Craft rooms tend to get messy. You have an idea, you pull out the fabric, and you start working right away.
Fabric, buttons, zippers, hardware, tools, ribbons, thread, and more fabric. Lots of stuff!
The better it’s organized, the tidier your sewing room will be. And you’ll spend less time hunting for something that you know have hidden somewhere in there.
We’ve got some really simple tips that’ll make organizing easier.
Organize your fabric stash.
Fabric is perhaps the most space occupying bit, so let’s start with it.
- Fold all your fabrics uniformly down to the same size.This will help to stack them neatly (and prevent a tumbling mess).
- You can wrap fabric around comic book boards. This saves space, makes it easier to pull out fabric, and the fabric can then be stashed vertically as well.
- Know you have that particular print, but just can’t find it? Sort fabric before storing it to prevent this. You can sort according to colour, print, designer, use, or whichever way it’s most convenient for you.
- What to do with the fat quarters and smaller pieces? Bins and baskets!
Make use of vertical space.
You can have an amazing and organized sewing space even if it’s quite small. When you don’t have lots of floor space, make use of vertical space!
There are lots of ways to do this, we’ve just rounded up a few ideas for you.
- Use a pegboard to hang your scissors, quilting rulers, and other tools.Even if you don’t need to save space, this is a great way to keep your tools handy and easily accessible.
- Use a wall-mounted thread rackto keep your threads organized and easy to find. You can also attach it to the pegboard.
- Overhead cabinets or shelves on the wall provide vertical storage options.
- Put up little pegs, and hang cute buckets with supplies in them.
Organize the little things.
You might have lots of small things in your sewing space like sewing machine feet, needles, buttons, zippers, hardware, tags, ribbons, tapes, etc. Make sure each of them have a dedicated space.
- Use clear jars to store them.Being clear, you can immediately see what’s inside, plus they add a lovely pop of colour.
- Recycling jars(like jams jars) is also a good idea.
- Use stackable containers and boxesto make the most efficient use of space.
- Boxes with dividersare perfect for organising things like buttons, needles, and hardware.
- Have bins, trays and baskets handy. You can use them for ribbons, fabric scraps, threads, tools, or in-progress projects.
- Sort needles based on size or type. You can use slide boxes, match boxes, or big boxes with compartments.
Have a huge pattern collection? You’ll then need to organize it properly.
- A 3 ring binder works great.
- You can also have different binders, with the patterns sorted on the basis of type of garment/accessory or designer.
These are just a few tips. Find the options most suitable for you, and start organizing. It is actually fun. You’ll get to go through all your fabric again!
Remember that whatever is not in use at the moment should be off the work table.
An organized and clutter-free sewing space is easier to keep clean. (We all hate wasting precious sewing time on cleaning.)
Also, make sure to set up your sewing space in way that it inspires you!