Floss Organization: Ziplock Bags

After a series of floss organizations, this post is finally ready to be shared!

Just like everything crafty, floss organization is subjective. There is no right or wrong way to store and organize your flosses as long as it keeps them clean and keeps them where you can find them for all the neverending charts we accumulate. (Stitchers are immortal!)

Some prefer bobbins. Even with bobbins, there are many types and ways to store them.

In this post, we’ll share how ziplock bags are used.

Firstly, the following are what is used in the method shared here. Not all are required but the ones marked with asterisk(*) are required to make this system work. The most important item is G but it is not in the picture below.

A– Round 25mm stickers
B– Pen (Any kind would do)*
C– Marker pens
D– A4 papers -160gsm*
E- Cutter*
F– Magnetic acrylic dividers
G– Ziplock bags (16.8cm by 8.3cm) or any size which would fit in your drawer nicely 


Step One: Arrange your floss.

Step Two: Measure and cut the A4 papers to fit into the ziplock bags.

Step Three: Write floss codes on stickers and A4 papers.

Note: In this post, floss codes are written on both the round stickers and top-right corner of the A4 papers. Stickers allow ease of searching. Codes written on the cards are just to ensure there will be no mixed up later on if a sticker happens to fall off. 😉  You may opt to write the codes on the papers with broader tip to skip the stickers.


Step Four: Insert the A4 paper and floss into a ziplock bag. One code each bag. Paste the round sticker on the top-right corner of the bag.3

Step Five: Arrange in ascending order. This will be how it will be organized in the drawer.4

All lined-up ready to be arranged in the drawer.4a

Step Size:  Arrange in the drawer accordingly.7

This is the point where the magnetic acrylic dividers will be used to create partition between the floss series; 1XX, 2XX, 3XX, 4XX and so on. This forms a little indexing for the storage system.5

Step Seven: Place a divider once a series organization has complete. The dividers work well as the drawer is metal. 6

Top view of the drawer. Flosses outside the bags are yet to be sorted. Complete DMC 6-stranded cotton floss would possibly take up 6 drawers.8

Step Eight: Say hello to the “master” drawer! 🙂9

Now, let’s go back to the essentials and where to get them.

A– Round 25mm stickers
B– Pen (Any kind would do)
C– Marker pens
D– A4 papers -160gsm
Local bookstores or stationary shops near you would have them. This is bought from MPH bookstore.

E- Cutter
Any cutter or scissors would do but this type makes it easier and faster. 😉 If you must have this, try Popular bookstore. Not sure if they still carry this as this was bought years ago.

F– Magnetic acrylic dividers
G– Ziplock bags (16.8cm by 8.3cm) or any size which would fit in your drawer nicely 
These 2 items can be found in Daiso. However, Glad snack bags used in this post is from local supermarkets. Daiso may be a cheaper option. 😉

Lastly, the red drawer.

This is from IKEA. Unfortunately, red is no longer available. There are green, black and white though. 🙂 http://www.ikea.com/my/en/catalog/products/00341971/



You’ve reached the end of this post. See you in next post. 🙂


2017 – Swap#1 Love Note

The very first CSM Swap Activity; Love Note. This theme is based on the month this is held (February). The activity requires participants to stitch and create a small gift for another group member.

Since it was the very first activity, the CSM Swap Squad did not know what to anticipate but the group members were amazing and no doubt very creative! What was supposed to be a very small gift grew into crafts carrier, lovely pouches, wall deco and even ORT jar!

On top of the stitched gifts were needleminders, cross-stitch charts (yes, we can never have enough charts).

Since it is the very first swap, CSM Swap Squad Linda Chua gave away more charts as bonus! (Sure are lucky, aren’t we?)

CSM members can also view the pictures in the group.

Lavender Garden Contest



How to participate:
1) Download the chart from the listed CSM document; lavender-color-chart OR lavender-bw-chart.
2) Complete stitching the chart and submit a picture of the piece to CSM Admin by 31st May 2017 11:59PM.
3) You are free to stitch on any fabric with any kinds of floss.

Terms & Conditions:
1) Chart is designed exclusively for CSM. Please DO NOT redistribute. NOTE: Respect the designer’s work.

2) Competition runs from 1st March 2017 to 31st May 2017 11:59PM. Pictures of stitched piece MUST be uploaded to the Lavender Garden album. Caption and comment on your uploaded picture the reason behind the quotes/wordings you have stitched. Upload ONLY your finished pieces to this album. 1 picture per participant.

3) By entering this competition, you agree for your work to be published in CSM group and CSM website.

4) Winners will be picked based on the quotes/wordings used to complete the design as well as their creativity in stitching up the design.

5) Have fun!


1st Prize:
1st hand on the designer’s new chart
Pre-cut Fabric
10 DMC flosses

2nd Prize:
1st hand on the designer’s new chart
5 DMC flosses

3rd Prize:
1st hand on the designer’s new chart
3 DMC flosses

Consolation Prizes:
1st hand on the designer’s new chart

Most Liked Piece:
Mystery Prize

Teh ChinYin, Anne Chua, Ruzanna A. Kadir, Little Pink Factory


Oh!Hashtag? #csmlavsal
We all love hashtags don’t we?

A warm welcome

Welcome to Cross-Stitch Malaysia.

This site is an extension to the Cross-Stitch Malaysia (CSM) group on Facebook. The group is a closed group open to only Malaysians or those who reside in Malaysia. 🙂

CSM aims to gather and build the cross-stitch community in Malaysia. To-date, there are 3k members (as of January 2017).

A little history on the group…
CSM was created on the 14th of September 2014.  It was found that there are many international cross-stitch groups on Facebook but there was none specifically for cross-stitch enthusiasts in Malaysia. 😦

2000 members. This number was hit on 24th September 2016. It may not be as big as other online communities across the globe but the group is surely growing.

As the group members grew, it also opened up many opportunities for sellers which then led to the creation of Cross-Stitch Malaysia Bazaar group. With this in state, no selling is allowed in CSM.

If you are residing in Malaysia, hop on to the group. We’d love to see you in action. Stitchers are proven to have kind souls (we sure have patience with the amount of stitching we do) so if you have any queries, feel free to post in the group. 🙂

Have a nice day ahead!

p/s: For any queries, feel free to email me at xstitchmalaysia@gmail.com


Ruzanna A. Kadir