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Organizing Craft Supplies

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Craft supplies for scrapbooking, including scissors, punches, paper and other decorations.
Materials for crafts can take up a lot of room, it is best to have an organized system so you can find what you want when you want it. This is a guide about organizing craft supplies.
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December 16, 2009

I do my knitting, crocheting, beading, etc. while watching TV. I usually had to get up many times to find tools or supplies. I brought in a weather beaten plastic table from the yard after I spray painted it burgundy. Then a friend came to lunch and brought me some fabric she didn't want. I knew immediately what to do with it.
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I made this organizer in a couple of hours using her fabric, my spray painted table and odds and ends of bias tape I had accumulated. Just measure the top and add an inch. Then measure the sides, cut your fabric (I tore mine), add pockets to the sides, sew the sides to the top and store your crafting tools. I love mine.

Source: My very own idea

By Gailya from Lillington, NC

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March 31, 2009

If you need more space and have no place to hang shelves you can hang open-backed shelves in front of your windows. In the kitchen, this is a great place to store colored glass ware (like depression or cobalt glass) because the sun looks great shining through the glass. And in a craft room you can put clear plastic shoe boxes with your crafts inside. Just remember to never store fabric or things that can absorb moisture on a window shelf, but window shelves are a great place to store your pottery, dishes and glasses!

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December 1, 2010

Use empty pill bottles to dispense elastic and similar items. Coil the item to fit into the bottle. Then cut a simple slit/opening in the lid to pull the item out as you need it, as much as you need. Use this to hold and dispense yard string. It works for crafting, beading, and floral wire, as well as, beading threads.

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March 14, 2011

Crafting can be a wonderful hobby, but you need so many different things to use. People often mistake crafters for hoarders. In order to try to keep some of my smaller items organized, my husband put up shelves and I used my collection of baby wipe boxes for holding different items. These are the wipe boxes that the lid completely removes. I lay the lid under the box of items and they are all lined up on the shelf. You can see what is in each box and if it is something that I need to protect from dust, I just put the top on it. I can label the boxes if I want or leave them as they are. It is really nice to be able to find things in a hurry that would normally mean digging through boxes.

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By maphisx7 from Gordonsville, VA

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January 5, 2016

My roommate has a lot of medicine bottles and she gives them to me for my crafts. Having very little room on my table, I have learned to hang things in shoe bag hangers and the like. Today this tip if for those who don't have a ton (like someone I know...), but still want to keep things off the table.

With the little hanger on the back of the top for the lid, thread through some crochet thread or yarn. Tie a knot, trim the tails and loop them so they are hidden at the bottom.

I had adhesive left over from removing the labels so I just made a simple paper and pen cover. You can wrap it in scrap booking paper, contact paper, or wrap yarn or other fibers around it or just leave it the clear yellow color.

Nail or push pin to the wall where you need it most and it's the most handy.

Other things that might go in are beads, chenille stems, office supplies, nails, and screws...just about anything. If your items are heavier, make sure you secure the tube with something strong enough to hold it.

N-JOY!!
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February 23, 2011

I am an avid crocheter and I like to have my patterns, hooks, and different color yarns that I'm working with handy. I found the perfect caddy. I bought these clothes hampers at Ikea for around $4.00.

Ikea clothing hamper.

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February 3, 2013

This is just a simple suggestion for anyone who creates crafts or does art projects. Materials add up quickly and can get scattered about!

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April 10, 2011

When I make something, I always save a pattern; whether it be hard copy or computer copy. I may want to reuse it later and it will be easily accessible filed away in a filing cabinet or on my hard drive.

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September 6, 2013

I buy mis-matched toothbrush holders in "my colors" at my thrift store and use them to store my paint brushes in while I'm creating.

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October 25, 2010

I try to keep the clutter around my desk to a minimum, so I don't own a ruler. But, I do a lot of craft supply selling from there, so this helped me. I measured out a 6 inch piece of paper.

6" paper scale on desk

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August 11, 2009

I am moving soon, and taking a lot of craft supplies with me. I wanted all my hooks in this handy clear eyeglass case and this one wouldn't fit. I hacksawed it down to the right size, but didn't want my hook to snag on anything.

Crochet hook with a cap on non-hook end

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February 16, 2010

A great way to make storage for scrapbook paper and magazines is to reuse boxes to make storage containers. While searching the internet, I came across a blog where someone had step-by-step instructions for making a fabric covered box.

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August 3, 2006

I have really gotten into sewing purses in the last year or so. I use a lot of the Barbara Randle crazy quilting patterns. They call for a lot of embellishments.

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October 22, 20122 found this helpful

This guide is about storing craft paints. Keeping your craft paint well organized will make finding the color you need much easier.

Storing Craft Paints

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October 15, 2011

I took a wall shelf and drilled holes in which to place my glue guns. The size of the hole depends on the size of each glue gun. I used a round door knob bit; they come in different sizes.

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May 12, 2011

Lids of jars work well to hold beads, straight pins, sequins, etc. I especially like the lids from peanut butter jars.

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May 8, 20121 found this helpful

This is a guide about organizing craft projects. Many crafters may be working on multiple projects at the same time or they can only work on their projects when time allows.

Craft Scissors and Paper

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November 14, 2011

To keep my craft papers handy, I use clipboards. I can also hang the clipboard on a pegboard with an S hook. Everything is right at my fingertips.

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July 14, 20111 found this helpful

This is a guide to organizing ribbon. Even a few spools of ribbon can easily become a tangled mess if they aren't kept organized. Keep your ribbons organized and easy to access for your next craft or project.

Stack of Ribbons

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November 8, 2007

I don't have a sewing/craft room, however I do sew and craft a lot so I have one of those plastic drawer organizers and use plastic zip lock bags to organize my stuff. It works great, I can see what's in the bags easily.

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August 20, 2007

The plastic zipper bags that bedding comes in are wonderful in the craft room!

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February 27, 2007

Busy moms, this is a dream come true. I am a teacher and also a mother of a 5 year old who loves crafting. As I am a crafter as well, I am always looking for fun, fast, easy ways for us to do a craft or my students to do a craft without spending so much time setting up and cleaning up and having more time for fun.

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August 26, 20041 found this helpful

If you're in the process of making a lot of crafts, keep a lidded storage box nearby to drop things in when you're finishing them or if you have to stop for some reason, then your things can just be covered and set aside with no fear of losing anything.

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May 16, 20170 found this helpful

Many of us do not have the luxury of having a spacious crafting area with lots of storage. This is a guide about organizing craft supplies in a small space.

Organizing Craft Supplies In A Small Space

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May 16, 20170 found this helpful

When space is short, try clipping your craft supplies that are stored in plastic bags onto closet pants hangers. This is a guide about using pants hangers for hanging craft supplies.

Ziploc bag of ribbon spools handing on a closet rod.

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May 16, 20170 found this helpful

Fishing tackle boxes are perfect for storing small craft and sewing supplies. This is a guide about storing craft supplies in tackle boxes.

Tackle box filled with jewelery supplies

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March 2, 20170 found this helpful

If you have a large collection of beads and buttons, it important to keep them organized so you can locate the ones you need. This is a guide about organizing beads and buttons<.

Organizing Beads and Buttons

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July 30, 20120 found this helpful

This guide is about storing sewing machine needles. Having your needles readily available makes all sewing machine projects easier.

Storing Sewing Needles

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August 9, 20110 found this helpful

This is a guide about organizing sewing supplies. Keeping all of your sewing supplies well organized makes working on each project easier.

Spools of thread, buttons, scissors, and a tape measure.

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September 7, 2010

When sewing or crafting, use your bird stand for a roll-around table, to hold your supplies. You can easily wheel it around from place to place where you are working, without having to transfer all your supplies from one place to the other.

Craft table from bird stand.

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May 12, 2010

Because of the width and depth of the shot glass, a glue bottle placed upside down will sit on the rim of the glass and the tip of the glue bottle will not touch the bottom of the glass.

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March 25, 20090 found this helpful

I use zip lock bags for my children's lunches but they don't like them after a couple of uses as they look crinkled. I don't throw them out. I found them useful for small pieces of fabric that I have prepared for patchwork.

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July 29, 2008

Put loose pins and needles in washed pill bottles or mint containers.

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December 2, 2016

When you put the bows away for the next craft, is there a way to keep them from flattening out?

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December 5, 20160 found this helpful
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I have used a large under the bed plastic storage container for storing all my bows and spools of ribbon. There is no need for any special way to arrange the bows. Just toss in and they remain nice and fluffy until you use them. Another plus is that it's a great space saver. I also use another one for all the gift bags and wrapping paper.

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June 10, 2015

I am a "Crafty One" or that's what my family calls me. I have all kinds of things: beads, foam, feathers, all sorts of little tiny things, etc.

I've already tried Tupperware, but the lids come off and everything goes everywhere. They take up tons of space in my closet and I don't have a lot of space in my closet.
Any storage solutions for crafts?

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June 15, 20170 found this helpful

This question was from 2015 but it seems there are people still wanting ideas for storing a variety of things. You do say the storage containers you are using take up a lot of room in your closet so it seems you may have some available space in a closet? If that is the case then how about considering one of the 3 drawer plastic drawer units that are sold at most of the larger stores? Some of these units are better made than in the past and usually have wheels so they can be moved when using the contents in another area.

The flat top is also usable for maybe a small storage container for larger items or for everyday things/folded clothes/shoe boxes or whatever. These units will fit in closets under short hanging clothes (blouses/pants folded on hangers/shirts/tops/etc). You can use smaller containers in the drawers to hold all the small (easily lost/spilled) items or even kitchen silverware holders.

These units are handy and generally inexpensive for a one time buy and can be used in other areas of the home if closet space is not available.

Different types of units are available at local stores or on line at Amazon/eBay/etc.

https://www.wal  /plastic-drawers

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May 29, 2012

I am looking for inexpensive or very cheap ways to store my yarns and paper craft items. I really want to get things organized by colour and theme, but I am stumped as to how to get it done without blowing my budget. Any ideas?

By Carol

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June 2, 20120 found this helpful

I'm working on organizing my studio now, myself, so I completely understand the need to keep costs down. "Studio" is code for the room overstuffed with all of the "junk" that I have collected for all of the projects for the creative days that come, but I fear I will never have the time.

I use manila folders for similar scrapbook papers and paste a swatch on the tab for easy recognition. My small items like beads and buttons or ribbon and string scraps I store in small glass fishbowl type jars that I can easily stack as a lid for each one below.

The small plastic containers mentioned by another poster come in all kinds of types and colors if you want use color coding are now available for a dollar at the everything for just a buck type stores. Those stores have been a life saver for me when it comes to small storage and other items when it's not going to be subjected to everyday wear and tear. I've even used the space bags for larger pieces of material and yarn that I don't plan to use for a while.

Hanging shoe bags with the small, flatter type pockets work well for scissors and tools. Any instructions, examples, designs, or ideas that I have collected or scribbled myself, I put in a binder with plastic protectors until something becomes higher priority, at which time I scan it. When it is saved to my computer, I index it under any information that I can think of so that I can find it later when I kinda know what I'm looking for, but not completely.

I hope my seemingly endless dribble helps. I have more ideas than I have energy or time, so organization is very important. Almost any crafting magazine, no matter what type of craft it is about, will offer ideas on their website if you signup for free on-line newsletters and forums without a subscription.

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