Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Find Your Floss Bunnies a Home!

A big thanks to everyone who commented on the last post, I love craft talk.  Yep, I'm a big nerd.  

It seems like some things are universal.  Such as walking around with random bits of floss stuck on you.  Or the compulsion to store pins and needles anywhere but a pincushion, preferably articles of clothing.  And let's not forget the floss bunnies.  Those little bits of floss that seem to sneak off into the corners and under furniture...and seem to multiply on their own.

Becky brought up a very good point, that those little guys are dangerous!  If an animal is to get a hold of one of those little floss bunnies and eat it, they could end up seriously ill.  Embroidery floss is not friendly on an animal's digestive system.  Her poor kitty required surgery to correct the problem.  So in addition to being neat and tidy, it's a good idea to pick up those flossy bits for our furry friends.  Safety first, people!

I know lots of people have thread catchers in their sewing areas or placed over the arm of a couch.  These are great since they also have the pin cushions right on top.  Someday I'll make one for my sewing machine, Ol' Bessie.  However, until then I'm perfectly happy with my current arrangement.  

A glass jar. 
It doesn't take up much space on the desk and I can easily take it from room to room.

Plus, it's nice to look at and changes with each new project.
 It's also good for those times when I just need a little bit of a color.  Or when I'm sewing something that will be turned inside out and you won't even see it.  Since I don't need to worry about keeping track of a floss #, I can just grab a bit from there.  Saves time and resources.

How do you keep your floss bunny population from getting out of control?

p.s.  Sometimes when I'm making tiny stuffies or puffy applique, I use the leftovers from this jar as stuffing.  I just weed out the really longs ones that are still good for stitching and stuff the rest.  It makes me happy to think about colorful guts!


Becky said...

I really like this idea! Definitely going to try it. And I don't think any of the kittehs know how to open a jar (yet?!)..

Laurie Anne said...

Great idea! I actually want to stuff a jar and use it as decor...I think it's very homey.

Melissa Blake said...

Great idea! I'm always worried my cats will get ahold of a string of floss. Yikes!

Nicky said...

I love the name "floss bunnies"!!! and your jar solution is such a good one! Mine just stick around in my old make up luggage case (with some hoops, buttons, embroidery scissors). The pile just keeps growing and I keep asking myself, "why can't I just throw these away???" But the pile continues to grow...

MafiosaGrrl said...

I'm a huge jar lover. I store everything in jars :)

Laurie Anne- Nice, would love to see. I want big apothecary jars filled with floss and balls of yarns, notions...all that good stuff. A girl can dream, lolz.

Nicky- I definitely can't take credit for the term, but I also don't remember where I heard it. Isn't it sweet?!

Kira said...

"colorful guts" = pure delight

giddy girlie said...

I love it - it just looks so pretty!