Kelly Biscopink’s Sewing Room Tips

This post is from guest blogger Kelly Biscopink. Thanks, Kelly, for these great sewing room tips!

Whether you have a big or a small space, getting yourself organized is the first step to being a happy stitcher! There’s nothing more frustrating than wanting to sew, and feeling too discombobulated in your space to get to work.

Now, I’m certainly no organization pro, but it’s always fun to see someone else’s sewing room, right? Here are a few things I’ve done in my space that help me stay clutter-free with everything in its place.

Fabric storage and organization1. Fabric storage

We spend so much money on a single yard of fabric that we need to be able to see what we have. I fold my yardage so it’s all the same size and fits onto a standard bookshelf, and then I sort and stack by color. Novelties go together, low volumes go together, and colors stay together, keeping it easy to find exactly what I need—and to remind myself of the treasures I already have.

2. Fat quarter storage

I’m sure there are a ton of great ideas for storing these little fabric jewels, but I’ve found they’re the perfect size to slot right into a CD tower (click on the “Fabric Storage” image for a larger view – can you see it?). Once fabric is too small to be seen on the cd tower, it’s time to send it to the scrap bin.

3. Scrap storage

When you sew, you generate scraps. The trick is to keep them sorted and stored in a way that makes them easy for you to find what you need when you need it. Like the rest of my fabric, I sort my scraps by color. That way, when I need a hunk of grass green or the perfect peach, I just have to sort through one basket to find what I need. A tied scrap on the end of each basket lets me know what color is inside (look for the baskets at the top of the shelves in the “Fabric Storage” image).

Quilting pattern storage tips4. Pattern storage

I like storing my patterns in a little short-sided bin, so I can easily flip through what I have. In the past, I’ve had my patterns down in a drawer and I frequently forgot what I had because it was hard to get to them.

sewing room thread storage tips5. Thread storage

Try mounting your thread racks to the side of a bookshelf or on a wall. That way, they don’t take up precious space on your cutting or sewing surface.

6. Clean out

As time consuming as it can be, every year or two, take the time to go through your sewing space and clean out! Ditching, donating, gifting, or selling the fabric, books, patterns, notions and tools that you haven’t even thought about in a year (much less used!) can probably be parted with. You’ll know what you don’t need anymore.

Comment below and share your favorite storage solution or clutter-busting tip with all of us!

Happy stitching (and cleaning!),









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About Kelly Biscopink

Kelly is a Contributing Editor for Quilty. She's also a quilter, blogger, fabric hoarder, pattern maker, and so much more. She loves all things quilted and stitchy.

4 thoughts on “Kelly Biscopink’s Sewing Room Tips

  1. A small flood in our basement, that thankfully did not reach my sewing room, was the perfect excuse to clean out that room that had seen little change in 10 years. I went through every box, bin, basket, and drawer. I rearranged the shelves and furniture. Yes, I did pitch a lot of stuff–and rediscovered things I had forgotten about. All that cleaning and organizing gave me a reboot!! I am so much happier in that room now and I’m sewing and quilting more than ever!

  2. I can’t believe number 6!!! All we are ever told and encouraged to do is to buy fabric. gather more fabric. make our “stashes” (a term i do not like) bigger. More is more. And you, Kelly, on Fons and Porter, a big seller of all the stuff, tell us to “ditch, donate, give away or sell all the fabric, books, patterns, notions and tools” that we havent even thought about in a year! Well, that would put all quilt shops and on-line places out of business, because there would be so many people trying to clear out their sewing spaces, giving away and selling at a discount all kinds of fabric and everything else. When you have been a quilt maker for over 30 years like i have, this is an impossible task. I all ready have asked for no more fabric gifts.and i buy less. If i did what #6 recommends, and every long-time quilter did too, most of the shops could go out of business, there would be no vendors at guild meetings, etc……and most of what i bought would have been for naught. And who has the hours and hours it would take to sort thru everything??? I just live with and enjoy my large collection, and get to organizing (and giving away a little) when i can.

  3. I love Kelly’s ideas regarding organizing fabric etc. I used an old book shelf for fabric and that worked pretty well for a while but I soon out grew it. Recently my husband installed wire shelving for me and I have a lot more space now. I also use clear plastic notebook sleeves and a notebook to store my patterns and have mounted foam core on the wall behind my machine so that I can hang small rulers and templates and the current pattern I am working on.

    Pat Copeland