Thursday, April 9, 2015

My Floss Organizer

Hello, Hello!
Hope your day is off to a great start!
Popping in to show you something I've been working on the last couple of weeks...
my new floss organizer. *grin*

I knew last year that life was shifting for us around here...
with Haley entering her junior year time was going to be in short supply as her junior year ended and senior year began...
college.
Applications, visits, scholarships...my time would be devoted to getting her started on her future...
so there wouldn't be as much time for crafting/blogging.
And I miss all of you...
I've made some of the most amazing friends EVER with this papercrafting hobby and I regret that I don't have the time to visit everyone like I used to...
but my babies always come first and I know that y'all understand that they just need me more now.
I'm still crafting.
Still making cards and crafts with paper and stamps...
just not blogging as much...
but I've also went back to more stitching crafts lately...
they're portable so I can take them with me wherever I am...
and I'm doing a lot cross stitch and using Erin's stitching dies from PTI so that means I have oodles of floss around here and those plastic boxes...
yeah I don't like them so much so I went searching on Pinterest for a new floss storage system...
here's my favorite idea that I found...


love that the floss bobbins were notched so that when you removed one they all didn't slip and slide everywhere...
but the person who has this said she bought it in Europe years ago and she even wishes she had bought more of them but apparently it was completely handmade and she could no longer locate another...
so I showed it to hubby and he said he could probably build something similar for me...
but along with senior year, ball season is starting around here now and we'll be in baseball till at least June with the baby child and then football starts in July with #1 son so with schedules...
no time till at least November.
And I fully admit that patience is not a virtue I possess so I didn't want to wait...
and came up with a workable solution for now.
Maybe someday...
probably when all the kids are in/graduated from college and life actually starts to slow down a bit for us...hubby will build me a custom cabinet but this actually does work pretty good.
I'm gonna apologize ahead of time for a pic heavy post but here we go...

I started with this cabinet from Hayneedle


but they're also available from Amazon.

I then primed and painted it black with chalk paint...
and a coat of clear creme wax to protect the surface.
This is it now...

floss organizer


I then bought some lumber strips at Lowe's that measure 1x2x8 and hubby cut them down to fit inside the drawers to create "rows"...
lined the drawers with some cheap felt from Michael's before placing the wooden strips...
and here's what they look like...
along with my felt bobbins using the bobbin die from Erin's Quick Stitch Sewing Staples Kit from PTI...

felt floss bobbins


felt floss bobbins

Aren't those bobbins gorgeous...all lined up?
Can't wait to have all my floss on them...

floss organizer


floss organizer

but that's gonna take a while since I currently have 2 1/2 drawers of floss on bobbins...

floss organizer

along with some not on bobbins yet.
This is a shot of the top drawer where I keep my floss that hasn't been put on bobbins...
floss I'm currently working with on a pattern...
you'll also notice some craft glasses because when dealing with 28-32-34 count fabric for cross stitching...
you have to have something to make the weave larger...
the gingham ones are my favorite. *wink*
There's also beads for stitching...
I ran out of the ones sent with kit really quickly but found some identical ones on Etsy at Bonnie's Bead Barn, etc.
She even sent a sample of silver lined blue beads that are gorgeous and will definitely be used on future projects...
along with some other colors that she carries that I'm ordering...
I picked up a tube of clear silver lined beads at Michael's that I thought would be pretty versatile as well.

With 6 small drawers and 2 large I have extra space for growing but right now I'm also storing some of my cross stitch patterns and projects in one of the drawers...

floss organizer

These are Christmas ornaments that I need to finish out...

floss organizer

my cross stitch fabric stored in one of the larger drawers...

floss organizer

felt in the other.

It works quite well...
and I love it so much more than the plastic boxes all over the place.
I have integrated the felt bobbins in with the others since I store in numerical order...
I just wanted you to see them all together and how gorgeous they are.

I would like to give a few tips if you think you would like to try this or something similar...
one...
buy the drawer system from Hobby Lobby if you want one in black.
I tried to save a few $$ by purchasing a pine one and then painting...
and I did save overall about $50 but the headache...
not worth it.
I could have had this done in a day if I had just picked up the one at Hobby Lobby (we have a brand new in my little-but-steadily-growing-town...YAY!) and saved so much time and energy.
There's also white/cream drawer systems available at Hayneedle and Amazon if that color is more for you.
Two...
line the drawer bottoms with felt.
Not expensive...some that you can pick up from a big box store is perfect...
but it helps keep your bobbins from slipping and sliding everywhere when you remove one.
I left my drawers and strips natural because they seemed to make the drawer too dark when I attempted to paint the interior...
but you can paint if you like.
You can also use a different, lighter color of felt if you like to lighten the inside.
Three...
I spaced the inside strips by the size of the felt bobbins so they're a little large for the plastic bobbins but as I convert to all felt I'll need that extra room in each row or otherwise they won't fit.
If you are gonna stay with plastic bobbins...
you could probably fit another row in each drawer.

Sorry for such a long post...
if you were able to stick with it...Thank You! 
If you have any questions please feel free to ask away and I'll gladly answer if I can!
Hope you have a wonderful day and till next time!

8 comments :

  1. WOW, Renee, you have been one busy gal! You have been missed. This looks beautiful and know what you mean about plastic boxes everywhere and consolidating. This is perfection. Happy stitching!

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  2. I LOVE what you have been up to! Brings me back to my counted cross stitch days. What a dream to be so organized . I love the chalk painted cabinet my daughter is using a lot of chalk paint too , its in a powder form first in any color. We miss you too but happy to see you are loving this craft as well. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. That shelf is amazing! I used to love cross stitch, and your project drawer (the red truck!) has me itching to try again, such cute things in there! You must show us the ornaments when they are done!! I have a "do-over" shelf and I have been tossing around the idea of chalk paint...now I'm gonna go for it, too. It's the girls' old Pottery Barn dollhouse shelf that has some "artwork" on it in orange marker on the roof and a few windows!

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  4. Wow! Your cabinet is so pretty and those rows of beautiful bobbins!! Beautiful!

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  5. So this is what you have been hiding away and working at. Looks just marvelous.

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  6. Renee what a fantastic cabinet and storage system! You are so organized my dear!!! And the felt bobbins are just so pretty!! Love all that you shared! And so happy to have seen this link in the forum! Hugs and happy stitching! Ps: Love the peeks of the unfinished ornaments!!

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  7. That was quite a little project.... Looks fantastic!

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  8. Oh wow! This is amazing. I loved looking inside each drawer and seeing the transformation of the cabinet. All those pretty rows of colorful skeins. Eye candy here!

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