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    VIDEO: Craft Room Tour

    In 2015, I posted a craft room reveal on my blog. My craft room lived in the smallest room of the house.  I loved the layout of the room, but I wanted to have more room to grow.  By 2016, I had a knitting machine and a desire to use more of my sewing machine collection more easily.  The room was just too small for the equipment I had in there.  I also wanted to move my office (basically just my computer and printer) from the dreary basement into my craft room too. Welcome to my new craft room!  I had a spare bedroom in my house so I converted the…

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    How do you store your work-in-progress sewing projects?

    Question: how do you store your work-in-progress sewing projects (WIPs)? I’m sure I’m not alone in saying that I sometimes take on more projects than I should at the same time.  I often have many sewing projects on the go, working on them in short bursts when my whim hits.  Sometimes I want to quilt!  Sometimes I want to sew clothes!  Sometimes I want to just cut into the fabrics and sew another time – that’s fine too!  This leads me to have quite a few projects on the go in various stages of completion. I try to keep my work in progress pile contained to a single box, lest things…

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    What’s in That Fabric Stash?

    I’m guilty of not always remembering what fabrics I have in my collection. It’s wasteful, I know, to come home from the fabric store with an armful of white flannelette when I have almost a meter of it sitting on the top shelf of the craft room closet. If this is you too, it may just be the time to pull out the contents of your fabric stash and take stock of what you have. If you’ve read this Taming Craft Room Chaos column before, you may have seen my craft supply closet tour. I use clear plastic bins to organize the bulk of my fabrics, and while originally I…

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    Clear Storage Unit Makeover Tutorial

    I love the storage possibilities of those clear plastic storage bins. However, as useful as seeing what’s inside a drawer can be, sometimes the mess is just too unsightly to look at every day. Why not create some paper covers that line the front of the drawer? I’ve got a pink, green, and brown theme going on in this space, so I continued that motif over with my paper choices. Supplies cardstock scrapbook paper, one patterned design and one plain (one sheet of patterned will do two drawers) paper cutter or scissors double-sided tape I used Gracious Living drawer units that have 13″x7″ drawer fronts, but you can adapt this…

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    Curtain Rod Ribbon Storage Idea

    In a previous Craft Room Chaos column, I reviewed a commercial ribbon storage solution. Before obtaining this system, I had created my own makeshift storage that is an inexpensive alternative. (Brace yourself for the terrible photo. I wasn’t expecting to be sharing it at the time it was taken!) The concept is similar to the ribbon shelf’s dowel system. I purchased the cheapest curtain rod that I could find from Fabricland. This thin metallic rod set me back $3.99. It uses small, utilitarian wall brackets, which is the biggest problem with this rod. There was only about half an inch clearance between the rod and the wall, meaning that I…

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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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    Thread and Bobbin Storage Rack

    For years, I kept my wound bobbins in a clear plastic case and my thread spools in yet another case, and this was good enough. But when I began quilting, I started collecting both polyester and cotton threads. This was when the confusion started: Does this particular bobbin match my cotton spool or my polyester spool? Is this bobbin the exact shade of blue as the spool in my hand? It can be hard to tell at a glance! I purchased a thread rack earlier this year to store my threads on the wall instead of on a box on my desk. The pegs are meant just for threads, but…

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    Keeping Track of Inventory for Your Online Etsy Shop

    I love selling items on Etsy both for fun and for a little extra cash. My supply shop, Pange Supplies, which primarily consists of small-scale items that can be hard to keep track of, requires a dedicated space in my craft room so that I don’t lose the items amongst my personal craft supplies. I sell my scrapbooking scraps in small zip baggies, and to keep myself organized, I use four plastic bins with snap lids to indicate what stage of progress the item is in. The boxes pictured are Sterlite snap boxes; their small-sized boxes fit wonderfully inside the Closetmaid Cubeicals system. To Be Packaged: I throw all my…

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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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    Keep Your Desk Clean with Floating Wall Bins

    I try to keep my work space clear, whether it’s in my craft room or my space at work. Clutter attracts other clutter, though, so my organizational goal has been to find a place for everything and put everything in its place. For those odds and ends that need to be handy, why not try attaching some small bins above your workspace to hold those hard-to-find but handy-to-have-on-hand items? The plastic bins pictured are actually drawer organizers, but by placing a pairs of thumbtacks or screws into the wall, you can convert them to stacking, floating storage. Be sure to use screws (preferably with anchors) for heavy items otherwise the…

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    Simply Built Ribbon Shelf Review

    Simply Built’s Craft Storage Collection includes a wall ribbon holder with two dowels for holding spools of ribbon. I’ve incorporated this ribbon organizer into my craft room with a few minor adaptations. Maybe you’d like it in your craft space too? Because I live in a rental apartment, I wanted to avoid adding unnecessary holes to my walls. I placed this ribbon holder directly on top of my Closetmaid cubby shelf, rendering the bottom dowel unnecessary. It does look a little strange without a dowel there, but not so crazy that it bugs me. Most ribbons fit nicely onto the dowels, but some of my ribbon spools’ holes were too…

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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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    Organizating Fiskars Squeeze Punches

    Fiskars squeeze punches are amazing. But as my collection grew, it was annoying to rummage through boxes to find the punch I wanted. Since each punch is labelled on the side, I wanted a system that would allow me to keep them upright. The solution? Inexpensive remote control caddies from the dollar store! These wicker remote control caddies are available at Canadian Dollarama stores ($2 each) in black, brown, and beige. They are the perfect size to hold the extra large punches. I like to put my XL punches in the back row with the corresponding mini version in front. The wicker baskets actually look quite charming sitting on the…

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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…