Which Stitch Markers Are Best

When I first took up crochet I didn't have any stitch markers, I didn't even know stitch markers existed. It wasn't long before I knew about them and I learnt the value of using stitch markers, aka stitch savers. That first frustrating experience of when a project accidentally unravels because there's nothing holding onto the stitch to stop it coming undone or your crochet circle grows in ways it isn't supposed to and the worth of this tiny tool became obvious very quickly. But there are so many styles of stitch marker to choose from, locking, circle, coil-less, plastic, safety pins, thread, 3D printed... does it really make a difference which one you use? Is it just how pretty they are? I walk you through a dozen different stitch markers from items you have lying around your home to the fancy artisan styles. I share with you what features to look for and those that don't really hold up to the task.

31 Things in 31 Days - Days 6 & 7 - Toolboxes and Containers

I don't have a lot to show for the last 2 days although I've spent a few hours in the sewing room.

If you're new here you may wish to catch up on the rest of the 31 Things in 31 Days series.

Day 6 - Toolbox

Tuesday 6th October

I thought this ugly toolbox was going to be a great storage solution that would solve all of my pen, eraser, pencil sharpener storage problems. 

And it kind of worked. But's it's ugly and it's not that great of a solution. So I re-homed everything inside of it. 

Ugly toolbox ruining the prettiness of the vintage singer

Like this little box of clips. I added them to the safety pins container and now I have one box less.

Consolidate containers no matter how small, clips go in with the safety pins

I removed this insert from a cute cardboard box that I've held onto for years just because it was cute.

Removing the soft stuffing from a box makes a box more useful for repurposing

The cute little box lid is now holding all of my little mechanical pencil consumables, leads and erasers. The base is holding the graphite pencils. There is absolutely no point in having an empty box on the shelf when it could be useful. (Yes, I know there is more then one of pretty much everything in there, I'll get to them.) 

cute box inside a box 'containing' stuff

For all of the pencils, pens and highlighters etc I'm using a yoghurt container for now. I like how this looks much better! The toolbox will probably be put to good use in the shed.

cute box and a plain tub look much better then the ghastly toolbox - more accessible too

Day 7 - Old business cards, fabric scraps, even more scraps & re-purposed box. 

Wednesday 7th October

I feel like I've only got rid of little things that make me wonder why I've even bothered.

The thing is though that I've done a lot of consolidating. I've been able to do a lot of consolidating that I couldn't have done if I hadn't already done some decluttering in the sewing room.

By consolidating I'm able to reduce the amount of containers and you may recall from day 2 that reducing the amount of containers is one of my goals.

I got rid of some more fabric scraps.

fabric scraps breed in my sewing room

And even more fabric scraps.

more fabric scraps - fabric scraps breed in my sewing room

I found the other thingo from the same yarn - it was the dusty pink, if anyone was wondering. 

What are these paper thingos from balls of yarn called anyway?

I also found a box of old business cards. I thought I could use them for tablet weaving cards or something. Should I keep one for posterity? I don't know, but I do know I don't need this many! 

old business cards - who has some?

And although it feels like I'm not really getting rid of much I'm already seeing some changes in the sewing room.

It feels like things are getting worse before they get better in some areas but as I consolidate and put like with like it gives me a much clearer picture of what I really do have.

A month or two ago  Back in May I decluttered my occasion cards. Today I moved all of the Christmas cards in with the other cards. I'd kept them separated previously, well because they wouldn't all fit in one box before, but also because I like the box. (I have a cute box problem (imposter no. 5) - as opposed to my cute tin problem).

Now I finally get to use the box for something else.

I've tried several methods of storing my sewing scissors and rulers. The last method was hanging the scissors and keeping the rulers in a drawer. Both were really annoying and didn't work that great.

So I cut the lid off of the occasion card box and I'm using it for my scissors and rulers.

I think this is going to work much better for me. I don't like how this space looks today as compared to yesterday, but one step at a time. I think I need to get rid of some of those rulers too, perhaps I'll start with that tomorrow.

re-purposed card box holding scissors and rulers

I've tried using the lid of the card container too. I'll try to remember to take a photo and show you tomorrow.

Finding the right container can make the difference between solving a clutter problem and failing.


  1. Great job! That Singer box is beautiful. It was a great storage choice. Keep up the good work! :)

    1. Thanks Emily! I don't think I would have done it if you hadn't been doing the 31 day declutterathon. This room is my nemesis. I'm hoping to see some real progress by the end of the month.

  2. who said getting organized can't be purty too :) just keep plugging away Stella, take your time, one piece at a time and you will get there!

    1. 'One thing more, just one thing.' It's my mantra. Thanks for the encouragement, it is very welcome right now :o)

  3. So, what I got out of this post was "Sarah, throw out your fabric scraps. You don't sew" ;) You've inspired me to declutter... maybe

    1. Did you? Or have you found some crafty use for them?


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