Organize Sewing Supplies
Drawers can quickly become unorganized hiding places. Keep loose tools in place by storing them in smaller containers within drawers. Choose felt or silicon dividers to avoid damaging drawers and tools. Save the top drawer for most-used notions. Use the lower drawer for less-frequently accessed items like sewing machine instructions and accessories.
Out of Sight
Add a hanging utility board to the back of a closet. This board has shelves, containers, and hooks to hold an assortment of spray bottles and glues, small notions, and mini charm squares.
Perk Up with Paint
Keep your room visually decluttered by painting a pegboard and hanging spool rack one color. Display your most-used thread on the thread holder. Store extra spools in closed containers away from sun and dust.
On the Hook
Hang rulers and templates from Command hooks attached to an edge of your cutting table to keep your work surface clear.
Kitchen storage gadgets, such as this hook-filled rod, often work well in the sewing room, too. Make your own with S hooks and a curtain rod to keep cutting tools in line.
File Folder Organizer
This basic office supply can separate and store dies, rulers, and templates.
In the Groove
In a cabinet tall and deep enough to house your largest rulers, grooved wooden ruler caddies store measuring tools vertically, saving space and preventing clutter.
Inexpensive containers purchased in bulk at a dollar store turn a drawer into a perfect place to sort tiny sewing notions.
Pegboard looks nicer when painted to match your decor and framed with wood trim. Use it to keep rulers and acrylic templates at your fingertips.
A wooden carrier can easily hold the most-used supplies on your work table. Place taller items in the back of the carrier, so you can easily see all your tools. The handle makes it easy to grab and go.
Salt shakers can hold a variety of smaller items like pins, buttons, and trims. Arrange them together for a cute display.
Make a simple storage container out of a toolbox to take your must-have supplies on a vacation or retreat. Separate notions and other supplies into the compartments in the tray and hide fabric and scissors in the larger space underneath.
Make an inspiration board that also serves as creative storage. A shelf and magnetic board underneath allow extra space for a rod with ribbons, salt shakers filled with buttons, and storage boxes.
Shelves built along the ceiling allow books, magazines, and patterns to reside in mostly unused space, leaving shelves and other storage items free for more fabric!
A spinning organizer stores scissors, cutters, marking tools, and other small items in a contained (but accessible) space.
Down to the Wire
Sewing patterns file away nicely in this vintage dish drainer. Even the utensil caddy is put to good use holding ribbon and a pincushion.
Stick Them Up
Command™ Hooks are perfect for putting storage where you need it. Place them above a work space to hang rulers, acrylic templates, and scissors close by. Or hang them from the side of a table or cabinet for storage that doesn't take up extra space.
Organize fusibles and interfacing in upright magazine containers.
A large desk organizer can fit smaller cutting mats and acrylic rulers and templates. Smaller items, such as scissors, marking tools, and embellishments can fit in the separaters.
From the Baking Aisle
Cookie jars are the perfect size for storing spools of thread, buttons, ribbons, and more. Clear jars and printed labels let you easily see what's inside each jar. If you want a more uniform look, buy painted jars in a color that match your decor.
Keep track of smaller templates and specialty rulers with a large D-ring binder and zippered see-through pockets.
Hang a ribbon collection on rods over a table. This allows you to pull off the lengths of ribbon you need and cut them to size. A small shelf above is the perfect display for your pincushions.
Drop-down cabinet drawers at a work station corral rotary cutters.
Use a flatware divider to store often-used items next to your sewing machine. They'll always be in reach, but won't roll off the table.
Designer Stacy West organizes her embroidery floss and perle cotton using unconventional storage pieces. Here vintage berry baskets, scales, hardware store bins, and muffin tins hold her thread.
Window of Opportunity
Make use of an awkward wall between a door and a closet with Command™ Hooks -- perfect for hanging your rulers and templates. A salvaged window is a stylish catchall for quilting awards, retreat pictures, and other momentos.
Spice Up Your Storage
A spice rack with empty spice jars can help organize buttons by color or size. Not only is it a convenient way to store small embellishemtns, but it looks pretty on your sewing table!
Pretty Pincushion Display
Display a collection of pincushions within reach on this pretty pedestal. Keep yours on a counter for fun decor, or hide it in a cabinet to keep your work space neat.
A bank of 7-inch-deep cabinets allows for creative storage ideas, including this magnetic memo board. To make your own, cut a piece of galvanized metal to fit your space, then screw it to the cabinet back. For a pretty finish, cover the metal piece with wallpaper.
In the Pipeline
Old piping and S hooks suspend hand-dyed floss in designer Stacy West's sewing room. Hanging the thread allows you to keep thread detangled.
Vintage Drawer Storage
Decorate boring drawers with pieces of punchy wallpaper. Stash buttons, ribbons, and other notions in vintage candy dishes for easy-to-rifle-through storage.
Serve Up Storage
Small ceramic dishes can store thread and buttons for your current project (or just the supplies that won't fit in your drawers). Arranging them on a matching serving tray makes them both transportable and stylish.
You don't need expensive or fancy storage items to get organized. Reuse items around the home (like this tea holder) to corral your tools and most-used supplies. If you group multiple containers together, the display will look intentional and have a vintage vibe.
Display Your Pearls
Pearl cottons are pretty! Display them in a bowl on your sewing table for easy access and a cute display. A wood bowl, like in this picture, gives a homey and warm look. Choose a bowl to match your decor.
Pop of Red
Use pegboard and small buckets as functional decor. Eliminate clutter by stashing marking tools, thread, and other small quilting notions in cute painted, wooden, or metal containers.
For visible storage, line up jars housing small embellishments and notions such as buttons in a spice rack.