For a many years now this is how I have organized all my sewing notions.
Basically with very little organization. I tried to keep like things together but they still pretty much just all got thrown into these drawers. I never liked digging around in the drawers filled with all sorts of things and I have never really been happy with this corner of the room.
I knew I wanted some knew so I started brainstorming ideas. I finally came up with the idea of using canning jars to organize everything.
The first thing was take everything out of the drawers and pile them up to see what I had.
I had a couple of different sizes of jars already so I used those to see what could fit in each jar and how many jars I thought I would actually need. At first I thought I would go with the short fat jars that’s in the back and the larger jar. I figured I would need about 12 jars of each size. When I really started looking at the choices of jars i found in a local store I ended up picking two different jars. Since the smaller fatter jars are actually hard to stack I choose a a 4oz quilted crystal jelly jar and the taller 12oz one that matches.
I filled all the jars up with the piles I already had. I even found a couple of cute bird cage containers at Micheal’s to hold a few of the things that didn’t fit in the jars.
Once I had everything all sorted out I wanted to create labels for the jars so I could tell what was in each jar. I had these two oval punches that I used on our wedding invitations and they were the perfect size to fit inside the flattened label area already on the jar. I punched out a bunch of the smaller size in a white card stock and wrote on them.
Then I punched out the larger oval out of the papers left over from recipe box to make the labels a little more pretty.
I used the tape runner to tape the labels to the pretty paper and the dots to glue the labels to the jars.
While I was at it I even labeled other storage boxes in the sewing room to match the jars. This has already come in handy when I’ve been looking for things.
Now I couldn’t stop at just some pretty labels I had to make the lid rings pretty too. I bought a can of spray paint in aqua and set up all the rings in the garage. I was going to do the other part of the lid as well but I liked the pattern it has on the top and I thought the contrast might be nice.
A few coats of spray paint later and they look really pretty.
Then all I had to do was put the lids on the jars.
The next day however I came back and most of the labels had started to peel off the jars. It seems that my tape dots were not strong enough.
So I was back to the drawing board looking for another way to attach the labels to the jars. I came up with some other solutions but decided to try using another tape first. This time around I used the dots to tape the labels to the scrapbook paper and then I used this stronger tape to attach the labels to the jars.
I tried just two jars to see how it would go and when I came back the next day they were still attached to the jars!
Unfortunately, since the dots and tape from the first labels were well stuck to the papers I had to make all new labels.
Once I had the labels done and attached I even ran a few dots of hot glue to attach the seals to the rings so the lids would come off in one twist.
I love how pretty and well organized they all look. Now all I need is some kind of a tiered stand so I can see all the labels a little better.
Anyone else been using canning jars for something other than canning? Have you come up with a non-traditional way to store your craft supplies or sewing notions?