I’m pretty OCD when it comes to craft storage and organization. I think there are times when I’m actually too organized to the point where I can’t find anything when I need it!
After my recent move, I wanted to downsize my craft supplies. Like all my fellow craft lovers, I stashed scraps, beads, and pieces of paper…hoping I’d use them for something. Needless to say, they sat in a box for a good 2 years, unused and unloved.
I had some leftover storage bins from Target and I decided to use them to store my craft supplies. That way, whatever fit would stay…whatever wouldn’t fit would go. I had a unit that would hold 6 bins…so whatever didn’t make the cut was donated to other creative minded people.
I also decided to use various scraps and embellishments to decorate my storage containers. I mean, why not? If they’re going to hold craft supplies, they may as well be pretty!
Today I’m going to show you how I made my yarn bin. It’s very easy to do and great if you’re looking to rid yourself of a few fabric scraps!
Craft Storage and Organization: Yarn Storage Bin
- 1 folding fabric drawer (you can find these at Target or Walmart)
- Fabric to cover drawer (optional)
- Embroidery thread
- 2 pieces of fabric scraps to create needle pocket
- Sewing machine OR hemming tape and iron
- Hot glue gun
1. Gather your supplies. Make sure your piece of fabric is long enough to wrap around the box without you having to cut it.
2. With your needle and embroidery thread, stitch the fabric to the bin using whatever kind of stitch you like. If you’d rather not hand sew, you can hot glue it and then decorate the seam with ribbons. I just stitched on the four sides, trimmed off the excess, and hot glued the fabric to the top and bottom of the bin.
3. To make the pocket, measure one piece of scrap fabric so it’s the width of your bin and about half the height. Measure the other piece of fabric so it’s about an inch shorter on all sides.
4. Use either your sewing machine or hemming tape to seal the two pieces of fabric on the bottom, left, and right sides. You could also use a glue gun if you’d like. Make sure to leave the top open for your needles.
5. Place your needles loosely in the pocket. With a needle and some embroidery thread, thread small pieces of yarn between the needles like so.
6. Tie the string together and move the knots to the back of the fabric.
7. The front of your pocket should now look like this:
8. Hot glue your pocket to the front of your bin and place your needles, crochet hooks, and other little tools inside.
9. If you’d like, you can hot glue a ribbon to the front of your pocket to hide your little stitch marks.
10. Glue the ribbon right below the top edge of the fabric so as not to close any of your needle holes.
And there you have it! Wanna see my other bins?
Here’s the one we just made, for yarn and yarn supplies:
Here’s my bin for stamps and embellishments (as you can see, you don’t have to cover the bins with fabric if you don’t want to):
Here’s my bin for beads and buttons:
Here’s my bin for paper:
Here’s by bin for scissors and misc. stuff:
And here’s my bin for paper embellishments, die cuts, and other things of that nature:
And here’s the whole thing, organized and put away!:
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