Monday, September 24, 2012

Simple Color Totes : :

Since sharing my Sewing Room Before post, I have been thinking a lot about simple storage solutions.
In my current space, I have a pretty large closet for how small my room is, which holds all my fabric and felt scraps, my large stack of felt sheets, and boxes of vintage notions. The truth is, it's usually a complete mess! I also have a hallway that continues past my room that leads only to the attic, where you can almost always find a pile of new pillow forms and batting. With my new room being so open, with no closets or hidden hallways, having a plan for the items that I'm used to tucking away is something I really want to figure out now.

First on my list -- fabric scrap storage!

Simply Color Totes

After playing around with a few prints from my Simply Color Layer Cake for my Quilted Fox Pillow, I was inspired to use one of the prints, in the eight different colorways included in the Layer Cake, to help me sort my scraps by color.

Simply Color Totes

I've used this method of fabric scrap separating in the past with mason jars, but now that I sew everyday... Well, I'm sure you can imagine how many scraps I acquire throughout my days. It's a little crazy! And the fabric hoarder, pinner, & scrap-happy project enthusiast in me, has a really hard time letting go of even the littlest fabric bit.

Sraps by Color

In case you're wondering, I did not use a specific pattern or tutorial for making these totes. I just used what I know from making my lined tote bags, adapting them to be boxier with little side handles. I actually forgot to write down what I was doing when I made my first one. I did remember with my second, and now I think they will come together much easier and faster. I really do want them to all be the same. These first two are a little off in size, but you can see that they make a pretty generous landing spot for fabric scraps.

Simply Color Totes -- shows scale

I just have six more to go, in these great Simply Color - colors... And, then I'll have to take a look at what other fabric scrap tote colors I'll need, and at what prints in my stash will work best for finishing the job. I have to say, these 10" layer cake squares worked perfectly for this project!

Simply Color Totes -- six more to go

My plan is to have them lined up along the bottom of a shelf, possibly my new shelf if they'll fit? I probably should have measured that first, hmn? It's a good thing I also like the idea of having them hanging around?! What do you think??

Simply Color Totes -- Yellow & Purple

I'm so excited to be able to share all these little projects while we wait to move. The feedback you all left me on my last post, and all the sweet comments congratulating us, has been so helpful and has meant so much! THANK YOU!!

Alright, time to make some scraps!! Maureen 

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49 comments:

Ginette said...

What a great way to sort your scraps! I wish I had room somewhere in my sewing room to have those hanging around. Would make life much easier and I think my cutting table would stay clutter-free a little longer! Thanks for sharing, I can't wait to see what other ideas you will come up with!

Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilts said...

Really cute Maureen! I am a bit envious of your fabric stash! Awesome!

Dorian said...

What a cute way to store your scraps Maureen! I just LOVE that fabric line too. Can't wait to get some.

Anonymous said...

I love these! What a great idea for storage AND they're pretty to look at.

Tammi

Sarah said...

Fab idea Maureen!! They are going to look so smart all lined up or hanging around!! =D

Back Porch Extras said...

Great idea and I love the colors you chose. Gotta make some!!

Elsa said...

I made something something similar to your totes but not color coordinated with my fabrics ~ very clever of you to do it that way and much easier to find what color scrap you're looking for.

VickiT said...

BEAUTIFUL!!! I adore that fabric collection. It's so pretty and seeing all those beautiful totes you're making just proves how pretty that fabric is. Great job.

Meeling said...

I like the idea of sorting them into colors. I usually just store them all in a drawer but it makes it challenging if you are looking for a particular color!

Kay said...

So fun and practical too.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

cute! I love your stacks and stacks of fabric :)

Happy in red said...

Oh, I really like these! Clever how you put the handles between the main fabric and the biaistape :-)
Esther.

Meredith Daniel said...

What a great idea, Maureen! I love it, and I'm sure they will look awesome in your new space.

Jeanne Gwin said...

Maureen are you going to do a tutorial on the pattern? I hope so, these would be great for me. Thanks and I love them. Hey, why don't you make an extra and have a giveaway for us? Yeah, that's the ticket sweet girl.

Svetlana said...

wow, these are wonderful! They'll look awesome in your new sewing room!

Melissa Loves Color said...

Great idea!! Super cute, Maureen!

Anonymous said...

Love these!

Cynthia Taylor said...

They look great!! Can't wait to organize that sewing room with these. :)

Dawn said...

What a terrific idea!! You are just so inspirational! And, I love, love, love that layer cake! I might just have to eat, I mean, get, one or two for myself! :)

Anne said...

This is an amazing idea! I would love a few of these for our family room. What a great way to organize anything and everything. I may have to put an order in!! =P

Needled Mom said...

Great idea and so attractive too.

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deborah said...

Functional and pretty- what a great idea! Thanks for sharing... my to do list just got a little longer ;)

MoeWest said...

Great idea and so pretty!

The Slow Quilter said...

That is a great idea for storing your scraps, that way you know what you looking for in color.

Pile O Fabric said...

This is seriously brillant Maureen!!!!!

Nancy said...

I like your idea, Maureen. I might just do that myself. I am also envious of your fabric stash.

mherath said...

What a great idea. Would it be possible to put a bookcase or two in part of the doorway to your new room for storage and then display a quilt on the backside/ Just a thought.

Katy Cameron said...

Cunning plan for the scrap storage!

Cherie said...

Such a fun idea! Better than the jars first off as you can add scraps to them without the opening of the jar! The prints are great. I like the hanging idea =D

**nicke... said...

what a smart idea! clever!

Shirley Tener said...

Any Closer to that Cute Bag tutorial???????

Carrie P. said...

I loved seeing your stacks of fabrics in the background.
Great way to store your scraps.

SewSealy said...

This is a fabulous idea Maureen. It got me thinking about my own situation. I wonder if I took your concept, but instead of hanging them, I could put them into a "cubby" shelf unit? For example from Ikea, you can get the 3 x 3 (or whatever configuration you like) cubby shelves. By being square, they would utilize the maximum space in the cubby, and act sort of like a removable drawer. I am thinking I don't have enough wall space to hang all the colors, so if I slid them into a shelf unit, it would work. You could even do this with a bookcase if you already had one. I love your idea of using the fabric colors to make the containers - Brilliant! It keeps things looking neat and concealed at the same time.

I might suggest that you go online to look at all the Ikea options. They have wonderful storage ideas that might make your open room look organized. I've seen were they use a metal band with hooks, to hang round plastic containers for odds and ends. I bet you could hang your round fabric containers from them and get them up and on the wall? Oh gosh, all these ideas floating through my head! ahhahahaha

Terry@ a quilting blog said...

What a fun way to store scraps!

Nik at boldgoods.com said...

You are too stinkin' smart! Love this.

Amy Losordo said...

Enjoy your creativity and zest for sewing! thanks for sharing and keeping things going. You inspire me to think of things to do.

laobeau said...


what a cute idea. Thanks for sharing!

fallingforpieces said...

Such as fabulous idea! They look so great. My scraps are just all heaped in one big basket, might be nice to find things faster.

Jowyn Jenson said...

Love these tote, sure I could figure out how to make them, but a tutorial would be nice (?). Lovely blog as always. xo

Jowyn Jenson said...

Oh and still waiting for your lovely pillow to arrive. Takes Airmail ages these days unfortunately. Modern world eh?

Swedish Scrapper said...

Lovely bags! I am reading Sunday Morning Quilts, and thinking about doing bags for mt scraps too, but don't want to use them up making the bags! I bet one could even use colored paper collage, just to get the color idea across....

Jacey said...

So fun! I love your new fabric buckets.

Maureen Cracknell Handmade said...

I'll have to try to track it. I feel like it should be there, hmn?

Maureen Cracknell Handmade said...

Well, I am planning for it, but of course forgot to buy some interfacing today when I traveled to the nearest JoAnn (50 miles away). I have been using some large sheets of felt and a layer of batting to get the thickness and sturdiness I need for these to sit upright, etc... It will be a couple of weeks before I'm ready to share a how-to. :)

Maureen Cracknell Handmade said...

Thank you Amy! I enjoy practical sewing more than anything else. It always feels good to make something that serves a real purpose!

Maureen Cracknell Handmade said...

That's a really great idea! Right now, I'm actually keeping an eye out for a unique old door that might fit that opening. It's rather narrow and I definitely want something really special! Love the idea of a quilt hanging!!

Natalie said...

Ooh, pretty! A much better idea than just shoving scraps into ziploc bags, as I have been doing!

Rebeckah Austin said...

Awesome totes!