I have several large 3 drawer plastic organizers that I purchased from Walmart to hold everything. I have divided each of my drawers. I divided one in half. The others into thirds, quarters, and eighths. You would want to divide yours according to your needs. These dividers can be purchased, or made from either wood or cardboard.
I keep all of my patterns in a large three ring binder. They are then separated with dividers according to category. For example: blankets, clothing, etc. You can go a step further and subdivide your major categories, for example: children
I have my buttons divided by color and size in a tackle box, but anything like this could work; such as ice cube trays, old muffin tins, plastic divided trays, empty baby food jars, or even small sandwich bags, stored in a larger gallon size bag. I do the same type organizing with my needles.
Ribbon can be stored on dowel rods, paper towel racks, or even in a larger box. I prefer to see my ribbon, so I use the dowel rods, capped off at the ends. Just keep in mind you will want to tape down the ends of your ribbon to prevent tangling.
My thread is stored on a wooden peg board. The pegs are just long enough for one spool. These can be easily made; get creative. A cork board would work with cutting a dowel rod (from scraps). If you don't have a saw, you could even use the cardboard which is on the bottom of wire clothes hangers or even the wire hanger itself (cut up into the right length).
Zippers are stapled to poster board cut down to a size small enough to fit into one of the binders or manila folders.
My material I keep folded in the same size rectangles, and pinned down. Then I stack them by color and/or design. Another idea would be to store this in expandable files, labeled by color. Also you can try folding and rolling material around a used paper towel tube.
Yarn is kept rolled and separated by weight; (#3) sport weight (#4) bulky, etc.
Finally for all of the other "doodads", I group them together in separate small boxes. I have used shoe boxes, cigar boxes (look for wooden ones these are best), and cookie tins.
The final step in to use your labeler and label every box and drawer. In case you do not have a labeler, purchase one! It will be one of the best tools you ever bought. They cost $15.00 at Walmart or can be found at any office supply store. You will find yourself using this item over and over again in many projects.
Once you organized your sewing area, projects will go more smoothly, save you money, and be less chaotic. Making all of your projects big or small more enjoyable.
By Patricia G from Brewton, AL
Or for cut fabric only, use an over the door shoe organizer and roll your material if it's small enough to fit in pouches. These come in over the door style or hang in the closet.
Another thing you could do is take rolls from gift wrap, roll the material and stuff it into the tube, and then place it in a storage unit meant for gift wrap and cover it with a garbage bag to protect it from dust. Mark on tube with marker what the material is and its size.
By Carol D. from Minot, ND
If you are just a "mender" like me you will have all your supplies in a container that is disorganized with threads and needles messed up. This container has sections and keeps it all neat.
By pennypacer from Ont. Canada
When crocheting doll clothes, for example, I can find the size snaps I need instantly. Safety pins are in various bottles, again sorted by size, saves having to dump them all out and search through for what I need. My straight pins are in a bottle, too. Saves a lot of time when I can open a drawer or bucket in the craft basket, and pick out just what I need. Easy to put away too.
By Linda from Bloomington, IL
Right now my whole sewing and creative space is one corner of our little home. So, I store my fabric in big plastic containers by intended purpose. Christmas and other holiday fabrics in one container, baby/children's cottons and flannels in another container, plain cottons or large pieces of cotton that will be backing or lining fabrics in another container, then the fun cottons for making my bags and small quilts in the last container.
Finally, I have a couple of medium-sized clear boxes for storing the small pieces either in strips or blocks that I need to keep seeing so that I will use them up.
My rule of thumb for now is I won't take in more fabric than will fit in my system because we have limited space. It helps me use up fabric and keep making my crafts for the upcoming fair season. Thanks for letting me share!
By Phyllis from Houston, TX
My children sew also and when they need something, they are no longer afraid to look in to my sewing area. It can be bad that way, because I also supply for the while family, lol. Separating all my crafts works much the same way, including paper and glues.
Anyone that crafts and wants to keep it cheap realizes that knowing where all you have is stored helps save money in many ways. There are many different sizes of plastic bags and bins so there is no problem about finding the best storage solution for any item.
Knitting needles are so fun to organize. I found that a wrapping paper plastic container with a lid that has a compartment works well. I used a hole punch to make holes in the cardboard so the needle can stand in the hole.
Wool is another matter. I used old nylons. After washing them, I cut the legs off. Most wool will fit into a nylon and this permits airflow, but the yarn never falls apart or tangles.
By Carolyn from Chilliwack, BC
By Vivian P.
I do a lot of sewing for babies, especially "preemies", and have quite a bit of sewing supplies in my stash. How does everyone organize sewing, trims, lace, thread, etc.?
Evelyn from Southern Indiana
|My hobby is sewing and crafts. The problem is I have so much material in a small room. I need some ideas on organizing my sewing room. I am a very clean and organized person, but When it comes to my sewing room it's difficult. Please help.
Ruth from Hot Springs, Arkansas
|I store my unfinished projects in see-through shoe boxes (small projects) and storage containers. If it is real small (like a jewelry item). I store it in a zip-lock bag on my projects shelf. (You could also use a small bottle or jar).|
|By Anna(Guest Post)|
|For very small misc. pieces (fabric, paper, beads etc.) I use a large cork board and put the items in small baggies. That way I can see everything and its easy to stick a thumbtack through the plastic, poke it on the board and be done with it. You can also use old cardboard gift boxes as cups to hold small things just use two thumbtacks to secure the box to the cork board. I am 99% visual so I need to see everything or it's forgotten.|
|By Wanda (Guest Post)|
|Our grocery stores sell Best Choice generic products. Best Choice makes a 2 gallon Ziploc type storage bag that is perfect for keeping larger projects organized. It even fits 12X12 paper for all you scrapbookers out there. It helps me keep everything for a page together until I'm ready to complete the scrapbook page.
Hope this helps.
|By Cheryl from Missouri (Guest Post)|
|I have two of those plastic see through dressers that you can get at Wal Mart. I use the 2 top drawers for bias tape, trim. and other notions. Then the bottom 2 drawers are just the right size to organize my patterns in. I have them stacked like they are in the stores except they are on their sides. I also have an armoire that I fold and stack all my fabric in. That way I can just open the door and see what I have.
The larger cuts of fabric i put on cardboard bolts that i got from Joann's. (They just throw them away when they are empty. The employees were happy to give me an arm load of them). I just stack them in the armoire or on top if they are too long to fit inside. I also have a sewing machine table that my machine sits on. Before i got the armoire I hung some of my fabric on hangers in an empty closet in my house. This was ok but i like the armoire better. Hope you get some good ideas from all the feedback. Good Luck!