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Fri, 09 Apr 2010
Here are a couple on nice items to make. one for Mum or Gran and the other (not in blog) for yourself.

Keep All Your Odds and Ends Organized with One Simple Storage Solution

By Blythe Copeland
Great Neck, NY, USA


A storage jar turned pincushion
Credit: Courtesy of Suzanne

It's easy enough for craft workers to store pins—after all, pincushions have been getting the job done for generations. But to keep your sewing space even more organized, turn an old Storage Jar into a combination pincushion/storage spot with these instructions from Suzanne's Crazy for Collars that we found on Re-Nest.

A pretty pincushion works overtime for careful storage.

Storage Jars; my mum used to use these for bottling fruit  in the summer, to use during the winter. I'm not sure whether they are used as much now but they are definitely for sale in any good iron mongers, as well as the old CarBoot and Garage Sales.

These jars are designed to have their lids come apart, so it's easy to add some padding: just trace the top of the lid onto a piece of spare fabric and cut it out, adding about 1.5 inches to the diameter; then lay cotton balls or fibre fill onto the back of the fabric, place the jar lid on top, and glue the edges of the fabric to the underside of the lid. Now you can screw the ring of the lid back on, creating a soft, fluffy top that holds onto your pins with a keep-anything storage spot in the jar below.

Of course, you could use the decorative jars for storing just about anything, adding your favourite patterns, colour, and embellishments to the top. And since storage jars come in a variety of sizes (and are easy to up cycle), you can keep track of everything from spare buttons to cat treats without investing in expensive storage solutions.

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