Category Archives: Sewing Workspace

Meet Debbie, Production Manager for Connecting Threads

My name is Debbie and I work at the "happiest place on earth". No, it’s not Disneyland, but we have a lot of characters with many hats and have fun doing our jobs just the same. I have worked for Crafts Americana Group for over 10 years now. I was first employed as a Customer Service Representative for four years before moving on to Connecting Threads. I couldn’t believe that I got the opportunity to work and get paid doing what I loved: sewing and quilting!

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National Organizational Month: Shoe Hanger to Project Storage

This week's tip is a great one. Everyone seems to have an old plastic shoe hanger laying around. Shoe hangers are one of those household products that always seem like a good idea at the time, but then when you get home and try it out, it proves to be more trouble than it's worth. Especially if you buy the cheapest kind that has the clear plastic on the front. The good news is: if you are one of the people who have tried and failed to make your shoe hanger work, there's an alternative use for it that works so well for organizing your quilt projects!

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National Organizational Month: Boxing Up Your Fabric Stash

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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It’s National Organizational Month!

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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Black Gold Needles for Hand Sewing

Black Gold Appliqué/Sharps needles by Clover Mfg. Co. are my favorite new product carried by Connecting Threads! I am currently enjoying doing a lot of hand sewing for smaller quilted projects, so I decided to share why I like them so much...

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Spring Cleaning in Fall

I have been meaning to “spring clean” my sewing room all year but kept putting it off. I thought maybe if I just bit the bullet and did it, it might jump-start my holiday sewing. I dug everything out of the walk-in closet -- man can you cram a LOT of things in a small walk-in closet! It was like a magician’s hat: stuff just kept coming out.

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