Sewing does not exactly require a huge amount of equipment, notions and fabric, but many sewing enthusiasts, like other crafters, quickly accumulate a wide range of tools that can quickly grow to disorderly messes. And if you’re living in a small home without a dedicated sewing or craft room, the issue of organization is even more important to address.

Below is a list of sewing and sewing room organization tips and products for bringing your hobby to a place where you can spend time sewing and not looking through clutter for what you need.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/annethelibrarian/Fabric Organization Ideas

Fabric, especially remnants from previous projects, tend to get pushed aside and pile up in corners or boxes, but a little effort can keep your fabric collection organized without taking up much time.

If you need easy access to many different, relatively small pieces of fabric, such as quilters, you may want to store your fabric in the open.

  • One effective method is by using a wire shelving system similar to the one at right, with each wire beam providing a bar for folded fabric to be draped on.
  • Many seamstresses, especially those who quilt and thus have many pieces of fabric all of the same shape, can pile their fabric in neat piles of the same sizes, and be able to easily find a fabric at a glance. Fabrics of roughly the same size can also be stored upright in multipurpose, open-top storage baskets or boxes. You can wrap the fabric around a flat piece of cardboard to help keep all the fabric pieces upright.

Fabric is easily stored in drawers or boxes as long as there is a way to neatly keep each fabric in a simple shape, and prevent them from getting tangled together, even when they’re touching.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/peebot/Simple rubber bands wrapped around a rolled piece of fabric usually works to keep the cloth neat and tidy, but you can be fancier if you want. Fabric can be wrapped and tied on to matching cardboard tubes to get a cohesive look, for example.

Storing Thread Spools and Bobbins

Even casual seamstresses tend to have dozens of different types and colors of thread, often purchased for a specific task, with most of the thread still on the spool for years after the original project is complete. Since thread doesn’t usually take up much space, you will probably be able to find enough to store it appropriately.

If you have more than 100 or so spools of thread, consider donating what you probably won’t need again to a charity that makes blankets or clothing for the needy, such as Newborns in Need.

Each spool of thread should be physically separated to keep loose ends from tangling. Organizing by color can make it easier to sort and look more attractive, as well. Here are some popular solutions:

Storing Thread In the Open

http://www.flickr.com/photos/scrapstampsew/Open thread organization is a good choice if you change threads often or otherwise need easy access to your spools, or you want to use the colorful array of threads as a decorative piece in your home.

  • This antique printer’s drawer to the right is almost the perfect size to divide normal and serger- sized spools of thread in an elegant way. You can find similar drawers at antique stores or on Etsy.
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/christaface/3328901343/sizes/m/in/photostream/This is a typical tabletop spool holder designed especially to store thread in an angled, “bleacher-style” organizer. Make sure the rows are wide enough apart to fit all the types of thread spools you want to store on it

Hidden Storage Options for Thread

If you don’t want to dedicate wall or desk space to storing your thread, drawer organizers or other compartmentalized storage options, can keep threads separated. You don’t need to look for a specialized “sewing organizer”; most craft and hobby organizers will serve your purposes.

  • There are a huge variety of drawer organizers, many of which will fit a spool or two of thread perfectly. These organizers also have the benefit of not being specially-made for thread, so they can store other sewing supplies, as well
  • A traveling parts organizer like the one shown on the right will ideally have adjustable slots for you to make the perfect sized spaces for different sizes of thread spools. The closed design also makes it easy to store and carry around with you. You can use it to organizer other sewing notions, as well.

Sewing areas (or rooms, if you’re lucky enough to have the space for it) can be just as organized as the rest of their house, and the colors of thread and fabric that seamstresses use can also be used as decorative elements as well, unlike most other organization methods.

For even more inspiration, we’ll end with a few beautifully organized craft and sewing rooms:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/cherrytomato/2322074563/sizes/l/in/pool-689856@N22/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/9659452@N04/2259083642/sizes/l/in/pool-689856@N22/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/designsbykylie/3649585568/sizes/z/in/photostream/
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