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Tidying Up Your Sewing Space

I am in the last push of spring cleaning.  It hasn’t been easy but it has been quite successful. The only remaining space that I have left to tackle is my sewing studio.  I spent the weekend putting up new lights around my light box as well as some new lights above my cutting table.  While I am still in the process of putting the organized chaos back together I thought I would share several pictures that I have used as either guidelines or inspiration to further organize and personalize my creative space.

1.  Create a pegboard to hold all rulers, tools, and scissors.  I want to put one next to my cutting table .


2. Create a caddy from tin cans to hold notions on sewing table.



3. Organize ribbon in a decorative and efficient manner.  I liked the look of these…maybe paint paper towel holders?


4.  Create furniture that has more than one use.  I LOVED this idea of a shelf and a ironing board.


5. Organize smaller yardage fabrics.  Place on either a shelf or in drawers.




6. Create a focus wall.  I have too much white going on in my area.  I would really like to create a unique wall display.




Are you in the midst of organization?  Do you have any ideas that would be helpful?  Would love to hear from you!

Happy Tidying,



  1. Helpful info and ideas! I’m still “recovering” from moving and my sewing studio is a wreck. I used to have an ironing/storage station like the one shown and I miss it, so thanks for reminding me of that dual-duty space saver. I rent, so putting up sheets of pegboard isn’t going to fly. But I’ve found that Command brand hooks work wonderfully well for rulers, cutting guides, general doo-dads and even a cheap bridal hoop skirt. They also make things like cell phone holders, picture hangers, shallow trays and cups – and they all stick on the wall and the stickum removes without a trace. Makes it easy to change a room’s layout without making more holes in the wall. 🙂


  2. Tegan says

    I have very little space, and my studio does dual duty as sewing/yarn and music (I teach). So I have three tomato boxes/paper boxes that I stack. Bottom is my thread — all sorted into ziplock bags via color, usually a gallon bag as I have waaaaaaaay too much thread. Next up is the notions box, a little more haphazardly arranged. Then is the box of ribbon and lace — all of which is, again, sorted into ziplock bags so as to not get tangled or dirty. The tippy top of the pile is a 4-5 pint vegetable box (open on top with a little handle) that previously had held my newspaper and other papers for pattern making, and now is holding the AMAZINGLY HUGE collection of bias tape that I just received for free from a friend — and because I’m insane, it’s of course sorted by color and makes me SO HAPPY just looking at it. 😀

    I keep yarn in open-topped, cloth-lined bins on the bottom shelf of a bookcase. I keep fabric on wire modular shelving. I’m a fan of storage spaces that can store a heck of a lot in a small amount of space. Oh, and I’m a third floor apartment with sloping ceilings down to the floor, so I can’t do the pegboard thing either. 😛

    What did you wind up deciding for your storage problems?


    • Oh my goodness! That bias tape sounds like an amazing rainbow of sewing fun!
      I ended up getting a large wide shelf that I keep my “going to use next” fabric bolts along with baskets that I organized my current projects into. I also added a shelf to keep cut out dress pieces together so I would stop just moving the pile around my room. 🙂

      I have a few more pieces to get to better store my patterns but it is coming along nicely.

      You teach music as well and you sew? You sound sooo creative! 🙂
      Have a great day,


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