Workshop Wednesday: Spring cleaning in your crafting space

Today's Workshop Wednesday project is brought to you by Houston Makerspace's own sewing maven Jill Brumer and is guaranteed to shape-up your crafting space.

Hi makers! It's time to grasp that Spring cleaning energy while we've got it and tame that mess in your craft space.

Recently, I took one look at my creative space and realized, "this mess of ribbons has got to be tamed!" If you collect bits of ribbon (like me), you probably have your own out of control ribbon area that looks something like this:

I looked around online for inspiration on what to do, but nothing really seemed to work for my space. That's why I hatched this plan.

Here's what you need to make your very own ribbon organizer:

Paper towel tubes


Binder clips

Wooden dowels or something tall & thin (unsharpened pencils would work as well)

Jar or flower pot

(Optional) Stones or beads or beans

Your ribbons!


I love this project because it's simple, eye-catching, and reuses something we normally just throw away (hello, paper towel tubes, I'm looking at you).

Let's get started!

This is the fun part: separate your ribbons. Cut your paper towel tube so it is the same width as your first ribbon in the pile.

Wrap the ribbon around the tube; secure with a binder clip to keep from unraveling.

Do this on repeat until your ribbons have all been assigned to a tube and clipped.

Add your wooden dowels to a jar or vase, whichever you choose to use, and stack your ribbon-wraps on up.

If you want to spice it up, feel free to add those optional stones or beans to the pot to keep your dowels upright. I like the look of mine without.

So easy, but so cool. Sit back, relax, and enjoy being able to access any ribbon you want with this awesome ribbon organizer!


About Jill:

Jill Brumer has been educating and crafting for years, so it was bound to happen that these two passions would eventually meet up! When not sewing or teaching others to sew, Jill can be found enjoying all the things that this great city of Houston has to offer.

Jill will be leading a BYOM (Bring Your Own Machine) sewing workshop on Saturday, May 31 at Houston Makerspace. Register here!

Follow Jill on Twitter for updates and check out her handmade fabric stationary line in her Etsy shop.

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