Apparently the word “crafter” is synonymous with the word “hoarder”. If you are a crafter you understand and more than likely, feel my pain. I need four short inches of ribbon for a project? Well guess what! They don’t sell what I need by the yard so it looks like I’ll be picking up a whole spool.
Then what happens? I have a moving box full of spools of ribbon. Some of these spools are only missing a couple of inches off of them and I don’t know if I’ll ever use it again BUT I already paid for it. And it did come in handy once? See the cycle? It’s a mean nasty thing isn’t it?
And the hobby stores aren’t doing a thing to help. Need one circular mirror? Cool but they are sold in packs of two. Need two little rhinestones? Awesome but the smallest package has 163. Need a single of this or that? Well, every time you use up that one color in the package, you’re going to have to buy that package again. Hello box full of left over orange markers I never have and never will use!
So, when I was visiting my Mimmie she was going through one of her “get rid of it all!!!” phases that is obviously a genetic condition as I do it, too. These phases go like this: While throwing stuff across the room you occasionally toss something at the someone who just happens to be closest. “Want a jar full of pennies? Catch!” Everyone winds up going home with stuff they never wanted and don’t need.
But, she happened to toss a whole bunch of lace at me. “Take this! I don’t need the *@^!” I was stoked. I love lace. Then I noticed how she had it stored. I’m about to share with you how to store your lace, ribbon, elastic and other bits and bobs in slim and space saving way!
For this project you will need:
- Scissors and possibly a utility knife
- Straight pins
- Ribbon, lace, trim, etc.
Take your cardboard (perhaps from the box all of your ribbon is currently hanging out in?) and mimic the cut of the shape in the picture above. I have no clue what this shape is called and it is making me feel like a dummy so we’re going to call it your cardboard spool and move on.
Use your scissors, ruler, utility knife, etc. Whatever you need to make it work.
Take your ribbon, elastic, lace, etc. and place the end at the top of your new cardboard spool and use a piece of tape to attach. (look at the pic if you need help on where exactly to tape)
Wind your ribbon, lace or elastic around and around until you reach the end. Affix the end to itself using straight pins, or if straight pins won’t work, use another piece of tape.
Continue this process for all of your stuff or until you run out of room on your spool.
Place your spools in a place where you have some unused vertical space. This is where mine sit and it’s easy to see and totally out of the way.
And voila! Now you have tons of room for a ton more ribbon. Start searching those clearance bins, if for no other reason, than the fact that you now can! Happy Hump Day :)
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