I just ordered the final piece of furniture for my new sewing studio/office. Its a bookshelf for holding my quilt kits before they’re sold and some of my fabric stash. There’s no way all of it would fit in there.
So in celebration of being almost done with my newly organized space, I decided to share some of the best sewing room organization tips I could find on the interwebs. These are the tips I used when deciding how to make the best use of my tiny space. I hope you enjoy them, and if you have one that isn’t mentioned here, share it in the comments. I’m sure everyone would love to read it.
Make use of vertical space
Your square footage isn’t the only thing that matters. Think of how you can make use of the wall space as well when organizing your sewing supplies. HoneyBearLane.com has a great example of how you can store a good deal of craft supplies using an extra large pegboard. The best part, it looks neat and you’re never rummaging through doors and boxes to find the tool you’re looking for.
Use DVD towers for fabric storage
OK, DVDs and CDs may be going the way of the dinosaur thanks to iTunes, Netflix and a whole host of other digital media sharing sites. But the DVD shelving units are still around, and you probably can find them for a steal at a garage sale or Craiglist. Look for a sturdy wood model and if the finish doesn’t fit your aesthetics, just paint it. Ikea also has a version that you can purchase for under $50. Here’s a link.
Display your stash as art
If you have open storage, display your fabric stash as art by using I Always Pick The Thimble’s guide to perfect fabric folding every time. She dubs her method as “the right way to fold fabric.” I’m pretty hesitant when someone claims they have the right way to do something, as there are usually several right ways to do something in quilting. But her method does make for a sharp looking fabric stash display and it works for any size shelving unit. Click here to check it out.
Display your quilts in a glass door cabinet
I don’t have room for this right now, but it is on my bucket list. This cabinet solves the issue of wanting to have your quilts on display, wanting to keep them free of dust. With a glass door cabinet you can arrange them neatly to show off all your work, while keeping them protected. I just love how all the colors pop against the white in this example. Just a tip though, while the quilts are protected from dust, they are not protected from light, so you’ll want to keep the cabinet in an area that does not receive direct sunlight. You’ll also want to make sure you choose a cabinet that has a proper sealant over the wood, as placing fabric against wood for a long period of time can cause damage.
Organize notions by color and put them on display
I love this example of organizing buttons by color and displaying them in tiny glass jars. We all have odds and ends like this floating around in our sewing studios. Whether it is thread, scraps of fabric, buttons, zippers, bias tape, you name it, it will look better if you organize it by color and put it on display. For a neat look, purchase eight identical containers, one for each color of the rainbow plus black and white, fill them up by color and put them on display for all to see.