What’s in my Sewing Basket

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I decided to do a post on what I keep in my sewing basket and what tools I use all the time and need ready right at hand. After all, a seamstress is only as good as what’s in her sewing basket. That’s a saying, right?

Well, let’s get started!

 

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-Pincushion with plenty of pins. Need I say how important these are? Probably not. Winking smile

-Tape measure

-Soft Tape Measure. As you can see, I have more than I need of those!

-Scotch tape. This is really important for notes and those things that pins won’t work for.

-Sewing Needles. Some things can’t be sewn on a machine and these always need to be in ready reach.

-Thread. I keep white and black within ready reach because I use them the most frequently. If I need a specific color aside from those, I keep them in drawer unit elsewhere.

-Sticky Notes. I use these for quick notes or labeling fabric pieces. I use these a lot.

 

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Now for the tools.

-Fabric Sheers. I have two pairs of these. I need either to sharpen them or get a new pair.

-Pinking Sheers. These are nice for certain projects. They are also know as finishing sheers.

-Seam Ripper. Seriously. . . these are SOOOO important. I use it more than I wish I had to. . . you know what I’m talking about. I actually like to keep several around because they like to wander off and get lost.

-Little Tiny Scissors. I think these are actually Fingernail scissors. These are super helpful and wonderful to have around. They are small, pointy and they get into those tiny places that nothing else can.

-Cutters. I have really no idea what the official name for these is, but they are really handy. And sharp. I have used them for quilting and rag quilting.

-Pen and Pencil. Nough said.

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Bobbins! Always have these on handy! I wish I had a better container for them. But you totally need to have extra around. I like to keep one of all the main colors ready wound so they are easy to access.

 

What do you keep in your sewing basket? Anything else I should put in my sewing basket?

By His Grace,

Victoria

Winter to Summer Closet Organization

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Because I share closet/Dress space with my two sisters, we don’t have room for winter things and summer things. So every season change, we pack away the past seasons clothes in containers and send them to the barn till we need them again. This past week I went through everything and put away all the sweaters, wool things and leggings. Summer is finally here and I couldn’t be happier! This picture was of the in between stage of winter stuff out, but no summer stuff in yet.

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We have to make the most of our space and we have more summer skirts than we do winter skirts. I rolled up all the “crinkle” skirts and put them in a drawer to save on hanging space.

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When packing away the winter clothes, I put all the clothes on the bottom and laid paper over them so that I could put the boots on top.

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Ta da! No smashed boots, and no dirty clothes!

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Everything is properly labeled this time so I don’t lose stuff. Which, ahem, I am sad to say happens all the time. Not this year!

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The closet when all is said and done. Bottom shelf has long skirts on the left. Tunics in the middle, and dresses on the right.

Top shelf has shorter skirts on the left along with a couple of jackets. And tops on the right.

Tshirts, denim skirts, and other non-hangable things are in the drawers of our dresser.

 

So to sum up, my tips are,

1~Label Everything CLEARLY! It will save so much trouble later. Especially if your storage space is as much as a bottomless pit as ours! LOL!

2~Pack your boots or shoes on top of the clothes. You don’t want them getting all smashed from the weight of all the clothes.

 

 

Do you pack away your winter clothes?

Any packing/organizing tips?

 

By His Grace,

Victoria

Why Organization is Important in a Wardrobe pt. 2 The Dresser

So! On to the Dresser!

Same rules apply to Organization that I mentioned in the previous post. In case you didn’t read the first post, you can find it here:

Our Dresser is a vintage dresser that is long. (PS, I am only going to show you my drawers!)

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My Top drawer has Cami’s/tanks that I separate in piles of lights and Darks. Also socks and gloves! And Bike shorts in the back.

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Bottom Drawer, straight denim skirts, and leggings.

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In the Middle Drawer I keep my T-shirts. Now, our dresser has really shallow drawers. Which poses a problem if I stack my shirts in the usual way. So I am going to show you a new way to fold your t-shirts and stack them in your drawer! I learned this from a dear friend who posted it on her blog.  1. in half lengthwise. 2. in half width wise. 3. In half width wise again. and voila!

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Place them all in rows instead of stacks. This way, you can see all of the t-shirts and not have to dig and make a mess of your drawers!

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Now, this is how I fold Leggings so that they fit in these shallow drawers! 1. fold in half. 2.fold in thirds length wise. 3. fold that in half. Line them up in your drawer like you did the t-shirts.

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Again, these are the tricks that I have found helpful in organizing my clothes in a way that makes them easy to access and find. I hope these tips help you! Now, go turn some music you enjoy on and go have fun organizing!

Disclaimer: My drawers and Closets don’t always look like this. Every two months or more, I will go and touch them up, get rid of things that I never wear, put away things that are out of season, and make everything spick and span again!

By His Grace,

Victoria

Why Organization is Important in a Wardrobe Pt. 1 The Closet

Hello Everyone! I am here now to share something that is really important to me and my wardrobe. As you can guess by the title, Organization!

You know the old phrase “Organization is Key”? Well I am here to testify that this is true.

I share a small bedroom with my two sisters. That means it is crowded to say the least. But to quote the Duggars, “some how we make it all work out!” We have triple bunks, so no problem there, and we each have our own little space or storage spot, even if that is just a basket or box that sits in the corner of the room. But we share one dresser and one closet between us. But when there is so little space, organization is important for many reasons.

1. it enables us to see everything in an orderly way so nothing is buried in a drawer where we can’t see, and nothing is rolled in a ball in the corner of the closet floor. (been there done that)

2. It helps us make color combination choices much easier

3. It makes me happy! {grin}

Here is a picture of our closet. Get ready. It may not look that organized but for us this is.

Top Shelf:

Here we hang all of our blouses or shirts that need to be hung up because of that hateful enemy, wrinkles. I organize them by colors, that way I can see all of the options to match a particular skirt without having to dig through them all. I tried to follow the color wheel out of my head, but I didn’t do it right. Smile Then in the winter I organize them so that my jackets/sweaters are on the left by themselves, not mixed in with the blouses and tops. Long sleeve t-shirts are stacked up in a pile in between them. This method is really helpful for the outlined reasons! It helps us see everything and decide what exactly we want to wear.

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Bottom shelf:

All the way to the left is Tunics and dresses. Then Homemade skirts, Denim, Tan, then misc. skirts. Again, all of the options are available in eyesight and organized in a way that we always know where what we are looking for is. {slight side note, I am really geeked out when I see all of the homemade skirts! Some of them need to be retired, but it is so hard when you made it yourself. it is like cutting up something you spent a lot of time, effort, thought, and love into.}

 

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This is just the method that works for our room, closet, and life, but I hope this was helpful in some way to you! Happy organizing!

I will share the dresser drawers and folding techniques in the next post. Stay tuned!

By His Grace,

Victoria