Posts Tagged ‘decor’

Potholders and Dish Cloth

These are two potholders and a dish cloth that I made for my Mom.  While I don’t really like the mitt types, I do think that for older folks, the material around the hand is a good idea. 

So, when she asked me to make some potholders for the matching placemat set I made her, I thought it would be a good idea to provide some extra stability and support by adding an extra piece of material about 2/3 of the size on the front (the red material).  This makes a pocket that she can slip her hands into if she wants, or not use the pockets and use it as a regular potholder when she wants.  It’s a nice option to provide.

Fabric Organization

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Bags and piles and boxes, oh my!

At some point in everyone’s project list, there comes a time when the fabric stash has taken over the closet.  This recently happened to me, and before I knew it, I bought doubles of fabric that I already had because I just wasn’t organized.  That bugged me to no end…

So, what to do?  How do you organize all of that stuff in the bags and boxes and scrap piles that you’ve been collecting for years?  Especially when we quilters KNOW that we overbuy when we’re starting a project so we can have leftovers for other scrappy projects…

I looked into using bins, shelves, buckets, and other systems, but they still seemed messy, and it was hard to see in a few glances what you have.  It still required some digging.

Online, I found a resource that sells fabric organizers.  GREAT idea!  Put them on plastic cards that mimic the bolts in the store!  http://www.thefabricorganizer.com/

The only problem is that they cost megabucks $$$, and for the sizes of the fabrics they show, they’re all around the same yardage to make the pictures look nice and neat.  That 1/2 yard is NOT going to be the same bulk as the 4 yards I just bought.  From what I can tell, you aren’t even going to be able to GET 4 yards onto those cards.  What to do?  What to do?

Make your own!  Instead of paying about $2 per card for store-bought ones, I decided to cut my own from an inexpensive piece of foam board.  The foam board is sturdy and holds a lot of fabric.  At just $2.99 per board, I get 8 pieces to wrap my fabric around.  Bargain prices and sturdier to boot…  I like that!

I cut them to be 15″ x 5″, but the beauty of making your own is that you can cut the foam board to be any size you want!  So, for fat quarters, pick a size that works for you.  For lots of yardage, cut a bigger board.  I even put more than one fabric onto a board.

These can be totally cut to fit any shelves you already have, so no need to go buy something special. 

Nice and neat!  It works!