Us crafters aren’t exactly known for our minimalist living. I’m always saving and rescuing scraps of fabric, beautiful buttons or zips because I just know that they’ll come in handy… some day 🙂 Plus, it helps that you can use just about any old scrap of fabric to rag rug with!
With your average crafter, this squirrelling away probably wouldn’t be a problem, but as a craft business owner not only do I have to deal with my own personal craft stash (which is task enough as a self-confessed fabric hoarder), but I also have to store all my Ragged Life stock. And it certainly adds up!
Storing Ragged Life tools:
Rag rugging isn’t exactly the most space-efficient of crafts, so I’ve learned to squeeze stock into all sorts of spaces with Tetris-like efficiency. And as my business has grown, I’ve had to change up my craft storage to stop it all descending into chaos. So, it’s not the prettiest of stock rooms, but here’s an inside look into how I store some of my Ragged Life tools and hessian…
Hopefully you can now picture me rooting around in there whenever you order a piece of hessian 🙂 And this is how I store some of my larger pieces of fabric…
It’s not quite “Pinterest Perfect”, but it does the job at the moment and it’s ever-evolving.
My Craft Storage Challenge:
Although, I was quite happy with my Ragged Life craft storage, my ultimate organisational challenge came in the form of the 100% wool blanket yarn I started selling in April 2018. For anyone who doesn’t know what blanket yarn is, it’s essentially superb quality, woollen fabric strips, which you can rag rug with. Here are a couple of photos…
But, I’m sorry to say that I got myself into a bit of a pickle… To have a good enough range of different colours takes a lot of space and, although the blanket yarn was manageable when I just had a few bags to store, now I have a massive range, which has formed a small blanket yarn mountain…
Emma lounging on the blanket yarn mountain.
Haha, I feel like I’ve just aired my dirty laundry! And, although it’s fairly comfy to lounge on, the mountain wasn’t exactly sustainable. Finding particular blanket yarns in the pile required wading and sometimes diving, which although cosy, wasn’t exactly efficient. So, a couple of months ago, we decided to re-haul our craft storage of the blanket yarn to make it easier to navigate and a bit more aesthetic. Here’s how we went about it…
The Craft Storage Plan:
My first step was to head to Google to see how other people were storing similar items. Wool immediately sprang to mind. When you Google “wool storage” there are plenty of ingenious storage solutions that come up, but I was particularly enamoured with diamond box shelving (don’t think that’s it’s official name), which looked like it would hold the balls of blanket yarn securely, whilst also looking pretty. This was the original inspiration for my storage…
But, I would need the cubbies to be a little bigger, as the balls of blanket yarn are a bit bigger than regular skeins of wool. I also fancied white units to make the colours pop better.
So, with a plan in mind, I decided to have a look online and see whether any retailers sold this style of shelving. Well it turns out that it’s impossible to find anywhere online and I didn’t come across anything similar in person either. Doh! But, I wasn’t deterred. It was time to go bespoke! Fortunately, Sany (one of our Ragged Life family) has a very talented partner who was up for the woodworking challenge. These were a couple of work in progress photos as he made the shelves…
It took some serious mathematics to calculate what size the cubbies should be. Sany making sure the shelf didn’t topple over!
And here was how we precariously transported them from Sany and Sean’s house once they were done!
The Craft Storage Makeover:
So, now is time for the big reveal. This is what the finished shelves look like with all the beautiful blanket yarn stacked onto them. We’ve transformed the former dumping ground into a little crafty chill out zone, complete with statement sofa.
I’m in rainbow heaven!!! 😍
The shelves didn’t quite fit all our blanket yarn (which goes to show just how much we have!), so we’ve actually ordered another couple of shelves off Sean 😋 Watch this space to see what we do when the others are made.
Behind the Scenes:
And here are a few behind the scenes photos as we stacked the shelves.
So, what do you think of our wonderful wall of wool? Comment below to let me know whether you think it was all worth the agro 😊 Also, we now feel less embarrassed about people popping in to choose blanket yarns, so message us if you’d like to come and visit the wonderful wall of wool in person to buy some blanket yarn.
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As always, happy rag rugging!