I'm back again with another post for Scrap Basket Sunday, hosted by Kim. This time my post doesn't really seem like it is going to be about scraps, but I promise--a few scraps will be involved.
Do any of you know my blogging friend, Freda at her blog, The Adventures of the Empress of the Universe? Yesterday she had the best post about a brilliant idea! Please click on her name to see it. She had been in Target and found a great caddy which is perfect for quilting. I had just been at Target before I read her blog, but I went right back out. This is why.
Freda mentioned, there is no mesh bottom for the larger and smaller compartments. She cut some white cardboard for the bottoms on her white caddy and it looked great. I don't have any white cardboard--I would have to use pieces from a brown box, so I started thinking about how to make it pretty. Freda also suggested using a glass for holding pens and pencils, etc. but she didn't have any so, being so clever, she used toilet paper rolls (empty.) She covered them to make them pretty, so my mind was thinking "cover it to make it pretty." I first considered scrapbook paper. I have tons, and plenty of patriotic. But I was worried a bit about durability. Then I thought of fabric, and then I remembered!
I cut my cardboard and fit it in several times until I was happy, and then I used spray adhesive on the back of the laminated fabric (cut to size.) I cut out squares at the corners and wrapped the edges around to the back.
I did take the time to center the chevron down the length of the pieces.
Then I inserted them into the caddy.
Cool! I love the patriotic feel!
Next it was time to fill.
I splurged and got one of the coordinating glasses at Target to hold pens and pencils. I put it in the largest opening, right next to one side.
It leaves plenty of room next to it for rulers. It is heavy enough that even having a 6x24 in it won't tip it over! If you don't use a glass, you can get up to 9" wide rulers in that large compartment.
The center triangle compartments hold scissors and rotary cutters perfectly!
But what really "sold me" on getting this caddy was the smaller, front compartment. When I saw Freda's, I knew it would be perfect for all my smaller, specialty rulers that I'm always losing in my ruler drawer! It didn't disappoint me, either! They work perfectly in it.
The tall handle was a perfect spot to hang my perfect circle templates that I'm always losing! Now they have a designated place that is visible and easy to grab!
Look at all the stuff I've got loaded in it! And no tipping!
And one more view on my cutting table.
Remember--this wasn't my idea, it was Freda's--and I can't thank her enough! She has great vision. You know if they marketed this directly to quilters, they would charge $45 for it!
I'll hopefully be back next week with projects using more scraps. Have a great day!