Do you have a jumbled collection of ribbons? I can't possibly be the only person in the world with a box full that needed a good sort out and some organisation put in place.
This is what I had before, a box full of all sorts of ribbons: whole reels, little tiny bits and everything in between. A big ol' tangled mess. Not a great way to keep my craft supplies. My excuse is that I don't like to throw anything away. You just never know when a little bit will come in just right for something.
Any super tidy crafters just look away now - nothing for you to see here!
Not good enough, not nearly good enough at all! So this is what I did.
First I took everything out so I could see what I had, then I started sorting.
I divided the ribbons into piles:
Big bits of lace
Little bits of lace
Sparkly and metallic
Smaller, thinner pieces divided into colours
Then I popped them into zip lock bags.
Some longer, nicer lengths I wound onto old cotton reels and secured then with a little bit of washi tape.
I found a few cards that had some ribbon still on them so I just filled up the gaps with some longer lengths too.
I put any ribbon reels I had in the bottom of the box first.
Then the nicely organise zip lock bags just lay on top.
It feels so lovely to see them all nicely organised. When I want something I can actually find it now.
Some people (i.e. all those who know me IRL) will find it amusing that I'm sharing a 'being tidy' idea. Tidy and me are not normally best friends, but this is easy and seems to actually work.
I vow to keep my ribbons this tidy FOREVER - honest!
Do you have a ribbon stash? How do you keep it nice?