Thursday, March 20, 2014

Washi Tape Storage

I was first introduced to washi tape about two years ago, shortly after moving into our house. I don't remember which blogger wow'd me with their "pretty tape" but I do remember going into Joann and getting a blank look when I asked if they had any. I intended to use washi on my laundry room mirror, but I had to use something else instead.

Since then, I use washi tape on occasion around the house and have amassed a small collection. My craft room is still primarily used for quilting, but I wanted to display my tape in a way that each roll would be easy to access.

I've tried a few different options over the last year, but I think I have finally found a system that will work for me. I inadvertently started the process last year when we transformed Marissa's room into my craft room.

It started with a fat quarter I found at Joann.

I loved the pattern and color so I used it to cover a 12"x 18" sheet of metal from Lowes. The original intention was a magnetic board near my sewing table.

I love that I only need one fat quarter. No cutting required.

Perfect size.

I used duct tape to secure the fabric over the sheet metal.

At the time, I wasn't sure if I would be keeping this idea. If I were to do it again, I might have used some sort of sticky spray on the front to adhere the fabric. Without it, the fabric will pull a little bit, but it's not a problem for me.

For a long time, I hung the sheet on the wall behind my sewing table and used it to hold up photos. (You can also see that I added a little ribbon to jazz it up). When I switched to a smaller table (photo to come), it looked out of place so I started brainstorming a new use.

I was also looking for a way to use the metal bobbins that I found out that I wasn't supposed to be using with my sewing machine. (This resulted in a little tweak to my bobbin holder).

Here's a close up. Again I used CMS NeoPin Magnetic Push Pins  I bought on Amazon.

I connected a push pin to a round magnet, then added the bobbin over the push pin.

I like that I am able to quickly grab whatever roll I need without having to take it out of a container or off of a rod. 

In addition to my solution, here are a few other options:

3. de Jong Dream House
5. Barbara from The Picnic Basket, as featured on Studio Calico
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  1. Love your idea, Jen! I especially like the bobbins!

  2. I just love this idea!! I have a crazy love for washi tape.. Thanks for sharing..
    Tiffany @

  3. Great idea! I have my washi tape in a drawer and sometimes I forget about it. I should put it out so I can remember to use it!


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