We’ve updated our Sewing Lab here at American Patchwork & Quilting®–and we’re beyond excited about the new look. Our first refresh came in the form of Koala Cabinets. If you want to see what we picked out, check out this video.
Our latest update has helped us get a handle on our vast Fabric Library—where we store the most current lines of fabric sent to our offices by a variety of companies.
We use these fabrics to create color options, for photography when we’re pulling together a Color Inspiration article, and to stitch samples when we’re doing step-by-step how-to photos.
We have two Ikea Expedit shelf units that have 25 openings each.
Before, they were filled with baskets Ikea sells to fit the openings. Good looking, but not too functional, as fabric can get heavy and the bins weren’t really designed for that.
So, we were thrilled to find a new locker-style basket being introduced as part of the Better Homes and Gardens® collection at WalMart. (Note: Better Homes and Gardens magazine is the flagship title of Meredith Corporation, which also publishes American Patchwork & Quilting magazine).
And our favorite part is the area on each end where you can write with chalk.
In the Sewing Lab, we use this area to identify the fabric company whose contents are inside the basket.
But we see plenty of applications for all of us to use them in our home sewing spaces—and identify bins by project, color of contents, or fabric collections.
Reasonably priced, these affordable baskets come with snap-on canvas liners that are easily removed for laundering.
Best of all, they’re sturdy and we’ve found that one can hold more than 300 uniformly-folded fat quarters—and still be able to slide into the shelf opening. Now that’s a great storage solution for your stash!
So, if you’re looking to update your sewing space with a look that’s fresh, clean and right on trend, check out these canvas-lined wire storage baskets from the Better Homes and Gardens collection at WalMart. You should find them in stores and online at walmart.com by early June, 2013. I think you’ll love them!
Executive Editor, American Patchwork & Quilting
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