Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Operation Organization: Recycle to Save Quiltsmart

It's not secret with family and friends that I have come up with some weird and off-the-wall organizing tips and tricks, but when it comes to quilting and crafts ones, I turn to Mandy at Creative Baggage (also known as Quiltsmart Mandy). She is always so excited to see what wild idea I've "discovered".

This was one that she loved right away.

When I was working on some Quiltsmart projects that were in long strips, such as borders or the pumpkin seed, I would cut the long strips apart when I was watching TV with Prince Charming and Lil Monkey. But then I was like, what do I do with them until I sew them to the fabric. They hung over the back of chairs, were drapped over the tradmill, or tucked away in a bin. I felt like I was loosing my mind.

But then, I was collecting toilet paper rolls for Lil Monkey's class to do a project one day and thought it would be great to roll the strips on these. Awesome!! 

So this is what I did ... first I collected 2 rolls for each strip.

When I cut each strip, I left a little extra past the strip on one side so that I could tape it to the cardboard tube. That way if it tears when I am untaping it, I don't loose part of the actual pattern.

Then I gently roll it on the roll. If it doesn't match perfectly when you roll, don't worry, as long as it doesn't go off the edge.

Then I take a second cardboard roll and cut it straight across so that it opens up. Then gently wrap it around the other cardboard roll. 

Perfectly secure! If it's not a current project that I am working on, I usually write the name of the panel and project, if its allocated for one. Sometimes I have extras and this is a perfect way to store them until you find a new project for them. (I call them my orphaned QS and I give them extra love when I use them later!) 

With a 5-year-old in the house who often "help", I have to find ways to protect my stash while still allowing him to participate and this is great. 

Until our next cup of tea ...

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