m here to share Heather Bailey’s studio, The Sugar Shop.  Let me show you why I love everything she does:

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With a B.A. in Apparel Design and a knack for style, Heather has run successful businesses in both women and children’s accessories. She designs fabric, sewing patterns, paper craft supplies, stationery picnicware and houseware. Just click here to hop over to Heather’s shop and all will be revealed.

Now for her studio.  Like Heather’s designs, her studio is calm, serene, modern with a vintage feel and super workable.

Isaac Bailey Photography

The tall green work-island has a ton of storage, with cabinets and drawers on each side. The cabinets contain art papers, zippers, vintage linens, interfacings, unfinished quilt-tops and stationery. In one of the drawers Heather stores sketchbooks and rulers but the rest she keeps empty for quick clean-ups.

Isaac Bailey Photography

She repurposed a bookshelf by adding a base unit and repainting the poorly white washed  top part – now it’s a super dooper proper dresser where she stores her art supplies, sewing notions and wool felt.  The yellow boxes above hold less-frequently-used items, like velcro and grommets, linoleum blocks for stamp- carving, elastic and cording.

Most of her furniture is “homemade” – the cabinet,  computer table, sewing tabletop and shelves.

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What I love most is her personal touches. Just Look at this turquoise mirror.  Read all about it in this post.

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And she used grandmother’s old sewing notions to decorate the large frame resting on the ribbon shelf.

Isaac Bailey Photography

That’s it – Heather Bailey’s Sugar Shop Studio!! You can view her original post here and her Flickr photos here.  Please leave her a comment to say thanks for sharing with us.

As this is my last post for 2014, I would like to thank you all for reading my posts throughout the year. Have a Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year. See you again around Blogland early in 2015.

Hazel

Craft Room: the Crafted Sparrow

Hi Everyone! It’s Cicily with a beautiful craft room to show you today. I came across Becca’s trendy room, the Crafted Sparrow, on Pinterest.

She turned her formal living room into her very own crafty space.

 

Becca painted her dark furniture black for a uniform look and her latest pride and joy is her Chalky Finish white craft table that takes center stage in her room.

Her fabrics are housed in these bookshelves, with her favorites on display in the wire baskets.

 

Like most of us, Becca admits to a wrapping paper addiction. I love her simple solution, this basic linen hamper.

 

Check out Becca’s complete craft room tour on the Crafted Sparrow blog here! Tell Becca CSI sent you.

 

I’m sure you will love her space as much as I did!

 

Cicily