Thursday, November 4, 2010

Re-Purposed Thursday at Fee's

Re-Purpose, Re-Cycle, Re-Use all have similar meanings and all help to look after our wonderful planet by stopping landfill.  I don't mean that you shouldn't buy items new - Just to re-use or recycle where you can.  Every little bit helps.  I cannot bring myself to throw away any fabric offcuts from the cutting board.  Instead I have a plastic tub on the shelf under the table which is where they are all collected.

I also have a number of these florist posy boxes which can be bought very inexpensively or re-purposed from gifted flowers.  Most on-line florist supply places sell these.  My local florist wholesaler sells them for just 55c.  They are 5 inches square and perfect for filing away scraps.  They come flat and you just fold the bottom flaps in to form the box shape.

I have labelled mine and some have even been decorated.

They stack really well too

When I have a spare hour or so every now and again I dedicate it to cutting scraps.  I put all of the boxes on my cutting table and then work my way through the scrap box.

These cut squares are perfect for small projects or scrappy quilts and make good use of scraps that would normally be thrown away.

You will be suprised how much you can get out of your scraps - Even if they are odd shapes.

I was able to get a 3 1/2 Inch Square out of this scrap.

And a 2 Inch square

What do you do with your scraps?  Robyn over at Daisy Quilts has just had a gorgeous quilt pattern published of a quilt that she made with scraps - Pop over and take a look.

In the same theme of Sewing Room storage I thought that I would show you some more storage ideas.  I store all of my organza and satin ribbons in a wooden cutlery caddy - When I am wrapping gifts (I usually use ribbon to pretty it up)  I just pick up the whole caddy.

It holds quite a lot and looks great sitting on the shelf.

I use another one to hold my bits and pieces of items that I use for paper crafts.  I currently have it filled with bits for making all of my christmas gift tags - I will show you them next time - I make them out of used bits and pieces too.

I also use cheap re-cycled plastic tubs to hold my fat quarters - I have quite a number of these and they stack really well.  They are also perfect to get out at fabric audition time.  Each one holds heaps of fat quarters.

Our local cheap shop sells them for just $2.99

I hope that I have given you some ideas and maybe inspired you to re-use and re-cyle in your sewing room too.

Do you have something to show us that you have re-purposed?  If so just leave your link here.


RG said...

Fee can I please come and play in your sewing room?? Plleeeeezzzee?????
I love all of your little boxes and saving scraps is something I love doing too.
Mine are in lidded baskets.
I'm not home today so don't have a pic.
I love all of your beautful rows of ribbons etc..
Very inspiring... thanks :-)
Thanks too *heaps* for the link up.
hugs xx

Sweet Cinnamon Stitches said...

Lots of fantastic ideas!! Collecting some bits for a re-purpose play sometime soon!

Jo-anne Blossy said...

Your sewing room looks super organised! It looks great!

Allie said...

You've inspired me to start looking around, my dear - I love your storage!!!

Sue said...

I need to stop sewing and get organised. That looks fantastic.

Janice said...

What a great way to repurpose items. I love seeing how everyone organises their sewing rooms.

soggybottomflats said...

I love your sewing room! So sweet and organized. I put some stuff up that I up-cycled, not very relavent to your sewing room, but something I have wanted to post for a good long time now. Thank you for the virtual push! Elaine