3 Simple Solutions for Storing Felt Pieces
If you're like me, you love using felt fabric in kids crafts and activities, from cut outs on the flannel board at story time, to felt pages in book form for sensory play. You can even take felt shapes on the road with a travel size felt board! Keep lots of felt pieces on hand by making storage practical and easy with these simple solutions.
After making cutouts for stories, crafts, and activities you are left with a hodgepodge of felt scraps in various shapes and sizes. Before you throw them all in a basket to rummage through later, try these easy options for sorting and storing.
1. A divided tray from the produce department at the supermarket is ideal for sorting the smallest pieces. You might need two or three trays to hold all the different colors in your craft corner.
2. Recycled plastic berry boxes are perfect for small and medium-sized pieces. This might be my favorite option. These containers are deep and hold a lot of felt. Stack the berry boxes on a shelf to see at a glance what colors you have available.
Original full-sized sheet Altered to form small pockets
3. Plastic page protectors are ideal for full-sized felt sheets as well as smaller pieces.
Reuse a 2 inch (5 cm) school binder to hold the pages.
4. Here's how to alter the sleeves to accommodate smaller pieces.
- Cut a small rectangular opening in the center of one side of a sleeve.
- Tape the top edge of the opening to the back of the sleeve. The tape seals the bottom of the top pocket.
- Tape around the bottom edge of the opening. This will reinforce the opening as you add and remove small pieces from the bottom pocket.
- Use plain masking tape, or choose masking tape or washi tape in the same color as the felt that will go into the pocket.
The plastic sleeves are also useful for patterns and large cutouts. Everything is clearly displayed with these see-through pages.
If you have even larger pieces, try resealable bags. Simply hole punch one side to insert into the binder. A 3 hole punch is perfect for this.
Once you have your storage options in place - I use all three! - it will be easy to manage felt pieces day to day. Crafts and activities can be planned at a glance based on the color and quantity of felt you have on hand.
Do you have storage solutions for sewing and crafting materials? Please share in the comments!