These sewing room ideas will help you save your sanity and space as you are able to easily find all your supplies. After all, with a little sewing room organization, you’ll be able to find even more room for new fabric to add to your stash!
If you love to sew, you know all too well that sewing comes with more than its fair share of accessories.
Without an effective sewing room organization plan or layout in place, you can easily turn your craft room haven into mass chaos with fabric, pins (ouch!), scissors, scraps, and oh so much more scattered about.
The difference between a cluttered sewing room and an organized crafting space is, well, night and day. The former is a space that doesn’t live up to its potential and causes frustration for any dedicated crafter.
On the other hand, a well-organized sewing room is usually where stunning sewing projects are brought to life.
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How to Organize a Sewing Room
I know all too well how you can love sewing and at the same time not love organizing.
Here are 11 effective and easy sewing room organization ideas to get your area spotless and keep your sewing space ready-to-go at all times so you can spend your time doing what you love rather than searching for the good scissors.
How do you store fabric in a sewing room? With so many colors and patterns at your fingertips, every sewer needs a reliable system for effectively storing and displaying the mounds of fabric we all seem to collect.
Depending on your space and your fabric supply, you could use multi-pant hangers in a closet to hold fabric.
However, my favorite way to store fabric is to fold each piece around its own board to make “mini bolts” and store them on bookcase shelves, DVD racks, or even hanging canvas shoe organizers.
Like wads and scraps of fabric, patterns can quickly take over any space. Let’s face it, there is nothing worse than wads of crumpled tissue and patterns going unused because they are unorganized.
Whether they are pattern envelopes, paper patterns or printed PDF patterns, they all take up a lot of space and do not stack well without some help.
The first step to organizing your patterns is to put them into different categories so you don’t need to spend precious sewing time sifting through a box of random patterns to find the one you need.
Start with simple categories like Women, Children, Men, Bags, and Quilts. If you have tons of patterns, you can break them down into subcategories and organize them by type of garment such as shirts, dresses, etc.
When you can’t find the right button to finish a project it can be more than a little frustrating, especially when you just know it is somewhere in your craft room.
Organize your buttons by placing each color in a small jar. Magnet boards with metal tins are a wonderful way to store small items such as buttons and they look cute displayed on the wall.
Thread and Small Items
Like most sewers, I’m sure your accessories include tons of little odds and ends that can get lost easily. Things like thread, needs, machine feet, bobbins, and other tools or embellishments can be overwhelming to keep track of.
A pegboard is a perfect solution! This display keeps every thread, ribbon, and tool ready at a moment’s notice while also using your wall as extra storage to free up your workspace. This system also allows you to perfectly customize it to meet all your needs and preferences.
Plus, they look really great with all your threads and other tools (even larger items that you need often like scissors and rotary cutters) while keeping everything within easy reach.
Oh, and a bobbin donut and a magnetic sewing pin cushion are quite helpful too.
Ribbons can make excellent additions to almost any project. However, when not in use, they can be a giant cluttered nuisance.
Reign in your ribbons and other similar items by using either a ribbon storage rack or an under shelf basket (use a mesh one so your ribbons don’t fall through) so you can see what you have but they are out of the way.
More Sewing Room Ideas
Sewing Room Furniture
Smart sewing room organization relies pretty heavily on how you layout your space. Make sure you have the perfect place for your machine as well as somewhere to cut.
Sewing room layouts often feature a desk against a wall for the machine, a bigger table for cutting and laying out fabrics, and storage and shelves along another wall.
Your secret superpower when it comes to sewing room organization will come in the form of sewing room furniture that can double as workspace and storage.
Find a middle table that has storage underneath in order to tuck away fabric and extra supplies. Or use a shelving unit with cubbies that will store your supplies or patterns while giving you workspace on top. The possibilities are endless.
Sewing Room Organization: Final Thoughts
There is no one right way to organize your sewing room. Your perfect sewing room organization plan will be defined entirely by how you will use the room and the space available.
If you have a whole room to dedicate to the craft, you can likely fit everything in it. If you are using a closet or smaller space, you will need to get creative to store your must-haves.
The one “must” is to find a space and layout that works for you! Your sewing space should be a relaxing sanctuary where you can catch some serious stitching peace and enjoyment, rather than a cluttered mess that stresses you out when you look at it.
As long as you ensure that everything has a “home” and stays organized, your sewing area will quickly become your favorite space in the house!
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