From Messy to Marvelous! Part 2

Yesterday I showed you how I organized (part) of my fabric stash and how I went from big stacks of fabric to skinny 3″ wide stacks. I’m still working on some colors, but it’s easy and a no-brainer to do while you are watching TV or listening to the radio.

Today I wanted to show you how I managed to get my trims under control. They were a disaster… in drawers, in ziplock bags, some were on rolls, some were wrapped with rubber bands. Bottom line, they were just plain ole messy looking.


I found this clear display case at a store that was going out of business and liked it because it would allow me to graduate my trims from low to high and make them easy to see. I tried cutting cardboard squares to wrap them on but it was just too much work. I found a seller on Etsy who sold little 3 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ chipboard cards by the 100 and I ordered a set. They worked so well, I ordered another 100. I wrapped my trims around the chipboard and then used tiny rubberbands to hold them in place.



I stacked “like” ribbons and trims together and was so pleased to be able to see at a glance all (well…some of my trims!)



I have a drawer full of trims in ziplock bags still so I’ll most likely be ordering another 100 cards… Much better, don’t you agree?


Thanks for stopping by,
See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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  1. Linda Doyle says:

    Oh my word, Jeanne, you put me to shame! Of course I don’t have all that much in the way of fabric and trim, but you certainly do a fantastic job of keeping order! No wonder you are so perfect in everything you make!
    I really enjoy seeing how a “pro” keeps things and it gives me wonderful ideas to copy!

    • Jeanne W says:

      Don’t be fooled by my orderly pictures… you should “see” the other side of the room…
      Blessings, Jeanne

  2. Jeannie, that looks great !! I also have all my trims wrapped around cardboard pieces. At least the pieces that are long enough to wrap. Otherwise, I do use baggies but those are sorted by color and type. My cardboard came from the dividers in our cat food cans. The finished products are set up just like yours are but in two plastic bins I bought at Wal-Mart. I recently laid in a supply of imported lace from a fabric store that is going out of business. They gave me a shopping bag full of cardboard cards to use for future use.
    I am known in my family for being an organizational freak. It is just me. If things are in a mess { a muddle, my mother would say} I can not think or function well. Guess I am pretty OCD !!!!
    I love what you have done to organize your design studio. It is amazing the forgotten goodies we find when we clean out and recreate our environment. Continue your wizardry and we all shall see what wonders you create!

    • Jeanne W says:

      Thanks so much for you input Jeannie! I appreciate your comments every day! Hope you’re enjoying my musings!
      Blessings, Jeanne

  3. They look wonderful, Jeanne, and like your before photo, I have mine in a similar, or worse, mess. I do have my ribbon rolls organized, I have 3 long dowels on hooks on the wall and the rolls are strung on those. I am still working on the laces and loose trims. Wish I could find a clear display like yours!

  4. Jeanne W says:

    I wish I had bought more display pieces when I had the chance… and to think when I bought this one, I was wondering if I could use it! I could 10 of them…
    Thanks so much for reading, Sissy!
    Blessings, Jeanne

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