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    Lol!!!!!

    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).
    I love this one!

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    I took an 8oz sour cream container and cut an opening across the lid, big enough for rotary blades and about 1/8" wide. Snapped the lid back on the container and set it by my machine. Now I have something to throw dull blades, bent pins, and dull needles. When it's full I can toss the entire container in the recycle bin. No more needles and blades in the waste basket. VERY INPORTANT: lay the lid on a cutting board and cut with utility knife - don't try to cut the lid when it's on the container!
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    I make those fabric mug organizers, Imagine making a larger one and using coffee tins. You could use them in the bathroom for hair stuff, kitchen, craft and sewing room.

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    love all these ideas that were mentioned some of which i already do too. however I didn't see these mentioned.
    I use the large oatmeal boxes for the empty plactic bags to keep by the cat box, or the kitchen .also the large oatmeal containers will hold 2 rolls of toliet paper for the bathroom and can be decorated.they are also good for knitting needles or crochet hooks i use the boxes that pies come in from the bakery to keep my redwork . empty spice jars or tins are good for old needles too. as mentioned baby jars can be used for all sorts of things, i had one friend who made xmas trees with them and put small lights in it as a gifts. and if anyone needs a sewing table and has a flat type door and two 2 drawer file cabinets it is great. out of all the sewing tables that is still one i liked to use. i wish i had room here for one. it was great with sewing machine at one end and just roll over a bit to use the serger. ceral boxes make great holders for magazines. that is all i can think of now that i didn't see here yet. thank you everyone for your ideas i always pick up more from this board which is great.

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    this isn't for crafts/quilting, but I have a plastic coffee container and it is perfect when i need to do a small clean up job to put the soapy water in. ( 2 lb folgers one)

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    I use the baby salad greens containers that I buy at Sam's. they are perferct for fat quarters, and will usually hold a enough for a quilt. I keep one quilt in different containers, till they are sewn.

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    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).
    My husband buys jelly type candy when we go to the store. He won't buy chocolate. If I buy chocolate he always eats mine first.So I buy my own and put it in a zip loc and hide it in my trash can in my sewing room. He's not allowed to empty my trash can. He knows I hide candy but hes never found it. I use notebooks to write down the quilts I want to make and where I can find the pattern. Must say it's a 3 subject notebook. I'll still be making quilts when I go to that quilt heaven in the sky.

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    You can take metal coffee cans (labels off) and metal paint cans and you can actually adhere fabric to them with a heavy weight fusible. Once you've attached the fabric, you use mod podge or another similar product to go over the fabric and it is permanently on and you can wipe it clean. Kids love decorating them too and they are great to make teacher gifts (fill with candy or cookies) and you don't need to buy an expensive tin or box that will be thrown away.

    There are also patterns for caddies that use coffee cans as the base.

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    I use diabetes test strip containers to carry pins, needles, and other small items. I use Crystal Lite containers to make up mini sewing kits with thread, needles, pins, snips, ripper, and thimble. Empty prescription containers make perfect holders for broken/bent pins/needles. No dangerous sharp points in my garbage.
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    I use eye glass holders to store my rotary cutters, pick them up @ goodwill. Use tbe foam swimming noodles for binding, cut in 8" lengths w/ serrated knife, easy to roll a lot of bindung on& can stick pins in it. Make row markers w/ safety pins & alphabet beads row a, b, c, etc. To mark rows when putting quilt tog.

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    I use the new pizza boxes for finished quilt blocks until I get around to using them. Use 1 box for any extra blocks. SOME DAY I will put this assortment of blocks together in a sort of sampler quilt. Notice I said SOME DAY. LOL Marge L.
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    I have 4 dogs and 2 cats. the lids from the large plastic coffee "cans" are good size for feeding them soft food. they get competitive when soft food is served (1 time a day) and need to be separated. lol. I use the large plastic container that pretzels come in to stand my scissors in. there is a felt pad on the bottom. love this thread! I am jotting down favorites as I read. like someone else said-clean pizza boxes are great for extra and "practiced" blocks
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    Quote Originally Posted by damaquilts View Post
    Ok here is one for you all. These are the little tubes that Andy's poopy bags are wrapped on. I didn't realize I had so many in the bottom of his box by the door. lol
    Can anyone come up with something to do with these?
    looks like a long "bead" that elementary teacher could use along with empty spools
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    Love this thread, so many new ideas along with some I already use and some I have read about before, but have forgotten. This one is a keeper. Thanks, everyone for all you great ideas.
    Patimint

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    My daughter use to be a waitress at a diner and got me a couple of the large pickle jars, love them for spools of threads and best for buttons, they really hold a lot of buttons, keeps the dust off and all in one spot not to mention fun to look at.

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    I use those large gallon jars to store our Christmas tree balls in. They are easy to find each season, one color per gallon. Also use them to store some dry food stuffs in.

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    Container Tips and More

    I'm getting some old sewing books out to give to a friend, and of course had
    to read them first. Old ones I didn't remember. Threads is a marvelous
    one, with lots of hints. One lady wrote in to say she used metal cake decorating
    tips for making seam binding tape. Different sizes made different sizes of tape.

    Another one wrote that she always had a strawberry huller beside her machine
    to pick out stitches. Said it looked like two fingernails, and saved hers when
    removing a lot of stitches. (Personally, I've never seen one like that,)

    In our garage I helped my late husband quickly see what was in each old coffee
    tin. On each I taped a 3x5 card, then, again with 2 inch clear tape, covered a
    sample nail, screw, etc, that was in the cans. One glance and it could be found.

    I use an old tiny metal set of shelves he had for screws and nuts and bolts, now
    repainted and I use it for sewing aids. Each drawer is labeled and now I can
    FIND those tiny things I need right now!! It has well over 50 small drawers, big
    enough for those thousand and one things we lose every time we want them.

    I have masses of large, heavy books that I love and will keep, but they fall over
    when my cat strolls past them. So to keep in with my window seat and pillows,
    I use the same extremely heavy, rough cream old bedspread that I made them
    from and added it to some new, dry bricks. Hand sewed them and they can
    be laid two or three layers high, looks nice. I've had several folks wonder where
    they can buy them.

    I hunt for cat litter plastic containers that have a sturdy lid that removes
    completely. The ones I get are white, about knee high and have paper labels that come
    right off. I use them for storing lots of stuff, and can label them easily with typing paper
    and 2 inch clear tape, on the lid and sides. Just clean out well, it's not hard to do. They will
    even hold a blanket or small quilt for storage, smells best when an opened bar of Irish
    Spring cake soap is added before closing the lid.

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    I use a 2 tiered spice rack, round, on a lazy susan base to keep track of marking pens/pencils, long needles, tracing wheels, seam rippers, etc. I left the bottles in the rack but took the tops off. It has a larger center opening that holds scissors, a plastic chop stick for turning points, bodkins, etc. I use terra cotta flower pots and saucers to hold stuff in the sewing room and kitchen. They are heavy enough to stay put with heavy scissors or spoons and spatulas in them. I use one pot for garlic with the saucer turned over on top for a lid. I have a couple of really big terra cotta saucers that i use as pizza stones in the oven!

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    I use a CPAP machine so I always have plenty of gallon water jugs. I've been able to cut out a triangle of plastic and use it to dip into the bird food bag to fill the feeders. There's enough weight to make the corner opposite the handle the perfect filling spout. Also, if you just want to put out small holes and you can make your own feeders for birds (squirrels will tear them apart). You can make a hole for a stick/branch for the birds to perch and one for them to grab the seed through.

    I make handmade gifts to have at Christmas and they are well received. Tins make the perfect traveling sewing kit if you know the receipent, you can customize the fabric. A couple of pre-threaded needles, clear buttons, and basic color threads and you have a great gift. A small tin for work or travel people and or a pencil box/case for a college bound student.

    I've been reusing my tissue boxes to hold my orts and snips. I hang some pieces in an onion bag near the shrubs to provide birds nesting materials.

    I am just like the group.....reuse, reduce, recycle. I have plenty more ideas and will enter more later.

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    I had a friend drill a small hole in the plastic end of my stitch ripper, and fastened it with a ring to the plastic 'bungy' cord that I got from the casino. I wear it around my neck when I'm sewing, and I use the ripper a LOT! Saves patting down the whole table when it's covered with all my sewing!

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    An idea for a dish drainer that is not sewing related, I use a dish drainer in my pot cupboard to hold lids. It takes up less space on a pull out shelf than all those loose lids did.

    Quote Originally Posted by deenatoo View Post
    There is another kitchen item that has not been mentioned. One of those dish drainers that have the straight up posts. If you are a machine embroiderer, you can use one of these to line up your different colors of thread. It works very well and you don't have thread rolling all over the place.
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    I'm a little late reading this! If no one else has mentioned it, there are great patterns for coffee can organizers. I made a couple that use screen wire for the pockets and they really are wonderful. The only problem is that now most of the coffee cans are plastic and it's hard to find tin ones!

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    I found an old metal LP record holder at a garage sale---I think they used to be called a record worm---and I use it for my large rulers. Then, at another garage sale I found a desk size one for letters and I use it for the smaller rulers. I'm a member of a Marti & Me club at Threads of Time (my fave LQS) and needed something for all the templates and patterns. At our local Office Depot I found a file satchel clearanced for only $4. It works great! It holds the templates, the books, that patterns and it carries like a large purse.
    If no one ever experimented we'd all still be making 4 patches.

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    Love the noodle idea and alphabet beads... not heard of these before... good thinking
    Quote Originally Posted by MrsWiggs View Post
    I use eye glass holders to store my rotary cutters, pick them up @ goodwill. Use tbe foam swimming noodles for binding, cut in 8" lengths w/ serrated knife, easy to roll a lot of bindung on& can stick pins in it. Make row markers w/ safety pins & alphabet beads row a, b, c, etc. To mark rows when putting quilt tog.

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    Terrific ideas. Thanks to all!

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