For many people, sewing is a way of life. It is an art and a craft – a way of taking raw materials and turning them into something that is both beautiful and useful. However, it is very easy for a sewing room to get disorganized to the point where it’s impossible to find anything. If you’re always buying new fabric, trim, and other sewing accoutrements, it can be difficult to find room to store and organize what you have. Here are some suggestions that can help.
- Corral your trims and adornments by putting in shelves and storing small items in clear glass jars. If you’re always scrambling for the right button, zipper, or bead, it may be helpful to put everything away… but in a way that lets you see everything at a glance. Clear glass Mason jars of all sizes are the perfect solution. Spice jars can work well for very small items.
- A small storage unit with drawers is perfect for organizing ribbons and lace. All you need to do is wind the ribbon around a piece of cardboard and then sort it by color or size – whichever you prefer. If you stack the cards on end, you’ll be able to open the drawer and see everything at a glance.
- Buy a fabric store thread rack to keep all of your thread easily accessible and right next to your sewing machine. You can also install racks or shelves to help you corral things like hem tape, pins, and other sewing essentials.
- Use shelving units to stack and store fabric. Again, you can store by color or by fabric type – whichever you prefer. Many quilters find that they prefer to store by color so they can mix and match patterns as they choose without having to dig through piles to see what they have.
- Use an egg carton to store odds and ends of leftover ribbon, yarn, and embroidery thread. When you just have a few inches of ribbon left, it may not make sense to put it in the same drawer where you store larger quantities of ribbon. Instead, wind it around a small piece of cardboard and store it in an egg carton so you’ll always be able to find it when you need it.
- If you’re lacking for shelf space or drawer space, try repurposing an old chest of drawers or dresser. You can remove some of the top drawers and replace them with portable containers for things you might need to bring with you, such as pins and measuring tape for fittings. The larger drawers can be used to store fabric or yarn. Inexpensive drawer dividers can help you to keep things neat.
- To maximize space in your storage units, try hanging small hooks on the insides of cabinet doors. You can use them to hang scissors and other tools to keep them out of your way.
- Try displaying works in progress on the wall as a way of brightening up the room and keeping your ongoing projects front and center.
- If you have a small workspace, a big piece of furniture like a credenza can do double-duty. Its large surface provides you with a place to cut fabric and sew, while the shelves and interior compartments provide tons of storage.
Your sewing room doesn’t have to be chaotic. By following these easy tips, you can keep everything neat, organized, and ready when you need it.