Elastic Ring

By General Crafts Contributor Melissa, from the blog MeloMomma.

With fall approaching and school starting, there are a lot of activities going on. This project can be done during an afternoon, and will be a nice addition to your jewelry box or dress-up clothes! Also this is a great way to add some of your favorite beads or buttons into your jewelry.

What you will need:

Directions:

String the beads as desired. I love adding extra flare by adding a button!

When typing the knot make sure to use a very strong technique such as a lariat loop or a bowline.

Melting the plastic together does not work. You must just a strong tie.

Beaded Toe Ring

 

 

Q-Tip Painted Bouquet

By Kids Crafts Contributor Veronika. Follow Veronika on her blog Toddler at Play and on Instagram @toddleratplay.

This Q-tip Painted Bouquet is such a beautiful and colorful craft idea using a fun and unique painting technique. Using tied Q-tip bunches, dipping them into paint and stamping the tiny flowers has never been so fun. Kid’s will absolutely enjoy this craft!

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How to keep your sewing space organized

By Guest Blogger Helen Spencer from the Blog “HelloSewing

You can’t expect to be efficient at your work if you aren’t organized properly. If both your work area, tools and materials are in a big ridiculous pile of mess without heads or tails, you won’t be going anywhere soon. And don’t try to justify that behavior by saying it’s a creative mess. You’re not fooling anyone.

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been really tidy, strict and methodical. All of my toys had their place where they’d stand when I weren’t using them, I never allowed myself to be greasy or stained and I always responded seriously when someone would talk to me. Since that kind of behavior is something very atypical for a small child, people would usually find it funny and laugh. As I grew older, it turned out that my peculiarness came in very handy in various situations. The diligence helped out in school, the tidiness helped when I started living alone and the systematization helps me with my work on a daily basis.

Anyways, you don’t need to be weird like me but as a sewing enthusiast and practitioner, you should definitely be well organized. If you don’t know how, fear not, for I am here to come to your aid! Having said that, allow me to help you keep your sewing space organized with these useful tips and tricks. Let’s begin!

Use Binder Clips

These bad boys provide you with an easy solution for all those things that just love to get tangled all together and make your life a living hell while you desperately try to unravel them. From elastic straps of material to narrow strips of fabric, just roll them up into a circle and clip them with the binders and you’re done. Now you can put them anywhere you like and they won’t intertwine as soon as you avert your eyes from them.

Use Jars or Pill Trays for Buttons

Buttons should be stored together in a sealed container because you don’t want them rolling around your house causing mayhem. So, you should choose either a jar for that, or a pill tray. Jars are transparent so you can put all of your buttons inside of them and you’ll still be able to choose certain ones with ease since you’ll see them right away. But you can also use a pill tray and sort your buttons by appearance. For example, put all of the red ones in one tray, all of the metal ones in a different tray, all of the big ones in another tray and so on.

Use Cardboard for Trims

We all have a ton of leftover trims from various sewing projects because it would simply be a shame to throw them into the garbage. They can be used for to sew something cute in the future after all so keeping them around is a logical thing to do. But if you just toss them into the drawer or a box, they too will probably get tangled together. Besides, you can’t really see all of them clearly if they’re in a form of some big ball.

That’s why you should cut out a small piece of cardboard, wrap the trims around it and secure them in place with a pin needle. This way you can easily store them and you’ll be able to see all of them individually without even touching them.

Use Canisters for Tools

This one basically explains itself. Get some cups, jugs, mugs, small plastic cases or something similar and put your seam rippers, scissors, needles, and other tools inside. Not only will they be more accessible this way, but you’ll also improve your sewing workspace safety by avoiding accidental injuries while searching for them.

These tips should be enough to make your workspace decently organized. Trust me, as soon as you implement them, your efficiency will improve and with it, the quality of your projects as well. Let me bid you farewell with some wise words from Benjamin Franklin. “For every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned.”