StOrage Containers are a Quilter’s Catnip. Who doesn’t thrill over the PERFECT CONTAINER for quilty things?
Using the best storage containers or systems suited for you and your color chips is fun. Like a custom closet for our clothes, the right storage containers and displays for color chips make finding the right fabrics enjoyable. Gazing at a bulletin board or lifting the lid is a tiny quilty thrill to see those colors waiting to play. That’s what we do every day in the Playful Color Quilt Guild – learn more here.
Your Storage Personality: Are YOU AN INNIE OR OUTIE?
Do you like everything in your sewing space in sight so you know where it is? (Outie) Or are you an ‘everything out of sight’ minimalist? (Innie) A hybrid, somewhere in between the two?
First, let’s start with the best storage containers for color chips for Outies. They l-o-v-e love to see their fabrics! Outies groove on colorful walls, pops of colors and rainbow color palettes. Their challenge: Find a system and a place to display their color chips. Think ‘store display’ where things are neatly arranged and always visible.
Watch how I organize my color chips
Best Storage for OUTTIES
Let’s have a look at the best storage containers for this colorful group:
- White metal peg board with magnetic strips (courtesy of Modern Handcraft with a nifty tute). These little cards stay put with an adhesive magnetic strip on their backsides. Display your cards and move them around to audition colors. Use one gigantic board or smaller boards for color families, and keep a blank board handy to play on.
- 3-inch metal binder rings (shop here). A pack of 12 rings is enough to get your started. Sort the colors onto rings and you’re ready to mix it up. The chips stay in order and can fit in your purse when you visit the fabric store. Store them on hooks or slide the rings onto an embroidery hoop.
- Glass jars – stash your color chips in jars and make a pretty display on a shelf or nook.
- Clear boxes with lids. I’m partial to The Container Store, especially the small clear accessory box found in the shoebox section. Perfect for a color chip collection!
- Tip: if your color chips are in a sunny room, keep them away from direct sunlight or continuous exposure to fluorescent light.
Best storage Containers for INNIES
The best storage containers for Innies have lids for containment (and contentment). They feel best when everything is cleaned up and put away, and less inclined to spill. Most Innies adore an excuse to shop for containers and a designated place for everything.
- Clear boxes with lids and lots of them. Innies like to fill storage containers like nesting dolls. One big container is good; one big container filled with smaller containers is GREAT. (Hello again, Container Store).
- Drawer dividers. If you already use drawers in your sewing space, adding dividers gives you a pretty tray of color chips. You can see everything at once and then not, when you close the drawer. These can be purchased or DIY.
- Embroidery thread organizer. As if made for storing color chips, this hinged container is the right size for color chips. Add another container if you branch out into other brands’ color chip collections. And they stack nicely! Ahhhh.
Lid it and Label it
If you’re unsure about your Innie or Outie storage personality, no worries. According to me, you’re leaning more in one direction so maybe embrace that. See lists above. Below, an easy choice-among-all-choices for the best storage container for color chips.
Sort and put your color chips in baggies in a small storage container with a lid. You won’t be tempted to put anything else in there and it won’t fit anyway. They are essential to playful color quilting!
Last, keep your color chips close by. They’re a daily reminder that says ‘Hey, color chips are creative catnip!’ So go ahead – bat ’em around and see the magic happen!
Learn more about the tiny-but-mighty color chips and other color tools in my post on the must-have-list of color tools for color mastery.
Wondering how to choose colors that really work together instead of relying on fabric bundles and kits? Learn more here.