Saturday, July 10, 2010

Ribbon Storage Idea!

Hola Chicas!

As promised, I’m back today to share with you how I organize and store my loose bits of ribbon.  First, I should confess that I am a ribbon slut (I apologize if that offends anyone!).  I adore ribbon, and can’t help myself when I’m in close proximity to it – it will be coming home with me!  LOL  I also must confess that when I find a ribbon that must come home with me, it usually comes home with me in 5 yd. increments and almost always in every single color, because the thought of running out of that beloved ribbon is completely overwhelming for me.  I know, I know . . . I need a ribbon intervention!  LOL  So if you’re like me, you’re going to enjoy this post – or at least I hope you will.
Pile O Ribbon
Do you have a pile of ribbon in your craft room that looks like this?  This particular pile of ribbon is my latest obsession – seam binding. 60 yds. of seam binding.  I was afraid I might run out!  But with a little bit of time and a few amazing products that pile of ribbon can look like this:
Pile O Ribbon Wrapped
Isn’t that great?!!  First of all, I know I didn’t invent this idea.  But I thought I’d share with you how this system works for me.  I like to be able to see my ribbon when I’m making a project.  I also have accumulated quite a bit of ribbon (I know that’s hard to believe – LOL) and needed a system where I could see my ribbon at a glance. KWIM?
Ribbon Cards Clips
So I start out by wrapping the ribbon on the Cropper Hopper 3 x 3 ribbon cardsABC Toys & Crafts carries both the 3 x 3 ribbon cards as well as the plastic clips that keep the ribbon from unraveling.  Here’s how I wrap the ribbon:
Ribbon Wrapping
And this is how it looks once the ribbon is completely wrapped on the ribbon card:
Ribbon Wrapped
Once all the ribbon is wrapped, I then store them in a clear shoe box that I buy at The Container Store.  The box that works the best is the Men’s & Athletic Clear Shoe Drawer.  I like them because they stack on top of each other really well, the drawers slide out so you can see all the ribbon in each box, and you can fit two rows of the 3 x 3 ribbon cards in each box.  This is what my boxes look like when they’re filled with my beloved ribbon (and lace):
Ribbon Organizer
This system has worked really well for me.  I love being organized and I think I craft better when I’m organized.  Is that weird?!!  LOL  So I thought I’d share it with you all in the hopes that it might help you, too!  If you have any questions about what I’ve shown you here, please feel free to email me ( – I’d be happy to help in any way I can.

That’s it for me today, folks.  I’ll be back on Tuesday.  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!  Thanks for stopping by!


Justine said...

Wow what a fantastic idea and super cool idea for a blog post. Well done Chicca, TFS

Cheryl Walker said...

Karolyn what a wonderful idea hun! Thank you for sharing this, I didnt even know about these :)

Hope you have a lovely weekend!

Terri said...

I can vouch for her ribbon weakness...I have witnessed it first hand. She DOES need intervention...she is one sick ribbon addict!

Erin Smetak said...

Oh you ribbon slut! ;) What a great idea!!!! And how am I NOT surprised that you have seam binding! Where did you get it? Can you get me some? I'm a slut too! Hehehehe! ;)

Princess Danell said...

Brilliant! Thanks for the idea. I have lot of ribbon on their cardboard spools and they take up too much room. Going to work on that right NOW!

Linna said...

Hi...fabulous idea, but where can I buy these? Right now I have a stack of 4"x6" mat boards, but they are un-notched.:( Any suggestions for me? If I could find someone to die cut them all, that would be great!!