Yesterday a friend asked me how I store my beads for my stitching. Then I realized I never shared my bead storage. So, this is how I store my beads for my cross stitch projects:
I purchased these boxes at Joann’s. Each box has 30 little jars inside. I use circular labels from the office store to label each jar.
I currently have 3 boxes full, with the 4th box just about full. Here is how they look from the bottom:
So if I want to add beads to a project by color instead of number, I can turn the box over and see all the beautiful colors and size of the beads. It used to be when I purchased a cross stitch pattern, I would buy the fabric, beads, and any specialty threads all at the same time. A couple of years ago, I realized that I was buying the same color beads over and over. So I de-kitted everything and started storing my beads like this. And this is where I keep all of the duplicates:
So as you can see, kitting things was not a very good idea for me. So now I look in my bead box and my duplicate bead box before purchasing any more beads. Do you have a great storage tip?
6 thoughts on “My Bead Storage”
I love seeing posts about organization ideas. I do something similar, although I don’t have NEARLY as many beads as you. Mine are square boxes that will hold probably two normal size packages of Mill Hills. I have two whole large boxes of beads and probably need another. I’m starting to love petite beads, so I think I’m going to have one box for those.
Organization is fun, isn’t it? What is even better is organization that works and doesn’t need to be changed. I love this system I have and it can grow with me 🙂 I’d love to see your bead storage, Johanna.
WOW!!! You are so organized. Those boxes are great!
I have to be organized, or I cannot do anything. Weird, I know. I love the boxes with the little jars. Found them a couple of years ago and they are working for me.
Wow great idea for the overstock! I also use the small round jars. I like them because of the screw on lid!
Yes, Lori. Now if I can remember to look in that bin before ordering more that would be great 😉 I too like that the lids screw on. A pull off cap would definitely mean beads everywhere for me, LOL.