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Thread: Container Tip?

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    I used an idea that someone posted here. I cut up an old round "pool styrofoam noodle" into 8 or 9" sections and I wrap my binding around it using straight pins pushed in at intervals to keep everything attached. It keeps everything in good shape as I machine bind my quilts.

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    I'll start saving the insert tubes mt dog's doggies bags come in if anyone near e canes them or binding! Ngreat idea! Live in Alameda, CA

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    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.

    Hmmmmm. What if one used those noodles to wrap fabric strips around (2, 21/2, 3, etc) to store till one is ready to use? That sounds like a great idea for me to try for storing the strips I have been cutting from my scrap yardage lately till I have enough for a scrap quilt. Have some foam that is used to wrap/insulate pipes that I might try with first!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrsBeasley View Post
    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!
    Love this idea! How big is the "bungs cord?"

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    My dad eats TONS of peanut butter and i have become the "queen" of peanut butter jar storage too, lol. I retired in October due to health issues, so setting up my "sewing room" had to be done "on the cheap". I had old office furniture in our smallest bedroom and decided to turn it into my sewing room. As the furniture was 25 years old and falling apart we threw it all out and started from scratch. Two years ago my husband bought me a used sewing table on craigslist for Christmas...$60... so that was moved into the room. I had the rocker my DH purchased for me when i was pregnant...same color wood as the sewing table, so that was moved into the room. On the rocker is an afghan i crocheted for my husband when we were dating. My husband then found a small corner desk, hutch and lateral file (in the same color) at Office Depot for $200 total after coupons and worklife rewards. My mother's day gift was a matching set of 4 cubbies. One cubbie holds two ikea square baskets that were in the basement, now filled with my fat quarters. Another cubbie holds a heavy cardboard box filled with my charms and a basket filled with all of my 1930's repro fabric. The third cubbie holds a "batter bowl" that we received (filled with pancake mix and syrup) as a Christmas gift. The fourth cubbie is temporarily holding a small box from ikea where i am placing my scrappy dresden pieces and a 3 ring binder that holds all of my patterns. As i make each pattern i take a picture of my project and slip it into the page protector on top of the instructions. These two items will be moved to the closet once i purge through all of the "junk" still inside the closet. I will then use the last cubbie to hold more fabric. On my desk a perfume tin is filled with envelopes. A small wooden box that my parents gave my son when he was young (souvenir from somewhere) is filled with return address labels. A small purple bucket (bought two at $.25 each at thrift store) holds the small napkins that come in "to go" coffee packets. A pitcher that i decoupaged with wall paper holds my pens and pencils and paper scissors. Above my desk an old picture frame has been turned into a pinboard covered with material that matches my border and valances. An old Brighton heart shaped tin holds the pins. It is held to the picture frame by a magnet. On the next wall is an old brass trunk filled with zip lock bags of denim scraps, one pair of jeans per bag. For years i never threw away ANY jeans without cutting out the good parts. The trunk is ready to explode, lol. On my sewing table, a round tin holds completed hexies for my "someday" hexie charm quilt. Next to that is an old jar that held candy from WDW, filled with buttons. A tall cookie tin (looks like a pringles can) covered with pretty paper holds my paper hexies. Three stackable boxes (they were fruit patterned and filled with fruit/cookies/candy, received by my husband after surgery) have been painted with pink Krylon and the lids covered with the same pretty paper. A plastic jar that once held nuts is filled with rickrack. Above the sewing table is a free picture frame with a free sewing scene i printed online. The mat is the same pretty paper. Two peanut butter jars hold quilting basting pins and pony tail elastics to wrap around thread to prevent unravelling. A gift bag holds miscellaneous mail/magazine inserts to cut up into hexies. A galvanized bucket that held a get well gift for my husband now holds scraps to be sorted. A six sectioned tote that my DH got through work (promotional item) has been painted with the same krylon paint (pink) to match the boxes. It holds all of my small sewing notions. A shot glass holds the pins that i remove as a sew. I keep a second shot glass on my cutting table for pinning pieces. When i run out of pins i swap it out with the shot glass next to my sewing machine. For Christmas my parents/aunt bought me an Ikea Norden table to use as my cutting table. It has 6 drawers (3 on each side) that hold my rotary cutters, etc. Next to that table is my rocker, the back to a window for great hand sewing light). The top drawer in the table on that side holds my coaster, a small carboard box of hand sewing tools and another purple bucket (when it isn't on my cutting table for tossing threads). Next to the rocker is an old kitchen cart (5 drawer kind). It holds all of my larger sewing notions. I just love repurposed storage!!!!!!!!!! Inside the closet are a few more "repurposed" items...a set of plastic drawers that hold all of my other craft supplies and my newest repurpose...the plastic tub that pillow pack Cascade and pillow pack Tide Booster packs come in (big size from Costco/Sam's). I have painted the orange top (they are removable) with pink krylon. The first one holds my 2.5" squares. When i empty the Cascade tub the lid will also be painted with krylon and it will hold my 2.5" strips. I found a wonderful label site online and print them out on sticky paper, so all of my items are designated with matching cute labels! I have discovered that paint and sticky paper are great for giving your room a "well-coordinated" look, despite just about everything in it being repurposed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JuneBillie View Post
    I had just read through the wonderful thread Those Wonderful Empty Tissue Boxes . It gave so many of us wonderful ideas, with others coming up with their uses. It had me wishing there was more threads like this that would help all of us.

    I always have these empty large tin coffee cans, because me and my husband go through a lot of coffee. I use some of the plastic ones with the built in handles to fill with water for my dogs to have extra water outside, because they have their water bowls inside.

    Anyone have good sewing/quilting/crafting/etc. uses for these cans, and what other tips of things we can all use that we have around the house??

    I look forward to all of your ideas/tips. Pictures are also nice.
    I use the large size plastic container from folgers coffee, line it with a used large size ziploc and use this to carry vegetable, coffee grounds, fruit peelings out to my compost bin. Keep it under the sink.

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    I love coffee mugs! Have two mugs on my sewing table w/stuff in them...tiny post notes, pens, marking pencils, 1*6 rulers, redesing tools (aka seam ripper), tweezers...all those things that like to take field trips around the house unescorted!
    If you don't work on it you'll never finish it.

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    A friend of mine uses specialty coffee containers to fill with small plants to give at holidays to nursing home patients.

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    The oval plastic ice cream containers, I think its Blue Bunny (or maybe that butter) anyway, the make great holders for quilt patters.

    Suzy

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    neat idea about the plastic shoe boxes, gj

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    My brother-in-law uses the metal coffee cans to make shop caddys. He fastens several together around a heavy metal handle then paints them. He uses them alot because he can keep an assortment of supplies and tools for a job together and everything stays near as he works. He also makes them as gifts and sell a few at times. My husband has one of them, now I want one too for my stuff.

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    I bought the inexpensive clear plastic shoeboxes to organize my pantry. I keep large packages of jello in one, small packages of jello in another; same for the puddings. I have a large one I use for partial bags of powdered sugar, brown sugar, rice, tapioca. Another one for baking powder, baking soda, cocoa, etc. Another shoe box size for packages of items like taco mix, a small one for kool-aid and other and drink packages. I love how straight my pantry stays now. I can find everything in a heartbeat and also make grocery lists much quicker when everything is in its place.
    I use large plastic containers with lids to store sets of quilt fabrics plus the pattern. I bought small plastic containers from the local business store to organize thread. All the cream goes in one, white, black, gray, brown all in their individual boxes and the dark colors and pastels are in their own. I also keep my different pins sorted that same way. Those smaller boxes fit well in the built in drawers in my sewing room.
    Karen in Kentucky

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    I have an empty coffee can on my dryer. I put the lint from the dryer in it. We take it to the trailer and I start a new one. That way I always have one ready to go. We use them to start fires while camping. Great use for dryer lint.
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    I used the plastic Kool Aid containers to store nuts, nails, bolts, etc. in the garage. (they are from many years ago, don't know if they are still made). Now, Marshmallow fluff comes in plastic jars (used to be glass) and they work the same. Actually better because you can see whats inside. I also keep left over paint from painting jobs in glass or plastic jelly, PB or fluff jars. The paint doesn't dry out like it would in the original can. A tidbit of info I learned quite a while back, when storing leftover paint in can , store the can upside down. Air cannot get into the can and it doesn't dry out. I also use the baby wipe containers. I have one of those "wood" shoe storage containers in my sewing room and the baby wipes turned sideways fit perfect. I also throw patterns, magazines rolled up, odds & ends in the shoe storage container.

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    I use the extra large zip lock bags (2 1/2 gal) to make kits for future quilts. I try to cut all of the pieces, put in the pattern or magazine or whatever drawing I have done to design the quilt. I sometimes have the binding and/or border in there also but mostly I do not pick these until after I have finished the top. This method gives me something I can grab at a moment's notice when my DH decides he wants to take the trailer out for the weekend. This way I can grab my machine, a kit, my sewing table and an extension cord and be happy all weekend. He sets up the all mesh tent we bought for just this use so I can be outside in nature without those pesky bugs. He can go fishing for the afternoon and come back to a very happy wife which makes life all that much nicer for us both.

    Hint, it also lets me keep things a little more organized in my stash. I don't accidently use a fabric I bought for thing A on thing B and have a problem when I get back to thing A.

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