Sew Organized: Storage Solutions for Sewing and Crafts

Sewing, quilting, stamping and crafts! Add them all together, and you've got the storage challenge of a lifetime!

The fabric stash reproduces stealthily, outside the light of day, until closets, containers and cupboards overflow. Craft supplies multiply like a population of rabbits. Add the tools and gizmos required by each activity, and it's enough to overwhelm even the most organized.

How do you manage the myriad tools and supplies required by sewing and crafts? Check out these pointers to maximize storage in your sewing area:

Climb the walls

Look up and down to find storage possibilities at the work area: climb the walls! Empty space above and below workstations can be tapped to store most-needed tools and equipment.

storage for sewing and quilting

Wall-mounted organizers keep tools and equipment near this sewing workstation. Thread racks, pegboards, and a shallow shelf inserted in the kneehole area corral small items useful for machine sewing.

Find the right specialty foot fast when feet are stored in labeled clear-view boxes. Sewing machine manuals and reference books are available for a quick check from the kneehole shelf. Spray bottles make it easy to give balky seams a quick spritz before pressing.

Finally, a small corkboard organizer from the office supply store keeps pattern instruction pages at eye level. Use them to corral sale flyers, photos and pattern envelopes. Thanks, Staples!

In the clear

Clear-view organizers are a crafter's best friend. New storage products constructed of clear plastic bring sewing organization to new levels.

Use mid-sized storage towers with clear drawers to sort and store interfacings, elastic, zippers and buttons. Bonus: these units roll easily beneath cutting table or desktop.

Smaller storage containers corral machine feet, needles, marking pens and fasteners. The see-through property helps busy sewers pinpoint just the right foot, tool or fastener.

storage for sewing and quilting

Store it. See it. Sew it. You're in the clear for fast and easy sewing with clear-view organizers!

On a peg ...

They're an oldie but a goodie: pegboards. Fabric and craft stores use pegboards to organize and display notions. So should you.

Construct pegboards on top of 1"-wide spacers, and trim with molding for a built-in look. Prowl through the hardware store to find specialty hooks to add to the traditional selection of small straight and curved hooks.

storage for sewing and quilting

Pegboards are perfect for storing light, bulky items like pressing hams and sleeve boards. Pressing tools are accessible, but out of the way.

Don't forget thread racks! Thread racks display colorful thread spools and cones, adding a decor plus to their storage function.

Grab an extra "chip clip" next time you head to the kitchen for a snack. Hung on a peg, it'll keep pattern pieces from becoming lost.

A tisket, a tasket

Flat-bottomed plastic storage baskets have many uses in the sewing room. Use them to create flip-file pattern storage. Organized by category, you can find that special blouse pattern in record time.

storage for sewing and quilting

Covered plastic storage containers stack neatly beneath cutting tables. Load them up with works-in-progress, interfacings or lining fabrics. Pile them in unused corners or on closet floors; they're neat, light, and easy to locate.

Count on closets

Make the most of storage closets! Using commercial organizers, install shelf units tucked away in closet back corners. They'll house pattern collections nicely.

storage for sewing and quilting

Short or long, fabric lengths can be hung from clothing rods. So can rotary cutting mats, if you pinch the mat into a hanger designed for skirts or trousers. Still more room on the clothing rod? Slip both handles of plastic grocery bags over the rod. The bags will hold light, bulky items such as batting, pillow forms or yarn.

storage for sewing and quilting

Add organizer drawers to closets for maximum use of space. See-through drawers sort sewing notions and are easy to grab and go.