By Judy from Birmingham AL
I sorted all her notions in a chest of drawers. Sewing machine parts and accessories go in the top drawer, scissors, needles, etc, in the second, and so on. I just made sure that all like-type items were together. All thread was put neatly into a small Rubbermaid container to sit on the table next to the machine. All magazines were put into magazine holders from Walmart so that they could be put into the bookshelf and quilting and sewing books in the bookshelf as well.
I hope this helps. It just takes some time and patience. My mom was so happy with her sewing room when we were done that she is trying to hire me out to folks!
By Renee in TN
Clear tubs can be used for storing material, or even clear drawer style storage units. These can also be used to store patterns. Personally, I prefer to store my fabric with a pattern so I can "pick a project" as time allows.
Be a little ruthless w/scraps, etc. Only keep what you KNOW you will use, not something "still usable". Be generous with your overflow to other "crafters", day care centers, etc. By limiting your supply to items you can use now, you free up space to be creative, instead of hoarding materials you will never get to.
For fabric: if there is a closet in the room you could hang the fabric. I don't sew, so I don't know the proper way of storing some of these items, just an idea. If you don't have a closet, and the hanging idea would work, you could buy a portable clothes rack or something.
If you have large rolls of fabric, maybe you could install some brackets that hold the closet rods, and use the rods to slide the fabric rolls on. Then you could just roll off what you needed. (08/10/2005)
One drawer I used for lace and ribbon, another for appliques and other similar accents. On top of the dresser I used a set of three nesting tins. I put my thread in one, bobbins in another, and pins in the last one. With the dressers you have a way to keep your material and other supplies clean and contained and have to top for extra storage space or for displaying other items.
I found that file boxes are a great way to store my fabric. I get the cheap six pack from staples (around 6$ per 6 pack) then i am able to label the boxes so I know what fabric is in what box. these are also great for patterns if you take a spare piece of cardboard to separate the rows.
Next I purchased two of the large bookcases from walmart, and bought an extra shelf and pegs from Home Depot. You are able to fit 10 file boxes plus have an extra shelf at the top for notions.
For my notions I use a couple of different things. For my threads I use thread racks from joann Fabrics, I bought one at a time using the 40-50% off coupon from the mailing list. I now have three full racks.
The next thing I use is the photo storage boxes from Joann's. About 3 or 4 times a year they go on sale for $1.99 a piece (this is usually on the big 3 -day weekend sales like memorial day, labor day and Thanksgiving, maybe others like christmas, columbus etc.) Keep your eye on those fliers!
You can also use the clear storage boxes from Wal-Mart they are about the same price, more durable and come in different sizes. I like the photo storage because they are pretty and I can color coordinate.
I made my own ironing board with plywood heat resistant padding (available at Joann's or Wal-Mart.) and a fabric from my stash. put together with a staple gun. Then I put it on top of a shelf constructed with 2x4s and then covered the shelf with a coordinating fabric.
My sewing and cutting table is an 8ft dining room table which was a hand-me-down. I also manage to stuff 8 file boxes of fabric underneath the table. And a 24 x36" cutting mat.
I hope these hints help. And even though my room sounds rather organized I always manage to make a mess. And i am rather obsessed with change so I rearrange my room every 3-4 months or so. Happy creating and remember; Just Laugh.
Just Laugh sounds a lot like me! It must be the creativeness in us that makes us that way. My husband is never surprised anymore to see me rearranging "my room", in fact, he just helped me rearrange some things just yesterday. I have taken over our dining room area (convenient to keep an eye on dinner while working). This is where I homeschool my son and have my craft and sewing area. My daughter and I recently started a small business making handcrafted items, so I am usually working on something daily (when my health and time permits). Of course, like many of us who do this type of activity, my supplies are stored in numerous places throughout the house. I have 3 large bookshelves in my husbands den with fabrics, yarn and the like stored there. Off the family room in a large walk in closet where you will find finished items packed and stored away. As for "my room", well there are 2 computer desks, one for myself and one for my son, a stand for the printer and scanner, a long desk with a sewing/embroidery machine and a serger and a cutting table. I also have a large bookshelf and one of those drawer units from Walmart. The bookshelf has 5 shelves packed full of patterns, trims, sewing/crafts books and magazines, etc. I keep all my thread and notions in the drawer unit. Since I also do crafts, I also keep tapes, glues, tools, etc. sorted in these drawers. There is also a large fishing tackle box that I use to organize beads, buttons, crystals, etc. The desk where my sewing machines are located has three small drawers across the front and works perfectly for sewing machine needles, feet, etc. I also keep some notions in cigar-style boxes in these drawers for easy access. I am constantly working on making the area more "user friendly". I'm sure all of you who sew and do crafts know what I mean when I say you always have an abundance of unused supplies to store, but you want it available when you need it. I am always on the lookout for something to add to my collection of supplies. I can't pass a good bargain up!!
Hey justlaugh I could use your organize gene care to donate LOL great tips;)
I bought an adjustable metal music stand and use it nearby when I am working on a project for my pattern instructions or sewing tips secured with magnets and other items clipped. (My cat cannot sleep on it to thwart my sewing, either.) It has a bow slot in which I may rest my scissors or other marking or cutting tools, plus I can hang a small bag or organizer from the pole. It saves time and energy and keeps my space organized during a project whether I am standing or sitting. I am not having to set something down to review a reference. It helps prevent eye strain because I can keep the print materials close and/or place a magnifier sheet over a page. I use it for crafts (sometimes with a corkboard tile) and also as a copyholder when I edit documents at the computer. It's useful as a cookbook holder too (using bands slipped on the sides to hold open a thick book) since it is very portable.
My sewing room is a disaster and I really don't know where to start. So depressing. Some of these ideas were great. Thank you.
I hang fabric on pants hangers in the closet in my sewing room. I use the kind with clips and it is really easy to see what I have and easy to organize by color, fabric, etc.
When my youngest moved out to go to school, I really didn't jump up and down for joy. I took off at a mad dash for her room and cleaned everything out. My oldest daughter was getting rid of an old set of all wood bunk beds. That piece of particalboard is an inch and a half thick and the size of the twin matteress. Perfect size for my sewing and cutting table, I just plopped it on top of two bookshelves I bought at wal mart.
All of my fabrics are in those sweater hangers that velcro over the bar in the closet. I used a clear plastic drop cloth pinned to it so I could still see all my wonderful fabric and keep them dust free. I have 6 of the wooden spool holders for all of my thread and bobbins. I spray painted them all different colors and hung them all on the wall. Instant wall art, all of my bobbins fit on one. I used the other bunk bed board as my inspiration board, I just painted it white and screwed it tothe wall. Thumb tacks go in it easy as pie.
Sorry this is so long, couldn't stop. Have a great, everyone.
Some of us don't like our kitty to help us sew. Mine has fairly long hair and will immediately lie down on any piece of fabric I lay down.
Tape a common paper lunch bag to the top of the back of your sewing machine to dispose of thread and fabric snips as you sew. This keeps your sewing area neater.
Like most people, I find myself trying to find uses for my grocery store bags. I don't like to spend money for something if I can avoid it. I bought waste cans for all the areas where I thought I would need them and forgot my master bedroom.