Friday, July 24, 2015



If you've been reading my latest posts, you know I'm on an organizing kick, and I'm always looking for storage solutions. I've run out of open storage space for my fat quarters and needed a more efficient way to store them. When I was at Quilt Market this May, I saw some new dies from Sizzix that I thought would help me get more organized in the sewing room. They cut a handy fat quarter wrap, photo box folder, and spool card to help store your fabric.

I used some colorful mat board from my local crafts store and my Sizzix Fabi Cutter to create them.

Here's what they look like once they're cut...

For the fat quarter wrap, you simply wrap the fabric around the mat board, starting with the back side.

Of course you could also fold the fabric a little wider to make more efficient use of the wrap like they did in the Sizzix booth (shown below) but I left mine just the way it came folded. 

The fat quarter wraps fit neatly in a typical photo storage box that you can get at crafts stores. 

You can use the photo box folder die to cut dividers for your fat quarter wraps. I used a green accent color for my dividers, which I plan to label once I fill my box with goodies. I used a gold mat board for the fat quarter wraps since it goes with many colors. The featured fabrics in the photo below are from Riley Blake's recent line, Little Joys. They're the perfect festive prints for the holidays.

The spool die came in handy for storing my many bits of ribbon, twine, trim, and even my vintage buttons. In the Sizzix booth photo, above, you can see how they cleverly grouped these cards by punching holes in the top and gathering them on a metal ring. I think these cards would make a pretty presentation for gifts to give your sewing friends. I have several in the works for mine.

The thread cards even feature a handy notch to secure the start and end of your embellishments. I love that I can create as many of these handy helpers as I need. Now I'm on the lookout for mat board in fun colors! If any of you know of good sources, please email me. My local store didn't have a lot to choose from. The spools die retails for $15.99, the fat quarter wrap for $29.99, and the photo box folder for $29.99.

At Spring Quilt Market, Sizzix also debuted dies designed by Kid Giddy to create this darling hedgehog and owl. I quickly snapped them up at Sample Spree. Both dies retail for $29.99 each.

For more details on these clever dies, check out the Sizzix website here or to locate a store that carries Sizzix dies, visit this link. To help you get started organizing your own fabric and to enhance your fabric stash a little, I'm giving away a pretty photo storage box, four fat quarters from Riley Blake's new fabric collection, Vintage Market, and the three spool cards adorned in embellishments that you see in the photo below.

Anyone is welcome to enter the giveaway (including international visitors). To enter, just leave a comment on this post telling me which of the featured dies you like best and why. I'm always interested to hear your thoughts and find out what things are of most use to you. If you are an official follower who shows up in Google Followers, you can have an extra entry by leaving an additional comment as my thank you for your support (You need to leave a separate comment as I will select winners via Random Generator). You have until Wed., July 29th, at noon central time to enter. I'll draw a winner via Random Generator and announce him or her by 6 p.m. on the 29th. The winner will have until Friday, July 31st at noon central time to contact me with his or her mailing address. Good luck to all who chose to enter!