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    Quote Originally Posted by auntpiggylpn View Post
    Okay, not a container but a repurposed item. I use the multi-skirt hangers to hang my quilting rulers on. My sewing room is small and lacks wall space and flat surfaces for storing things. It has a walk in closet so I just hang the skirt hangers with the rulers on it on the clothes hanging rod right at the door so it is easy access. I have several of them and I am able to hang even my small 2 1/2" and 4" rulers on them. I was constantly "misplacing" the smaller sizes and replacing them. Now I know exactly where they are!
    awesome..I use these for strips, borders and such after ironing them!

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    Great ideas!!! I got 2 cork boards and hung them. One for patterns one for templates, rulers. Used old glasses holder to put tracing pencils. Small scissors ECt. Hung on cork board.

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    Oh my goodness, what a great thread. I'm enjoying reading all this. I use the hanging shoe thingys for putting and sorting my fat quarters per group.

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    My current craze is crumb quilts and the I have sorted - very roughly - my crumbs and bits and pieces into plastic butter and icecream tubs. The larger yohurt tubs also work, but are not stack friendly. I often use the lids of coffee cans for making templates that are transparant (semi) and strong.

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    Over-the-door wreath hangers are handy for holding (2.5") strips.

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    I am needing a set of heavy bookends to hold some very large heavy books. I plan on repurposing some inexpensive lidded decorative boxes from Hobby Lobby. If I fill these with shells or batteries, etc. they will be heavy enough to hold the books and will store the objects. Also look nice on the bookcase shelves.
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    I recently re-organized my sewing room. All yarn ( I am an avid crocheter) in zip locks, take a few seconds after putting in yarn, partially close the bag, compress to get out all the air, finish sealing. You can get more bags in your storage area. The clear plastic containers that you get produce in. Great way to store seldom used sewing notions. You can see everything in the cupboard at a glance. I have a cupboard donated to just this, glue guns, lace, ribbon, bias tape, buttons, and anything else I can think of. All in clear containers. I have a lazy Susan next to my machine. Clear glass containers hold seam rippers, scissors, marking pencils, etc. Easy and quick way to find your most used tools. The large square jars that you can buy peanuts in is a good place to store ribbon reels. You can see what is in there at a glance.

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    I recently re-organized my sewing room. All yarn ( I am an avid crocheter) in zip locks, take a few seconds after putting in yarn, partially close the bag, compress to get out all the air, finish sealing. You can get more bags in your storage area. The clear plastic containers that you get produce in. Great way to store seldom used sewing notions. You can see everything in the cupboard at a glance. I have a cupboard donated to just this, glue guns, lace, ribbon, bias tape, buttons, and anything else I can think of. All in clear containers. I have a lazy Susan next to my machine. Clear glass containers hold seam rippers, scissors, marking pencils, etc. Easy and quick way to find your most used tools. The large square jars that you can buy peanuts in is a good place to store ribbon reels. You can see what is in there at a glance.
    My fabric is stored folded over hanging folders in file cabinets. All 4 file cabinets are metal, a great place to put hooks and hang rulers. and if you can find magnet hooks/hangers, all the better. Magnetic Clips can also hold your fabric strips.

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    I have a piggy bank sitting on my sewing table for sharps .... the slot is just big enough to slide in used blades and of course, needles and pins.

    I had been using a plastic tub that you buy gum in. The problem was that I had to open the lid every time and close it ... or leave it open and risk spilling.

    It'll be a long time til the bank is filled ... and when it is, then I'll just find a new one as I'll just take it as is, to the sharps disposal.
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    Awesome thread! Keep the ideas coming ladies :-) Can't think of anything to add other than I use a night stand to the right of my sewing machine and have one of those padded blocking/ironing pads that sits on top with my iron, the drawer holds my steam-a-seam etc. and the bottom shelf has my starch and water for my steam iron and one of those clear plastic 3-drawer sections from the Dollar store that holds my pins, bobbins, machine needles, snips, scissors, etc. right at my fingertips.

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    A few years ago we left the house for the holidays (about 5 weeks) and came home to a big mess in the kitchen. Seems some little mouse monster had found his way into the warm kitchen and run a muck in the pantry chewing holes in every bag and box that I had on the shelves. DH and I had been purchasing PB at Sam's Club for years and saving the large empty jars after removing the labels. After throwing out everything in the pantry and purchasing replacements I transferred contents of bags and boxes into the empty jars. No floppy bags to deal with, they are mouse proof (although this little monster is long gone now), I can see what I need clearly, and they stack. When our granddaughter visited last summer she opened the pantry closet, laughed, and exclaimed, "You two eat entirely too much peanut butter!"
    We are still enjoying our peanut butter and have a large box of empty jars in the storage closet for emergencies. Ann in TN

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    We use the coffee containers with the handles for dried beans and other food storage. I have always felt it wasn't necessary to buy matched containers to store things when empties could do the same thing. Most are in a cupboard and not seen anyway.
    I use an empty kleenex box for small scraps and threads. Then that goes into my garden for the birds what they don't use gets tilled into the soil. Helps to break up the clay soil here.
    Empty shoe boxes are great for storing the leftover squares and HST's. When they are full it will be enough for a scrap
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    The boxes that have fold in flaps and round containers (such as oatmeal boxes) covered in fabric and batting scraps make great gift boxes. People will reuse them because they are pretty. They become part of the gift.
    I have made cloth gift bags for years. (I hate wrapping packages. All that pretty paper just gets thrown away) My family loves them and they get recycled year after year. This last Christmas I used pretty tins with a ribbon for my gifts. I think those will now be going the rounds.

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    My husband has changed all his glass jars full of screws etc. into these plastic coffee tubs. No more broken glass.
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    Not in the quilt room, but still a handy idea for using the red coffee containers with handles. I put small in one and kept the lid on it. I put this one in the bathroom of our 5er. It's great for putting used feminine products. Any garbage can in the 5er would be visible by everyone. This way I can put the can in the cupboard -- outta sight!

    I use 1 in the kitchen in our home and 1 in the 5er. Great for scraps and coffee grounds! The lid keeps the cats from getting into trouble.

    I had DH cut a scrap of wood for me. He cut it about 10"x30". I covered it with batting and fabric....duct taped the back. I laid it on the sewing table to the right of the machine. I don't have to get up to go to the ironing board for small projects and it's great for hauling to sewing guild!
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    You can use those coffee cans as well as the kleenex box for your binding holder. I also use one for my paint brushes.

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    You can hang pictures on the walls with those broken sewing machine needles. Put them in at a sharp angle and they hold nice sized pictures on the wall.

    Another tip I use in my sewing room is (and I'm sure everyone knows this one) is to buy those plastic on one side and flannel on the other side table clothes at a reduced rate after the holidays) and hang in on the wall flannel side out, for my design wall. Works great!

    One more, is to use a silverware plastic divider, the ones that hold the spoons, knives, forks, etc. and place it in my sewing cabinet drawer. Everything has a place. One of my cabinets wasn't big enough for it, so I cut it down to fit. Worked wonderful.

    Love this post, by the way. Getting some great ideas from here. Thanks everyone.

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    cutting tops of old dish soap bottles and use for throw away funnels---could keep one in trunk of car to use for adding oil or antifreeze. Bottoms of the bottles can be used to make cute litle purse for toddlers. punch holes around top edge and crochet around til 3-4 inches. add drawstring to complete. I saw these in craft book once. showed them with a small stuffed doll inside. he purse top would fold down over bottle bottom like a bassinet skirt, that way little girl could play with the doll while Mom is shopping or in waiting rooms,etc and still be easy to carry

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    Quote Originally Posted by amandasgramma View Post
    I had DH cut a scrap of wood for me. He cut it about 10"x30". I covered it with batting and fabric....duct taped the back. I laid it on the sewing table to the right of the machine. I don't have to get up to go to the ironing board for small projects and it's great for hauling to sewing guild!
    I found a wooden TV tray with folding legs and covered it with several layers of batting, a layer of the kind of batting for potholders and such, and a fabric cover with elastic all around. I can set it up just to the right of my chair when sewing to do my seam pressing and fold it up and put it out of the way when I'm done. Just noticed I need a new cover as I haven't been too careful with my applique iron-on....ooops!

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    Quote Originally Posted by roseirish48 View Post
    cutting tops of old dish soap bottles and use for throw away funnels---could keep one in trunk of car to use for adding oil or antifreeze. Bottoms of the bottles can be used to make cute litle purse for toddlers. punch holes around top edge and crochet around til 3-4 inches. add drawstring to complete. I saw these in craft book once. showed them with a small stuffed doll inside. he purse top would fold down over bottle bottom like a bassinet skirt, that way little girl could play with the doll while Mom is shopping or in waiting rooms,etc and still be easy to carry
    We use a plastic milk jug with the bottom cut out, turn it upside down and use it as a funnel to fill our birdfeeders.

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    What great ideas everyone has put up here. IT helps all. The ideas are fun too.

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    Plastic tubs, left behind when patients are discharged from hospital, used for washing small pieces of fabric or check for bleeding. Soak them in bleach and they are ready for use.
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    I use a lot of coffee too and have not thrown away a "can" in ages till i had to I use them for everything I paint them paint on them and store everything you can think of in them, use them to mix and save fabric dyes even the lids are good for a template in a pinch

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    Ha Ha - Love it!
    Quote Originally Posted by Quiltaddict View Post
    Chocolate!! Fill that empty coffee can with chocolate and keep it close to your sewing machine. Quick cure for any frustrating moments (and you know there will be some).

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    I keep an empty Kleenex cube box in my sewing area to stuff plastic bags into. It will hold quite a few and they're not all over the place! I also keep one under my kitchen sink for the same purpose. If you let those bags loose, they will mate and multiply!

    I bought one of those plastic 3 drawer carts on casters and keep it under my sewing table. It's perfect for extra needles, sewing machine manuals, paper, calculator, etc. My sewing table is an old kitchen table, so I had to lift it just a bit to get the cart under the edge. But now, the cart won't roll out, no matter how hard I pull on the drawers
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    I use the coffee cans to store pens, pencils & brushes in.

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