Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Best Sewing/Craft Room Organizing Tips: Just a Click Away!

Sewing Room Mosaic

I had such a fun time the other day posting pics of my sewing room.  I have designs to continue to tweak it to better organize all my supplies, and I'll post an update when I do (update: Here's how it's looking after some major reorganization).  Until then, enjoy this little list of organizing solutions for all your crafty needs.  Got a great tip or link that I missed?  Leave me a comment or email me at skooksplayground[at]gmail[dot]com.
How to Store:

  • Fabric
    1. Stacked Saris, 2. fabrics, 3. Stacked Saris
    • Confessions of a Fabric Addict via Stash Manicure: (Use your sewing ruler to achieve stash folding nirvana.)
    • Happy Zombie: (Pretty much the same as above, but she posted it first.)
    • Crafty Girls Workshop: (same as the first 2, but a video if you are having a hard time getting the concept.)
    • The Fabric Organizer: (Pricey, yes.  But if you want your sewing room to look like a fabric store, this would probably be your most direct route.)
    • The Little Green Bean: (Or you could DIY the idea above and still get the fabric store look without the hefty price tag.)
    • I used the tute I found on Cut To Pieces (below) to wrangle my fabric stash.
    • Cut To Pieces: (Ingenious idea, similar to the above idea, using comic book boards with a little note about folding fat quarters!) [This is the route I went in my own sewing room.  You can check it out here.]
    • Just Something I Made: (Sweet idea for storing your fabric remnants.  Reminds me of what fabric stores do with their remnants when they clearance them out.  Only cuter.) 
    • Tallgrass Prairie Studio via Stash Manicure: (Once it's all folded, try this wire shelving system with lots of labels and bins!)  
    • Stash Manicure: (A great way to house works in progress as well as all those little bitty pieces using salvaged food containers!  Especially awesome for quilters.) 
    • Cut Out and Keep: (This is if you want to get REALLY anal about documenting your stash for reference purposes.  Seems like it would take a long time, but might be worth it for true fabric hoarders who really have no idea what they have anymore and need to take inventory.)  
    • Knock Off Wood: (DIY build it yourself cubby organizer to hold your delicious fabric stash - scroll down to check out the after pic!)  
    • Just Enough Style: (Low on space, maybe something over the door would work best for you.) 
    • Kootoyoo:  (Brilliant little video on how to fold a fat quarter so it doesn't fall apart.)  I used this technique in my own sewing room with my vintage sheet fat quarters:  
    • TrueUp: (For when your fabric organization hasn't been the best and you ran out of something and don't remember what it's called.  Great links on this page.)
  • Patterns/Books
    Me-maw's sewing patterns
    Image by AForestFrolic via Flickr
    • The Domestic Diva: (Boat load of ideas here.  If you've got a serious stash you will find a solution here, I can pretty much guarantee it.)
    • Badskirt: (Amy's finally found a solution that works for her, could get pricey if you are a person who has LOTS of patterns, but might be great for a smaller stash.)
  •  Buttons 
    • Design Sponge: (This won't store LOTS of buttons, but it's cute and would make a nice little wall display for your faves.)
    • Skooks' Playground: (Ok, this is my own post, but I still love this idea for stashing buttons in a most delectable way.)
  •  Inspiration
  • my inspiration wall
    • Decor8: (Adorable in a grouping, now those little hoops of your fave fabrics can hold your little treasures of inspiration as well.)
    • Creating by Cami: (Keep them in a book . . . a cute one.  And it's easier than you think.)
  •  The Time
    • Lunique via Craftster: (Why use a premade clock when you can make one yourself?  Not a pattern, but definitely inspirational!  Ok, so this isn't exactly an organizing link, but I LOVE it and want to make one for my sewing room so I couldn't resist throwing it in there.)
  •  General Crafty Supplies/Notions
  • my new sewing basket
    Image by shimelle via Flickr
    • Clean Mama: (DIY lazy susan idea for holding all kinds of pens, pencils, markers, brushes, scissors, anything!)
    • In My Own Style: (About halfway down the page there is a picture of the inside of an armoire that has been tricked out to organize all the little things.  Definitely worth checking out if you're wondering how to organize a cupboard to hold as much as it can while still keeping stuff accessible.)
    • Skooks' Playground: (Here's how I keep all my sewing needles straight.  Great product and easy to DIY if you really wanted to!)
    • Make It and Love It: (Cute bins actually made using recycled cardboard.  Who'd be the wiser?  And you can customize them to your preferred color palette.)
    • Vanilla Joy: (Make some cute labels and store all your notions in separate wide mouth mason jars.  Such a cute idea!) 
    • Just Between Friends: (Sweet DIY Ikea shelving hack for ribbon and thread storage.)
    • Crafty Storage: (A blog dedicated to . . . well . . . crafty storage.)
  •  Scissors
    • DMC Threads: (Make a scissors "picture" and always know where they are.  LOVE this idea.)
    • Skooks' Playground: (Reclaiming Hobby Lobby Home Decor clearance - this is what I ended up doing in my sewing room.)
  •  Embroidery Floss
  • Image by Claudia Marchan via Flickr
  •  Gift Wrap
    • Givers Log: (Pare down and it's less overwhelming . . . and then keep it all together like this.) 
  • General Studio Inspiration
    • Hello, My Name is Heather: (Heather Bailey was probably my biggest inspiration as I went into the process of making my sewing room.  Her studio reminded me that I could repaint my childhood bedroom furniture and reuse them in a super functional and chic way.)
    • Allsorts: (Jenny B has a completely HUGE and enviable studio.  Lots of great ideas in here.)
    • Skooks' Playground: (I curated a little gallery over on a Flickr of beautiful creative spaces awhile back.  I still refer to it when I'm brainstorming ideas on how to switch things up in there.)
Side View
Here's how things are looking these days around the Playground.


Anzouya October 27, 2010 at 3:59 AM  

Lots and lots of helpful information! Thank you so much for this post. I must follow a tip or two. ;-)

Unknown October 27, 2010 at 5:10 AM  

This is the perfect post!! Seriously.. Would you mind reposting this on my blog as a guest?

Anonymous,  October 27, 2010 at 3:51 PM  

Hi there, hello there Skooks,

Thanks so much for the visits and encouraging words. So glad I stopped by during my "lunchtime" as now I have a good excuse to spending time looking through this great post. Thanks for all those links.

This post is just what I needed. As you know, I have been a tad sidetracked lately. After seeing your Mom cave post, I had to laugh. I have been thinking of turning our closet/man cave into my sewing room. Its a large enough walk in closet to do it. Its driving me nuts having my sewing area "in" the bedroom. I hate having to "close up shop" everyday, and start over the next day.

Thanks so much for the inspiration. I'll be you posted on the "jillycave"


Anonymous,  October 27, 2010 at 6:08 PM  

Wow!!!!!!!!!!! I only got through the fabric storage links. You did a super job on this. I loved the idea from stash maniure about reusing the containers. The money I could have saved.

See ya tomorrow for lunch;-)


Skooks October 27, 2010 at 11:27 PM  

Glad everyone's enjoying this post! I've been curating these links over a LOOONG period of time . . . seems like forever. I'll continue to add to it as I come across more good ones, even if it's just for my own reference!

Yadira May 17, 2011 at 2:35 AM  

This list is super awesome, its so complete. I'll go read all these links. :D

Aeren Waters November 14, 2012 at 6:16 PM  

Where has this post been all my life?! Thank you for taking the time to research and share this. This is a such a HUGE help to those of us, who need to make sense of the mess that has evolved in our creative spaces.

Skooks November 14, 2012 at 8:38 PM  

AW - Oh, yay! So glad you found it helpful. And thank you for leaving a comment here. It made me realize I should revisit this post and add to it as I've gotten a ton more leads on sweet ways to organize all the crafty bits. :)

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