I've tried many different yarn storage systems over the years. Shelving in my craft space, baskets by my bed, laundry baskets in my closet, and rubbermaid bins to name a few. All of these resulted in piles of tangled yarn and it was impossible to find what I needed, when I needed it. It was time to find a better yarn storage solution once and for all. I was inspired by this picture of the Lion Brand Yarn Studio (wouldn't you love to spend the whole day crocheting there?!) and wanted to mimic a little of what they had done in my home.
I first needed to find a place... a new home for my yarn. There was only one spot that made sense to me: the place where I had built my DIY Gift Wrap Station. Yes, the gift wrap station that got featured in Woman's Day Magazine. It was so hard to see it come down but it was truly the only area in the house that made sense for my yarn storage and the fact of the matter is that I use my yarn way more than wrapping paper. So let me get to it and show you what I did!
I was browsing online for different shelving units and then it hit me, a wine rack would be perfect! I found THIS ONE on Amazon and the dimensions were an exact match for my space! Ok, I will admit it was a little pricey so if you are handy (or know someone who is) I bet you could figure out how to build a unit like this for much cheaper. It comes unassembled so just building it was enough of a project for us. It is 35 3/4"(h) x 34 7/8"(w) x 9 11/16"(d) with 12 cubbies. It weighs about 40lbs and we secured it to the wall with 3 shelf brackets - two under the top two cubbies and one on the bottom. I currently have over 100 skeins of yarn in it! And I love being able to sort my yarn by color and have it easily accessible. I now know what I have and what I need. And clearly I don't need any more yarn right now! The rainbow colors make me happy and inspire me to create! I feel happy just looking at all of this yarny goodness :)
Under the "wine rack" we mounted these adorable canvas wall hanging storage bins that I found on Etsy from Odor's Home. The size and depth was exactly what I was looking for and I just loved this cute shop and all their handmade items. I like my neutrals, but they make these baskets in so many fun patterns and colors! Just take a look at their ETSY SHOP and Facebook page. Suggested uses are for diapers, kids toy storage, books, toiletries, pens, pencils, mail and much more! You could easily use them in any room but I have used them to conveniently hold my crochet hooks, tapestry needs, stitch markers, scissors, rotary cutter, crochet books, my Jordan Paige Tool Butler, measuring tape, pom-pom makers, scrap yarn, Bonbon skeins, and I still have room for more! And the best part is that all of my crochet tools are in one place instead of scattered about the house in ziplock bags and such.
But wait there is more! More yarn! Don't you hate it when your skeins become small, floppy, they lose their shape and unravel and tangle easily? Well, I finally invested in a yarn ball winder (the Stanwood Needlecraft Large Metal Yarn/Fiber/Wool/String Ball Winder, 10-Ounce) and it's better than I ever imagined. I wound all these balls in less than an hour, filling this large Threshold Color Block Round Woven Basket from Target. The other matching basket holds my specialty yarn, chunky yarn, and crochet thread.
And how could I forget my buttons! I organized them by color in glass gasket jars from Storables.
With spring right around the corner are you thinking about getting organized? I hope this inspires you!
And for more yarn storage inspiration, check out Stephanie from All About Ami's new yarn storage space! Great minds think alike!