Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Ribbon & Trim Storage Solution

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Hi Everyone!

I promised I would show you how I store my ribbons and trims....I have a lot of ribbons and trims, too! If you notice , in the below photos, they do not take up valuable real estate in my studio!!! 

When I first started out, I kept my ribbons on cardboard strips about 6" x 14" and kept those in boxes cut down to the height of the boards. I then kept these stacked on top of each other in my cupboard in my workroom. It was the perfect solution, until I found these great storage containers by Snapware! I found some for you online, on Amazon I got mine at Target a few years ago. The containers came with plastic cards. BUT, not enough for me! hahaha The box looks different than what I have below, but, I'm sure it will work just the same.



So...I ended up creating more "cards" out of foam core board and they are actually better than cardboard! They have foam in the middle and that helps keep the pins secured while the pins secure the ribbon/trims! Here are a couple pictures of how it looks, and they hold a TON of ribbon!!! I organize my ribbon by type and age! Click on picture for a larger view and then click on it again for an even larger view.


This is how the cards look with the ribbon. I also have another set of boxes that contain my laces. For the pieces of ribbon, lace, etc. that are too small to wrap on the boards, I place them into a plastic bag, and these also fit into the containers. Here is another view:


The above photo shows how great my ribbons look all organized in a box! If the ribbon is really long, I wrap it until it looks full and then move over to finish up the reel of ribbon. If you click on the picture, it will show a larger view of the two rows of ribbon.

Here is how the box looks on the outside. You can stack and connect these to fit on top of each other and then there is a lid to cover the top!


I have two sets of these boxes, one for ribbons/trims and the other for laces. Just love them!  And they don't cost and arm and a leg! Enjoy making your craft room organized!

I LOVE this method! I can find my ribbon easily AND it is all in one place. Have fun organizing your ribbon!

xoxo
Denise

31 comments :

  1. You could use those flat-headed pins to put the measurements of what is left so you don't have to unwrap each ribbon to find one the right length.

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  2. Becky Schultea • GREAT idea Denise...and what fabulous ribbons you have - lovely!!

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    1. Thank you, Becky, I use ribbon a lot in my work. Many ribbons I have are vintage.

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  3. Barbara Wiggins • A few years ago, I purchased some ribbon at a flea market priced by the pound. So, I came home with a LOT of ribbon. Knowing I wouldn't be using some of it for quite some time, I was challenged as to how to keep it "fresh." What I came up with was to use the bags for my Food Saver appliance. You know, the type where you suck out the air, then heat seal the bag. Yes, the ribbon does wrinkle, but it presses out quite nicely, and has been kept out of dust and light since the initial bagging.

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    1. I'm glad you found something that works for you. I'd want to touch the ribbon and lie it down onto what I'm making to see how it works...

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  4. Sandi Irish • Since it's county fair time in my area, when I saw this, I immediately thought of the ribbons I've won over the years, not the kind I use for wrapping gifts! I must need more coffee.

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    1. Congrats on the many ribbons you won at the county fair, Sandi!

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  5. Great idea, love it thanks for sharing! :
    By Lorraine Glach

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    1. thanks Lorraine, I'm glad you like it...It sure has given me a lot of time to work, now that all of my ribbon is in one place.

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  6. What a great idea I currently store my loose ribbons and trimmings in bag and have to tip it out each time I want to look for something. However if you have ribbons still on their reels I found this cake stand which works a treat!
    http://ginghamglory.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/love-my-work-table.html
    By Linda Lane

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    1. wow, I'd go crazy having to dump out my ribbons each time I needed one. I do have a zip-locked baggie for the pieces that won't fit on the boards. The boards are awesome, cause it gives me enough ribbon to "audition" for a piece I'm working on.

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  7. I love this idea, especially since I have a few of those holders on hand. THANKS!
    By Bea Julian

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    1. That's Awesome that you already have these containers!

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  8. Thanks for the tip. I used it the same night I read the tip and my ribbons are all tidy now. It works great!
    By Stephanie (Manchur)Poeppel

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    1. wow, that is so cool, that you implemented the storage idea immediately! I think it is so methodical and relaxing to organize ribbon. I tried to put the similar types of ribbon on the same board. You'll be glad you did it!

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  9. Clever idea Denise. We have an Offray Ribbon outlet not too far from where I live. I was there a couple of months ago and picked up two ribbon trays (the kind used in stores) for $1.99. I love that the spools of ribbon sit up nice and straight. I do need to figure out some kind of rack to stand them in however.
    By Lorine Mason

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    1. You are so lucky to have Offray Ribbon so close to you, I think I would go crazy! for sure!

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  10. Lorine, Offray Ribbon outlet! you lucky girl. I retired from my Custom Home Furnishing business and just can't part with all the trim. Thanks Denise for the ideas.
    By Claudia Buchanan

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    1. I bet you have some beautiful ribbons, Claudia!

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  11. Love the foam idea as I am always sticking my fingers! Thanks for sharing.
    By Barbara Dobbins

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    1. Yes, Barbara, the foam core is great for the pins and no poking of fingers!

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  12. Great idea Denise, saves so much room
    By Diane Long

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  13. Here are two options for ribbon storage, but these are for ribbon on rolls ( see links below ) :
    https://www.ampelco.com/index.php/ribbon-display/8-shelf-ribbon-display-rack-60-h-x-16-5-w-x-5-5-d-oak-stain.html
    https://www.ampelco.com/index.php/ribbon-display/ribbon-box-7973.html

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  14. Thank you for sharing your links, Ralf. The method you have is very pretty, too. But, The amount of ribbon you have in the tall shelf all fits on one of my boards. I used to have the ribbon on spools. The spools took up too much of my valuable "real estate" in my studio. Wish I had room to showcase the beautiful ribbon like you show on your website!

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  15. Love your ribbon storage idea. It is so organized. I have mine is see through glass bottles that I bought at Hobby Lobby.

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    1. That is so cool to be able to see them in glass bottles. I love seeing beautiful ribbon. These containers would be so much prettier if they were see-through! I can't even imagine how much ribbon I have in these containers. It is A LOT! and it only takes up a 12" square spot on my filing cabinet!

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  16. Great storage idea. I have been doing that with smaller trims for years. I get frustrated when I want to use a particular ribbon on a project only to find out it isn't quite enough. I use little tags attached with a safety pin at the end with the yardage written on it to keep track of how much is available. Saves me some frustration.

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    1. Thank you Molly! I like your idea of adding the yardage onto each ribbon! I agree it can be frustrating to find out...at the end of the roll, that you are out!

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  17. Denise, this is a great system! I design ribbon, and so most of my ribbon is on 25 meter bolts, but I have loads of short lengths and other kinds of ribbon besides my own, in messy shoe boxes right now. This looks like it will work well for me. Thanks! (ribbons www.lfntextiles.com)
    By Laura Foster Nicholson

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    1. I'm glad I could help, Laura! How fun to design ribbon! I love that Renaissance Ribbon is making designer ribbon! I have a lot of their ribbons!

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