Spring Cleaning: handmade storage solutions

Spring Cleaning is awesome! It feels so good to remove clutter and bring joy back into the home. This year as we clean, we are also working on updating items to reflect the way we feel. If you have read Love the Home your in that I wrote a few months ago, then you will understand what I mean.

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For us, that means creating a home that is full of both functional and beautiful items. And also, to showcase our own talents and skills-not what is readily available at thousands of stores across America.

Today was the day to get rid of the plastic toy containers, that no matter how hard I have tried to make them work over the past couple of years, they just don’t. The things that are organized into them look great for about 5 minutes.. The shelf that used to hold them took up wall space we didn’t have, leaving rooms to feel cramped, and they just don’t bring joy.

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So as I cleaned them out and sorted the items, I decided that I should just sew up a bunch of bags to hold and hide the stuff. In the past I attempted the method of toy storage by purchasing zipper garment bags. These work great, except they can’t hang and they don’t bring me joy when I see them.

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I keep seeing all of the great things out there on Pinterest, and that is where I went again today to visualize what would work for me.

This was my criteria:

  • Fast and Easy to sew
  • To use what is on hand (dual purpose: spring clean the sewing supplies by using it up!)
  • Easy to use
  • Easy to store
  • Attractive to the eye

After taking inventory of supplies and searching tutorials, I whipped up 3 bags in about 2 1/2 hours (including interruptions from kids).

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They aren’t perfect. I didn’t take time to iron, or even make sure each piece of fabric was cut perfectly straight. But they look great, were fast and easy,  I didn’t have to make a trip to the store to complete them and most importantly they are functional! Also, I made sure to double stitch every seam so that they will hold up to the abuse they are sure to get.
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I want to make a few more, so the next article in this series will have a tutorial for you!

For now, here are some of the places I visited and found inspiration:

Toy Sack with tabs

Hanging toy storage

Lego sack

Hanging laundry bag

Be a Butterfly!

Heidi

 

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A Re-fashion for Spring

All winter long I had on my yarn-crafting list to make myself a new wool hat. At one point, hoping to encourage myself in that endeavor, I even threw out all of my old acyrlic hats. Even my most favorite that often got compliments.

Most of the kids got a wool hat, and my husband a month ago was awarded his that was made from Handspun pygora/alpaca yarn that I processed and spun myself. (I will have to snap a picture when he is home)

Alas, spring has arrived and I never did make one for myself. With just a slight detour to my original ambitions, I picked up a crochet hook and whipped out this cute spring hat just in time for my birthday:

What’s even more exciting is that I made it with yarn that I reclaimed from a thifted cotton sweater! It is actually two different yarns, one purple and one blue, and I re-spun them  with my spinning wheel and then plied them together. This created a really unique colored yarn. It is marled, yet from a distance the finished fabric appears to be a solid color.

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The blue reclaimed yarn in this project is the same that was used in the needlepoint lace project and the edging on the crochet towel. The difference being, that the yarn for the needlepoint project and towel edging, was from the short pieces and this worsted re-spun cotton was made from the long continuous lengths from the body of these sweaters.

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The accent yarn for this hat is reclaimed sari silk that I bought from Darn Good Yarn. It made a great piece of fabric for stabilizing the brim of this hat. It was not a part of the original pattern, but it was too floppy to hold the shape I desired, so I duplicated the brim section of the pattern and then sewed it to the underside. The reclaimed silk yarn really jazzed up this newsboy styled cap!

For a little extra flare and accent I picked out some thrifted vintage buttons, and created a cute little flower.

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This was a fun project to make, and it was exciting to be able to use all recycled/reclaimed materials to create something new and unique. I can put on this hat and know that no one has the same one.

Recyling and reclaiming the material that is available to us is a great way to be wise stewards over those things. A disliked sweater doesn’t need to be trash, it can become beautiful yarn for a fun springtime hat, trim in a towel, lace edging on a pocket, the options are limitless.

Be a Butterfly

Heidi