Starting the Sewing Room Organization Process

I don’t know about you, but I get a lot accomplished when my sewing tools, fabric, and notions are organized. Unfortunately, organized is about the opposite of what I am right now.

Starting the organization process.

For a little while, I was using my dining room as a sewing area. My machine and cutting mat were on the table, the iron board was set up nearby, and my fabric and tools were on top of a small cabinet in the room.

This was less than ideal for both dining (it’s the only table to eat at in my house) and entertaining.

My husband and I have been working on a lot of projects since we moved into our house in August. Recently, we finished putting up drywall and painting a room off our kitchen. When we finished, I decreed it my first sewing room.

Now I’m left with the task of organizing my supplies and making everything easy to access. My dirty little secret is my current system: a bunch of cloth bags that have fabric scraps, needles, seam rippers, thread and much more in them. The items are a mishmash, and I waste time rooting around whenever I need an item. I was desperately in need of some sewing room organization ideas!

I want to use cute fabric to make a wall organizer to hold my rotary cutter, thread, rulers, and other notions. I also need to find shelves or a storage system to house my fabric stash.

Slowly, it’ll come along. I’m excited to make this room clean and efficient, so my mind can be too. I know when I’ve organized, it’ll be much easier to be productive in my sewing endeavors.

If you’re already organized and ready to take on new projects, check out the Winter 2014 issue of BurdaStyle. It’s the magazine’s first U.S. edition and features projects, tips, and trends.

I’m curious what your organizational tales are. Are you organized to a hilt? Or do you thrive in a mess? What systems do you use to keep your sewing supplies contained? I can’t wait to hear.

 

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Abby Kaufman is assistant editor of Stitch magazine. When she's not scoping out new fabrics for her collection, Abby enjoys outdoor activities, and spending time with her husband and two dogs. 

48 thoughts on “Starting the Sewing Room Organization Process

  1. For Mother’s Day my husband treated me to the Expedit storage shelving units from IKEA. Each one has 16 cube sections that will hold their Drona fabric basket. My stash stacks neatly inside and I have plastic divided boxes stacked in a couple with notions. I planned to pin swatches to the baskets to remind me what is in each – jersey knits, denim, quilting cottons – but I organized by columns so I could easily know where to look for everything. I love how neat and tidy it looks.

  2. I have two tall cabinets (technically pantry storage unit) from our local hardware store, they house my craft items and yardage. I then have plastic bins which I keep projects in. I find that stuff gets messy and out of control when I am in the middle of projects, but I will stop and reorganize and feel better when things are neat and tidy.

  3. Great idea to have your own sewing room. Some of the best ideas that helped me have my sewing studio organized are:
    1) Don’t ever use the space to drop other “stuff” off until you can put it away. Only have your sewing supplies in the room.
    2) Place your use “every time you sew supplies” in a drawer or container by your machine and always drop them back in that place when you get up from the macine.
    3) Label drawers or containers, such as lace, trim, elastic, etc. and you can always put your hands on what you are needing.
    4) You do not have to keep “gifts” that you will never use. Donate it to someone who loves them.

    These are just a few but a good start for you.

  4. I, too, am an unholy mess since I moved into my very first sewing room! I may have been organized by now but projects pop up at random times with deadlines and organizing is the last thing on my mind! However, I have found that cubicle shelves with cloth baskets help me to organize things quite well. My cutting table (one of them) is a homemade table that I have set on top of 4 of these shelves as a base. This makes the table taller and not as back breaking for me to stand over. Everything is below in bins all the way around the table. the bins are different colors because I love color but also because I put like colored fabrics in them. On the other wall, I have 2 sets of cubicles stacked on top of each other where I keep trims for regular sewing. Now if I could just get the walls painted, curtains made…………………

  5. I have a sewing room in which I keep items in clear plastic boxes of different sizes on wall shelving. I have a shoebox size for needles and pins, another for buttons, etc. They are labeled so I can easily find what I need, (probably a throw back to my teacher days!).
    I teach sewing and my students also use this room so I need to be organized. I still have way too much stuffed in my room due to the three tables with machines for students, a cutting table, and 2 industrial machines for window treatments and slipcovers (the other half of my business).

  6. 1) Keep only sewing items in your sewing space. Do not temporarily put some other things in the room to move later. Dedicate your space to your passion.
    2) Have a drawer or container by the machine that has “stuff you use every time you sew” and always drop everyone of those tools/things back in when you get up from the machine.
    3) Label drawers or containers such as lace, trims, elastic, zippers, black buttons, etc. You will have a great feeling when you can put your hands on just what you need.
    4) You don’t need to keep “gifts” that people have given you if you don’t like them or won’t use them. I kept some items just because of being a gift and they took up space for over 20 years and when I cleared the space, it made more room for my sewing supplies.

  7. I put items in plastic, see through boxes of different sizes. most of it is stacked in a closet and I can most of the time I can find what I am looking for. I sew a lot for my 2 dear granddaughters.

  8. I have tried many methods for organizing my things. What is working best for me is not so much to sort by items but by colors. By that I mean, I have various size boxes, the small shoe-box size I have one color per box that contains small bits of fabric, threads, notions anything that I will use for that color alone. When I’m working on a project it is much easier to pull one box of – say yellow – and find everything together. It also eases the cleanup aspect because I don’t feel overwhelmed by having to put so many things away in a bunch of different places. Larger boxes hold fabrics by color, etc. Tools I like out so I use the office supply carousel to hold my everyday things. And of course I have a box that holds all the sewing machine accessories.

  9. Chrome shelving units from box stores:
    These chrome units are infinitely adjustable for totes of fabric, machines, bolts, hanging items, etc. They usually come with six shelves each. Measure, of course.
    If you have a long wall, buy two units, space the sets a shelf’s width apart and then span the distance by alternating the shelves between the two units. You have to do it from the bottom up, as the shelves will alternate between the actual units and the space between. This way, you’ll get the width of three units using only two sets. Alternately, by using the shorter pieces of legs separately, shelves can be arranged so that one could place a waist-height sewing surface on the shorter section for machines or cutting. Also from the box stores: Multi-drawer plastic carts hold a ton of notions and can be sorted and labeled by drawer.

  10. I use steel shelves with clear plastic storage bins in varying sizes. The least used go on the top shelf. Clear acrylic kitchen canisters hold smaller items like buttons and trim. I use a large canister without the top next to my machine to hold taller items.
    I have tiered plastic pull out drawers to organize cutting tools, thread and receipts/contacts. On top of this unit I have a kitchen flatware organizer for small but frequently used items. The bamboo unit has adjustable slats for custom spacing It holds machine feet, screwdriver, embroidery scissors, seam ripper, pre-wound bobbins and assorted other gadgets.

  11. I have an over the door shoe holder that I keep little stuff in so I don’t have to root around for it. I also use the hanging clothes shelves to keep my fabric in, it holds a lot.

  12. Abby, I do almost everything better when I’m organized. I’ve put my sewing “room” in the cornier of my bedroom, which is fairly large, on purpose so I’ll have to clean up even when I’m mid-project. Almost 40 years ago I bought a square wicker basket with a top and that’s where I keep my scissors, pinkers, pins, needles, and measuring tapes. I also got 2 sets of rolling see-through drawers, took the wheels off, and slid them under a narrow table. One drawer is for notions (zippers, bias tape, trims) and the others are for fabric stash. I can see through the fronts so I know what’s in them and it’s colorful. When I’m working, I cover the bed with a fold-up cutting board and I’m ready to go. It works great.

  13. Organization of a craft room (sewing, painting, quilting, knitting or any other craft) is essential. I have one or two on my Kindle(R) that may be helpful. A PDF from FaveCrafts dot com “How to organize your craft room” and an e-book from Amazon dot com “Organizing Solutions for Every Quilter”. Also the magazine “Clothe Paper Scissors” at
    “http://www.clothpaperscissors.com/blogs/studiosmagazine/default.aspx has several different types of studios in various media that may help.
    Right now I have gotten to the point where more clean up of the existing space is needed so that I can continue to store/organize my crafts.

  14. Sewing room organization? I love it! Just wish I could do it. No matter how hard I try it’s always the same—work hard as I can for as long as I can and by the time I have to stop because of other demands on my time, it looks worse than it did at first. I KNOW I have way too much stuff for the small room that I use as a sewing studio, but how to make a critical decision like what to keep and what to jettison? Prior experience proves that less than a month after I haul the chosen items to Thrift Haven, I will need one or more of them.

    Any suggestions? Greatly appreciated. I’m going down for the 3rd time with no lifeguard in sight.

    EB in MO

  15. I like organization because I have a LARGE collection of fabric and notions and patterns. It seems my sewing fairies multiply my stash and essentials every night. 🙂

    I use clear plastic boxes from the dollar store for my notions. Like with like, so I labeled everything for the type of notions (and of course I do have a Miscellaneous box for those items that don’t actually fit into a specific category). Buttons are all together, zippers together, lace and seam binding in one, etc. Patterns are organized by type of pattern (kids clothes, shirts, mens, home dec, etc.) and are sorted in pattern boxes. I also knit and crochet so I have a crafts section that has everything neat and organized. I like to be able to get my hands on what I need quickly and this works for me. My craft section is not large so it does stay better organized than my sewing section. Fabric is my biggest problem for organization. I usually sort by type of fabric first and then go from there. I’ve inherited fabric from an aunt who downsized so now my fabric is a lot larger collection than before, but I am getting through it and have given some of it away. -Darlene

  16. my hubby was career army. we moved often sometimes I had a craft area and sometimes not,. the easiest way is to keep it easy to find and get to what you want,
    weight of the container counts too, use clear containers for fabric, I make mini bolts
    of my stash, the folders used for school are great or if you get alot of mail the flat
    rate envelopes work too they are free, and you can put small remnants into the
    pocket. I made fabric bags with a zipper in them for the rotary cutters, stamps,ink,anything like that I want to keep together. my patterns I keep in smaller clear containers like for files, I separate the patterns so like ones are together, kids,toys,men/boys,mine and I can use dividers if I need to. I also keep a theme book with a record of the fabric and pattern I used date and size. I never cut a multi pattern, I use pattern save or similar material, write on it size, do any
    alterations, the date,size and who was it made for, that way if there is a change
    it’s easy to do on that. small qt size slider bags, and the whole thing including original pattern into a gal bag. I also use larger bags for projects in progress,thread,zippers buttons etc. I keep a container next to the machine with
    projects waiting, now that I have grands the sizes change but the patterns are the
    same. buy or make hang on door pocket things like for shoes for things you
    want handy if you have to move things alot it makes it easy to move to sewing area and then the storage area. I also have what I call towers, they are about 7-9
    drawers on rollers I can keep thread in,tape,needles anything I want at hand it’s easy to move and ready when I am. now that I am older that is a big thing.
    remember humans are creatures of convenience, keep it easy to keep it organized and you will.

  17. I am in the process of organizing my living room as a sewing room. I live alone and find my living room is not used very often for entertaining so I’m repurposing it!

    I bought a “bookcase” that is divided into 8 cubes. I wish I had waited and bought the one with 16 cubbies, however I will simply purchase another one the size of the one now — the current one holds my fabrics divided up into quilting cotton, flannelette, fancy fabrics, winter clothing fabrics — the quilting cottons already fill 2 of the cubes. I need another one so I can separate out novelty fabrics and then have baskets to hold zippers, trims, bias binding, ribbon, interfacing, etc. I considered using baskets to hold patterns but that isn’t going to be practical so I haven’t figured out a solution for those yet. My sewing machine sits on a long table that has my cutting mat on the right side of it. I have another bookcase right beside the sewing machine that has a divided container for my scissors, rotary cutters, etc. (formerly was a cutlery tray) and some boxes for miscellaneous items. My quilting rulers hang on the side of the bookcase on adhesive backed hooks that can be removed and repositioned as needed. I have a power bar attached to the front of the bookcase so all my cords plug into one spot without having a lot of loose cords hanging around. I made a small ironing board from a wooden TV table, padded with old towels and covered in a heavy cotton fabric for ironing seams beside the sewing machine. My regular ironing board is folded up and can easily be opened to use as needed.

    I also do paper crafting so have a couple of drawer towers on wheels that hold stamps, inks, paper punches, other paper tools, embellishments, etc. My crochet and knitting drawer towers are in my bedroom and yarn storage is in labelled plastic containers under my bed.

    That’s as far as I have gotten so far. I’m looking for an Ott light that will provide adequate light over the long table — its in front of a window but that doesn’t help during our short winter days and long winter nights 😉 Still pondering pattern storage — don’t have room for a filing cabinet which is what I had used in the past when I had a house. I will use shower curtains in pretty patterns on the front of the cabinets to keep the dust away from my fabrics — this building is terribly dusty!

    My computer and printers are on the opposite wall and once I purchase a die cutting machine which will cut both fabric and paper, it will be connected to my computer on that side of the room.

    Its getting there …… it takes time though! I can’t work well unless things are organized when I start. They don’t stay organized as I work on two or three projects at the same time, however there must be a place for everything which aids in tidying up quickly as needed.

    Good luck on your organizing. Its nice that you are starting with a freshly painted blank space to make your own! Enjoy!

    Karen Little
    kelittle@mymts.net

  18. I store my fabric by type, Child, Western, Xmas, Flowers and then misc by color. in Storeage cabinets in my sewing Room., I use a silverware tray beside my sewing machine to keep my sissors, rippers, tape measure, 6″ measuring ruler, screwdriver and other small misc tools that are needed at the sewing machine. My room gets messy when I am doing more than one project. About once a week I have to reorganize and put away what I’m not working on.

    Hope this helps
    D

  19. I am currently using our dining room table to do all my sewing, too. Good thing it’s a nice sized table! With our kids growing up and moving out, we’ve managed to eat dinner on one end of the table while my stuff sits at the other end when I’m working on a project. I would love to have an office/sewing room though. My youngest daughter is getting married soon and that will leave us with one son home. I’m hoping to find some dedicated area for my sewing supplies.

    Right now, I have a chest of drawers that holds most of my fabrics and a drawer full of notions, ironing supplies, etc. My husband’s office is over run with my various baskets of sewing stuff, a couple of machines, plus some knitting and crocheting supplies. I’ve started teaching sewing classes to girls and I buy quite a bit and have no where to put the stuff…yet. I sure hope I can figure out how to get organized! If I had to work in my husband’s office, I’d go nuts. I’m sure glad he can handle it. He’s been so sweet not to say anything. He’s a keeper!

    I’m going to enjoy hearing about and hopefully getting to see pics of your new sewing room! Looking for some good ideas here!

  20. Thank you for your comments about organizing your creative space. My dilemma is that because I have been an art/craft teacher for many years and have an accumulation of all sorts of supplies, I am totally at a loss as to what to keep and what to throw out! Because invariably as soon as you throw something out, you need it after all those years. It then becomes an expensive exercise to buy stuff again and I have found that the quality is not usually as good. I am 61 and am beginning to consider that I realistically will run out of time to get all the projects that I have in mind actually done.
    Where do I start and how do I begin to organize things?
    Please any suggestions girls would be greatly appreciated.

  21. Abby – WOW I am in the exact same scenario as you. I just took over the playroom to make it my “studio”. Except my space still needs completion, which won’t be happening anytime soon. I would LOVE to hear your process for figuring out how you organize your fabric stash. That is my biggest issue. I am a scatter brain. Meaning I can not stay on one project for too long. When I change projects i have to find all of the tools needed. Trying to figure out a system that will work is another issue. I think finally having my own space will help to get me in to organization mode. No longer do I have to remove everything from the dining room table into any cubby hole I can find in the house. Love your letter. Thank you for letting me know I am not a lone in this stash/organization madness.

  22. Organization is a process of evolution. Need + Budget. The Dollar Store has a lot of great opportunities with plastic bins and over the door shoe organizers. A utensil tray is great for sorting scissors, seam rippers etc. Define priority…size & color. Again over the door storage systems help utilize vertical storage.

  23. i KEEP TRYING TO ORGANIZE. Moving four times in less than 12 months doesn’t help.. Talk to me next year! I also host a weekly craft and natter afternoon at my building. It seems to be catching on. I started it as a way to meet some of the crafters here. The universal language: crafting!

  24. I just finished organizing a storage closet in my extra bedroom. I wanted a pegboard on the back closet wall. My husband found black pegboard tiles at a “big box home improvement store” that taper interlocking 16×16 square. They look great, much nicer than regular pegboard and they won’t chip. Now I can find most of my tools quickly and easily. Good luck with your new space.

  25. I just finished organizing a storage closet in my extra bedroom. I wanted a pegboard on the back closet wall. My husband found black pegboard tiles at a “big box home improvement store” that taper interlocking 16×16 square. They look great, much nicer than regular pegboard and they won’t chip. Now I can find most of my tools quickly and easily. Good luck with your new space.

  26. My workshop has gone through a couple of rounds of movement until I finally found one that worked best for me. The two largest piece of furniture are from Ikea – a table for my machines and a two-sided table with sides that drop down used for cutting. I love this table because it has three long but narrow drawers that fit small plastic containers that hold my pins, notions, and needles nicely. I have a drawer for my jelly rolls, my smaller rulers, guides and templates, and marking pencils, and tape measures. My fabric is organized in clear plastic bins that I can see for my work-in-progress, and a refurbish dresser contains projects in large ziplock bags that are “to be worked on….someday.” I picked up some great plastic shelves at Michael’s for hanging my cutters, stacking my bobbins, and displaying my sewing theme items for inspiration. I love being in my workshop! Good luck with getting settled.

  27. My workshop has gone through a couple of rounds of movement until I finally found one that worked best for me. The two largest piece of furniture are from Ikea – a table for my machines and a two-sided table with sides that drop down used for cutting. I love this table because it has three long but narrow drawers that fit small plastic containers that hold my pins, notions, and needles nicely. I have a drawer for my jelly rolls, my smaller rulers, guides and templates, and marking pencils, and tape measures. My fabric is organized in clear plastic bins that I can see for my work-in-progress, and a refurbish dresser contains projects in large ziplock bags that are “to be worked on….someday.” I picked up some great plastic shelves at Michael’s for hanging my cutters, stacking my bobbins, and displaying my sewing theme items for inspiration. I love being in my workshop! Good luck with getting settled.

  28. I inherited my mother’s sewing, knitting and craft supplies so I was slammed with an awful jumble of stuff. I just started sorting to get an idea of how many and how large my storage containers needed to be. Ultimately, I used two of those hanging sweater shelves in my craft-designated closet, one for yarn that’s sorted by color and the other for various projects in the works and to organize like sewing patterns such as doll clothes. I had 2 hanging canvas knitting needle organizers. I bought a plastic 4-drawer rolling unit for knit/crochet miscellany. I used the bottom drawer for all my crochet cotton. Next, I organized all of our combined fabric into 2 large transparent totes, one for yard goods and another of the same size for remnants. I have an under bed storage container for all of my mother’s quilt supplies with her large quilting hoop and cutting mats resting on top. I took the two trays from one of those plastic sewing boxes to organize the drawer of my sewing table. I purchased stands for spools of thread and bobbins to add to my mother’s thread bed. I also used a 4-drawer chest of drawers and a 7-drawer dresser designating each drawer for a specific hobby. Now that I know that I own 100 spools of thread (mom was a quilter, remember?), and 10 thimbles, I know what I DON’T need for any project going forward and I sleep better now that all of that has a place and its in it.

  29. I have a smaller sewing room than I did previously, and I am still organizing. I am using the small closet in the room to store fabric with inexpensive “hanging shelves” of the type used to store sweaters. It’s a great temporary solution until I can get something more permanent.

    I also have a small shelf unit with baskets for incidentals and some plastic 12″ x 12″ table-top drawer units for storing elastic, embroidered patches, and other small supplies.

    I use a lot of lace trim in my work, which I buy in 10-yard lengths from the discount fabric store. I bought 2 swirly, decorative scarf hangers for these. I can easily see what I have and remove the item I want without disturbing the rest of the contents.

  30. I’ve been sewing, crafting, crochet/knit since a very young child. My first dress was made when I was 7 (mom put the zipper in). I was 17 going to college, when I bought my first sewing machine.. It has been a life long part of me. I am now disabled and have found sewing 15 minutes or so every couple of hours is all I can do. It has taken me a awhile to decide what I am able to do and of those, what I enjoy the most. No more clothing, wedding gowns, etc… No more pieced quilt blocks. It will be English paper style, one block sewing ie..Apple Core. It will be hand embroidery, counted cross-stitch, crochet, knitting, tatting, etc. I’ve had to re-figure my sewing room needs. Only quilting fabric. At this point I have kept all my tools fashion sewing tools, in a container (2 granddaughters may be happy for this). I’m using cans, jars, boxes from the kitchen, as they empty for sorting and gathering. I truly do not need 10 size G crochet hooks. Once I know the room I need for what is being kept, I will finally be able to “create” my new room. Meanwhile I dream of it and gather others ideas. Thank you for this, and please keep the ideas coming.

  31. I have my extra bedroom as my sewing room,{along with everything else}. What I did was, right above my cutting table, I put a piece of peg board on the wall and that is where I keep my rotary cutters-so as not to get cut myself-my rulers, patterns, etc. I just love it. Everything is hanging right in front of me, whenever I need it.
    As far as my fabric goes, well, they are in plastic totes, cabinets, etc. And I have to admit, it’s all a mess. As soon as I clear out the rest of my “craft” things, then I can put in shelves, cubes, whatever it takes to get the fabric in order. I love reading everyone else’s ideas cause it gives me lots of ideas to work with.
    Hope this helps someone else out there who is a lot like me–in a mess!

  32. I was a Family and Consumer Science teacher for 30 years. That’s a big collection of sewing supplies and fabric. This is how I organize. My office is the smallest bedroom in the house. I set up a folding table as a cutting table. Under the table I have two bins and each bin has 3 deep drawers. I keep patterns, bias tape, small scraps of fabric, and different trims and embellishments. I also have a scrapbook bin with six shallow drawers. I keep all my sewing supplies in them. Scissors, pins, needles, etc. Another bin along side of the table holds thread by colors.
    I have two old dressers that I didn’t know what to do with so I used them for storage as well.
    In the closet, I bought two cubbies from Target. I slid them right into the closet and separated my fabric by themes and colors, This is for pieces of fabric that are a yard or less. Because the cubbies are open, I can instantly find the color or holiday fabric I want and without going through boxes of fabric. Thanks to all for the awesome ideas!

  33. The good news is….I have a large bedroom downstairs that is rarely used except for holiday company. I centered the bed on one wall and flanked it with 2 sets of cubicle type cabinets with 9 fabric drawers in each. Each drawer is labelled: ribbon, trim, yarn, craft paints and brushes, label machine, serger cone threads, etc. At the other end of the room are two banquet tables set at right angles to each other. One is a cutting table with a large self healing mat on it, along with a lazy susan topped with clear plastic boxes that organize my scissors, cutters, crochet hooks, colored pencils, a button collection, etc. Underneath that table are tubs for stowing sewing, patchwork and quilting projects separately. Tucked under the open end of the table are two 3-drawer rolling bins. Drawers contain jewelry making supplies, fusibles, glues and adhesives, gift bags, tags and tissue, and embroidery supplies. The second table holds both my sewing and serger machines, a cutting machine, and divided clear plastic boxes that hold needles, pins, seam rippers, bobbins, machine feet….everything I need when sewing. Under this table is a rolling cart with clear lidded boxes specifically made for thread, organized by color. On the bottom two shelves of the cart are the dies for my cutting machine. I have a rolling, adjustable back support desk chair that serves both tables.
    On another wall is a scrapbooking organizer cabinet with narrow open shelves for paper which is sorted by color and labelled, and drawers to contain tools and books related to that craft. My paper cutting machine sits on top, along with a hanging file where I keep stickers, blank scrapbook pages and protectors, and works in progress. On that same wall is a 5 shelf bookcase. I keep craft books and magazines on the top 2 shelves, and long, lidded, translucent plastic boxes that contain my all cotton stash, sorted by color, on the bottom 3 shelves. I added cup hooks to one side of the bookcase to hold embroidery hoops and tape measures and small nails to the other side to hold rotary cutting guides.
    The closet holds luggage, totes, a box of candles and holders, as well as clothing projects and items for repair and alteration. Shelving inside the closet holds rolls of batting, fabric on bolts, and stores lots of other items.
    Sewing patterns are kept in a rolling bin under the bed. An ironing board is along a wall with a large basket underneath holds distilled water, spray starch, ham, sleeve roll and pressing cloths. High on the wall above the board are hooks for hangers with yardage folded over them.
    Clamp lights (one with a magnifier) brighten specific spots around the room.
    Every piece of furniture in my craft room (and LOTS of my supplies) were bought on sale, found at thrift shops or scavanged from dumpsters!
    Now the bad news….it has taken me 7 years to complete this room!!!! But boy is it worth it. A place for everything and everything in its place.

  34. Do you want to see what I have to organize? After a flood of toilet stuff that went down the air vents to the basement craft area, I do have a major re-do.
    Is there anyone out there who wants take on this challenge with me? In St. Paul, MN?
    It happened around Mother’s day. Have I waited too long? No NEAT, no SEW.

  35. I too am sewing in the dining room. One of my favorite things I use are the three small copper toned metal pails (think pencil holder size) I bought at Target for $1 each. I put a piece of painters tape in one. I formed the tape to make a loop, with the sticky side outward. I place all my snipped threads in the pail, where they adhere to the tape. In case there is a spill, the threads stay together. I use the second pail to hold my seam ripper, seam guide, and marking tools. The third one is a handy receptacle for the quilter’s safety pins as I start removing them .

  36. I too am sewing in the dining room. One of my favorite things I use are the three small copper toned metal pails (think pencil holder size) I bought at Target for $1 each. I put a piece of painters tape in one. I formed the tape to make a loop, with the sticky side outward. I place all my snipped threads in the pail, where they adhere to the tape. In case there is a spill, the threads stay together. I use the second pail to hold my seam ripper, seam guide, and marking tools. The third one is a handy receptacle for the quilter’s safety pins as I start removing them .

  37. My room consists of what would normally be a ‘rec room’ in our basement, here In Canada. I am very fortunate! My hobbies include creative scrapbooking, cross stitching, quilting, knitting, crocheting and crafts.
    I have used 4 small prefabricated storage cabinets (that you put together) to support a piece of plywood for one of my desks. I also use bookcases and plastic storage drawers on wheels. I use a lot of storage containers available from my local dollar store, from plastic bins to woven baskets.

  38. My room consists of what would normally be a ‘rec room’ in our basement, here In Canada. I am very fortunate! My hobbies include creative scrapbooking, cross stitching, quilting, knitting, crocheting and crafts.
    I have used 4 small prefabricated storage cabinets (that you put together) to support a piece of plywood for one of my desks. I also use bookcases and plastic storage drawers on wheels. I use a lot of storage containers available from my local dollar store, from plastic bins to woven baskets.

  39. I recently moved to another state & smaller house ( thank-goodness!) less to clean! Tomorrow I begin my quest to create an amazing organized sewing/craft room!! I am beyond excited! We no longer have the need for our dining room table & matching hutch. I’m going hang the top portion of the hutch 3 ft. from the floor & add a piece of wood to the bottom in order to have another shelf. The part where the hutch was attached to will be used for sewing & it’s perfect because I will have two drawers to put pins, along w/ the paraphranalia, for that machine. The table will be put on risers so,I do not have to bend over for long periods. I also have a antique vanity w/4 drawers & this will be for my other machine. I’m planning to hang my stas of fabric over the rod in the closet plus add another rod behind then1st 1. The 1 & only window is going to be the place where I will do most of my sewing. Then a trip to a hardware store for peg board. The room is chocolate brown but not for long!!’ I’m thinking a pearl/cream color???? Ideas are welcome! On peg board, I’m thinking of hanging one on each side of the window. Also, I have saved bags that sheets & pillows,come in & I put future projects in. I love retro/modern everything!! The only two things left to find a place for is my some what large pattern stash. And last, a home for the ironing board. But on Pintrest I found out how to turn a TV tray into an small ironing board!!! If y’all see this one , make one its the best idea ever!!!!
    Happy organizing 🙂

  40. I am an organized clutter person, so my sewing room looks a mess to anyone who sees it; however, I know what pile things are in. I have a very small room for my creative endeavors. Our previous house was quite large, and I had half the basement for my sewing/craft projects. I have gone from baskets to plastic tubs for my fabric stash, and now to two tall cupboards, which I just recently found at a garage sale that fit perfectly into this small room and hold most of my fabric stash. I still have to use some plastic tubs, but I store those under my cutting table. I can set up three sewing machines and just swivel my chair around to each. Because I am so visual, I have a pegboard on one wall that holds all of my rulers, scissors, and notion type tools. I have decorated most of the remaining wall spaces with my favorite family pictures and other items that bring me fond memories. There is only room for one person, me, and my dog that I have to step over, in this room, so it is very cosy.

  41. I’ve been lucky to have different rooms throughout the house as sewing rooms. But organizing is important no matter how big or the shape of the space. I use a three drawer dresser (Wal-Mart, dollar General, etc) for threads – top reg cotton, middle – embroidery, bottom – misc. lots of small plastic drawers for reg/every use items. labels are great. I have metalshelving in a closet with large pieces of fabric sorted by color and I have tons of baby/child prints in themes. and other fabrics in various totes by season, other, projects

  42. Hi Abby,…my sewing room is a small add on above our garage and the ceiling goes in a slant. I just was feeling so cramped, so bought two of the hard plastic dressers and that gave me 8 large drawers to put my scraps in, instead of plastic bags and also gives me a large top area for things. I did put ufo’s in one drawer. Also I just got into embroidery, so had husband add another peg board for my big threads. I am always looking for ways to organize. I don’t have a lot of wall space and want to hang a plastic shoe holder to put my stabilizers, so may have to put that around the corner in bedroom. It looks better in there, but still need to organize all the little things. It seems like a never ending joy, because you get to see what you have again, and say…I didn’t know I had that.

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