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March 20, 20180 found this helpful

Most crafters dream of having a dedicated room for their workspace. While we may not all be lucky enough to have an entire room there are still lots of good ideas for setting up a defined space.

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This guide contains some great suggestions for creating and stocking your craft room or nook.

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March 13, 20180 found this helpful

Create a unique organizational solution for your crafting area with some short picket style garden fencing. This is a guide about using garden fence to organize a craft desk.

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October 4, 20170 found this helpful

Most sewing machines come with an assortment of feet, designed for the various sewing projects you might work on. Keeping them organized and identified as to task makes it easier to find the one you need for your next project.

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This is a guide about organizing sewing machine feet.

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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.

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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.

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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<.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 4, 20160 found this helpful
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Stack them into the leg of a pair of nylons. You may even hang the pair in the back of a closet!

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December 4, 20160 found this helpful
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You'd probably need to store them individually to prevent flatness. Time-consuming, but I'd attach them in rows to a short Velcro strip, maybe using a Velcro dot on the back if they don't stick well. Line them down the strip, getting as many as possible onto each strip.

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You might find it easier with tweezers.
For storage, wrap each strip separately and very loosely with a facial tissue, and place in a single layer in a box which gives a little headroom.
The bonus is after your hard work you have a permanent storage system and space for future bows as you use the original ones.

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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.

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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 11, 20150 found this helpful

From the kitchen - bottles, jars, anything with screw on tops, oatmeal boxes with tops, plastic meat trays, ice cube trays...

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June 14, 20150 found this helpful

Your Tupperware lids should never come off. But that is just one of the many things to keep things in. I love shoe boxes because they are free and fit well in closets. You can leave something hanging out the lid so you can see what is inside, or just label it. Another good thing is the plastic coffee containers. I don't find the shape as cool but I do love the handles/cutouts for your hands.

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They stack well, too.

If you have space in your closet for a few hangers, put your flat things in zipper bags and then hang them from binder clips. Just release them when you need them and reclip them when you are done. Easy and see through.

Pretty jars are a nice way, too. I did this a few years back and still get compliments. Mayo jars work really well and plastic doesn't break if dropped. I hope these help.

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July 1, 20150 found this helpful

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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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.

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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.

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July 31, 20170 found this helpful

How about using clean styrofoam egg cartons for storing tiny items?

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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?

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May 29, 20120 found this helpful

I use the super large Ziplock bags. They come in 3 sizes and can be found at most hardward stores or Walmarts. They are inexpensive, clear so you can see what's what, and sealable. They are extremely durable and only take up as much space as what's in the bag. I use them to tote my inprocess crochet projects like afghans and such. I love them. Hope this helps.

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May 30, 20120 found this helpful

Those cloth shopping bags are good for storing yarn and they don't cost much to buy. Like the other poster said, I use mine to keep different projects organized. For smaller items you can find plastic tool boxes or fishing tackle boxes that are pretty inexpensive, too.

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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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