I can’t believe it’s Week 6 already, can you? This summer has been flying by and I’m partly happy (goodbye humidity, hello fall!) and partly sad (My office assistant is leaving for college). I’ve been super busy trying to prep for shows, getting new inventory in and writing patterns.
I decided for this final blog hop post that I’d show you my method for organizing my teaching bag since that seems to be where most of my tools and rulers live. I also acquired a few new things this week to share too!
So for me, teaching is a big part of my business. I travel to my local shop several times a month as well as to shows & guilds & other shops to teach. Regardless of where I’m teaching I always like to travel with my big teaching bag. And surprisingly no I didn’t make it! It’s a small 31 tote that just works great for this purpose. Someday I’ll make myself one!
I like to have my own tools so that 1. I have what I need for demoing hardware, cutting, etc… and 2. So I have the tools I prefer. Don’t we all have favorites that we must use for each project? I have adopted a system of using smaller zippered pouches inside of my larger bag to keep everything organized by type. I like to make zippered pouches in different shapes and sizes (great practice for sewing zippers!) and they make my bag look so pretty too! I have a cutting tool bag that I keep rotary cutters, extra blades, scissors and seam rippers. I have another bag with marking tools and another with extra hardware bits like screws and what not in case someone has misplaced something. I always keep a bag of binding clips too for making bags. This method works great for me and might be a great way for you to get your things in order for upcoming classes. I also have room in the bag for my rulers since I only carry a few small ones with me.
This week I was at my local quilt shop teaching (of course!) and I had noticed these new Stash ‘N Store tool organizers by It’s Sew Emma they had displayed. I was intrigued and had to bring one home. I absolutely love it! It’s more handy than I thought it would be and I like the compact size. It has this colored rubber top that holds your tools upright so they’re easy to grab. It’s slim and fits right next to my machine or even on the window sill. The slotted design isn’t big enough for a rotary cutter but it’s great for scissors, marking tools, tweezers, seam ripper and all the other essentials. I might have to grab another for the office to keep track of all my pens and scissors there too!
One last thing that I got this week is this adorable little Clip-on lamp from the Daylight Company. Ok, in all fairness I have had this since May when I went to Janome training but I just got the chance to take it out of the box. It’s such a cute little light and it’s great because it’s portable! You can clip it anywhere you like. It has 3 brightness settings and it’s rechargeable. Great for travel, a book lamp, extra light at a retreat or right next to the machine like I have it. I used it tonight while I was adding some hardware to a bag since it’s been so dark and dreary today. The arm can be moved and bent in any direction too so it’s definitely a new must have for me. I also have the larger slim line LED lamp behind my sewing machine that I use for night sewing.
Thanks again for joining me on my journey to get organized. I hope you learned something along the way. I have received so many comments from each of you, some to commiserate and some with great tips that I really enjoyed.
Happy Sewing 🙂