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    What Tools Do You Need to Start Quilting?

    Quilting is one of my all time favourite crafty activities.  I’m always trying to get my friends started on quilting (with a few successful recruits, hooray!). What do you need to get started quilting? You don’t really need much to get started. People have been quilting long before fancy sewing machines have existed.  You can cut patches out of fabric with a standard pair of scissors, and sew together by hand with a needle and thread.  So the bare-bones list would be: fabric, scissors, needle, thread, and batting. But I’ll be honest: I hate hand sewing, and cutting out fabric patches with scissors would drive me crazy because it is…

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    How to Save Money on Craft Supplies

    A popular crafting myth is that you can always save money by making your own home decor items. While this can be true in some cases, I know that most quilts I make are going to be more expensive than any mass-produced quilt I can find at a store. Not only do some crafters not take their own time into consideration (we are all valuable and skilled!), but in some cases, the supplies themselves can be more than the cost of buying a ready-made item. The key is to keep your craft supply cost down to a reasonable level. If you follow my blog, you’ll know that I love to…

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    Review: IKEA wall storage rack BYGEL

    I hate when my craft desk’s tabletop gets too crowded, so I purchased the BYGEL rail from IKEA to attach small plastic containers to the wall that are easy to remove when using supplies. Isn’t this storage solution cute in addition to functional? I trusted my fiancé to surprise me with the bin colours for me on his way home from work, and they look cute in my craft room. I use mine to store my soft-tipped markers, ink pens, sharpies, staplers, tape, and scissors. The best part of this storage system is that the bins are easily detachable. The bottoms are flat so you can take the entire bin…

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    Welcome to My Closet

    I’ve always dreamed of having a super organized yet gorgeously airy closet, the type that is featured in magazines. My closet is small yet utilitarian. Though my closet is ugly and will never win a style award, every item is in its place. This article is a brief overview of the organization techniques I used in my closet; hopefully some of my techniques will inspire you!   Managing Fabrics The bulk of my craft supplies is fabric. I just can’t get enough. Along the top shelf of my closet, I have stackable clear plastic bins. I sort my quilting fabrics by colour for the most part, but I have a…

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    Tiny Glass Jars for Tiny Little Things

    I used to keep my odds and ends of craft bits in a few small boxes, mix-mashed together. You know how stuff accumulates: little bits of leftover ribbon, spare scrapbook album posts, metal brads, paper clips. the list goes on. By using tiny glass jars, you can subdivide small boxes into smaller units which allows you to sort your small notions by type. These jars measure about 1.5″ wide by 1.75″ high, but I’m sure you can find jars in many different sizes and shapes to suit your organizational needs. I’ve never purchased any tiny glass jars, but I’ve collected over twenty of them over time. You may even have…

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    Hidden Behind the Bins

    I’m sure you understand the feeling of being overwhelmed by unorganized supplies. Where did I put those patterns again? Where are the pink buttons? How can I find the paper I know is somewhere in this stash?! I will post this column, Taming Craft Room Chaos, each Thursday with tips on how to organize those odds and sods that are taking over your craft area. These tips have helped me tame my own monster of a craft supply stash. I’ve moved from apartment to apartment, but this one thing has remained the same: my craft stuff keeps accumulating no matter how much I try to use it up before buying…