Monthly Archives: January 2013

National Organizational Month: Boxing Up Your Fabric Stash

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I’m in the midst of organizing my sewing area and all of my crafty possessions. The biggest aspect of this project was trying to come up with a solution for my ever-growing collection of fabric. Though my stash may be small in comparison to many of you seasoned quilters, it certainly overpowers my tiny sewing area. After I found my cat sleeping in a bag of fabric I had left out, I decided it was definitely time to get the piles out of cat-accessible bags and into usable (and easily expandable) storage. If you’re like me and don’t have enough room to have your stash stored on beautiful shelves for the world to see, but rather need to tuck them away in a closet or any nook you can find, then boxing up your fabric might be a good solution for you. I searched around online for cheap storage bin options and found just what I was looking for at Ikea. I like my boxes and bins to be nice and uniform so they fit together snug and look good doing it. I ended up getting a fair amount of boxes for under $20 and they just so happened to have polka dots. Cheap and cute – that’s how I roll!

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Cartouche Embroidered Pillow

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I really do love to embroider.  It’s just so relaxing to me, and these days I haven’t been in much of a sewing mood, but embroidery…well that’s a different story.  My first embroidery patterns I did for Smooth Sailing were very well received to my surprise and I even had requests to make some more patterns.  So, that’s just what I did!  Using Rhapsody of Reds as my muse I was really inspired to design an embroidery for a decorative pillow.  So I took some of the main circular motifs from the Rhapsody & Cartouche prints and had fun with the placement of my design, by deliberately having the motifs cut off.

 

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It’s National Organizational Month!

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A couple of months back, we ran a contest asking many of you what your favorite organizational tips were. In honor of National Organizational Month, we read through all of your tips and tricks, and have decided to feature a new one each week for the month of January. Because we obviously don’t want to share tips with you all out there unless they work (and because we love a little DIY project here and there), we will be posting a new tutorial on creating these great space-saving organizational projects right here on the blog every Wednesday in January. Follow along and watch as we get our hands a little dirty, and our sewing rooms cleaned up!

This week’s featured project is a framed pegboard. In her comment, our customer’s tip said, “I put a decorative frame around a pegboard and hung it above my cutting table. It’s great for hanging scissors, rotary cutters and more for easy access without cluttering up your sewing space.”

I thought this was a great project, and one that I could do with some items that I had laying around the house. In total, the project cost me $18.58, and I love the end result.

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