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Wednesday Item Feature: Apples can keep you healthy and organized

I missed spring cleaning out of pure procrastination, which has brought me to an end-of-summer cleaning mode. I live in a house full of people, so I have to keep my stuff contained in my bedroom. In a room roughly 12′ x 10′, I have to organize my clothes, hamster, computer table, TV + video games, a bed, couch, my craft table, enough room to practice violin if needed, and actually keep my books on my bookshelf. Organizing needs to be simple and efficient or else I’d go crazy and I wouldn’t be able to walk around or do anything in my room. That’s where storage containers come in. Bubblesandboo on Etsy offers alternatives to plastic storage bins: cute fabric storage containers made with Japanese cotton.

I have a couple cheap, stiff fabric storage bins for my clothes from my old college days stuffed away in my closet. But as I collect and hoard more and more items from craft stuff to small pet toys to candies in my room, I need to stay organized. What I like about fabric storage containers compared to plastic bins or even department store shopping bags (which I usually default to for stuffing fabric scraps laying around or stationery sets on my desk) is that they are flexible and won’t rip and if you drop them, they don’t make much of a clash on a hard wood floor as a plastic bin might. You have to be exact with plastic storage bins, otherwise you’ll be scraping plastic and eventually cracking your bins if you’re really trying to fit those two bins on a shelf that you swear were supposed to fit exactly in that 3-foot space. Or maybe your toys will fall out of that paper bag you thought was sturdy because it’s lasted you a year already and you didn’t notice that hole in the bottom left corner.

Bubblesandboo has cutely and brightly colored storage bins for these needs, eliminating some of those previously mentioned frustrations with organizing. Patterned with red, orange, yellow and green apples, her apple flavored bucket is trimmed with orange bias tape, lined with natural cotton duck, and keeps its shape and stability with a layer of fusible fleece interfacing. Measuring approximately 7 inches high by 6 inches deep and 7 inches wide, this storage bin would be perfect for numerous organizational needs: paper that needs to be shredded, fabric scraps, skeins of yarn you need to run through, your bunches of socks in the closet, maybe a few hamster toys and tubes that need to be tucked under a table, your kid’s collection of hats and gloves for the upcoming winter, those CD jewel cases in your closet you don’t touch anymore but want to keep for sentimental value, and so on. You get the idea.

Great for kids and adults, browse bubblesandboo’s fabric storage bins in her shop and get organized!

Check out bubblesandboo’s listing on Etsy now: fabric storage container – orange apples!


Tune in next week for the Wednesday Item Feature!

Love & donuts,
Mayene

How to make a Fabric Scrap Ring

Most crafters have a pile of fabric scraps laying around. I discovered mine again the other day while I was organizing my studio. There are a great many things you can do with a fabric scrap. I thought today I would show you how to turn your fabric scraps into a brand new ring!

How to make a Fabric Scrap Ring:

1. Measure around the finger you would like to make the ring fit snuggly onto. Add 1/4 to that measurement.

2. Cut a piece of fabric so one side equals the measurement you calculated in step 1. Make the other side measure 2 inches.

3. Fold and iron down the edges of all 4 sides of the fabric.

4. Fold the fabric in half along the long side. Iron and sew the edge.

5. Cut two other fabric scraps into circles, one being larger than the other.

6. Place the circles on top of one another in the center of the fabric and then place button on top of that.

7. Sew your button and circles onto the ring fabric.

8. Fold your ring inside out and sew the edges together.

YAY! You have a new bright, festive, fresh and unique ring to wear around town.

Happy Creating!
Lauren
upcycledunlimited.com

Wednesday Item Feature: Spring on a playmat

Spring is here! I know this, because my allergies make me sneeze 3 to 10 times in a row while walking to work. But seeing bright, colorful images is a wonderful part of spring. Stacey Sharman (also known as PeppermintPinwheels on Etsy) creates handmade quilts and homemade accessories; the items that my eyes really love going back to are the baby mats and blankets.

Of all her padded baby mats, Stacey’s “Padded Baby Play Mat with Rabbits and a Squirrel” is my favorite, probably because of bright mix of colors (green being my favorite). There’s something about the combination of green, pink, white, rabbits, a deer, and a squirrel that shouts “SPRING” at my eyes; the best part is that my eyes don’t get puffy and watery and my nose doesn’t run when I see this image. Spring without the allergies? Yes, please!

Handmade using canvas-weight cotton on one side, and a soft heavy brown cotton on the other wise, the comfortability of these play mats is safe enough for your baby or toddlers to crawl around on and have fun with. The quilting is done in a diamond pattern with a lime green thread and the edges have been double stitched for added stability, so these bundles of love will last through constant play time and laundry days!

At approximately 24″ by 38″, this is the perfect item to take to the park, beach, or any outing to let your little one play on; here’s yet another item to keep in mind for new moms! Many of Stacey’s items are also customizable, so your baby can grow up with a personalized play mat with big, bold letters.

To top off this cute play mat, 5% of proceeds from Stacey’s shop are donated to Kiva, an organization that provides small loans to entrepreneurs in developing countries. To find out more, visit: www.kiva.org.

Check out PeppermintPinwheels’s listing on Etsy now: Padded Baby Play Mat with Rabbits and a Squirrel!


Tune in next week for the Wednesday Item Feature!

Love & donuts,
Mayene

The sun is shining down on me!

Wow, what a wonderful sun-filled day we had today! I was inspired by the hint of spring time to search for some floral inspirations.

Tutorial HERE.

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And, just in case the rainy season still has some punches left, here is a tutorial for replacing the fabric on an old beat up umbrella.

Happy Creating!
-Lauren
upcycled unlimited