Tuesday, 13 May 2014

... and a Recycled "Trimmings" Folder

Hello! Here's a quick project that I have adapted from Jennibellie at Jennibellie Studio. Hers is a recycled folder / book to store Washi Tape, mine is to store bits of ribbons and trimmings in. You can see the full Video tutorial here.
I was working on another (soon to be disclosed) project the other day, and needed to find a bit of lace trimming that I knew I had. Thinking I'd been really good at organising my stash I was horrified to be confronted with this!
Horrific yes, but I had wanted to make a recycled folder / book for some time so here was the perfect opportunity!! (You may notice how I had attempted to do the storage thing with pegs - I didn't get very far!!)

I used a Mini Breadstick Box for my folder as it was the size I wanted - any box will do - we go through TONS of these for Mally's snacks...
After taking the box apart, the folder can be strengthened by folding the tabs down and sticking them in.
I scored the spine to make it "collapsable" - so it can expand when more sleeves are added.
I covered the box with some scrapbook paper and put a smaller piece in for the inside. I punched holes in the spine, and reinforced it with some coloured Scotch Tape.
I used another box (Weetabix!) to cut out some sleeves and covered them with more scrapbook paper (not essential just to make more pretty!!). I punched corresponding holes in these also.
To add the ribbons / trimmings I cut slits in the top and bottom of the sleeves, to hold onto the pieces and then wound them round
Each sleeve can hold 3 - 5 trimming bits (depending on how much you have) and you can continue to add as many sleeves as your folder will hold
I used some raffia string to hold the sleeves in place, secured them with a bow, and this means you can loosen the ties, and add more sleeves when you need to!
I love Jennibellie - I am addicted to her video tutorials! What do you think?  How do you store all of your trimmings?

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24th May 2014: Update - this post was featured here at Sewlicious Home Decor


28th May 2014: Update- this post was featured here at A Peek Into My Paradise
A Peek Into My Paradise
28th May 2014: Update - this post was featured here at Someday Crafts

27 comments:

  1. Lovely idea, when I can face looking at my ribbon stash I might make one!

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    1. Thanks Ley - it's very rewarding! xx

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  2. If you think that is untidy you should see my bag of ribbons :) Would never have guessed that this used to be a breadstick box and cereal carton, great recycling!

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  3. Great recycling idea that. My own 50L plastic box is a jumble of ribbons, braids and cords, once seperated in plastic bags but many have tumbled open........Id need to make a library of folders like yours, but then it would look so much neater and theyd be easier to find! So maybe I will ~ lol

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    1. Wow! A library of folders would be great though?! xx

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  4. What a brilliant idea. thank you for taking the trouble to do a tutorial, will have to put it on my todo list.

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  5. A brilliant idea and beautifully done, too. I have a thing about being organised and love projects that promise to organise me... but organisation never quite works out in reality for me the way it does in my head!!

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    1. I now what you mean Wendy - that's why I tried hard to make it pretty - to motivate me!! xx

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  6. This is such a great idea! I've got a tin with my ribbons in it which is in even more of a mess than yours! This is defo on my to do list now, thanks for the tutorial.

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    1. Thanks Natalie - would be great to see how yours turns out! xx

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  7. Great idea - thanks so much for showing us how to make it. Have a lovely week, Chris # 12 xx

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  8. it's so pretty I'd like to make it even if I didn't end up storing things in it! My ribbons and lace and things are all in a box pretty much like your first picture sadly!

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    1. I'm sensing a theme from all these comments!! xx

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  9. LOVE LOVE LOVE! What a wonderful idea!

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  10. I found you via the Sew Darn Crafty Linky party. I absolutely love this project and am going to make one for my vintage lace. Thanks for sharing the great tutorial. Come see me at Kathy by Design.com

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    1. Would love to see yours Kathy! xx

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  11. I also found you through Sew Darn Crafty's linky party. Love this idea! My trims are a jumbled up mess! Thank you!

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  12. What a great idea, and it looks great too. All of my ribbons are in a drawstring bag, held together with elastic bands.

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  13. Very nice! What a cool project!

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  14. This is such a great idea, I need to make one for myself!! Thank you for sharing it with us! I pinned it to the party board. :)

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  15. Great idea! I have tons of lace, trimmings and haven't been able to figure out how to get them organized. I may try a three ring binder I have and see if I can adapt this idea..... Thanks

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