Monday, June 9, 2014

Summer Organizing Day 6: Notions

 Happy Monday! I spent a fun sewing weekend teaching a class on Saturday and had some time to work on binding a couple of my mini-quilts; I was also able to spend time working on organizing projects for this series.

So...welcome to day six of the summer organizing series. All of the posts will be listed with links on the main page of this series. Today we'll be tackling one task because we will begin organizing fabrics later this week; you'll have two tasks on Wednesday and two more tasks added in my Friday post.

Day Six: Organizing Sewing and Quilting Notions.

We've already talked about organizing some of these supplies--last week's topics included organizing rulers, rotary cutters, scissors, thread and bobbins. So this week we'll concentrate on all of the many quilting tools and notions that don't fit into those categories.  Whether or not your space is large or small, pulling everything out and organizing it can be especially helpful. Of course every person's space is different, so make sure to take some time to think about what will work best for your particular space. I keep my most-used notions in the plastic caddy pictured above. I had a question about it the other day--it's called a "Handy Caddy," and I purchased it at a local quilt shop. They come in a few different colors and are terrific little organizers. The one above stays on a table within easy reach so I can always find my most used tools.

I also like to keep bags of commonly used supplies so I can grab them and take them in the car or even to another room of the house. I keep my applique' tools in one of the fabric zipper bags above, and I keep my Clover binding clips (along with small scissors and thread) in the other. As soon as I make myself a Sew Together bag (I keep giving them for gifts) I'm going to put together a sewing kit that I can take anywhere to be sure I always have all of my favorite supplies on hand.

Quilting and sewing notions to organize today:

  • Pens, pencils, and marking tools
  • Applique supplies: glues, pins, freezer paper, template materials
  • Seam rippers
  • Binding clips
  • Bias tape makers
  • Pins and needles
  • Tape measures
  • Buttons
  • Spray starch
  • Zippers
  • Specialty tools 
  • Tapes 
  • Glue sticks and glue
  • Any other notions not listed 

Storage Container Ideas:

  • Baskets
  • Fabric baskets and buckets
  • Plastic bins
  • Plastic drawer units
  • Carts

Office supply stores are a terrific place to look for storage options for your quilting and sewing notions. Also look in the bathroom storage section, fishing tackle storage, and even toy storage sections of  variety stores for more storage container options.

Think about labels, too. A simple label maker works terrific to label plastic boxes and bins.Handmade luggage tags are a fun item to use for labels for baskets and bins. Be creative with your labels--but label. It won't help to have everything in a box if you don't know what is in it!

Have fun...this should probably keep you busy until Wednesday when we'll begin organizing the fun stuff: fabric!

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Joy said...

A tip to share...I reuse my tall canisters of Crystal Light to store my binding clips and some spools of threads. They are clear so you can see thread colors and nothing like recycling!! Question please! What do you use for marking your quilts? Thanks Sherri!!

Jeanna said...

I am enjoying this series Sherri. I had a hard time over the weekend to keep from jumping ahead and putting it all glad I waited.

Johanna said...

I'm actually not in too bad of shape. Quite a bit of my things are more organized than I though. I do have a few things that I could get rid of, but not too bad! I don't think I have been doing this enough years yet. My fabric stash though, yikes! That needs some weeding out! said...

It is always interesting to see how others organise their space and where they shop for stuff to help them do so. A friend of mine recently told me that she had bought several travel make-up bags with see-through pockets that can be rolled up so take little space and look tidy when she is not sewing and is also great for taking along with you if you pack for a trip or a class

Terri said...

Great post and series! We all love our sewing notions, so it's fun to find ways to organize them too, especially when it involves making bags to organize our treasures. I love those portable shevles/drawers to store supplies too. They are like little dressers for my fabric stash ;)

Karolyn Landon said...

Love your tips. I am an aurifil fan as well. Do you use, or know about Red Rock threads, online store out of Pahrump, NV. Great prices.

M.W. said...

What is the name of the pattern at the beginning of this post? Really cute. Thanks
Love the organization tips

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Sharon said...

Thank you so much for this series Sherri, it's really helped me get organized. Please can you tell me where you got your little aqua and white polka dot dish? I'd love to have a magnetic dish for my pins :-)

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