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Thread: How do you store your rulers & mats?

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    I'm in the process of re-doing my sewing room & I need some ideas on what to do with my rulers & mats (the smaller ones with handles). I currently have them hanging from picture hooks, which I like, but the hooks are barely big enough. Was wondering about a pegboard, like what my husband uses in the garage for his tools. It would have to be painted & prettied up though if it was going in my sewing room lol.

    So what do all of you do? If you have pictures, that would be great. Thanks!

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    Mine hang up in front of my stash cupboard with a simple screw attachment....primitive but functional.

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    I hang my rulers under the edge of my cutting table. But I have a medium size pegboard (hot pink) for items that I use often (but not everyday). I love the pegboard.

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    i have a long slotted wooden holder that sits at the back of my cutting table(9 foot wooden door)
    like this one-

    http://www.lovetoquilt.com/longarm_q...er_by_jake.htm

    and also have a slotted wooden one that hangs on the wall and the rulers go in that one at an angle. love them both.

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    My son made me a ruler rack. A piece of oak - 7" wide by 20" long. He cut 11 grooves in it for the rulers to stand up in. That sits on top of a dresser in my sewing room. I also stick paper patterns in it and my hinged mirror. My mats are all on my sewing table, so I don't need to store those.

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    Hiya Cowgirl...

    I hang some on the side of my quilt/cut/press table, some on the sides of my tall stash cabinets. The small ones, I put in a cute cardboard desk accessory box - the kind that people use to hold letters and envelopes on their desk. Use the press board/paper covered ones instead of wood, plastic or metal so the rulers won't get scratched. I'll post a picture tomorrow.

    To hang the rulers.... I use the little 3M hooks that have the folded over wire head. They are small hooks, make for 2 lbs or less I think. The wire hook swings up and/or down should you need it, and the rulers I have hanging on each one are not over 2 lbs heavy (I have a Shape Cut Plus on one, a long 6x30, etc. on them.) The 3M adhesive will come off my Horn cabinet, walls, bookshelves and such without leaving a mark or a hole. I LOVE them.

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    I have a peg board like you are thinking about but didn't have to pretty it up. At Lowes, they have a white plastic pegboard that looks just fine (I don't like the brown pegboard either.) I use it to hang my embroidery hoops, rulers, and packages of misc. stuff.

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    A few of my rulers are hung on the side of my fabric cabinet. The long rulers are stored in the drawer of my cutting table and the big square rulers are in one of my drawers in my ironing station. The large mat stays on my cutting table and I have several stored under my bed so they stay flat. The small mats are stored on the side of my ironing station.

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    They usually hang from large "s" shaped hooks which I put over the top of a door or railing. Some are stored in the slots of a plastic cover that I used to put over bread so that I could slice it evenly without squashing it. The slats are the right width and height for sturdy storage.

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    I hang my cutting mat using a trouser/skirt coat hanger. I hang it on the wall of my room. When I need to I hang some white flannel from two of these hangers to create a temporary design wall.

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    I hang my cutting mat using a trouser/skirt coat hanger. I hang it on the wall of my room. When I need to I hang some white flannel from two of these hangers to create a temporary design wall.

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    OOps sorry posted twice!

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    I have a slotted wooden block for my rulers, cutting mats are stores in a metal mat stand. I have also seen some carpet on a wall and small velco dots on the underside of the rulers and this sticks them up on the wall.

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    For my rulers I use a metal record rack. I had several from when I had tons of records (before cds).
    I lay my mats flat on the floor under my sewing table.

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    Mine are in a draw. Would like to hang them on the wall some day.

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    You can buy white peg board at home improvement stores also. Then you don't have to paint it and get paint in the holes.

    Frame was put on my my hubby, using left over maple from another recent home project.

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    Mine are on peg board. My husband cut a piece about 9 X 36 and put a trim piece around it. I painted it the wall colour and it works perfectly.

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    I use pegboard, I'm afraid mine isn't prettied up though.
    There's more pictures of my sewing space here if you're interested in more ideas... nothing fancy though.
    http://www.createdbycj.com/about-cj/
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    CJ beautiful sewing space.

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    I hang my rulers inside the closet from nails. They are all lined up along the side wall - easy to get at and I can close the door and no one sees them. I store my mats flat against the wall between the wall and the desk so it is held flat.

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    Mine hang on my wall near my cutting table. No pegboard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwendt
    Hiya Cowgirl...

    I hang some on the side of my quilt/cut/press table, some on the sides of my tall stash cabinets. The small ones, I put in a cute cardboard desk accessory box - the kind that people use to hold letters and envelopes on their desk. Use the press board/paper covered ones instead of wood, plastic or metal so the rulers won't get scratched. I'll post a picture tomorrow.

    To hang the rulers.... I use the little 3M hooks that have the folded over wire head. They are small hooks, make for 2 lbs or less I think. The wire hook swings up and/or down should you need it, and the rulers I have hanging on each one are not over 2 lbs heavy (I have a Shape Cut Plus on one, a long 6x30, etc. on them.) The 3M adhesive will come off my Horn cabinet, walls, bookshelves and such without leaving a mark or a hole. I LOVE them.
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    I keep my mats propped up in back of my dresser and I can reach for them easily. The largest one is propped up behind my bed. My rulers are hung through a belt ring that I have hooked on the edge of my bookcase (attached to the top of the bookcase). As you can surmise, my sewing room is also my bedroom so I lay out the blocks on my bed - it is very convenient.

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    my rulers hang on white pegboard above my cutting table. My extra mats (only have two extras) - one sits on top of one of my rubbermaid bins, and other (a sturdy, spinning kind) leans against the side of my cutting table) - not very inventive, lol...

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    kwendt: your quilting room is Cute, Adorable, and Perfect.

    cj!! your quilting room looks Professional. wow!

    jennypenny! Look how Cool yours is!

    I didn't realize how many photos were in this thread. hahahaha... Love peeking in at others' creative corners. too fun.

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