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For our Month of Making Sewing Space, I rounded up useful tools, furniture, organizers, and decorative stuff that could make any sewing space great!
1. A Thread Rack
A good thread rack can make a world of difference in your sewing room!
As you research thread racks, measure your space- did you know that some racks can fit in some drawers?
Decide if you want to hang the rack or set it up on a table- you may want to do both!
2. Small Clear Drawers
Clear drawers can help you SEE what you’ve got.
Whether it’s buttons or threads, sometimes it’s nice to have a larger visual cue than a small label.
Consider stacking drawers on a surface, or stacking them on a shelf, in order to save space!
3. Rolling Cabinets
Wheels, wheels, wheels!
We recommend having easily moveable sewing furniture in your space. Try not to lock yourself into a layout permanently.
This brightly colored cabinet from Arrow Sewing Cabinets demonstrates our point perfectly!
4. Stash and Store Tray
Sometimes, you want your tools to stand at attention, handles ready for you to grab!
These silicone trays are perfect for snips, point turners, etc. that you use often enough to keep outside of a drawer.
5. Wall Mounted Magnetic Strips
Using wall space efficiently in your sewing room is of utmost importance!
Sometimes baskets or shelves are best, but many stitchers use magnetic strips on their walls to hang scissors and cutters. It’s a device you might have seen most often in kitchens, but consider it for a room where your cutting table is close to a wall!
6. Compact Sewing Furniture
Here is a super affordable, compact, moveable piece of sewing furniture from Sauder.
If your sewing space is sometimes used as something other than a sewing space, a piece of furniture like this will change your life! You can keep your machine and supplies together, and flip the whole thing open to expose the machine *and* workspace when you’re ready to work. It’s such a better option than having your machine packed away in a case in a closet.
7. Label Maker
Our number one tip for organization in your sewing space is to LABEL EVERYTHING!
This is the label maker we use. Zede is militant about things being labeled- and we like to keep her happy!
Examples of labels in our sewing room:
– Pressing tools
– Construction thread
– Destiny Accessories
– Specialty rulers
Make sure to label the box or drawer where you keep your label maker, of course!
This is our favorite way to store plastic bobbins. Bobbin Savers keep them from simply rattling around in a drawer!
There are different sizes, so if you hav a machine that takes gigantic bobbins, have no fear- there’s a size for you!
You can also use these to salt the rims of margarita glasses- if you sew desire. Just don’t get thread in your margarita!
Are you, yourself a piece of sewing organization furniture?
Do you wear any of your tools as you sew?
I know some stitchers have tool belts or work aprons that they put on when they go into their studios.
10. Hand Needle Organization
Storing hand needles can be so frustrating! But you’ll feel like a magician with a few of these tubes on hand. The needles magically rise up and into your hands when you twist the tube.
As always, LABEL the tube with what types of needles you’re keeping in there, and maybe get a few tubes to keep different types of needles separate.
11. Swivel Hooks
Have you considered putting swivel hooks in your ceilings? You can hang projects while they wait, or use them to hold up a heavy project while you sew!
Our sewing room has hooks above every sewing machine, and it’s important that they swivel, so you can move your project as you work.
This hook swivels 360 degrees is graded for 20lbs in dry wall and 100lbs in wood- oh my.
12. IV Poles
IV Poles are a MUST-HAVE item in our sewing studio.
They provide vertical, moveable, temporary storage for projects, or they can stand next to a machine and hold a heavy dress or other project while you sew!
Order two of these to keep your projects up off the floor and out of piles!
If you have a machine that takes metal bobbins, let the magic of magnets help you out!
This magnetic bobbin tray is low profile, so you can fit several of them in a drawer.
Never skimp on bobbins- you can never have too many! That also means you should have plenty of bobbin storage!
14. Sewing Organization Patterns!
Have you considered *sewing* your own sewing organization tools?
When I’m unorganized, a sewing project doesn’t seem like the best idea, but this catch all caddy from Annie’s could help you use up some fabric from your library and get organized at the same time!
Laundry storage and sorting devices are awesome for fabric scrap storage and organization! A hanging basket like this can maximize vertical space.
Hang it from the ceiling, and you’ll be able to see what scraps are available!
These rolling carts have been en vogue for a while, but I just discovered this rose gold one!
To hammer the point home, we are huge proponents of moveable furniture in your space, and these carts are awesome for store supplies or projects. Roll it along with you as you move about the studio, or put it aside, while you’re working on something else.
We made a special ruler storage thingy to put on ours!
Tackle boxes are a MUST in your sewing room.
Use them for permanent storage, or keep a “class kit” well stocked with doubles of often-used supplies, so that you can be ready when you sew outside your studio.
We have a huge tackle box set like this that’s still labeled “Show Choir” from Zede’s days of costuming high school show choir and attending festivals!
Keeping your sewing space clean is a big part of organization.
We keep two of these brushes and dustpans on hand in our space. One is for the floor, and one is for the cutting table (LABEL THEM).
Keeping cleaning supplies in or close to your sewing space will help you keep things tidy. If the cleaning supplies are far away, you probably won’t be as motivated to clean!
These racks are how we store almost all of our fabric (we have 5 in our studio).
They allow for plenty of ventilation, easy visualization of our fabric “sushi rolls”, and they’re MOBILE! We can move 100s of yards of fabric, just by pushing a rack around.
When we had a sewing store, we used clear sleeves like this to tag machines as they came in for service.
Now, we use the tags to label our fabric stacks.
You could use them for swatch collections too!
The Sew Stack system is a modular, stackable storage system with different containers for different purposes. The presser foot storage box has a foam insert with seven long slits that almost any foot can sit in.
I have to be honest, I’m a bit of a fan of clear storage containers, but I do like that these boxes stack nicely on top of each other!
Get one of these babies and keep your sewing machines and sergers clean all the time!
It’s important for our sewing spaces to be as clean as possible- so that we don’t ruin projects or wind up with expensive machine repair bills!
Remember, always brush out and suck out lint from your machine with a brush and vacuum- don’t use canned air!
This type of bobbin storage isn’t sufficient for the amount of bobbins in *our* sewing room, but it’s perfect for transporting a limited number when you’re traveling to classes!
Keeping bobbins for different machines separate is so important, so use a label maker to keep things organized!
Brighten up your sewing space with this adorable clock! I will never, ever get over how cute this clock is.
I mean, if anything is going to tell you it’s time to stop sewing and go pick up the kids or go to work or whatever else, it might as well be this clock!
This cutting system is a compact 24″x36″ Cutting System with an integrated cutting surface, cork surface, and magnetic board that works with the included T Square and magnetic pattern holders.
It packs a punch for a small space!