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.
Did you notice my pen holder? I found a cute bathroom cup and turned it into a holder for my marking pens.
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.
One way to organize cutting mats is to use a skirt (or pant) hanger and a hook on a door. Simple and easy!
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!
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!