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    Senior Member LisaGibbs's Avatar
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    Okay, a little contact paper I found these items now have a second useful life.

    1. Square icecream plastic tubs: My buttons are now neatly stacked and stored by colors.

    2. Oatmeal round containers: Zippers, velcro, ribbon ends, salvage edges (or crumbs.

    3. Zippered pen/pencil holders for notebooks: Pens, marking pens, seam rippers, small rulers

    4. Shoe Boxes: Perfect with for patterns, projects (UFOS)

    5. Paper bags from stores (like Bath and Body Works) with handles: Keeps my projects, supplies, patterns, etc. all in one easy to grab project and go place.

    I am sure that there are dozens of other ideas I hope that everyone shares. I have been buying plastic container forever and when we move or I reorganize it seems that they are no longer useful and I am left with expensive plastic containers I sell at a yard sale at next to nothing only to wish months later I had them. Now all I don't feel so guilty if I have to throw them away after a while.

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    Good ideas and going green is great!! :D
    I also use lots of plastic tubs- seems like I fill them up and then empty them all over the house.
    Just yesterday my son needed some and took a bunch of empties :) We use them a lot b/c with all our cats it keeps things cat hair freer :)

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    I save all my plastic for small things

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    Great ideas thanks!!

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    I like your ideas Lisa! Going green IS a good idea, always, & you can color coordinate your contac paper to your room. We used to do this all the time for our kids toys that had small pcs -- don't know why I didn't think of it for quilting stuff! Duh!

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    These are great ideas. Thanks for sharing. I like to go the 'square' route because I don't have any round shelves heheheh I know, duh. :)

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    When both daughters were still home, they fixed up their room with shelves all along one wall. They were allowed to buy huge concrete blocks with 2 holes. Then they padded them and covered them with heavy knitted old bedspread material and sewed it tightly to fit. Then they covered old boards they sanded down (under parental pressure) with matching or contrasting fabrics and thin padding. THEN they took old cardboard boxes and cut them to fit the bookcases, taped and glued them together and covered THEM with matching fabrics to store things in. They also made lids to fit. This kept them from arguing for weeks as they worked together!!!!
    I've more or less added some like that to my shelves to store this and that.
    Now if I'd only remembered to label them~

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    sams sells mini brownie bites.. Well who doesn't love brownies!!!! I recycle the container for my scrap blocks.. Put the lid back on and its stack-able..
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    Fabulous

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    I love the new school supplies they bring out each fall and to find unique ways to use in my sewing room. The magnetic pencil holders are great on back of sewing machine for scissors, seam rippers or reading glasses. If your machine is plastic, just use velcro. The retractable name tag holders are great to keep scissors close by either on table or on your clothes. Everyone has such unique ideas that I always love to use.

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    I recently bought new panels for my living room windows. They came in those small, clear bags with zippers. I am using them to sort cut scraps into for my scrappy quilts. They stand up beautifully on the shelf side by side and I can easily slide one out part way to see what size blocks are inside, and slide it right back in if it's the wrong one or wrong colors.

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    That is a wonderful idea. I put sewing patterns in the smaller ones since i can not get the patterns back the way they come in the envelopes.

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    Thanks for posting the storage ideas!

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    I am using plastic food containers to store cut out tumbler blocks I hope to sell at a craft fair. The container are perfect packaging.

    I used one similar to the brownie bites to give a gift of rolled up 1 1/5 inch strips. Perfect for wrapping:)

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    I use tons of zip-loc bags. I use them to store almost anything. Love them.
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    I use the rectangular plastic containers with clear lids from Chinese "take-out" for storing many sewing items. One contains all my markers and pigma pens, another one contains items for hand sewing, like my Clover needle threader, thimbles, needles, bees wax, etc. I have 4 or 5 of them. And they stack beautifully.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sueisallaboutquilts
    Good ideas and going green is great!! :D
    I also use lots of plastic tubs- seems like I fill them up and then empty them all over the house.
    Just yesterday my son needed some and took a bunch of empties :) We use them a lot b/c with all our cats it keeps things cat hair freer :)
    But its such a good source of fiber! :)

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    I use the lids of the butter containers to make templates.

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    I really enjoy the "Crystal Light" drink mix containers. They are narrow and only 6.5 inches long, great for traveling to retreats, as they take very little space. The label on the container peels right off exposing a clear, see though view of what you have stored in it, or ID it.

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    great ideas guys

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    This isn't strictly a storage type of idea, but it has changed my sewing life (grin). Clean out a large or small coffee creamer bottle (like the Coffee-mate ones with the red tops), fill with water, and use it to fill your iron. No more spilling water all over the place; these things never drip, and the tops close tightly and don't leak, just in case you're a klutz like me and keep knocking it off the ironing board. I have a small-sized bottle to take to classes, and the bigger size for home.

    I've bought a bunch of the small plastic schoolboxes/pencil boxes at the back-to-school sales this year. I use those for everything! I have small cabinets that I store all of my sewing stuff in, and I can stack those little boxes on the shelves and still be able to close the doors.

    Oh, and just one more idea... those little rectangular plastic Gerber baby food containers. The lids lock nice and tightly and they're great for storing small items. Now I just have to find someone with a baby because the little boy my Mom used to babysit is almost 4 and doesn't eat baby food anymore (but I still have a stash of containers from when he did eat baby food!).

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    I use zipper containers that sheets, pillowcases, etc. come in for projects. I can see what is there, put a paper with information so I can read it. UFO's work well in these zipper bags. Then I have a wire basket on a shelf that holds them all. Can't forget about them that way and I do get them finished eventually.

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    I us the clear containers that cookies/lettuce come in from the grocery store. They have a nice cover, and being able to see everything inside is nice. Great for small project containers, or for take-along blocks/hand sewing.

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    I reuse the 2" tall and 6 1/2" square Ziploc square containers for "on the go" projects like for basting fabric to the 1" paper hexagons for my Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt. I cut a bunch of 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" fabric squares and put them in the container with a bunch of paper hexes, a spool of thread, a small fabric square with pins and a needle, a chunk of beeswax and a small pair of scissors. Truly, all that fits in there with room to spare for the completed hexes. It fits neatly in my purse and goes everywhere with me. It's amazing how many you can get done if you're the passenger in a car or waiting for someone, etc. And, when watching TV at night I just grab my container and sit there watching a movie and making hexes.

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    Great idea! Just a thought - wouldn't these Ziplock containers work great for binding to keep it organized as you are sewing it on to your quilt? I'm going to save one and try it! I'll let you know how it works...

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