DIY Fabric Storage

Hi fellow crafters! It’s Cicily with a quick DIY/re-purpose project.

I currently have 3 cribs set up in my house ( yes I said 3!) and hopefully soon will be able to do lots of repurpose projects with 2 of them!

Lisa at Dwell Delightfully caught my attention with this repurposed crib turned fabric storage!

 

I have to confess I went to check out the side rail that’s collecting dust in the back of the closet to see if it would work!

Be sure and check out Lisa’s post and you’ll see how quick and easy it was to make this transformation.

Cicily

Sugar Sugar Studio – My Flikr Fave

Welcome to Craft Storage Idea’s special feature…Flickr Craft Rooms!

This is Cicily the Pink Dalmatian Scrapper and I actually signed up for Flickr to work out this post. I have to say that I’m actually glad to be signed up. There’s nothing more frustrating then trying to follow a link on Pinterest and have it end at Flickr and not be able to see more. Problem solved!

Well on to the craft room that caught my attention, Sugar Sugar Studio.

If you could take spun cotton candy and frosting and turn it into a craft room you’d get Sugar Sugar. So aptly named. While lacking a full room shot I love all the bits and pieces that certanly make this room unique.

 

Check out this Sweet banner and inspiration board.

 

This cabinet has been with her for a while, but to coordinate it with the Sugar theme, she painted it white and Mod Podged patterned paper pieces to the back panel.

 

 

Every corner and shelf is a treat with all the unique storage containers like these old cupcake tins.

 

 

These jars are re-purposed garage sale finds that have been painted to look so sweet.

 

You can see the whole Sugar Sugar studio set here.

Hope you have a sweet tooth!

Cicily

 

The Playhouse Craft Sanctuary

Hallo, I’m Hazel all the way from Sunny South Africa.  I live in the beautiful university town of  Stellenbosch with my husband, Wynand.  Both my boys are grown-up and I hope to extend my family to daughters-in-law and grandchildren soon.

I call myself a hybrid crafter – the only thing I can’t do is knit but don’t get me wrong, I try that as well.  My husband says it’s only an excuse to own more stuff but I do use everything I buy and keep it organized most of the time.

This is my first blog post for Craft Storage Ideas and I’m here to share my favourite craft room with you.  When I initially ventured out on Pinterest, this was one of my first pins and to this day, still one of my best.

I have a mini book with the title “I love …………” and one of the things on my list is log cabins – actually I love little houses – fabric, wood, real ones, even house stamps!

So, without further ado ………………………. THE PLAYHOUSE:

Darnell J Knauss used to craft in her husband’s garage (without windows and insulation!) but when this 10 x 12 (120 square feet) “shed” in her backyard became available, she converted it into craft heaven. I love the calm and serene feel of the room as well as the way that Darnell used ordinary items in extraordinary ways.  Just look at this chest of drawers:

And a peek  inside:

 

All the stamps arranged by theme.  Have a look at the birthday drawer:

Stamp Drawer

That’s a lot of birthday stamps isn’t it? What I love is that you can see them all in one glance.

Another “ordinary item” – the filing cabinets:

Storage Cabinets

Darnell got them inexpensively from Office Max and I just love how she divided her stash by colour – each cabinet houses a different colour.

Here it is the “green” cabinet opened up:

Filing cabinet open

Pens, ink pads, ribbon and paper all in its own cabinet!

That’s it!  I hope you have enjoyed my tour of  Darnell’s  PLAYHOUSE.  Please hop over to her blog, djkardkreations and see for yourself – there are a lot more pictures, ideas and detail of her craft storage system.  I promise you, you won’t be disappointed!

To Darnell, thanks for the inspiration and to all of you, thanks for stopping by.  Please check back as we have a lot more to share with you right here on Craft Storage Ideas. Have a great day!

Hazel

13 in 2013: Yarn Storage Solutions

I am a knitter, first and foremost. I dabble in other crafts, but a look around my craft room office reveals mostly lots – and lots – of yarn. I’m always looking for new and creative ways to store it, but before we get to that, we need to take a moment to talk about organization.

Organizing Your Stash

Whether you’re a new yarn crafter or have been going at it for years like me, odds are you’ve probably got a collection of yarn hanging about, otherwise known as a stash. The very word stash connotes something that’s hidden, possibly stuffed in a dark corner where one hopes it will go unnoticed.

But the random nature of stashing makes it easy for things to get disorganized, even if your stash is a lot smaller than mine.

The first step, then, is to gather all your yarn from its various hidey holes into one place. This can, admittedly, be difficult if your stash is huge, in which case you might need to take it one section of your home at a time.

Decide if there’s anything you can part with and make plans to donate it to a knitting club or senior center.

Then decide how you want to organize your yarn. There are many possible options: by color, by yarn content, by weight, stuff you love and want to knit with right away versus stuff that can go into deeper storage and so on.

I have some things stored in all these ways, truth be told. I have a giant box of cotton yarn and another of acrylic. I have sock yarn all in one place. Some inspiring yarns I want to work with soon are in a basket on a bookshelf (others, I’ll admit, are just sitting on my desk).

The main thing is that whatever system you choose will work for you and make it possible for you to find what you need when you need it.

(As an aside, if you really want to organize your stash, consider some sort of database or system for logging what yarn you have, how much of it there is and where it’s located in your house. I always dream of putting my whole stash on Ravelry, but I’m just not ready for that kind of radical honesty.)

Storing Your Stash

Once you have an idea of how you want your stash to be organized in storage, it’s time to figure out how to store it. As much as I love having things visible and accessible, I just can’t do that with all my yarn, so I’m really making an effort to only keep things close that I intend to use soon or just find really pretty.closet yarn storage

For deep storage I have giant bins that live in the master bedroom closet. I should not admit it, but there’s some really deep storage in my attic, which I really need to take care of soon, since that’s a pretty awful place to keep yarn.

Things I’m thinking about using soon or that I’ve gotten from yarn companies are in one shoe organizer on the closet door; a bunch of plain wool in different colors is hanging on the other door.yarn basket

That aforementioned basket is heaped with things to review and recent yarn purchases that I really want to knit with soon. For reasons unknown to me, there’s also an aromatherapy ball in there. I guess it’s pretty, too.

More Good Advice

I love the idea of using an old shelf or cabinet for yarn storage. I have a giant bookshelf that used to house yarn, and may again someday if I ever pare down my book stash.yarn storage cabinet

This gorgeous storage unit was meant to house DVDs, but I like its current use a lot better (via the Loopy Ewe).

yarn storage cabinet

Or there’s this lovely drawered unit that I guess must have been part of a desk at some point and is now home to a lot of yarn (Sunset Cat Designs).yarn storage cabinet

Ravelry user lesliehsimon has another beautiful cabinet with pull-out drawers that is a colorful inspiration.yarn rack wine rack

Or how about a “yarn rack” instead of a wine rack, like this one from Prudent Baby?

Make Your Own

Finally, baskets, bowls and cute little storage pieces are a great way to show off little special bits of yarn or contain current projects. But why not get double craft bang for your buck and make the containers, too?sew sweet knitting tote

There are great instructions at Sew Sweet for a knitter’s tote that holds yarn on the inside and has space for needles on the outside. It even has a handle so you can carry it wherever you’re working.sewn yarn baskets

I also like the Sewn Stash Baskets from Purl Bee, which are great for holding a small amount of yarn in a lovely way.

If you have other ideas for storing yarn I’d love to hear them. Goodness knows I need all the help I can get!