Wednesday, February 06, 2008

An Answer for That Mess O' Ribbon

I have found that ribbon that is still on its spool is much easier to organize. In fact, on Flickr I found tworabbits' idea very compelling -- just grab a garden stake and some wire and voila! Or, you can really just plop them into an old drawer, like aka creativity. If you want to put a bit more effort into it, Original Youth will show you how to make some that sit on your shelf or table. But what do you do about that big ball of ribbon, all twisted and tangled up (like mine was, crammed into a plastic bag in my sewing kit)? Here are some ideas:

Ribbon Jars (I got mine at Ikea, but the thrift store might have some)
Rolled Up and In a Box
In Little Drawers by Color
In Plastic Containers

I thought two jars would be enough for my ribbon stash, but I grossly underestimated. I'll have to go back for more eventually, but I find Ikea so claustrophobic that it's going to take me a while to work up that energy again. Phew.

My hubby and I built a thread organizer, but since the carpet installers are taking For.Ev.Er to deliver the blasted stuff, I'm not ready to do a show and tell. It's funny, I tried lamely to buy a thread organizer on eBay, but when my one bid got outdone by someone else, I thought, hey -- it's a lot less work just to build the darn thing myself. And that's what I did.

Anyone have any good yarn organization ideas? That's next!


Granny said...

I am so happy that you are coming up with all these creative ideas! Once you have them perfected, come home for a long week end and do mine! You know my workspace is in serious need!


runamok said...

You could cake it - stacks of caked yarn are one of the most pretty things in the world! I keep my non-fancy non-caked yarn in a plastic bag I got who-knows-what in at the thrift store about 12 years ago, so, I should probably check back to see what advice sensible people offer too---

PumpkinGirl said...

Yarn cakes are a good idea, but I find that anything not in some sort of container in my craft room ends up piled under a mountain of other non-containered stuff! It's like my laundry basket...right now towering full of ironing, pillow fill, some quilt batting and whatever other random crap is laying around. I'm just not neat enough! I need structure!!