Nancy’s Quilting Classroom: Organizing Your Quilting Accessories

I have to admit … I like to keep things organized. Occasionally, after finishing a project, my fabrics end up in a pile. But, I put them away as soon as I can. On the other hand, when it comes to my quilting accessories — quilting rulers, quilting tools, etc. — I subscribe to the theory: a place for everything and everything in its place. The main reason I like to stay organized is because I don’t want to spend time looking for something! Being organized saves time. So, here are a few of my low-cost ways for organizing your tools.

Let’s start with quilting rulers. I have a lot of rulers and I’ve tried different ways of storing them. One way that didn’t work was putting all of my rulers in a drawer. There are a variety of wooden ruler racks available, but I didn’t want to take up space on my cutting table. So, the best solution for me was a wall grid with hooks. I placed two grids side by side on the wall behind my cutting table. That way I was able to hang the rulers I use the most. Specialty rulers that I only use occasionally are still in a drawer.Wall Grid with Rulers - Organizing Quilting Accessories

I have another smaller wall grid on the wall by my ironing table. I used this grid to organize my quilting notions: some of my scissors, rotary cutters, and smaller rulers.Wall Grid - Organizing Quilting Accessories

Did you notice my pen holder? I found a cute bathroom cup and turned it into a holder for my marking pens.pen holder

My bobbins were a hot mess! An ice cube tray was just the ticket. Who knew ice cube trays came in all different sizes and shapes. This one makes tubular ice sticks and is perfect for any size of bobbin. Plus it holds presser feet and other small items that I want to keep handy. There are also great bobbin ring organizers out there, too.

Bobbins - Organizing Quilting Accessories

A drawer organizer (or flatware storage box) is another great way to keep small things from getting lost in a drawer. Use it to hold thread, needles, scissors, or … you name it!

Desk Organizer - Organizing Quilting Accessories

One way to organize cutting mats is to use a skirt (or pant) hanger and a hook on a door. Simple and easy!

Hang your Mats - Organizing Quilting Accessories

Finally, I repurposed an old sewing machine case to hold my die cuts. The latch was broken, but the case was still usable. And, the case was a lot better than the cardboard box I had been using. I call that a match made in heaven!

DIe Cuts - Organizing Quilting Accessories

When it comes to organizing your quilting accessories, think outside of the box! Finding ways to repurpose items will give you more money to spend on fabric. And, staying organized will give you more time to SEW!

Nancy Mahoney, Fons & Porter Guest Blogger


Happy Quilting!

~ Nancy


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Author, teacher, fabric designer, and award-winning quiltmaker, Nancy Mahoney has enjoyed making quilts for over 30 years, during which time an impressive range of her beautiful quilts have been featured in many books and in over 180 national and international quilt magazines. Nancy enjoys combining traditional blocks and updated techniques to create dazzling quilts. She doesn’t consider herself a specialist in one particular area, although Nancy’s favorite techniques include precision machine piecing, quilt design, and machine appliqué. When she’s not designing and making quilts, Nancy enjoys traveling to guilds and events around the country, sharing her quilts, teaching her piecing and machine appliqué techniques, and visiting gardens. Visit Nancy on her website,, for more quilting information and fun!