Sewing is messy. Am I right, or am I right? As such, I continually look for ways to contain projects these days. Here's one such idea that I've found very useful. I've been on a bit of a shoe buying binge lately. So shoot me! For some reason, I just needed shoes (like a hole in my head!). Especially shoes that were flat and less stiletto style and that could actually be worn on a daily basis. My whole Everyday Wardrobe thing, you know.
Anyway, shoe fetish aside, I procured two perfectly sized shoe boxes to hold sewing projects that I'm working on. By sewing project I mean the whole shebang: the actual project/cloth/pattern pieces, the sewing pattern and special tools I'm using for the project like special chalks, ribbons, buttons, tapes, etc. I'm constantly misplacing things like that and I can waste an inordinate amount of time looking for a said button. Freak!!! If I had a nickel for every time I lost something - in my small sewing room, no less - I'd be able to pay someone to organize stuff around here! Sheesh! It can be terribly annoying, but when you have it all contained, well there you go.
Like I stated, I have two boxes because some projects are bigger than others. I have a pretty regular sized shoe box, the one you see here and then I have a knee-length boot size shoe box that can hold bigger projects. The bigger shoe box was especially helpful with my man's winter coat. I kept everything for that coat in that box and it was so easy to just open it up and find everything in there. Easy to clean up too. Like when I need to quickly get my table ready for some other thing I'm doing, all I have to do is throw everything back in the shoe box and then I have containment. It also can make projects portable. When I'm working on a project somewhere else, I can just take my shoe box with me - albeit people think I'm off my rocker a bit, but big deal.
Kind of seems a little silly, but seriously, this idea has saved me from loosing many odds and ends lately and I just had to share. Do you do anything like this? How do you keep all the bits and baubles for one project together?
By the way, the project you see in the shoe box here are some coral pants that I was working on. I know, coral pants. They turned out to be pretty awesome! I'm pretty sure you'll enjoy the finished project - I know I have.