Our Top Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Craft Room
It may feel like spring really has taken its merry time in putting in an appearance this year (not that we’re complaining about building snowmen in March!) but nonetheless, the springtime season can only mean one thing: it’s time for the annual spring clean. Some people find great satisfaction in sanitising every nook and cranny throughout their household, while others… well, it’s a lot of hard work! But if we had to choose one room to clean within an inch of its life, it would, of course, have to be the craft room!
Crafting can be a messy hobby; paints and dyes can cause fabric stains, die-cutting produces tiny paper cut-outs that cover tabletops and floors, and craft storage always seems to be a bit of an issue. It seems that over the years, we collect more craft supplies than we’ve got space for! That’s why we think it only seems fitting to bring you an article dedicated to spring cleaning – craft style! So, in the spirit of crafting, here are some tips for organising your craft room.
Paints, inks and adhesives are pretty stubborn stains to get rid of – but they’re not impossible. Instead of scrubbing and smudging the ink blot for hours, we’ve got a nifty trick that’ll remove your stains – and your worries – with ease: Scraperfect’s Best Ever Cleaner. I mean, they wouldn’t call it that if it wasn’t true, right? This self-proclaimed ‘Earth-friendly’ cleaner is safe for use on rubber stamps, clear stamps, fabrics, craft tools and, most importantly, your hands!
Over time, irons can build up dirt, starch and even limescale; it’s bound to have wear and tear if used regularly. If you’ve accidentally burnt clothing (no shame – we’ve all been there!) it’s likely to have some scorch marks, too. This build up of grime can stain your fabrics and make the iron plate struggle to glide effortlessly across materials, so it makes sense to keep your iron in pristine condition. For that reason, we bring you the Vilene Iron Cleaner Stick. This handy cleaning tube removes scorch, starch and burn marks from the iron plate quickly, so you can cruise through the creases with minimum fuss!
If you’re a keen painter or cake decorator, you probably have a large stash of brushes. If you paint on a regular basis, it’s so easy to clog your brushes’ bristles up with hardened paint that just doesn’t seem to want to budge. Unfortunately, this debris from a previous portrait can seriously affect your next project; paint won’t apply as smoothly and cleanly. Natural Turpenoid is an extraordinary paintbrush cleaner that restores aged brushes by conditioning them as it cleans. No longer will you need to scrub your brushes… it’s an artist’s dream!
Adequate storage is essential in a craft room. Without it, you risk damaging or losing your precious craft supplies! That’s why we love using caddies to safeguard our small embellishments, stamps, inks and even ribbons. If you want to get your craft room in order, then look no further… we’ve got the whole Kit N Caboodle for you!
Introducing an all-encompassing storage collection for crafting products of all kinds! It’s ideal for organising all your crafting supplies, so not only will you be able to find everything you need in nano-seconds, but it’ll also be effortless to take your crafting essentials on the move! Craft at a friend’s house, take crafting supplies on holiday or get set up at a craft fair with minimum fuss, thanks to this incredible craft storage range from Kit N Kaboodle.
Metal dies are extremely thin, so it can be far too easy to damage them. Instead of throwing them into a drawer or leaving them on the side after use, it’s paramount that they’re stored in a particular way. Couture Creations’ Magnetic Die Storage features magnetic sheets that securely hold your dies in place, meaning that they can’t go missing or break. Not only does it protect your dies, but it also allows you to create an organised system to keep them tidy.
Don’t think that Caddies and Totes are reserved only for storing your papers, stamps and pens – we’ve something for every kind of crafter! So if your prized possession is your Screen Sensation Kit, Your AccuQuilt Go! Fabric Cutter, or perhaps it’s your Cutterpillar Pro, then we’ve the perfect tote for you! Designed especially to fit, carry and protect your crafting machines, these fantastic totes enable you to take even the most serious of crafting equipment on the move, without fear of damaging anything!
When people think about ribbons, they don’t realise how much of a mess they can make… if you own a ribbon stash, then I’m sure you’ll appreciate (or not!) that they have an incredible ability to unravel, tangle and rip! Drawers and cupboards just won’t do; you need specially designed ribbon storage to order your ribbons into a system. That’s why we jumped for joy when we discovered Tattered Lace’s Collapsible Ribbon Storage Box with Ribbon Stand! Not only does this box look beautiful whilst displayed in a craft room, but it also holds 32 standard-sized ribbons neatly on plastic rods. Similarly, the ribbon stand holds 12 ribbons on a sturdy plastic rod. The perfect duo!
Next up, we’ve got storage solutions for the stitchers. Sewing and knitting require so many different components. You’ve got your fabrics, bobbins and threads, knitting needles or crochet hooks, scissors, acrylic templates, patterns, yarn, notions, cutting mats…. there’s a lot to try to keep orderly! That’s why we searched for (and found!) the ultimate storage solution from Simplicity. Their Deluxe Craft Storage Caddy will transform your craft room, offering a huge variety of drawers and compartments to store your biggest and smallest supplies.
If your room isn’t big enough to fit this multi-compartment storage caddy (or it doesn’t fit in with your room’s decor), have no fear! We also have a selection of pretty sewing baskets and boxes to beautify your craft space!
SDo you ever find that your spools of thread have a strange habit of unraveling themselves? One minute you could have a box full of ordered spools, and then the next minute you open the box to discover a giant hairball! Surely there must be a solution to this irritating issue? We’re pleased to announce that there is! Introducing the Mega-Rack II from June Tailor. This spool structure holds 120 thread spools on individual pegs, making it near impossible for them to get tangled up. If you don’t have 120 spools, the Mini Mega-Rack II hangs up to 60 spools of thread instead… perfect!
If you use your sewing machine on a regular basis, you may like to have it out on display in your craft room. However, you may not have enough space to permanently keep your treasured machine out on your work bench. The Groves Exclusive Print Collection Sewing Machine Bag is practical, stylish and portable, providing a safe and secure place for your sewing machine to rest whilst not in use. You can even store your accessories and sewing patterns with it.
Jewellery makers need adequate storage – that’s a given. This craft requires so many tiny components that it’d be impossible to create jewellery effectively without any. Fortunately, we stock jewellery making storage solutions from some of the best brands out there! Beads Direct offer a double-layered Storage Box with 13 different compartments, meaning you can store your beads, findings and stringing materials in one place. TotallyBeads have a different take on storage, providing individual Screw Top Storage Containers to keep small elements secure. If you need to store finished jewellery, check out Bead Spider’s Organza Bags.
Our final springtime storage solution is a great all-rounder. Storage Drawers can be used for all manner of craft supplies, providing the means to store papers, fabrics, tools, embellishments, yarn, knitting needles, stamps, and much more. Better yet, these stylish units will tuck away into the corner of your craft room and blend in with your decor. Available in rainbow or monochrome colourways, the Blue Hills Studio create carts with 3 Drawers, 6 Drawers, 8 Drawers, 10 Drawers or 12 Drawers to cater to all requirements. They’ve even got a sleek ‘X-Frame’ Storage Cart. You needn’t have to worry about a messy craft room again!