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.
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).
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.
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!),