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Message Board > Sewing Spaces > Organizing your bulk items ( Moderated by Deepika)

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Date: 9/26/13 12:48 PM

When I was organizing my sewing room I purchased a huge tackle box that had art box style divide-able stackable trays in it. In there I have put my buttons, hook and eyes and other bulk small items. That works great. My problem is storage of my other bulk notions.

I can get 36 yards of different sized elastics for cheap when I buy it by the spool. I how have several large spools. I have also aquire a spool of wedding dress look tape, Velcro, as well as 40+ yards spools of twill table and grosgrain ribbon.

I have been storing them on a shelf but after having to empty the whole shelf to find the twill tape that had fallen over at 2 AM due to a last minute project. I am looking for alternatives for was to store these spooled bulk items that won't cost an arm and a let. It would be even more helpful if I could keep them out of furry paw/ sticky kiddo finger range.

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Date: 9/26/13 1:54 PM

I keep my bulk items organized by re-purposing the large one pound boxes that salad greens come in. And they're free.

I then put them on a shelf or in a drawer together.

I even store folded lengths of fabric this way.

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Date: 9/27/13 8:50 AM

Thank you for posting this great idea! I already use the heavier plastic zipper bags that curtains and bedding come in, but had never thought of using those salad containers. Hurrah for repurposing!

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Date: 9/27/13 9:22 AM

My DH made a gift wrap station in part of the basement. He used an old idea which I then I stole for my sewing room. The rafters of the basement allow the attachment of u brackets and he slid dowels with ribbon on it onto the brackets. Reach up, grab a ribbon, wrap the gift, snip the end and roll the rest of the ribbon back on it's roll. I did that over my sewing machine for rolls of elastics, binding, tapes, grosgrain etc. I just reach up (I have to stand up to get the end but since I will then sit at my machine, I can add elastic and cut exactly where I want the elastic to begin and end and cut after sewing the ends. Voila! I Figure I save about 8 to 10 iches a project by not having too short bits left over.

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Date: 9/28/13 0:13 AM

So far, what has worked best for me are long "hooks" (more like rods with ends that angle up) for pegboard and slatwall. These are like the display hardware used at hardware stores, Jo-Ann's notions wall, and similar. I have a narrow, deep closet lined (on opposing sides) with pegboard. When Borders Books was closing down stores, I bought a piece of slatwall, with hooks and shelves, and it is mounted on a wall in my sewing room.

Large reels/spools of elastic and velcro fit on these hooks, as do plastic zipper bags with holes punched in them. I can fit several small rolls of elastic in the zipper bags and have them share a hook with a huge reel. This way, I can store similar materials together, no matter what their form factor. As I use up supplies or get more, it's easy to rearrange things.

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