Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Tuesday Tip - Vacuum sealer + fabric?


Between Birthday Bonus Club 2016, mini mini swaps, and various giveaways, I feel like I'm packaging up fabric and heading to the post office pretty regularly. I typically wrap the wee gifties in plastic wrap or put them in a zip top bag in case the outer envelope should get wet. And then I try and get the package as small as can be to get the postage as low as possible. Well, I've got a new tool in my postal arsenal. Our trusty vacuum sealer. Yup.
I lined my stack of fabric up with the envelope I wanted to use, put it in the vacuum sealer bag, and did just what I would do to seal up food. Then I trimmed down the bag edges (being mindful of the seal) so that it would fit better in the envelope.

I can't claim to be original on this one. A very crafty guildmate shared the trick with me! Look how thin that stack of fabric got once all the air was sucked out!
And it slides so nicely into the envelope! I could hardly wait to take it to the post office! Of course, it doesn't weigh any less, but volume is a factor in the postage pricing.
I'm linking up today with Tips and Tutorials Tuesday @ Late Night Quilter, if there is one this week. ☺ Pop on over and learn something new!

J

13 comments:

  1. I love it!! Wish I had known...had my charm squares in my bag yesterday. Could have gotten them squished down for mailing.

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  2. This is brilliant!!! I see one of these in my future!!

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  3. Fantastic idea, Jenn! Postage really is about making things as thin as possible. Now I just need to buy a vacuum sealer... ;)

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  4. Thanks for the tip. I, too, package gifties in zip bags for the same reason. Here's a tip for those without vacuum sealers: snip off a bit of the bottom corners of the zip bag and squeeze all the air out to save space.

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  5. Hmmm, now I can get that sealer off the shelf and use it for something fun! :)

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  6. I use a straw myself to suck the air out of the bag (a trick I learned when helping my mom prepare food for freezing) but I do like your vacuum sealer idea. Who knew!

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  7. What a clever idea...I do this will all my credit card slips about three times a year. Saves a lot of space. Why keep them? Ask my husband, please!!

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  8. Any tip that'll fit more fabric in the package is a dandy indeed!

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  9. What a great idea! Shipping prices can be a big factor.

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  10. Clever gal! I must check into that idea! XO

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  11. I don't have a vacuum sealer, but I've done this with my vacuum when I had to mail a large quilt. Just put the quilt in a garbage bag, wrap the top around the vacuum hose, suck the air out, twist the end of the bag and secure it with an elastic. Like you said, it doesn't weigh any less, but it fits in a much smaller box!

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