With the weather being so hot an humid the last few weeks, I decided to tackle a few inside projects (in the air conditioning) that I had been putting off. One of them was
Since we moved in, I have been putting whatever I don’t know what to do with in the laundry room cabinets. What I really wanted those cabinets to contain was all the laundry/ironing supplies, spare light bulbs and batteries and my sewing stuff.
I am not the seamstress my Nana was, however, she gave me all her sewing supplies. Nana’s sewing stuff consists of a yellow desk-like cabinet (which my grandfather built for her) with a 1942 pop out singer sewing machine. The drawers were full to the brim with all kinds of sewing notions. It has been sitting in my garage for a year now, just waiting for me to find it (or at least it’s contents) a home.
All the thread I inherited was in tangles, which can be easily frustrating when all you want to do is find the right color thread to sew the button back on your adorable husband Jim’s polo shirt.
I started sorting through and untangling it as well as all the drawers full of notions while at the same time trying to devise a system to better store my rainbow of thread.
Luckily I bought three of these black bins at Target a few months ago especially for this project. I filled one of them with my fabric, one with light bulbs and batteries and the third one housed all the other sewing stuff, except the thread.
I finally found a use for that cigar box my Dad gave me several years ago! Perfect for all the stray buttons!
While I was sorting the thread into color groups and it hit me…
I had two of these 1 x 10 boards in the basement, which I got for free.
At my last place someone was using them as a ramp to load their band gear into a van in front of my house. When they had their gear loaded up, they left the boards in my front yard. After the boards had been there for a few days, I guessed that the van guy was not coming back and I’ve had them ever since. Finders keepers right?
To make my thread storage system, I drew out a grid pattern on the board as a guide.
Then I used my handy mini miter box and saw (left over from my art school days) to cut some shish-kebab skewers to the desired length.
After that I drilled a hole just big enough to fit a skewer in the center of each of my grid lines on my 1 x 10 board.
I popped the skewers into place and then spray painted the whole thing white to make it look more finished. The result was the perfect, quick and cheap (free since I already owned all the materials) thread storage system.
It is a little difficult to get the thread off the inside skewers, so if I were to do this project again, I would probably go for a rectangular shape that was longer and only had two rows of skewers. However, for me, someone who barely ever sews, this method of storage is fine. At least it makes for a pretty color coordinated display that doesn’t make me scream when I look at it (like that pile of tangled thread I started with).
Now the cabinets are much more organized.
I know where everything is and I can easily get to my sewing supplies when my adorable husband Jim pops a button off his shirt. The sewing cabinet and machine are still in the garage, but I am not sure if I should keep them. In the event that I ever do sew anything, I usually hand stitch. Nana’s machine is really cool (and really heavy) but it is hard to justify keeping something that I might not ever use. Oh the dilemma!
So what did I do with the rest of my boards?
I made a custom size shoe rack of course! It took me 5 minutes to cut the leftover board pieces and nail them together. I spray painted the shoe rack to make it look a little more finished and let it dry, then put it to work right away:
Did I mention I have a shoe addiction? I might need to make a second story in the future, but for now, I just gained valuable closet floor shoe storage as well a more organized closet and laundry room!