Yeah, yeah, you know this right? Resealable bags are so useful in the sewing room, it’s obvious, but did you know how versatile they are? I particularly like the sturdy zip slider kind (sometimes called Ziploc, a US brand name I believe), for storing the smallest scraps (and yes, I hate throwing any Liberty scraps away!):
They’re also great for storing partially completed projects, paper patterns, templates of all kinds, and paper pieces for English paper piecing. I use them a lot for scraps of neutral solid fabrics, so that I can keep all those shades of white and cream from becoming totally mixed up… and I keep the smallest scraps of interfacing in them too, because I hate to waste a scrap. It makes sense to label the bag for the neutral fabrics and interfacing, so you know exactly what they are.
Because the bags are made of sturdy plastic (these are the ones I buy), they will stand on edge, which makes storing them very simple, and flipping through them to find a long forgotten project is really easy too. I have a vintage projector case that I use to keep some of my bags – I love this brilliant excuse for buying gorgeous vintage luggage – and I have my eye on this lovely wicker storage basket for yet more zippy bag storage…
A recent discovery is how brilliant these little bags are for thread storage. It is important to me to keep bobbins and spools holding the same thread stored together – I use a lot of different shades of grey and cream, and in different weights, so if I keep them separately, I haven’t got a hope of matching the right spool with the right bobbin. When trying to solve this storage conundrum, I experimented first with this rubber band technique, but I found I could never remember how to do it (had to look it up EVERY flipping time), and also found it was quite hard to unfasten the bobbin without dislodging lots of thread off the spool.
I have looked at all sorts of storage options – these Bobbini are really cute, for example, but they are pricey, especially as I own (and use!) a lot of different threads. They also don’t solve the problem of the dreaded unravelling of thread… Obviously, it would great to have the time to make a rack, like this one at the Creative Homemaker blog, that keeps bobbins and spools together, but I lack the wall space, the time and the woodwork-y nowse, unfortunately.
So I started using these fab little 3.5 inch by 5 inch Ziplite pouches to keep bobbin and spools together. They are so simple to use, it’s easy to see the colour you need when you want it, and thread unravelling and associated tangling (!) is kept to an absolute minimum. The down sides are – you have to buy a lot! 250 is the minimum order from the shop I use (by the way, I have no financial relationship with them, in case you were wondering!), but the price for that number is just over £25 (10p per bag, budget fiends), and they have so many uses. I also use them to store buttons, beads, trims, ribbons, lace, magnetic snaps, bag hardware, and all those bits of things that clutter up my sewing space.
Sadly, they don’t really look so great – it’s very hard to compete with the Bobbini or that lovely rack, I admit – but I use a homemade fabric storage basket for them, and my work space is happy, colourful and beautifully organised (some of the time):
Do you have a sewing use for these practical little bags that I haven’t thought of? Would love to hear about it.
This is the latest post in my series – Sewing Tools of Note – an eclectic and highly individual series of things that make my sewing easier!