However, after seeing this idea for storing ribbon (which I have far to many rolls) I have the under the bed bins (3 of them), half a dozen large boxes plus several of the huge bags from shopping full of ribbon. Until now I was going to use the ribbon rings but dreaded at how many I would need. I already own 3 of the 3 drawer storage containers that are close to what she has. Needless to say I am over the top about this idea and cannot wait to get all of my ribbon organized. I guess you want to see what she came up with...well here it is!!
Amazing Ribbon Storage That I Absolutely Love
To begin I purchased one of these three drawer units from Michaels for around $10.00, a package of small black hair rubber bands and purchased a sheet of mat board which I cut down into pieces measuring 2.5″ wide by 2″ high. I decided on the matboard because I found cardboard bobbins you can purchase at the craft store to be too small and too flimsy. I divided the drawers into four sections by putting in three 13″ pieces of matboard and anchoring them with tape. I rolled all my ribbon that were lengths of 5 yards and less onto the bobbins that I had cut. Now, just a warning, the rolling of the ribbon takes a little bit of time. I saved it by rolling when I was watching TV and even carried a small bag of ribbon and bobbins in the car to roll while I was waiting in the car or at the doctor office.
But here’s the thing…..it’s amazing the amount of ribbon one three drawer unit will store! In the picture below, 1 drawer can hold 140 rolls of ribbon; this particular unit is storing more than 400 rolls of ribbon!! I love this storage because I can pull a drawer or the entire unit and set it on the edge of my workspace.
Here are the drawers opened up to show how easy it is to pack and stack the ribbons inside the drawer.
Here is what one of the individual bobbins looks like. It is simply a piece of matboard cut to 2.5″ x 2″ secured with a rubber band.
I have three of these units all together. The top drawers are devoted to my American Crafts Ribbons. Those are not stored on bobbins. The rolls are smaller and since they come packaged in sets of six, I wanted to keep each mini palette together (shown below).
Even storing the American Crafts as full ribbons, I can get a whopping 88 rolls in one drawer!