Genius Tips On How to Organize Your Sewing Room (Guest Author: Helen Spencer)

February 27, 2019

Every sewing room needs organization.

It can be hard to keep all the odds and ends together, but those tiny pieces are usually what make sewing projects end up just right. 

Learn how to organize your sewing room once and for all. 

There are a few things you can do to keep your sewing room organized and in tip-top shape so that it’s always ready to go.

While nothing will help you stay organized if you don’t have the time to put your things away, most people find it easier to stay organized with a few hacks. Like all good workrooms, a good sewing room inspires creativity and is easy to work in.

Organize Your Sewing Room Today

You will want to choose organization methods that really work for you, rather than just going with what someone suggests. You can browse many stores as you search for the perfect size of the box for your sewing supplies and everything else you have to create with.

Store Fabric in Cardboard or Comic Boards

Fabric storage goes a couple of ways: a board or a bin. The Ikea cubicle bins work, but they make it a little hard to see the fabric. Many people like to wind their fabric over a stiff board or piece of cardboard, but there are always bins as well.

Wire bins make it so that your fabric is easy to see, though they are a little harder to stack. You can also drape fabric over file folders and “file” the fabric that way.

Organize Patterns in Ikea Boxes

Ikea cubicle bins are a great thing for sewing patterns because they fit two enveloped patterns side by side. These come in many colors to help keep your room looking bright and cheery.

If you wanted, you could even shell out for the whole cubicle shelving, especially if you’ve got a lot of patterns.

Use Proper Bobbin Boxes

Bobbin storage has a lot of hacks, but probably the best one is to just use a proper bobbin box. You can also choose skinny dowels to stack them with the corresponding thread spool. This is a big help if you have closely matched colors in several shades.

Store Buttons in Jars or Pill Boxes

Jars are a great catch-all for buttons because they are see-through. Large jars with lids can be found at vintage stores or garage sales, or sometimes online through a distributor. Occasionally, they can be found at the home goods store as well.

Pill boxes are another fabulous storage solution for buttons. You can get fancy ones at some stores, but really any old pill box or even a pill tray will work.

Recycle Old Tables, Chests or Shelves

You can always search for special cabinetry or old chests at antique auctions as well. Everything from old apple crates to vintage sewing tables can be a way for your sewing room to get organized.

Consider refinishing the right table or shelf if it doesn’t match, or even shabby chic décor, if you feel like that, would work in your room.

Lastly, the old grid shelf is a simple but powerful tool for any sewing room. You can get these custom made in many sizes, or you can find them in antique stores. They work well for all the tiny items that a sewing room has.

As you search the stores and online, you may come up with many of your own storage solutions. Try collecting items that look inspiring and are also meaningful to you as you search for organization solutions.

Just don’t be a hoarder. You can go the mix-and-match route if that is your taste, but you can also try to match your organization materials. Either way, you will get more done if you love the way your sewing room looks in color and style as well as organization.

Author Bio: Helen Spencer is the editor of Hello Sewing, a blog providing honest sewing tips and sewing machine advice. She loves all things DIY- crafts, drawing, decorating, making beautiful things out of scratch with her own hands and above all – she simply loves sewing! You can catch up with her on Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest.

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