I’m always on the lookout for more efficient ways to store my quilting notions and sewing supplies, like storing my fabric or quilts in an acid-free storage box. Luckily, many of you from the quilting community, and loyal Love of Quilting watchers and readers, have submitted ingenious quilting tips on the Fons & Porter website! Below, I’ve gathered 12 of the best tips for you about storing and organizing sewing machine needles, hand quilting needles, quilting rulers, sewing supplies, and more.
Thread & Bobbins
TIP 1: Votives and Thread – Friends at Last
Some stores give these plastic boxes away when you buy votive candles. They’re the perfect size for holding thread, and they keep thread dust and tangle free.
TIP 2: Recycle, Reduce, Reuse
I recycle wet-mop refill boxes to use for storing my thread. The clear top lets me see what’s inside.
TIP 3: Pretty Toes, Pretty Bobbins
Toe separators used for pedicures are perfect for holding bobbins and keeping thread from unraveling. They stack neatly, and you can see the thread colors at a glance.
TIP 4: Business as Usual
Use business card pages from an office supply store to hold needle cases. It’s easy to find the needle you’re looking for with these clear pages. You can also see at a glance which sizes you have and which ones you need to buy.
TIP 5: Handy Needle Compartments
A large pillbox is perfect for storing sewing machine needles. I make a label for each section, indicating the size for the needles inside.
TIP 6: Dresden Plate to the Rescue
I love the Fons & Porter Dresden Plate Pincushion for keeping my sewing machine needles organized. Using a fine point marker, I wrote a size and type of needle on each section. When I change a needle but want to keep it for another use, I can store it in the pincushion.
TIP 7: Office Supplies do the Trick
A magnetic paper clip holder works great for holding pins. The holders are available at office supply stores.
TIP 8: Safe and Sound
I use travel soap containers for my straight pins and safety pins. They fit in my small tote bag for my quilting an they stay tightly closed until I need the pins.
TIP 9: Easy as A-B-C
I use an expanding file for my appliqué patterns. Filing them alphabetically helps me to quickly find the one I’m looking for.
BONUS TIP from Fons & Porter: the Prop-It Needlework Chart Holder is perfect for use at home and while traveling. The freestanding magnetic board and magnetic strips hold individual charts, patterns, magazines leaflets, and books and lays flat for easy storage.
TIP 10: Ruler Rack
A folder rack from an office supply store is perfect for holding rulers. Place rulers in the rack with largest in back and smallest in front; it’s easy to find the one you need.
TIP 11: Quilting Caddy for Sewing Supplies
I use a silverware caddy for the tools that I use while sewing. This keeps them organized and close at hand. When I’m done sewing, I put the tray in a drawer, leaving a tidy sewing room.
TIP 12: Now We’re Cookin’
I keep my scissors and rotary cutters in potholders, which I hang under my work station. My tools are always handy while I am sewing.
I hope you found these tips as useful as I did for storing your sewing supplies and quilting notions. Do you have any tips of your own you’d like to share about quilting supplies or otherwise? Leave a comment below or send us your own quilting tips submission.