What is upcycling? Upcycling is also known as creative re-use of things. You can just re-use them as they are for another purpose or you can transform them into a new useful item. I like to upcycle because it saves money, is fun and has the added benefit of not adding to the landfill! So, this week, I’ll talk about upcycling items to use in the sewing room and also some items that can be used in the sewing room that weren’t necessarily designed for it. Let’s get to it!
The first item I “rescued” was this old coffee mug holder. Since all our mugs are in a cabinet, I decided to use this one for my sewing room. I use it to hang my scissors and rotary cutters. It’s parked at the corner of my cutting mat so I can reach these supplies quickly.
Next up … what did I do with this?
Instead of adding it to my recycling bin, I use it to store my fusible web!
I used to fold my Heat n’ Bond but then I had to deal with pesky fold marks which sometimes caused damage to the glue side of the fusible. Now, I roll it and slip it into the cardboard tube! No more fold marks and it’s easy to slip into a drawer for storage.
Empty prescription bottle? Use it to store bobbins!
I use it just to store a random assortment of bobbins. You can also use a bottle for each color of pre-wound bobbins that you use often for your projects. This keeps them sorted and also helps to keep them from unraveling.
Here’s another unique way to store bobbins… it’s actually pretty funny! If you have some of those old pedicure toe separators lying around, you can use them to store bobbins.
The bobbins fit in the toe spaces and it also serves the purpose of securing the thread so the bobbins don’t unravel. Also, the far right photo shows that these are easily stackable in a drawer by your sewing machine.
This next one is really unique! If you are a golfer, or live with one, you find a lot of golf tees floating around your house. I know I do! You can upcycle these by using them to pair a bobbin with a spool of thread. That way you can keep the spool of thread and the bobbin with the same color thread together.
Unusual Items to Put to Use
Now onto some items that you can purchase at the store to put to work in your sewing room. Obviously these items weren’t manufactured with the sewing room in mind, but I’ve found a spot for them!
Ergonomics is a big thing to consider when you are sewing, especially for long periods of time. Here’s a way to tilt your sewing machine to add to your comfort when sewing.
Yes, that’s a door stop! Grab a pair from your local hardware store to do this:
Since I have done this, it has relieved some back and neck strain since the machine is angled toward me. No more hunching over to see what I am stitching.
Another item that is not made for the sewing room but comes in handy is that roll of blue painter’s tape. I use it to mark the cutting line on my ruler so it’s easy to find my measurement, especially when I am cutting a large amount of strips the same width. And, it leaves no sticky residue on your ruler. You can re-position a piece of tape several times if needed.
Finally, if you are always hunting for those scissors when you are sewing, try making a scissors necklace! You can find the ball chains (left photo) in the craft store, thread them through your scissor handle and there you go. Instant scissor necklace.
So, that’s it for this week. Share with me in the comments below your favorite item that you have upcycled to use in your sewing room. You will be entered into a drawing for my new pattern, Strips & Stars:
The drawing will be on Monday, October 31st. Good luck! **We have a winner! Congrats, Jen W.!**