Christmas Pictures

Christmas-Photograph

I have not been posting much this past couple of weeks; I have been staying very busy here working on custom sewing orders, many that have to be shipped to reach their destinations by Christmas.  I have managed to do a little Christmas decorating, although have yet to put up my tree.  And the weather has been so cold here (ok cold for a southern girl), that it has made me quite happy to be indoors sewing and sipping warm apple cider!

Here’s one simple and inexpensive idea for Christmas decorating that I tried several years ago.  I happened to be shopping in Target and came across some really pretty Christmas gift bags.  I thought they were so pretty, with all their sparkle, that rather than use them to hold gifts I chose to frame one of them instead.  A 50% discounted black frame from Michaels was all I needed to have the perfect Christmas themed picture for my mantle.  So quick and easy!

Fabric Storage

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In honor of September’s National Sewing Month, I thought I would share my favorite methods of fabric storage.

To store my lovely fabric stash of quilt cottons, I recently purchased some white glass front shelves from Ikea. The glass doors help protect the fabric from dust and my kitties. But the best part is that you can easily see just what you need, without digging through a stack of fabric. And to be honest, I just love looking at them all neatly folded and color sorted. It’s like a nicely organized bookshelf, except there is fabric instead of books!

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I have all of my scrap or small yardage quilt cottons, that I typically use for my quilt block beds, stored in small canvas bins on Elfa shelving from the Container Store. These little canvas bins are available in different sizes, and are nicely accommodated on different shelf depths. They also come with a clear plastic label area. Again I have them color sorted, but rather than type out what colors are in what bins, I just used the fabrics themselves for the label fronts, so that I know which bin to grab on my next project.

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For bulky fabrics, like my minky fabrics, I have found that nothing works better than these large canvas pop-up laundry bags I found at the Container Store. They are wide enough, and deep enough, to hold quite a few yards of the fabric. Since I stock 37 colors, I purchased several bags for color sorting.  And, in my case, the bags fit beautifully underneath my large sewing table. An extra bonus!!

My utility fabrics (canvas/muslin/batting) are stored in large clear plastic tubs with lids that I got at my local Target store. I do have some unwashed bolts in the room, but like to transfer the fabric to these tubs once washed. Choosing clear containers lets me quickly keep track of my inventory of fabrics washed and ready for cutting.

Thanks to Lucy for assisting with the photography.

How do you store your fabrics? I would love to know!