Day Six :: Elastic & Trims!! "21 Days to Your ULTIMATE Sewing Space"

Day 6-Elastic, Trims, Buttons & Beads!

 SO many pieces, parts, scraps and "things" that (seriously) can roll away! That's how we feel about our "collection" of elastics, trims, buttons & beads. That is not including things like fasteners, hardware, and all the hooks we use too (we specialize in swimwear). Time to tame these tangled piles, and sort all the tiny findings into an easy-to-access system.

Clean, Purge, Organize :: Day 6

How to tame this beast? A trip to Dollar Tree for some helpers! With lots of smallish pieces and parts to organize, we need some inexpensive options--especially since we will need MANY containers to get this mess in check.

It's not much fun to untangle heaps of trims, ribbons and elastics, so once these are wrapped neatly, they need a place to be kept to keep the "nest" from occurring again. Clear zip pouches to the rescue--and these are cute too!

What about those teeny tiny rolly things--like beads, stones, buttons, hooks, etc. Try some clip top mini bins, and metal compact-like tins. Love me some Dollar Tree lol! 

Here is just a VERY small pile of all the trims, elastics and ribbons we have to sort through. We will spare you the visual of all the bins they were tossed into (sigh). But, it's all easily saved for future projects, so sorting this = saving lots of $$. 

We love being able to see all of our findings, and ziplock bags are often what we grab for. But a quick swing through the Dollar Tree yielded some cute and practical containers. And probably way more durable than a ziplock bag.

Clear pencil pouches to the rescue! I'm going to head back out and get more of these. Durable, cute, and even holes if we decide to link a group together with a binder ring! Here's the link to these: 

And they can stand up in one of the many clear shoeboxes we use on our shelves.

And while at Dollar Tree, we found a simple solution for containing the rolly things--buttons and beads. These mini clip top bins are perfect for buttons, and can be sorted by size, color, etc. Bonus--you get 3 of these in a set for $1. And they come in cute colors too for color-coding. Here's that link: 

While walking down the craft aisle (yes Dollar Tree sells crafting supplies now too), I spotted these round metal tins. Great for the teeny tiny beads and stones. Not clear, but easily labeled, and stacked into another lock top container. These were in a 2 pack. Going back for more of these too. And it was even the perfect size for our new stickers Allyce created for DIYStyle! There wasn't a link I could find for these, so check your local store. 

Question of the Day?!

What are your favorite containers or solution for taming/containing Elastics & Trims OR Buttons & Beads?

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That's it for Day Six! Watch for Day Seven of "21 Days to Your ULTIMATE Sewing Space" to arrive soon. 

Happy Organizing!

Cindy & Allyce

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  • Pamela Berrigan

    I have an Almo d Roca tin of Seattle for my singles buttons. Other than that, like items are sorted I to clear ziptop freezer bags and then sorted I to drawers in my stationary sewing drawers. I recently went through my elastic and got rid of the small pieces I will almost certainly never find a use for. I mean some of it is older than my you get child! And she’s 21. Years .

  • SUe REifschneider

    I have Sterling plastic stack drawer labeled for elastic, lace etc. I keep ribbon on pants hangers (the ones that hold several pair)

  • Sharon Aurora

    I have tin canisters for my buttons and it’s the best solution for me. I still don’t have the perfect solution for trims.

  • Juanita Decquir

    I use clear glass containers to store buttons which are sorted by color. Small plastic containers are great for beads and Ziploc bags have numerous uses. Repurpose anything you can for storage in a sewing room.

  • Karen

    My beads are in small plastic bags in a basket. The other things are in plastic drawers or containers.

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