7 Quilt Room Organization Tips

As most quilters will testify, without a little planning the sewing room can all too easily become an unrecognizable space, with fabrics, rulers, templates, threads, and cutting supplies sprawled across the room. If this describes your sewing room, know that you’re not alone! Here are 7 quick and easy tips for quilt room organization.

For many of us, when you’re in the midst of an enthralling quilt project, the last thing we’re thinking about is how you’ll reorganize the room when you’re done. We hope you can use these quick tips (using objects you’re likely to find around the house!) while you’re in the middle of your next quilt project to keep things tidy.

Tip #1: One Doughlicious Idea

When trying to organize a sewing cabinet drawer, it’s sometimes difficult to find drawer inserts that fit well. Have you considered the humble cookie tray? One member of the Fons & Porter team reported that two of these trays perfectly fit her drawer space and are great for items like seam rippers, rulers, and scissors. With this organization it’s now easy and quick to locate any sewing item she’s looking for. She also added that re-using these trays is a great way to recycle; when the trays wear out you only need to eat more cookies to get more trays!

Tip #2: Eggs-elent Organizationquilt room organization - thread

When using your embroidery machine to sew a multi-colored quilting design, select all of your threads first. Then, place all the threads in an egg carton and use it to hold the spools while you stitch the embroidery. Write a number on the sections of the egg carton with the thread sequence numbers and place the spools in the carton in the correct order. After stitching, replace each spool so you can repeat the design if desired.

Tip #3: Wrinkle Free Block Storage

quilt room organization - wrinkle free blocksTry using a skirt hanger to store your completed quilt blocks. The clips can be moved to accommodate any size block. This keeps your quilt blocks organized with no wrinkles.

Try using a multiple skirt hanger to organize your rotary cutting rulers. Just hook the hanger over your closet door and keep all your quilting rulers handy.

Tip #4: Embellishments for Days

For projects with bead embellishments, use a seven-day pill holder to keep beads separated and to keep them from spilling. Close off some sections, and use your needle to pick up beads from the open sections.

A pillbox is perfect to hold bobbins and other small items you carry to workshops. The larger size holds even more.

Tip #5: Frequently Used Notions

Use a large mesh pencil holder to store your most frequenty used tools. Whenever you’re working on a project, set the tidy little pouch on your sewing table to have your sewing and cutting tools close at hand.

Tip #6: Bop, Bop, Bobbin Around

To keep a bobbin from parting ways with its matching spool of thread, insert a cotton swab through the bobbin and into the top of the spool. Even if they should both tip over, the bobbin stays in place. You’ll thank yourself later for doing this.

Tip #7: Block Organizers

When working on a large quilt top, lay out the quilt blocks on a queen-size or larger flat sheet. Once your layout is complete, pin the blocks to the sheet. This way, if you need to put your project away before all the blocks are stitched together, you can just fold up the sheet and all the blocks will stay in place. This technique also works well for quilt classes and retreats!

SAR Acid Free Storage BoxAcid free storage boxes are another great way to organize and store your blocks and fabrics. Not only do these boxes give you a safe place to store your fat quarters, you can use multiple boxes to develop your own system of keeping fabrics organized by color or style.

For more great sewing room organization tips, check out Kelly Biscopink’s Sewing Room Tips and tips from Quilting Arts Assistant Editor Katie Chicarello!

Happy Quilting!
Originally Published Feb 24, 2015

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10 thoughts on “7 Quilt Room Organization Tips

  1. As soon as you finish a project, cut the small leftovers into usable pieces, such as 2 1/2″ strips and squares, 5″ squares, etc. Create your own pre-cuts and store them in labeled boxes.

  2. Back in the day I did a lot of canning–now the jars are filled with my buttons sorted by color. Not edible but it makes things easier when looking for just the right one!!

  3. Save the toe separators used during a pedicure. Or pick a set up at the dollar store. They are great for holding your bobbins. You can also use it as a machine needle holder. Mark the # (70, 80, 90, etc) on the toe separator and insert the needle. I also use several of these for the different types of thread, cotton/rayon/etc. Just write the thread type on each one.

  4. Years ago my husband bought a silverware caddy for a $1 at a yard sale. 4 compartments with a handle, it has lived by my sewing machine since then. It holds scissors, rotary cutters, long handled magnet, screwdrivers etc….. any thing I find useful to have at hand, best purchase ever made.

  5. I have 2 magnetic knife holders on the wall above my sewing table for all my scissors. As soon as i have finished using scissors they go back upon the wall. I can always find the right pair to use for a particular task and it means the family know these scissors are not for general use.