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



4 thoughts on “Craft Storage Idea: Fabric Storage Baskets”

  1. Great idea!! I think I would go with the paper method also! There are lots of things that I would store in these! Washi Tape, markers, colored pencils, perfect pearls, paint brushes and paper scraps all come to mind.
    I struggle with finding a good way to store my acrylic blocks and items like Twinkling H2O’s, inka-gold, Metallic Lustres and items that are on the small side that will get forgotten about if put into a drawer but there really isn’t a good storage system to keep them out in the open without just throwing them in a basket or bowl. HELP!

    1. Barb,

      I think I might try my hand at making a paper basket – if it turns out, I’ll share a quick tutorial!

      For the small items, like Twinkling H2Os, I use the Snap containers. They have multiple tiers and stack, and snap shut. They are portable for crafting on the go (in the car, on a plane, etc.) and contain the mess if something leaks. This is also how I have my small ink pads stored. The best thing is that these are clear so you quickly and easily see what’s inside them, and because they stack vertically, you don’t lose a bunch of work surface area when you have them out.

      Might be worth trying!


  2. For 2016 I’d love to see more storage ideas for inks… some of us are suffering from full set syndrome for more than one brand of ink because they have different properties. The best storage systems out there are really expensive and most crafters can’t afford them… especially after buying all the inks 😉 Another suggestion is the kind of stuff you want to have handy but you don’t want to take up valuable real estate on your desk either… ink blocks, embossing powders, adhesives, scissors, more adhesives :-D, you know… necessities. Between all that stuff and my inks, I have a working area of about 12″ x 12″ on a rather large desk. *sigh* I’m working on my own ideas but I’d love to see your suggestions too!

    1. Karen,

      Thanks so much for the suggestion – we can definitely share some ideas for the challenges you mentioned!


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