Organizing Craft Supplies

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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Tip: Craft Table Organizer

By Gailya Illsley 7 47

Fabric table cover with pockets for organizing craft supplies and tools.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.

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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Tip: Large Medicine Bottle for Craft Supplies

By Sandi/Poor But Proud 466 2,133

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!!
PBP

Large Medicine Bottle for Craft Supplies

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    Tip: Hang Shelves in Front of Your Windows

    By Cyinda 214 1,287

    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!

    By CDR

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    Tip: The Great Room Swap

    By Sandi/Poor But Proud 466 2,132

    As you all know, I am a crafter. I also live in what some would consider, me included, a very small apartment. It's less than 620 square feet, which is my daughter's living room and kitchen!

    When I moved in, I had a storage unit I could manage and it made life a little less crowded, if not less convenient. Then outflow increased and income did not, and I gave up the unit. My mom used to (more colorfully) say that someone was trying to put 3 lbs. of "poop" in a 2 lb. bag. That was me. When the unit was 10x10 feet, your apartment is not big enough for that much extra stuff. Plus, now the bedroom was not only the bedroom and office, but a craft room. Yeah, it was shades of madness in pretty purples and greens!

    Something had to change. So, since I have plans to do a lot more on my computer in 2012, I decided to make the living and dining area into the craft room and office. I don't entertain that much and can't put more than 2 other people in here without bumping elbows, so why not? The cat still gets to look out the window everyday and I actually have a little room. Wonder how I did it? Well, sit back and enjoy - or be warned, I am not sure which!

    Since I didn't have a way to set things out of the way when I needed to move things out, it took almost two months. I can only do so much per day with my disabilities. I promised myself that I would work for 40 minutes and rest for 20, and each day not work more than 8 hours. I offset that rule by working my tail off for a day or two then taking one off. This was not the promise, but what drove me was the need to stop walking over boxes and the fact that I couldn't make anything until it was done.

    So, the first thing I had to do was move the furniture that was in the living room to the bedroom. I had shelving in there that I had to move out first, so you can see where this is going. Swapping stuff when you would literally have to set things outside to get anything done is never fun. I sold one chair, left the bed in the bedroom, but had to swap the TV/DVR and the computer, printer, entertainment center and desks literally piece by piece.

    Closet before reorganizing, stacks of boxes and bags piled all over Closet after reorganizing. Shoe rack on back of door holds yarn, boxes are organized, more yarn and items are stored in clear plastic bins and large clear bags

    The white wicker cabinet came out here, the rocker went in there. I gutted the closet, hung the clothes back up and literally put everything that wasn't going to fit on my walls or shelves in boxes and stacked them on one side of the closet. I have a small three drawer unit in there that has a few clothes and the rest is yarn. All the yarn (more susceptible to cat hair) that I can't fit in the new craft room is in that closet, as you can see. There are boxes of yarn under the clothes you can't even see.

    With the white plastic shelving assembled, they went up really fast. Then, finding the right tubs and crafts to fit in them was easy. I shop at the local "As Is" store, so getting things by the pound is a great way to shop.

    The white folding tables are perfect, as they fold down when you don't need them. I had one fold up table for stereo, stationary, and a desk top calendar to keep my life organized. That is where I now start the day with drink of choice and make sure I am still on point. The other, which I use for a work table for gluing, painting, and all smaller projects, I got in an abandoned apartment, along with my sewing machine, two lamps, a boom box with cassette and CD player, an office chair and two smaller shelf units.

    Table stacked with boxes and bags Second crafting area after organizing. Two white folding tables with craft items - boxes stored underneath. Puzzles mounted and hung on wall

    Sometimes you can find clear shoe boxes for $.25 each and they stack with a groove in the bottom that fits the groove in the tops so they "interlock". I use the zippered bedding bags as much as I can, as it's "Cornelius" proof, I can see into it and it's light weight.

    A shoe rack for storing fabric The newly reorganized sewing room.

    My shoe rack that is now for yardage was just $1.00. The two filing cabinets were $5.00 each, and the sewing table is the hot water heater door (submitted earlier). I use every single available space. Even the cat's "perch" is a tub of yarn with a glass door from a junked out entertainment center. If he slides off his blanket, he can see the yarn but can't get to it. So my room often has free entertainment as well!

    Stacks of craft items and boxes all over the place (before) Craft "table" after reorganizing - table is door held up by two file cabinets and holds sewing machine and craft items

    I left most of the pretty scenery puzzles and posters so I could be inspired by beautiful things. It's also to remind me that if I am lucky, I will make enough to get my RV and travel to some of those places again and some for the first time.

    As you will see by the before and after photos, this project was a challenge. Every night when I had to walk a path to the bedroom, I kept saying "this is only temporary". Now I have my Etsy store and am making things every day, so it was all worth it.

    Some of you might wonder why it's a frugal essay. Well, the entire process took me just $15.00 to do and considering that was two file cabinets, a shoe rack, shoe boxes, and extension cords - that's not too shabby!

    A wicker chair and shelf in the newly organized bedroom. A nicely made bed in the newly organized bedroom. Desk and computer in newly organized living room. Newly organized living room with chair.

    By Sandi from Salem, OR

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    Tip: Creating Your Craft Room

    Tips for creating a craft room from the ThriftyFun Community. All of us crafters would love to have a craft room. Some of us are lucky and we have an extra room we can use.

    Creating Your Craft Room

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    Tip: Organizing Craft Supplies In A Small Space

    By Sandi/Poor But Proud 466 2,132

    I got this wonderful wire rack for $.25 for each panel, and $.10 for each connector. Once together, I thought of a way to hang zip lock bags for craft supplies so I can see what is in them. I got a medium binder clip and hung it through the cross wires and it works perfectly!

    Click together wire rack for craft supplies.

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    Tip: Use Over The Door Organizers For Crafts

    By Carrie Snider 16

    Keep your craft room organized with this over-the-door hanger made for shoes. It's perfect for keeping sharp things up high away from small hands. It also separates items nicely, and this one is clear so I can easily see where my items are located.

    Use Over The Door Organizers For Crafts

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    Use for Old Eyeglasses Case

    By Vi Johnson 286 801

    I'm recycling my old eye glass cases. This one, I have found, is just the right size for three pairs of my craft paper scissors. I can turn back the flap and sew on a soda can tab/ring to hang it up.

    Using an eye glass case for holding scissors.

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    Tip: Make Dispenser From Old Pill Bottles

    By Monica 296 58

    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.

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    Tip: Using Garden Fence to Organize My Craft Desk

    By krista 2 33

    I used a small old garden fence to organize my craft desk. I attached hooks and used wires to attach items. I also used small flower pots to store tiny tid bits. I strung my ribbons on a strip of leather and hung that above the fence.

    Fencing used to organize a desk

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    Tip: Organizing Sewing Machine Feet

    By Monica 296 58

    I needed to have easy access to my sewing machine attachment presser feet. Since I've just acquired some of them, I realized I wouldn't use them if I didn't have them sorted out. So, I purchased a small plastic box with compartments at the thrift store.

    Feet in plastic compartment box.

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    Organizing Beads and Buttons

    By dutch 4 1

    I love the texture and color of beads and buttons. Until recently, each attempt to organize them usefully failed. I found a shelf at a yard sale and washed small bottles until all of my beads and buttons can be seen. Moving the bottles around helps me plan projects and I can enjoy my collection every day.

    By Dutch

    Organizing Beads and Buttons

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    Tip: Organizing Craft Supplies With Recycled Containers

    By Amy Lyn Miller 14 3

    I have all sorts of tiny crafting materials (wiggle eyes, acrylic jewels, needles, beads, etc) and not a lot of space to store them, we live full time in our camper. I tried looking for storage boxes but the compartments were either too small or too large for most of the materials.

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    Tip: Store Craft Supplies in Tackle Boxes

    By ramya 1 1

    I use fishing tackle boxes from Walmart or Kmart to store craft supplies or sewing notions like threads, buttons, needles, beads, etc. I also use one box for kids art supplies like crayons, pencils, markers, erasers, etc.

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    Tip: Baby Wipes Containers to Store Craft Items

    By gem 154 262

    Crafting can be a wonderful hobby, but you need so many different things to use. 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.

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    Craft: Recycled Organizer

    By sherry 33 14

    This is an organizer for crafts, office supplies, anything small.

    Approximate Time: 1 hour + drying time

    Supplies:

    • 12 baby food jars
    • 4-5 acrylic paints
    • sponge and/or brushes
    • white paint pen
    • black paint
    • muffin pan
    • polyurethane

    Instructions:

    Wash jars and let dry completely. Lightly sand the muffin pan, paint it black. Paint each jar a different color, make designs, symbols, etc.

    Paint the lids different colors, let dry completely.

    After the jars lids are dried, use paint pen to label top of jars. Let everything dry completely.

    Spray a coat or two of polyurethane on them. When poly dries, put things like tacks, paper clips, rubber bands, etc in them. Mix and match the lids.

    By Sherry from Onset, MA

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    Tip: Fishing Boxes as Craft Organizers

    By GRAPE 11 14

    Organize fabric, ribbons, thread, trim, buttons, needles, and whatever else with cheap fishing boxes from Walmart (~$6).

    open fishing supply box with craft supplies

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    Tip: Save Items For Kids' Craft Box

    By Robyn 376 753

    It is time for me to start filling up a craft box for the holidays. I save cardboard and paper of green and red. I also save orange for fall harvest decorations, Thanksgiving, etc. I will pick up little stickers at the store and put things in it for the kids to do.

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    Question: Storing Craft Supplies

    By Katie M. 9 4

    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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      By Katie M. 9 4 Flag

      July 1, 2015

      Cool thanks and I Have found a spice rack at a garage sale which works for all sorts of thinks. Thanks for the great answers!

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      Tip: Toothbrush Holders for Paintbrushes

      By zook45 2

      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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      Tip: Store Arts and Crafts In Ziptop Bags

      By Mary 28 22

      I use Ziploc bags to organize my arts and crafts. I put my stickers, ribbon, scissors, markers, tape, and glue in the bags. You can even label them and a box of Ziploc bags doesn't cost that much if you buy a box at a dollar store.

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      Tip: Save Patterns For Future Use

      By gem 154 262

      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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      Tip: Use Hamper for Crocheting Supplies

      By Kathy 5 6

      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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      Tip: Paper Towel Holders For Ribbons

      By marie cecchini 204 2

      Here is my craft tip: Save or collect (from yard sales) old paper towel holders, either the counter stand kind or the hang-on-the-wall kind, and use them to store your ribbons for both crafting and wrapping.

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      Tip: New Use for a Hard Shell Eyeglass Case

      By Faye Dutkiewicz 6 13

      When I got my last pair of eye glasses I was given a hard shell case with them. As I wear my glasses all the time I didn't think I had a use for it. Voila!

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      Tip: Craft Box For Kids

      I took a fishing tackle box (discarded by dad) and turned it into a craft box for my boys. I put in crayons, colored pencils, tape, glue regular pencils, and some glitter, etc. Now when the boys want to be creative they can go get the craft box and have fun.

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      Tip: Free Craft Storage Containers

      By golfgranny58 4 20

      Gerber baby food containers make perfect storage containers. I use them for my beads, findings, buttons, etc. The lids do snap shut making spillage less possible and they are clear enough that you can see through them.

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      Question: Organizing Crafts Inexpensively

      By carol 2 6

      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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      By Zillasisboom 2 Flag

      June 2, 2012

      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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      Tip: Store Seed Beads in Spice Rack

      By Leseera 2

      Sometimes I embellish my knitting with small glass seed beads. I keep them tidy and easy to find by storing them in an old spinning spice rack with glass bottles that I bought at the second hand thrift shop for 50 cents :)

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      Tip: Dab Paint on Top of Bottle

      By Elizabeth 9 8

      I keep several small bottles of of acrylic paint on my shelf in a box made from an empty Bisquick box. To save time, I open the bottles of paint and, using my finger, dab a little paint on the top of each bottle. Now, at a glance, I can see what colors I have.

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      Tip: Keep 6 Inch Paper at Desk for Measuring

      By Sandi/Poor But Proud 466 2,132

      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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      Tip: End Cap for Crochet Hook

      By Sandi/Poor But Proud 466 2,132

      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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      Tip: Organizing Craft Supplies

      By nawlenz 5 6

      You know those egg carton-type protectors that come with new items like paper shredders or small kitchen appliances? I had the idea that they could make great crafting supplies organizers.

      Craft supplies in pasteboard packing material.

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      Tip: Homemade Craft Basket

      By Donna 309 325

      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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      Tip: Storage for Glue Guns

      By patricia g 5 2

      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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      Tip: Spare Room for Hangers

      By Sandi/Poor But Proud 466 2,132

      Because I am a crafter, I am always needing hangers. But, even with a 6 by 6 foot walk in closet, my clothes take up one side and the vests half made take up the other. So, I got a $.97 curtain rod and nailed one side to the wall, hanging the other side on the shower rod.

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      Tip: Save Lids for Craft Organizing

      By CDC 67 39

      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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      Tip: Store Ribbon on Metal Dowel

      By Monica 296 58

      Use a metal dowel mounted on the wall in brackets to store craft ribbon and lace. A metal dowel works better than a wooden dowel at keeping them straight. For loose ribbon and lace, store in clear candy jars on a shelf or table.

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      Tip: Keep Craft Supplies In Individual Ziplock Bags Or Totes

      By stacy 4

      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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      Tip: Storing Embellishments for Making Purses

      By Judy Harris 28 107

      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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      Tip: Use Clip Boards for Craft Papers

      By Georgetta Ruth 75 76

      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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      Tip: Store Jewelry Supplies in Tackle Box

      By Georgetta Ruth 75 76

      I make handmade jewelry. Whenever I am doing a show, I will carry my tools, extra findings, and some beads with me. I found the perfect carryall. I use a fishing tackle box. I brought the large one to fit my needs.

      Tackle box filled with jewelery supplies

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      Tip: Plastic Drawer Organizers and Zip Lock Bags for Craft Storage

      By Mary 1 1

      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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      Tip: Use Plastic Bedding Bags For Craft Supplies

      By melody_yesterday 228 664

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

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      Tip: Organizing Needles and Small Scissors

      Use a small piece of styrofoam to keep your needles and small scissors in.

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      Tip: Keep a Craft Box Handy

      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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      Tip: Use Bird Stand for Craft Table

      By one.of.a.kind 57 70

      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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      Tip: Use Shot Glass to Store Glue

      By marie cecchini 204 2

      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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      Tip: Silverware Organizer for Sewing Basket

      By Ann Winberg 306 239

      Use a silverware drawer divider in your sewing basket to organize your thread, scissors, needles, and whatever gets collected there. They are easily cut down between the dividers. I moved one of the slots on one side to the end of my sewing basket.

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      Tip: Save Lunch Baggies for Storage

      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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      Tip: Leftover Sewing and Knitting Supplies

      By grace_93447 8 2

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

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      Tip: Film Containers for Needles

      By Gretchen 1 1

      I use the containers from 35mm film to store my yarn needles in. That way they are handy and I don't lose them anymore.

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      Tip: Storing Large Quilting Pattern Pieces

      To store larger pattern pieces for applique, I just roll them up and put them in a empty paper towel cardboard tube. I store them in a box large enough that if the pattern is longer than the tube it won't bend or tear.

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      Archive: Organizing Craft Supplies With Recycled Containers


      The best way that I have found to organize craft items is to reuse things I already have. Why bother going to the craft store and buying expensive containers when you may have something similar at home? Glass jars from store bought sauces or baby food hold a multitude of odds and ends, an old spice carousal works great for beads and buttons, and clean empty childproof pill bottles are great for keeping young kids away from needles and other small items. Crystal Light canisters, coffee cans, oatmeal containers, and ice cream buckets are all great containers with lids that keep craft items neat and out of sight. All of these items can even look pretty set out on a craft table with the addition of some paint or decorative paper to cover up any store labels.

      By Tracey from Duluth, MN

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      RE: Organizing Craft Supplies With Recycled Containers

      I agree that it's a good idea to reuse items we have around the house for craft storage or any kind of storage for that matter. I try to do that as much as I can. (06/04/2007)

      By Debbie52

      RE: Organizing Craft Supplies With Recycled Containers

      Gals, Here's an idea you might consider using.WalMart has it's meats in deep plastic containers. I save them to put all of my items for a single project in,so nothing gets lost, Everything is together!! Judy from Alabama (06/04/2007)

      By bjptl

      RE: Organizing Craft Supplies With Recycled Containers

      Amen.

      I like the plastic containers for Gerber baby food. they are see-through, stackable, with snap-on lids that don't come off. I use them for stones, beads, bobbins, buttons, and straight pins. They are good for paint cups, too.

      If you don't have a baby, remember these are just-right-sized portions of pureed veggies and fruits. Anyone can enjoy them with a meal or as a snack. Since I am a diabetic, I like the convenience, labeling and ready-to-go features.

      I use the large-sized bottles of Ocean Spray Lite Cranberry Juice with handles to store dog kibble and Cascade dishwashing detergent. This way, they are easy to pour and waterproof. In fact, for everyday use of Cascade, I use a smaller recycled plastic container with a small pour spout, since it is easier to hold and pouring is more exact.

      The Renizit Super Odor Neutralizer pump spray bottle is good for isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol, bleach and plain water. I print up labels on my computer using the Word label program.

      I use the Pringles' containers for scissors, paint brushes, tools (I am tool junkie), and anything tall or long.

      If you can't figure out how to make these containers attractive or look like a matched set, please don't call yourself a crafter. hahahahaha (06/04/2007)

      By the Oracle

      Archive: Store Craft Supplies In Tackle Boxes

      Foldout fishing tackle boxes make great storage boxes for craft supplies and projects. You don't have to search for paint brushes or other items, and you can easily transport your supplies.

      Source: My own idea

      By Momof1 from Wilkesboro, NC

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      RE: Store Craft Supplies In Tackle Boxes

      Also great for storing grooming equipment! I bought things I'd need to groom my dogs myself and found a large tackle box the perfect storage container. It is waterproof so leaving it in my breezeway, I don't have to worry about rusting. Easy to grab and take to friend's homes to groom their dogs! (01/22/2008)

      By JoanDogs

      RE: Store Craft Supplies In Tackle Boxes

      I use tackle boxes for my earrings and necklaces. (01/22/2008)

      By Angela

      RE: Store Craft Supplies In Tackle Boxes

      When I went to Jewelry-Goldsmith Technical College, we'd use Tackle boxes to store our jewelry making supplies like tiny drill bits, files and soldering equipment in. The whole class would bungie 2 or 3 tackle boxes on top of each other on to a luggage roller. This way we could just roll the heavy supplies behind us! A great way to bring your supplies to class!

      * Tackle boxes come in all sizes, shapes and; price ranges. Some have big drawers, and some have little tiny drawers. Be sure to measure your supplies before buying one, OR you can buy 2 different styles, to be sure all your stuff will fit! I do handpainted custom wall murals, so my favorite tool box is made (by Rubbermaid?) with plastic and it's about waist high, It has wheels on the bottom. I bought it on sale at Fred Meyer for 50% off for only $20 or so. (It was in the plastic garbage pail area in the very back of the store) This super-tall plastic tool box has a large bin at the bottom for my many paints, and in the middle 3 drawers that slide out where I keep my example books and grid paper. On the top, there's a bin for my paint brushes and other supplies. I think this was originally made for mechanic's tools but it suits me fine. I just roll it up to my clients home, lay out the drop cloths and paint away! (01/22/2008)

      By Cyinda

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      Ideas on how to organize craft supplies in a small space as posted from the ThriftyFun community.

      Clear Containers For Different Crafts

      I have one worktable, and some shelves, and I do very very different crafts. My sewing machine stays on or under the table, and I keep my sewing and paper supplies in plastic storage tubs, clear so I can see them. I just pull down whatever tub I need for that project. The tubs are about the size of a shoebox, and stack on the shelves. I also label the ends. If you are like me, you can crochet anywhere. If you have a tube or something for your crochet hooks and good storage for your yarn, that would be good. Pattern books as well as sewing patterns can go on a shelf, or in a file cabinet.

      I keep my paper for scrapbooking and making cards in those plastic scrapping envelopes and on the bookcase also.

      By QueenBeeCrafts

      Tins And Baskets

      I keep all my sewing and crafting supplies in candy tins which people give me. Sometimes I find them at garage sales for 50 cents or less. If you tell family and friends ave them for you. Different sizes of baskets, also to be found at garage sales, are good though they won't stack like the tins will. The HGTV web site might have some info on creative storage.

      By MartyD

      Use Recycled Cans

      Clean tuna cans make excellent small item storage when placed in a drawer. Good for paper clips, buttons etc. Discarded cans (green beans, etc) make good storage for markers, scissors, rulers. Hot glue a heavy duty magnet on one side, They can then be attached to a cookie sheet or jelly roll pan which can be attached to the wall. This makes for easy removal when in use and can be put back with no fuss whatsoever. If you are really picky about how things look, you can decorate the cans.

      By MartyD

      Get Old Patterns At This Website

      I get a lot of old patterns which are no longer in print from this site. There's no need for copy right worries.

      By MartyD

      Pegboards

      I have 2 pegboards on the wall and it's amazing what they will hold. A pegboard sheet is 24x48 inches. At Home Depot they will cut into 2 halves. One could be for all your sewing supplies: scissors, thread, measuring tape, quilt rulers. The other half for all your craft equipment: pliers, wire cutters, scissors for fancy cuts, hammer, and embossing tools. Your imagination will take over. Home Depot has a package with 60-70 different shape hooks and bars to put a basket on for the small stuff. The pegboard is $6.00 and the hooks are $6.50. It's amazing how much I cleared off the shelves.

      I have 2 five drawer storage containers with wheels. This is where I keep my stamps, paper, inks, material, pins, needles, You get the drift. I love my craft space.

      Oops, I forgot to say you need four, 2 foot pieces of wood to put up on the wall and then nail the peg board to the wood. That way there is room for the hook to go into. If you don't do that the hook would only hit the wall. Cost of the cheapest wood for 48" is under $2.00 They will also cut it for you in 2 foot sizes.

      By jkl

      Magnetic Wall Organizer

      At Lowe's, there is a flat white metal sheet that you can nail to the wall. Then there are 12 containers with see through tops and magnet on the bottom that you can put all small things into and attach them on the sheet on the wall with the magnet. Really handy. Also can be used in kitchen as spice holders. They sprinkle or spoon out.

      By jkl

      Studio Apartment Crafter Shares Her Tips

      I have a few ideas since I live in a tiny studio apartment.

      1. If you have a computer, scan as many of the one page printed patterns or copied patterns and store them in there. You can always reprint them if you need them, and they're really messy to keep around.
      2. Don't forget the space above your head. One of my best friends had a genius idea, hang her stickers on racks. Here's a link to her blog where she has the instructions: http://mugsyboo.blogspot.com/2007/07/getting-organized.html
      3. Use all kinds of plastic tubs. I like to use the round flat sprinkles containers for brads, small stickers and knickknacks. I use butter containers to hold my glues (so if any of the glue opens, it stays contained and doesn't ruin anything). My knitting/crocheting yarn goes into hat boxes so they stack nicely and I have them sorted by type (furry, RH, novelty).
      4. Put your crochet hooks in hook rolls or buy one of those 97 cent school boxes at Walmart and put them in something like that to keep them in one spot.

      The key to managing a small spot is making sure everything has its place AND you put them away. You'll never have to worry about it if you put everything away when you're done. My desk gets covered with paper envelopes, small bins and stuff while I'm scrapbooking, but when I'm done, the bins go back and I can play games on my desk again!

      By cfbandit

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      RE: Organizing Craft Supplies In A Small Space

      May I add a few more ideas to yours.

      Milkjugs? Cut the bottom off any size you like . mark what you put inside them and they stack. You can even stack bottoms of soda bottles in much the same way. If you paint or paste old magazine pictures on them as a camouflage.

      If we were to really sit down and think about it. There are many reuses to almost everything. I love yours and keep up inventing new ones

      REUSE SAVES MONEY AND THE PLANET
      (10/26/2007)

      By Mr. Thrifty

      RE: Organizing Craft Supplies In A Small Space

      I think it is Gerber that now puts their baby food in rectangular plastic containers with snap on lids. They are great for keeping my beads in and are clear so I can see through them and see what's inside. I also have one in my sewing box to hold the little things that seem to get lost in there.

      (11/10/2007)

      By TonyaG

      RE: Organizing Craft Supplies In A Small Space

      I love fabric and have a lot of small pieces. I love boxes,too.Especially shoe box size or thereabouts. I use up a lot of my fabric covering the various size boxes, then make a labels f or their contents. They are nice to look at on my shelves, they are useful in holding various craft supplies, and I have utilized some of my fabric. All in all, I am enjoying the crafting and making something useful out of what others would discard. (05/14/2010)

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