Today is the last of my amazing guest bloggers for the series, and she does not disappoint! I’ve had the honor of working with Jonie on an ebook – all about sewing for boys – and I love the crafty things she does with her kiddos. Today, though, she is finishing off the saving series with a bang, You’ve got to check out all her great organizational ideas!
Hello Everyone!! I’m Jonie; I blog over at Knot Sew Normal and also at Sewing With Boys. I am so excited to be here to share my tips with you. I will be honest with you. I had a completely different post written, but I felt the need to change it up. I decided to tell you about organizing all your sewing goodies on a budget. You don’t have to spend a ton of money to get organized; in some cases you don’t have to spend any money. What is the point in saving money on fabric, patterns and notions if you can’t find it when it comes time to sew. I have been a bit under the weather for awhile and when I am feeling good and want to sew, I don’t want to have to sift through all my stuff to be able to sew so I have been focusing on getting all my stuff organized. I just want to grab what I need and get to sewing.
First up are my buttons. I have a ton of buttons that belonged to my great-grandmother. When I got the buttons, they were in this cool vintage tin. I love the tin, but I was spending a crazy amount of time looking for matching buttons when I needed them. I love these multi-compartment boxes for small notions. My tip for you is DON’T buy these at a fabric store or in the craft section. Head over to the hardware section; they are usually $3 or $4 dollars cheaper in the hardware section. Bonus points if you have a Harbor Freight near you. I got this box there for $3.00 a few months ago. I have also scored several other things I use for sewing at Harbor Freight, including a magnetic dish for my pins ($2), a metal ruler ($.79) and a set of ABC metal stamps.
Here is a project that will cost you next to nothing. I cut a cereal box in 1/2 to store my binding and trims in. I am planning on covering them with scrapbook paper or fabric when I find something that I really like. That shouldn’t cost more than a dollar or so.
I am pretty sure you can pick these up for $10 or less on sale. I bought this one 10 years ago, and it has been used for multiple purposes. I use it now to contain all my smaller scraps of fabric. I sort by the type of fabric; the top 2 drawers are quilting cotton, and the bottom drawer is knit scraps. I am slowly working on a handsewn quilt so I like to sort the scraps by color. (It is usually a little neater than this, but my daughter was looking through it to find fabric to make a Barbie outfit.)
This over-the-door shoe organizer is actually new for me. I bought it for my daughter’s room to put her Barbies in, but the pockets are too shallow. I then realized that it would be perfect for storing elastic, zippers, velcro, etc. I also like to cut out fabric for several projects at a time and store them in Ziploc bags. The pouches on this are perfect for storing these projects. I am planning on making labels for each pocket to make it even easier to see what I have in each one.
I also love having this thread holder. This was less than $10 at Wal-mart, and it saves me from buying multiple spools of thread in the same color. I did that A LOT before I got this. I would have 6 spools of blue, but no white or black.
My next tip is to check out your local Dollar Tree type store. I found these small cube containers for $1 each. They are 8″x8″ and are perfect for the shelf I have above my sewing area. I keep spools of tulle and other odd sized notions in here. Another great tip is to ask if you can have the spool that ribbon or trim comes on from the store if you are buying the last of it. I love this big spool to store my handmade bias tape on.
For my PDF patterns I bought 3 ring binders from Wal-mart that were $.97/each, and then I buy these big envelopes that are around $1 for 8 or 10 of them. I punch holes in them and then slide my patterns in. You could also print out the front page of the pattern and tape it onto the front of the envelope. I have several of these binders to categorize my patterns. I have one for boys, one for women, one for girls and one for accessories.
What do I do when I get fabric for a deal? I bring it home, wash it and then store it on mini-bolts in my fabric hoard…I mean stash area. I know some people use comic or magazine boards, but once again being the frugal person I am I won’t pay for something if I can find something for free. In a former life I went to art school where I had to mount all my photos on 11″x14″ matte boards. Needless to say I had a TON of 11″x14″ matte board. I cut these in half and used them to wrap my fabric on. I also started using cereal boxes after I ran out of the matte board. I do like to double up on the cereal boxes, as one layer is a bit flimsy for me.
My last tip for you is for organizing ribbon. I might have a slight problem with buying seasonal ribbon. I always plan to make hairbows, but don’t always follow through. My ribbon had gotten out of control. It filled a multi-compartment container and 3 plastic shoe boxes. I could never find what I needed or wanted when I needed it. Using various cardboard boxes that were slated for the recycle bin, I organized all my ribbon nice and neat into one plastic shoe box. Nice and neat and easy to see what I have now.
I hope you all are able to save some money, time and sanity with my tips for organizing on a budget. I am so grateful to Dana for having me over to guest post today. If you want to see what else I am up to you can follow me over on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.
Wow! I have all of these materials easily accessible and I need to start organizing. I love that most of her ideas are upcycling of materials that is already laying around the house or recycling bin. Do you have an organizational tips using cheap or free materials?
Well, that’s it for today, but come back tomorrow to hear how everything gets wrapped up for the series!