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    Super Member grammy Dwynn's Avatar
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    This was shared on another board and I thought I would share it here with all you wonderful ladies (and gents)!

    Who'd a thought, free storage containers. :thumbup:

    http://stashmanicure.blogspot.com/20...our-stash.html

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    What a wonderful idea!

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    Thrifty! I like it! Thanks for posting!

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    Cute and funny, but I'm not sure I would feel like I got them clean enough to put my fabric in them. But will make me watch what I throw away in the future. There just might be something there.......

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    WOW...this is great!! My mom gave me a few cookie containers that I use to store my scraps but what this lady does is genius! I'm going to look at everything in a new way now.

    Great, just what I needed, another excuse to eat cookies!! :lol:

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    love it will be having my mom save all her containers for me. hehe she will think that i havelost my mind. and so will hubby. hehe

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    Every time I have thrown a container away, I kept thinking there was some other use, but didn't want them piling up. Wasn't thinking "sewing room", but sure will now. Thanks!

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    A great idea except most of the fruits I buy are not prepackaged and if they are the containers are somewhat flimsy. What works for me is the plastic boxes chocolate milk mixes (Hershey's or Nestles or even powdered lattes) come in. I stick on an Avery label with the size of strip--ie 1", 1 1/2", etc and they stand in a neat row near my cutting mat and I immediately cut small scraps into measureable sizes as I cut my fabrics. Also handy for those short strips of left over bindings, etc.

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    These are wonderful ideas!

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    What a great way to recycle plastic and buy more fabric!

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    This is fabulous.

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    Thanks for sharing these wonderful ideas.

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    I am so glad I looked at this thread today. What a great idea!
    I have saved some of these containers so that when I need to send home leftovers with a guest I don't have to give up my good Tupperware or Rubbermaid stuff that never seems to come back to me. These containers look great on your shelf and they have holes in them (or most of them) so that your fabric can breathe. Also could be a great way to package a gift of fabric for a friend. All you need is a pretty ribbon and you're done. Some of the LQS use them to make "lunch boxes" or "cinnamon rolls". And the tall drink containers like we get at McDonald's iced coffee in have been used for "milk shakes", latte colored fabrics. I will definitely look a little closer when I go to Costco or the supermarket. Always great to find a new way to reduce, re-use and recycle. Everyone wins!

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    I have way too much fabric to use those containers, not that I don't use some for here and there. I love the silver ware trays to hold my strips when I am doing a log cabin tho.

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    I was just at costco yesterday and have some of those containers that came with veggies and fruits too. ALso the bread ones. Yahoo. Great for projects and scrappies too. Thanks for sharing.

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    Great idea! Wish i'd seen it the other day...before I tossed out some of those containers! Thanks!

    I, too, have used the silverware trays for my log cabin pieces and found it VERY helpful. I bought 3 of them for $1.00 each at a thrift store!

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    My oh my, mine went in the recycle bin last week. Never thought about using them for fabric. Now I need to get the word out for family to save theirs for me.
    Thank you grammy Dwynn for the link, love her stash of 30's fabrics.
    Jan

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    I now have a never ending supply of baby formula containers! Not the little round ones...the bigger rectangular plastic ones. I wish they were see thru but I do have a label maker. Now to figure out what to store in them.

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    Man, I wish I had a costco. All we have here is Walmart that is close enough to do grocery shopping, and almost everything they have is plastic baggies. I do go to Sam's every now and then and just bought grapes that are in one of those containers. I will definitely keep my eyes out for those things and hope i like what's in the... LOL Thanks for showing.

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    I have lots of those in the fridge now! Great idea!! It's one of the why didn't I think of that. And they are lightweight and won't add to the strain on my fabric self.

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    Thanks for this link-I'm redoing my sewing room. I like the inexpensive and recycled aspect so may use this idea but be selective with what containers I use-vegetable ones over anything with meat/seafood product as others stated due to smell and residual oils.

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    Stash Manicure is a great site. Lots of good uses/ideas for your sewing "stuff".

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    I use the plastic boxes ALDI packs ground meat in - no covers, but very stackible. Because I sew with scraps, I can sort them and keep them in these boxes, stacked in a larger box for easy moving. I have 2" and 3" and 4" squares - and strips, triangles, ends cut off bias binding and many small odd shaped pieces. I also save narrow strips for the Paths to Piece quilt which takes over 100 sets. A plae for everything and when everything is in its place, it is so nice to find them easily.

    Clutter control at work!

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    Neat ideas, I will have to try some of these.

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    I can't tell you how many strawberry container I have tossed. I wish I still had

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