Martha Stewart’s Sewing-Themed Christmas Decorations

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Dear Martha:  Sometimes you are just so creative!  I have to say I was quite impressed with the sewing-themed Christmas decorations (Whimsical Workshop) I recently spotted at my local Kmart store in NYC.  Who would have thought to use a sewing tape measure with balls of yarn as tree garland?  Too clever!

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Not to mention your other garland of grosgrain ribbon, spools of thread and lots of button!  Ingenious!

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Love the mini wreath made with spools of thread and tied with a sewing tape measure!

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I giggled when I saw your sewing basket ornament complete with knitting needles!

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Loved the Button Christmas Ornaments, too!

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And that flocked velvet ribbon with images of stitching and buttons—too cute!

However, my excitement quickly turned to disappointment when I realized my sewing room is PINK, Black and White.  Seriously, I dislike anything RED for Christmas.  The Chartreuse Green I can live with, but not the RED.

Looks like I’ll have to make my own sewing-themed decorations for my Pink sewing room.  But Martha, thanks for the inspiration!

lisasiggie

Fabric.com Sew Much Fun Sweepstakes

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Enter HERE!

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Design Your Own Ultimate Sewing Room Contest

C O N T E S T       H A S        E N D E D ! ! !

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Can’t believe I forgot to mention this!  Have you entered the Fabric.com / Craft Stylish Ultimate Sewing Room Contest yet?  There’s over $7,000  in prizes!  Prizes include:

FabricComGiftCard 

Fabric.com Shopping Card Value – $1,500

Baby Lock

Baby Lock Ellure Sewing Machine Value – $2,499

Reliable Corporation IronMaven

Reliable Corporation IronMaven™ J490A Value – $399

Reliable Corporation C81 - Vacuum & Up-Air Pressing Table

Reliable Corporation C81 – Vacuum & Up-Air Pressing Table Value – $499

Fabulous Fit Dress Forms Pro Series® Misses Regular Form

Fabulous Fit Dress Forms Pro Series® Misses Regular Form Value – $687

Sylvia Sewing Cabinets Model 810 work table

Sylvia Sewing Cabinets Model 810 work table Value – $1,099.95

American & Efird

American & Efird Mettler Thread 28 Spool Gift PackValue – $82.10

Threads magazine

1-Year subscription to Threads magazine Value – $32.95

Threads Fitting DVD Series

Threads Fitting DVD Series Value – $99.95

Threads Industry Insider Techniques

Threads Industry Insider Techniques Volume 1 & 2 Value – $59.90

The Best of Threads DVD-ROM

The Best of Threads DVD-ROM Volume 1 & 2 Value – $99.90

Here’s the Official Rules.  Hurry–the contest end December 31, 2008!

Here are the two sewing room designs I entered:

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Design Your Own Ultimate Sewing Room NOW!  Check out the sewing room gallery to see what others have created.  Creating a sewing room online is so simply—really.  Go do it now!  You never know if you’ll be one of the winners, KWIM?

lisa

Sew…What is Everyone Up To These Days?

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Saw this simple On My Desk Meme over at Jenny’s of All Sorts and figured I’d jump in…

As you can see, there is NOTHING on my desk…ROTFL!  It’s because I don’t know what to do next!  And then there’s this:

DISCONNECTED

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Am I the only one feeling disconnected from my blog readers?  I guess what puzzles me is I get about 1,500 visits a day from different people…yet the same dozen bloggers leave comments.  Say HELLO–don’t be shy!  I like making new friends.

Anyway, I’m in a really weird place…feeling disconnected from my sewing room (umm, it might have something to do with having no heat in the sewing dungeon) and my nervousness about the upcoming launch of my boys’ clothing line.

To say I’m scared to death about the next few months would be putting it mildly.  I spend my days on the Internet checking out all the upcoming children’s trade show web sites, searching for pattern makers, cutters and sewing contractors, and then staring at my blank sketchpad.

CHILDREN’S CLOTHING TRADE SHOWS

I have the babysitter all lined up for Sunday so I can walk both the Bubble Show and ENK Children’s Club.  I really need to decide which of the two I want to launch at.  Although the Bubble Show is more appealing as it is smaller and less chaotic, the Children’s Club will give me much more exposure (or so I think).  While I’m at the show, I need to pay close attention to booth displays…to figure out what works and what doesn’t.  The one thing I have decided is I’m not going to get the smallest size booth…I’m shooting for the medium one (think it’s 5′ x 10′ at Bubble and 10′ x 10′ at ENK Children’s Club).  And then I need to make a deposit to secure my booth–it will make it “real” for me….KWIM?

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I was looking online at trade show booth displays and the cheapest one I can find is about $500.  Then there’s the graphics and/or posters…$$$!  Come to think of it, I have a table top display like this in my attic…perhaps I’ll have to make due until I can justify a 10′ x 8′ display.

SEW IT GOES

josiesetI FORCED myself to do a little sewing yesterday.  I finished up this peasant top to match the skirt for my niece.

It needs something on the shirt or perhaps a belt.

Any ideas?

 

 

 

MARCH OF THE TOOLS

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Jumping on the bandwagon with Heather Bailey’s March of the Tools.  I just love tools…anything to make my life easier!

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Hands down, my favorite and most often used tool is my Brother P-Touch Labeler.  Not only is it great for labeling every darn container in my sewing room, but I use it throughout my house.  The people at Staples must things I’m nuts…I’ve bought over 30 label makers during the last few months for Christmas gifts (they were a hit with the teachers).

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I get excited when I manage to label every Tupperware container in my pantry.  It’s a sickness, I tell ya.

 

GOOD MAIL

Look what came from Sandy!

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A sewing themed nail file to smooth out the rough spots!

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I’m thinking she’s been watching my bidding history as I’ve been trying to win these miniature sewing goodies on Ebay for over a month!

 

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Check out this miniature thread rack…OMG, it’s so tiny!!!

 

 

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She even sent me this big honkin’ DIVA sticker!

Sandy, you’re the best!

Thank you so much! 

GREEN GOODNESS

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Whipped up some Green Frosted Cupcakes.  Never know when a hungry leprechaun will stop by.

DON’T FORGET

There’s still time…join in the fun!

What is Your Favorite Thing You’ve Ever Made?

Another Contest – Fabric Giveaway

Hope your weekend is off to a great start!

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SEW, We’ve Got a Winner of the Sewing Box and Goodies!

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Mrs. Glosser's Math Goodies

Custom Random Number generator

This program will generate a random number between two numbers of your choice.

Enter a lower limit: 1

Enter an upper limit: 41

Random Number: 25


So it looks like Mary of Confessions of a Craft Addict is our WINNER for the FREE VINTAGE SEWING BOX AND GOODIES!  Mary’s favorite tool is her chopstick!  Way to go Mary (EMAIL ME with your mailing address so I can get this out to you once you add me to your blogroll…bad you…LOL).

Thanks to everyone who posted their favorite sewing gadgets and tools!  Stay tuned–we’ll do another sewing giveaway next week when I reach 200 posts!

Happy Stitching!

With friendship,

Lisa

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FREE Sewing Box plus Tag, You’re SEW It!

FREE SEWING BOX

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WOW!  Today’s the day…I hit 100,000 views on my blog in just 6 short months (over 3,000 hits just today)!  So you know what that means, right?  Time for a Sewing Giveaway!  I’m going to give away a fun sewing box filled with goodies.  So if you want to win, just post about your favorite sewing gadget, notion and/or tool in the comments section.

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On Monday morning, I’ll pick the lucky winner of the Sewing Box and goodies.

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This vintage Max Klein sewing box will be stuffed with all kinds of sewing necessities.  It measures 15″ x 10″ and 9″ deep and is avocado green heavy plastic–perfect in your retro sewing room or besides your favorite chair!

Oh and by the way, you can enter as many times as you like!  Let’s get this party started!

TAG, YOU’RE SEW IT

Tagged by the lovely Claire aka Little Miss Sew N Sew

1. My rock star name (first pet and current car)
Bonnie Beamer

2. My gangsta name (ice cream flavor and cookie or biscuit)
Caramel Sugar Wafer

3. My fly girl name (first letter of first name, first three letters of last name)
L-CAR

4. My detective name (favorite color, favorite animal)
Pink Fish

5. My soap opera name (middle name, city of birth)
Lynnaire Elmhurst

6. My Star Wars name (first three letters of your last name, first two of your first name)
CARLI

7. My superhero name (second favorite color, favorite drink, add “the”)
The Green Colada

8. My Nascar name (first two names of my two grandfathers)
John Alfonso

9. My stripper name (favorite perfume, favorite sweet)
Tiare Smartie

10. My witness protection name (mother’s and father’s middle names)
Peg James

11. My weather anchor name (fifth grade teacher’s name, a major city beginning with the same letter)
Morelli Memphis

12. My spy name (favorite season/flower)
Spring Iris

13. Cartoon name (favorite fruit plus garment you’re wearing, with an “ie” or “y” added)
Cherry Panties

14. Hippie name (what you ate for breakfast plus favorite tree)
Banana Redbud

15. Your rockstar tour name (favorite hobby plus weather element, with “the”)
The Sewing Thunderstorm

16: Blues singer name (a disability, a fruit or vegetable, and a president)
Blind Cucumber Kennedy

Claire added this one and then challenged me to add my own:

17. Fashion Designer Name (favorite pizza topping, favorite vacation spot)

Pepperoni Tahiti

Every participant needs to add their own, too–so here’s mine:

18.  Entrepreneur Name (favorite past time plus the chore you dislike most:

Blogging Toilet

I’m supposed to tag 5 people, but instead I’m tagging all my blogging buddies.  So consider yourself TAGGED!

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SEW Organized Re-Cap and Links for Sewing Studios, Craft Rooms and Scrapbooking Corners

SEWING ROOM ORGANIZATION RECAP

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Since so many of you crafty gals’ New Year’s Resolutions are to tidy up your sewing and craft rooms, here’s a quick re-cap of my Sewing Room Organization Challenge:

Getting Started

Part I – Fabric

Part II – Thread

Part III – Needles and Stabilizers

Part IV – Laces, Trims and Ribbons

Part V – Sewing Library:  Patterns, Embroidery Designs, Magazines and Books

Part VI – Notion Commotion

OTHER HELPFUL LINKS

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Candy Goff’s Managing Your Stash

Dawn Duperault’s Getting Organized, Making Space to Quilt and Storing Notions

Sew Organized

Organizing Tips from Quilter’s Review

How to Organize a Sewing Area by eHow

HGTV’s Organizing a Sewing Space

Masterstech’s Fabric Storage FAQ

Cut Out and Keep’s Fabric Brochure

DIY’s Clever Organizing

Buzzle’s Organize Your Sewing or Craft Room

Heartblossom’s Organizing Stashes

Shari Armstrong’s How to Organize Your Sewing Equipment

Women Folk’s Challenge of Organizing a Small Quilting Studio

HGTV’s Organizing Your Sewing Room for Quilters

Organizing Sewing Rooms from Mrs. Clean

Needleworks Tips and Techniques’ Organize Your Stash

Thrifty Fun’s Organizing a Sewing Room

Get Creative’s Organizing your Craft Room

Home Organizing Ideas’ Sewing Room Organization

NMSU’s Designing a Sewing Center

Quilt Net’s Sewing Room FAQ

Home Decorating’s Sewing Room Plan

Woman of a 1,000 Hobbies’ Sewing Organization

That should keep you girls busy…LOL!

Happy New Year!

With friendship,

Lisa

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SEW Awesome Fabric Coops

Sew tempted once again from one of the Yahoo Fabric Coops…

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How do I pass up this neat Diva knit print at only $4.75 a yard?

So you ask, “What is a fabric coop?”  Well, basically it’s a group of fellow fabricholics like yourself who join together to purchase fabric by the bolt at wholesale prices.  In addition to fabric, many of these coops offer sewing patterns, threads and other notions for sale.

Here’s how most Fabric Coops work:

  • Coop Owner announces fabrics for sale and specific ordering details (closing date, price, expected arrival from Fabric Manufacturer) to Coop Members .
  • Available fabrics are posted in Photos section.
  • Prices include small fee to cover Coop Owner’s expenses.
  • Coop Members place fabric orders in database.
  • Coop Owner announces Fill List to fill up incomplete bolts.
  • Coop Owner closes specific Fabric Database.
  • Coop Owner requests payments from Coop Members.
  • Coop Owner orders fabric from Fabric Manufacturers.
  • Order is received from Fabric Manufacturer and cut.
  • Coop Owner requests Shipping Payments from Coop Members.
  • Once Coop Members pay for their Shipping, Coop Owner ships fabric.

Go to http://yahoo.com and search “fabric coop.”

Some of my favorite fabric coops:

AB Fabric Coop

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Fabric-Coop

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Sew Many Fabrics

Click here to join sewmanyfabrics
Click to join sewmanyfabrics

The Joy of Sewing

Click here to join TheJoyofSewing
Click to join TheJoyofSewing

Cloth Essentials

Click here to join ClothEssentials
Click to join ClothEssentials

Happy Legs Fabric Group

Click here to join happylegsfabricgroup
Click to join happylegsfabricgroup

Fabrics and Notions

Fabrics Etc.

Comfy Creations

Fabric Coops are a great way to get fabric per yard at wholesale prices.  I’ve participated in most of the Fabric Coops listed above and they have proven to be reputable.

Unfortunately, not all Fabric Coops are the same.  Be sure to check out the message boards on each coop.  If a particular coop is not very active or there are members who haven’t received their fabrics without explanation from the coop owner, be wary of placing orders.

The only downside of fabric coops is you must wait for your fabric.  It can be as long as 3 months from the time you order your fabric until it arrives.  But if you are willing to wait, you’ll be saving lots of money and have the opportunity to acquire more fabric for your dollar.

Happy Fabric Shopping!

With friendship,

Lisa

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SEWING ROOM ORGANIZATION CHALLENGE – PART VI – NOTION COMMOTION©

NOTION COMMOTION

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In addition to your Sewing Room, any of these organization ideas can be used in your Craft Room, Scrapbooking Corner and/or Jewelry Making Studio.  Get creative!

Ok…it’s time to get back to work! We have a few little things we need to still need to organize, so let’s get started.

CLOSURES

There are literally dozens of ways to fasten a garment or home décor item. Get yourself some clear containers or cheap photo boxes and start sorting your closures. Make sure you label each container and stack it on your shelves. Here’s how I divide them:

Zippers

Buttons, Snaps, Eyelets, Grommets, Hooks and Eyes

Elastic, Velcro and Snap Tape

ZIPPERS

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Teresa Franco’s awesome zipper storage idea

You could also organize your zippers with safety pins, but instead put them on a tie rack:

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Revolving Tie Rack from Harriet Carter

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Wall Mounted Tie Rack

Just bought my husband this motorized revolving tie rack.  Think he’d mind if I borrowed it for my ribbon?  LOL

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Brookstone Motorized Revolving Tie Rack

BUTTONS, SNAPS, EYELETS, GROMMETS, HOOKS AND EYES

There are literally hundreds of ways you can organize these small objects.  I store my snaps and buttons in these See n Store magnetic containers:

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I currently have 36 of these nifty containers and plan to add more as needed.  They can be mounted on the wall or free-standing and in a variety of combinations:

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5 Tin Magnetic Standing Storage at Organize.com

5 Tin Magnetic Hanging Storage at Organize.com

8 Tin Magnetic Standing Storage at Oriental Trading

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Custom Magnetic Spice Racks

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Kamenstein Magnetic Spice Rack

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Making Memories Modular Storage System

If you’re trying to keep costs down, Make Your Own Magnetic Storage Board.  You only need FOUR things to make this quick and easy board to hold your sewing and craft notions:

1 -STEEL SHEET

2 – SMALL METAL CONTAINERS

3 – MAGNETS

4 – GLUE

  • Crazy Glue™
  • Hot Glue

Have your husband or dad drill four holes in the corner of the steel sheet/board for mounting, if desired.

Hang sheet/board on wall or store in drawer.

Glue a magnet to the back of each container.  Let dry.

Stick magnetic containers to sheet/board.  Done!

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Martha Stewart adds Buttons to her Magnetic Containers

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Add a photo to your containers if you’d like.

Additional magnetic board tutorials:

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Amber’s DIY Spice Rack

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Lowe’s Magnetic Board Tutorial

Other clever storage ideas:

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Solutions Station Set

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Deflecto Revolving Clear Storage at Shoplet.com

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Drawer Cabinet at Shoplet.com

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Button Bank

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Making Memories’ Jars

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Economical Glass Jars by the Case

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Fancy Jars

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Storage Tins

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ArtBin 24 Compartment Slide ‘n Store

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Making Memories’ Sortables

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Carousel Organizer

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Snap or Button Organizer from Stacks n Stacks

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60 Translucent Drawer Unit

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Bead and Embellishment Tower

Bubblebox Organizer w/36 Compartments

36 Compartment Bubble Box

You could also use a rail system installed on your wall:

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Rail System

and add the coordinating wire basket and/or containers:

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Wire Basket

I absolutely love my Deflect-o Tilt Out Storage Bins.  They are my favorite storage system in my sewing room:

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These bins come in all different sizes to suit your needs and lock together.  They can be mounted on the wall or placed on a shelf:

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Deflect-o Tilt-Out Clear Storage Bins at TheNerds.com

Deflect-o Tilt-Out Clear Storage Bins from Staples.com

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Provo Clear Mini Drawers

ELASTIC, VELCRO AND SNAP-TAPE
With all the different sizes and applications, it is easy to accumulate a large “stash” of elastic. I sort my elastic into three stacked storage boxes:

Thin Elastic (includes elastic thread)

Foldover Elastic and Decorative Elastic

Waistband Elastic

Here’s my pink leather boxes (once again from Home Goods):

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My Velcro and Snap-Tape are stored in similar leather boxes.  Any type of storage container, box or drawer will work:

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IKEA CD Boxes

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GLIS Plastic Boxes

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IKEA Decorative Boxes

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Interlocking Clear Containers

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Clear Acrylic Stackable Storage Drawers

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Small Organizer Drawers

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10 Drawer Tower Organizer

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Foremost Modular Storage Drawer Cubes

You can cover these drawers with either fabric or paper and then use decoupage to seal them:

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IKEA Wooden Drawers

You can even make erasable labels on each drawer:

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Erasable Label Tutorial

MARKING AND CUTTING IMPLEMENTS


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Are you constantly trying to find your favorite scissor or disappearing (literally) marking pen? A great solution is to find some type of utensil caddy which can be placed on your cutting table and then moved next to your sewing machine when needed.  I found this great revolving caddy (pictured above) at my local Home Goods store.

Check out your local office supplies store in their desk accessories aisle for lots of good ideas.
In this type of caddy, you can store:

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Prior to getting my neat revolving caddy, I used to store all my extra marking pens, scissors, tube turners, etc. in leather containers (also found as Home Goods).  For the items I don’t want to keep on my cutting table, I use one of these nifty Tupperware Utensil Caddies:

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Here’s a few more organizers to consider:

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The Caddy at HSN 

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Rubbermaid Rotating Desk Organizer

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Donna Dewberry Storage Spinner

ToolCaddyGrabbit

Grabbit Tool Caddy

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Cabela’s Revolving Tool Caddy

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Cutter Cubby

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Portable Supply Caddy

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Table Top Caddy

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Economical Caddy

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Tool Holder

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Utensil Holder with Adjustable Dividers

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Shabby Chic Utensil Holder

If you don’t have the space on your cutting surface or it’s portable, consider hanging your cutting implements on the wall:

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Plastic Perf Board

EZ Wall Organizer

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Metal Rail System at HSN

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Clotidle’s Peg Board

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Wall Hutch

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Wall Pocket

Tip:  The height of your cutting surface is so important as to avoid an aching back.  I use these under the legs of my table:

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Adjustable Bed Risers

 RULERS

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I use a wire mesh letter holder from my local office supplies store to hold my rulers at the end of my cutting table.  You can easily organize your rulers by either hanging them or standing them up like I do.  Here are some ways to do it:

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June Tailor Rule Your Rulers

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Quilting Ruler Organizer Shelf on Ebay

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Ruler Holder Rack on Ebay

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Ruler Holder Shelf on Ebay

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Ruler and Mat Organizer

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Rulers & Ruler Rack Combo Set

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Clotilde Ruler Rack

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Ruler Korral

Stop your Ruler from sliding on fabric.  I really works:

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Quilter’s Review

If you need a paper ruler to attach to the end of your table, here’s a free printable one.  Consider sending this ruler link to those you sew for (family, friends, customers, etc.) to get easy measurements:

Free Printable Rulers

SEWING STATION

There are a few things I like to keep next to my sewing machines:

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Get yourself a small bowl, container or divided tray (I use a dog dish…LOL) to keep all your necessary sewing supplies next to your sewing machine.  You’ll be able to easily find what you need without going through drawers and cabinets.

Here’s some other ideas:

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Sewing Station

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June Tailor Sewing Station

Make your own Sewing Station:

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Sewing.org’s Sewing Station Tutorial

Consider purchasing sewing machine and serger cushioned pads (helps with machine vibration) and thread/scrap catchers:

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Pedal-Sta’s Sewing Machine Pad w/ Thread Catcher

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Clotilde’s Serger Pad and Thread Catcher

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Pedal-Sta’s Serger Pad w/ Scrap Catcher

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Pioneer’s Serger Pad Thread Catcher at Joann’s

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Joann’s Sew Essential Scrap Caddy

You can also make your own:

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K Quilts’ Pincushion and Thread Catcher Tutorial

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Kezza’s Pincushion and Thread Catcher Tutorial

SEWING MACHINE / SERGER PRESSER FEET

Do you always find yourself looking blanking at a strange sewing machine foot and wondering what on earth is its purpose? Well, then it’s time to sort through them. I have dozens of sewing machine and serger feet. I use a divided pink leather case to easily store my sewing machine feet. If you label each section, it will be easy to locate the one needed.

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I keep my serger feet in a divided leather tray:
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You can use a cigar box (decoupage it with fabric):

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Cigar Boxes on Ebay Express
or any divided box:

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Clear Box with Moveable Dividers

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Small Parts Storage Case

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Budget 12 Compartment Storage Case

and label it like Mean Jean did:

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Mean Jean’s Presser Foot Organizer

You can even use a cutlery tray!
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Expandable Bamboo Flatware Tray

A jewelry organizer will also work!jewelryorganizer

Jewelry Organizer at Stacks n Stacks

or Jewelry Case

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PINK Jewelry Case

You can also purchase a great “foot organizer” from your local sewing dealer or use clear baseball card plastic sleeve protectors in a regular binder:

 

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Home Depot’s Sewing Notions Organizer

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Nancy’s Notions’ Presser Foot Storage Cases

Or make your own:

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Husqvarna Viking’s Presser Foot Organizer Tutorial

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Petit Debutante’s Presser Foot Organizer Tutorial

PRESSING SUPPLIES

Keep a small shelf over your ironing board for your pressing supplies. This would include:

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I keep two boxes next to my pressing station.  One contains all kinds of fusible tape which I use when I’m taking sewing shortcuts…LOL.  In the second box, I store my small pressing aids such as my Ezy Hem Guide, Iron Cleaner and Point Turner.

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I hang both my Tailor’s Board and Sleeve Board on the wall next to my ironing board.

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I purchased one of these Slim Drink Dispensers to keep water (holds a gallon!) next to my ironing board. It saves me dozens of trips back and forth to the sink to refill my iron!

You could also use a mounted peg board with hooks to hang all your pressing essentials.

MISCELLANEOUS SUPPLIES

I’m sure you have lots of other supplies which need to be organized and stored.  The list seems endless…LOL!  Here’s two more great storage ideas I came up with:

First, I re-purposed some doll accessory drawers.  These drawers store my size labels, garment labels, bow-making clips, etc.

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Next, I came across this neat piano-hinged box at TJ Maxx.

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The front cover folds down to reveal my hot fix tool and glues.  I glued a piece of cork board sheeting to the inside of the cover to make a nifty little bulletin board:

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Since you’re nosey, here’s a close-up of my stickers:

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You can get your own stickers here:

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Hope your creative space is finally becoming a place to love to be in–not a dreaded space.  If you have any ideas for additional sewing room organization topics, just email me!

Happy Sewing!

lisasiggie

LOOK MOM…NO SEWING THREAD

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Look…no thread, no bobbins, no tension problems…

Husqvarna Viking has introduced their new Huskystar ER10–a unique embellishing machine to create felted appliqués and even fraying on jeans!

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This new machine makes Needle Felting a breeze.  It features:

  • A needle guard to cover needles for safety while felting.
  • Needles that automatically stop in the up position making it easy to remove and manipulate the felting project.
  • A needle protector to eliminate the risk of damaging needles while cleaning underneath.
  • A slide-out tray that collects lint, fuzz and fiber for no-fuss cleaning.
  • A slender free arm lets you embellish around miniature or narrow projects, while the large area around the needles supports more involved projects.

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Both new and experienced needle felters will find this machine an asset to their sewing room.  Looks like a perfect gift for the little girls on your list!  Heck, I know a few big girls who would love one, too…hint, hint.

Happy Sewing!

lisasiggie

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