15 Simple (and Cheap!) Storage Ideas
Once you start sewing, you realize how fast your sewing supplies and fabric stash start accumulating! (See our guide for necessary sewing items here.) Keeping your supplies and fabric organized from the start will help keep you motivated to sew (and to stay organized). It's amazing how much less time it takes to sew when you don't have to search around for your scissors or dig through drawers to find the right needle. See our stylish and economical ways to store your sewing supplies.
1. Sewing storage doesn't have to be boring! Dress up boring drawers with pieces of punchy wallpaper. Stash buttons, ribbons, and other sewing notions in candy dishes or small bowls for easy-to-rifle-through storage.
2. Mount cafe rods on a wall or the side of a cabinet to make great hangers for your favorite fabric. It makes the fabric visible and keeps it off the table so you have plenty of space to work on projects. Organize your fabric by color or by designer to make finding the perfect piece a breeze.
3. Sort your precut fabrics in clear-plastic storage boxes so you can always find the right size you need. These boxes stack easier so you can hide them under a bed or in a closet. Label the boxes for true efficiency.
4. Stop searching and start working! Clear, resealable bags can hold a pattern, fabric, and supplies for a project you're working on. If you need to stop the project before you're done, just stick it in the bag and store it away for another day.
5. Organize fabrics by designer, color, or size, and store them in baskets. The baskets allow you to pile the fabric high and transport the fabric easily.
6. Use up old shoe boxes by cutting a piece of fabric of a specific color and gluing it to the outside. Put all your scraps of that color into the shoebox for easy storage.
7. Shoe organizers are a great option for storing fabric. They're also great for storing your patterns, fusible web, and bigger notions.
8. Keep your ribbon and rickrack in line by winding them around uniform-size cards. Store them in a pocketed, over-the-door hanger meant to hold shoes or toiletries. This technique works great for keeping leftoever embroidery floss untangled, too.
9. Toolboxes have compartments that are perfect for storing small sewing supplies. You can keep your needles, pins, buttons, scissors, thread, and scraps of fabric all in a compact place for easy storage. Plus, it's portable, so you can sew on the go.
10. Organize rickrack, thread, and other small sewing supplies in small plastic bins from a hardware or crafts store. Put them right over a work space for easy access to supplies when you need them.
11. If you have the space, add a pegboard sheet to the inside of a closet or cabinet or on the wall for great sewing storage. Add a bar to store ribbon and small baskets to hold rulers, scissors, and marking tools. Pegs hang rotary cutters, rulers, and cutting mats.
12. Store buttons by color in glass jars. It keeps them organized and is a pretty way to display your notions when hidden storage isn't available.
13. Use small garbage cans to sort fabrics. Throw your scraps into one can to save for later and throw the fabric you're done with into the garbage can for tossing.
14. Eliminate clutter by stashing loose needles and thread into labeled boxes. They can easily be stacked in a closet or on top of a shelf.
15. Adapt a rolling metal shelf unit into a movable cutting table. Add a flat surface to the top for cutting and you've instantly added space.
BONUS: Want to sew your own stylish needle case? We have the directions here!