Storing Your Fabric Bundles

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This week I have been up in my loft room which is supposed to be my little craft room and hideaway. It has been somewhat neglected and filled with things that aren’t really very useful and my craft stash has literally been stashed into corners, drawers and bags. I decided to deal with my bin bag of fabric scraps, fat quarters and other random bits that had become out of control.

I am really pleased with what I came up with. I used the following boxes that were up in my loft:

One collapsible crate
Two boxes with lids, one larger than the other. (Mine are pretty boxes but regular shoeboxes would work so long as they have a seperate lid)
Small plasitc containers for buttons etc.
One extra plastic tub box

And here is how it looks:
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The larger pieces of fabric were folded to fit into the extra tub box standing up, ensuring that they fit into the width of the box, and that there was one folded edge showing. (Imagine stacking your CDs with the spines showing.)

The larger of the two shoeboxes I placed inside the collapsible crate. This particular box is not necessary for the project but can help to divide the fabrics if you have a lot to store. I filled the box with medium sized pieces of fabric and then put remaining larger pieces around this box to fill the collapsible crate.

The fat quarters were then folded and packed in the same way into the smaller shoebox which sits neatly inside the collapsible crate to a depth of around 3 inches.

Then I had to deal with the patchwork squares and other small scraps. The box lids come into play at this point. The larger of the two lids sits horizontally across the top of the smaller shoebox, or across the front of the collapsible crate when I fold it away.

Each patchwork square was folded in half. Starting at the left hand side of the lid I laid the first piece down with the folded edge to the left. Each piece was then laid on top of the last leaving the fold of the previous piece showing. This way you can easily pick out the pieces you want. I went to the extent of putting colours together for extra effect but it took a while. Repeat this process for the second lid, as it’s a smaller lid this fits neatly inside the collapsible crate next to the smaller shoebox, it can be lifted out easily to access the fabric underneath. I put all the bits of ribbon, buttons or other small bits in small plastic tubs and laid them along the edge of the box lids.

It took about an hour to go through my entire stash but it was worth it. What I love about the end result is that I can see each and every piece of fabric so I can find what I want really easily. It’s really versatile, you can move the lids around and stack the boxes in different ways, it’s a little like one of those boxes that opens out but without the price-tag. I didn’t realise just how much fabric I really had, lots of ideas came to mind when looking through it expect to see a new project on the blog soon!

Any boxes can help you sort your fabric out, the important bit is to fold the pieces and store them with a folded edge showing so you don’t have to dig through a stack of fabric which usually results in the whole lot not fitting into the box anymore!

Now to go through my paper stash and arrange it into colour order…. seriously!

Kitty x

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Early Years Craft: Holly Wreath

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EYS Holly Wreath

This week I wanted to come up with a very simple Holly Wreath craft for the Mums and Tots group that I co-run. This idea is exactly that, easy, and I actually ran out of materials on the morning because it was so popular.

You will need:

Small paper plates – mine were 80p for 25 from Sainsbury’s
Gift tags – I found this heart shaped tag, plus a selection of circular tags for £1 reduced to 66p for 8 at Sainsbury’s but other tags would work, you could also print out a design and cut it out.
Holly & Berry Glitter Foam Stickers – These are brilliant, I ordered three packs for £8.55 from Baker Ross which made around 25 plates, but if you making this for home you could just order one pack for £2.99.
Sticky foam pads – You could also use glue or double sided sticky tape.
Hole punch

Instructions

  1. Punch a hole in the edge of the paper plate.
  2. Untie the string or ribbon from your gift tag and tie this through the hole in the edge of the plate instead. You could use your own thread or ribbon if you prefer.
  3. Remove a sticky pad from the sheet and stick it onto the back of the gift tag. Peel off the second paper layer from the sticky pad and stick the tag in the centre of the paper plate.
  4. Using the holly and berry stickers create a design around the edge of the plate. The stickers have a paper backing which needs to be discarded but they have very good adhesive. Even the younger tots were able to peel them, I was very impressed with the quality.
  5. You’re done. It really is that simple and yet can look amazing.

I did skimp a bit on the leaves with the example above as it was made to show the children what to do and I didn’t want to use up too many resources! Some of the designs the children came up with were stunning, from the abstract to the almost obsessively precise.

You could put berries in a circle around the tag, you could lie the leaves so that they are in a sunburst pattern. The lovely thing about this craft has been that with so few resources and for such a young age range you can get some lovely results that you’d be proud to hang on your wall or your tree!