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When I pulled out all of my trim to get it organized for the Trim Trade, it was a wee bit embarrassing. There was a lot of it. Especially ribbon and twill tape. I had no idea until I got it all into one place! And it was a disaster! Basically, I had several unorganized boxes of ribbon, lace, ric-rac, bias tape, and buttons.
I started with the pile of small spools of ribbon. I’ve seen it in several places, and I can’t get enough of it. Clearly. I used some a while back to make a cute ribbon tote, but I had, well, a bit left over. First, I organized it by color and took it off the spools.
But what to do with it? I tried a couple different options, but finally found these little rounded-corner wood squares in a drawer. I had bought them for the wedding from Pick Your Plum, but I didn’t read the size and when I received them, they were about a quarter of the size I expected.
So I had 20 little wood squares with no purpose, which ended up working perfectly for the ribbon. Wrapped it around, and secured it with a straight pin.
Cute! And it now takes up a fraction of the space the spools did.
But that was just the start of the ribbon. I stopped by Goodwill yesterday to try and find some small glass vases and jars for my future SIL’s wedding in July (yes, Ryan and his sister are getting married about a month apart!), and I ran across something that I’m sure the Goodwill people thought they would never sell — a wooden cassette tape holder. To me, however, it was the ultimate ribbon/twill tape organizer!
I had a few spools of lace (which will probably be used up fairly quickly for the wedding), which I wrapped around the outside of a big vase that once held Valentine’s flowers from Ryan (awww), and I put the ribboned wood squares inside the jar. The rest of the ribbon went into a big mason jar. I had a few spools of twill tape that didn’t fit in the rack, so I just stacked those on my fabric shelf. Ribbon — organized!
Next, I had a bunch of ric-rac and bias tape, as well as a small collection of washi tape and a large handful of buttons. I had more mason jars, so I made quick use of them. For the loose bias tape and ric-rac, I wrapped it around wooden doll pins, a la Everyday Celebration.
Me thinks I need more washi tape.
On Monday, check back for a round-up of other trim organization ideas from around the web, as well as a chance for you to add your trim organization post if I missed it in my round-up!
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