Are you looking for ways to keep your sewing room neat and tidy? To get organised so you can find what you need? Below you’ll find a selection of free projects/patterns plus purchasable sewing room storage solutions to help you keep your creative space organised. You may also find our sort your sewing space feature handy.
Ideas for storing fabric and works in progress
I use a few different methods for storing my fabric. I love making these fabric storage cubes which hold around 20 fat quarters and the 1 hour basket holds over 30 fat quarters. Plus I have a couple of the Maker’s Box project I wrote for Patterntrace which can hold larger pieces of fabric, several ½ metre or 1 metre cuts can easily fit into it. If you have lots of works in progress and would like to store the fabrics, pattern & trims etc for each project all together in one place take a look at this large project pouch tutorial.
If you have a big project like a quilt on the go the Prym store and travel bags will fit a large amount of fabric in, plus it’s then all packed up ready to take to sewing groups. I also use some plastic storage boxes like these, some small enough to fit on shelves, others larger to slide under the bed. They are stackable too which is handy. For smaller projects Prym’s All-in-one bag is a great solution. You can keep the materials and tools for the project in one easy to transport bag, plus the clear pockets mean you can easily locate the bits you need.
For the large pieces of fabric I have a gorgeous rainbow storage tower, I sort the fabric by colour, 1 drawer for each colour. Ikea sell similar ones you could use. Craft Yourself Silly have just launched a whole new range of mdf sewing room storage solutions, including the rotating fabric stand above that holds 32 mini bolts of fabric. Great for if you have a large stash. They also have 2 circular ones, the smaller holds 32 mini bolts and the larger holds 64!
Ways to store thread
I will admit I have a rather large thread collection (over 400 spools!) so I use the Artbin super satchel thread storage boxes which each hold over 100 spools. A similar idea is this Sulky Thread storage box from The Cotton Patch. If your thread stash is a little more modest than mine then Patterntrace’s Spoolpods are a great solution. They allow you to store each spool with it’s matching bobbin, and they are stackable. Prym have a nice thread storage box which holds 15 spools.
We have a free project to make a hanging sewing tidy which will hold multiple spools of thread along with other items of haberdashery. Of course there’s also the traditional spool thread racks available at Plush Addict and The Cotton Patch. Plus Craft Yourself Silly have 3 different thread trays designed to fit different brands/sizes of spool in.
How to store haberdashery
We all have lots of little sewing bits and bobs that need organising, from buttons to hooks and eyes, snaps to sewing tools. It’s much easier to find what you need if everything has a home. This stacking donut box is ideal for all the tiny bits like snaps, bobbins, buttons etc. There are 5 individual ring shape boxes which stack on top of each other, and each one is split into 5 sub compartments. Making it easy to stay organised.
For larger sewing tools and accessories this jumbo click box is ideal. Plus the carry handles mean you have easily transport it to sewing classes or groups too. Another great solution for smaller bits of haberdashery is this organiser box, which contains 9 mini boxes (with lids). So not only can you use it in your sewing room as a storage set but you can easily remove a single box to take to workshops or sewing groups with you.
What about this fab rose gold thimble desk organiser from Abakhan Fabrics for holding your marking tools and small rulers?
You could make our embroidery hoop storage project to hang on your sewing room wall. It’ll hold your snips, chalk pens, tape measure and other small tools and will look pretty at the same time.
The Craft Caddy (pictured above) by Craft Yourself Silly has space to store your fabric, thread, sewing tools, rulers and haberdashery all together in one place in a very organised manner.
The fab Oslo Craft Bag (free pattern) shown below from Sew Sweetness is very similar to the organiser on my desk. I store my quilting rulers and templates in the centre, and marking tools in the side pockets. Find out how to get the pattern here.