Sewing Room Storage to
Organize Any Space
Whether your sewing room storage is nonexistent or not quite up to par you will find the following list filled with storage ideas to spark your imagination.
Sewing Room Storage Ideas
- Ask fabric stores for empty cardboard tubes to store any material that you dont want creased such as velvet.
- Place on hangers and store in a closet or wardrobe.
- Make a computer list of your items along with yardage for easy browsing.
- If you keep bolts of material and if you have the space, place two open backed bookcases together. Most average size ones will fit a bolt of fabric nicely.
- Fold and place on a shelf just remember not to pile too high.
- Place folded material in plastic containers. Label the outside with a list of contents or if you are using a computer assign it a letter or number on the box corresponding to the pattern.
- Store fabric in underbed boxes or wrapping paper boxes.
- Sewing room storage can be maximized if you have a closet , wardrobe, or armoire. Hang your fabic using a skirt or pant hanger to minimize wrinkles.
- Use heavy duty photo boxes with reinforced edges. Alphabeatize patterns according to type.
- Organize then in quart size bags by type such as dresses, pants, etc.
- Use a rolling cart with drawers. Each drawer would contain an instruction manual and extra equipment. Label the drawers with the machine type and the contents.
- Pull out articles from magazines and store them in a binder. This way the next time you want to try a new stitch or review how to place a button for example it will be in your binder. This saves space because you don't have to save the whole magazine.
- Many people like to organize their thread by color but you can also do it by type such as cotton, polyester, or silk. When you are sewing a particular garment and you know you need a certian type of thread it also narrows down your choices.
- Use a hanging pocket organizer on the back of a door and label the pockets.
- Use premade thread spools and hang it on the wall.
Ribbons, Braid, Trim
- Use standard business card holder from office supply stores.
- Use old film canisters.
- Remember you need this sewing room storage to have safety in mind. If you have small children keep the needles out of reach or in a locked drawer or box.
Bobbins, clasps, Snaps
- Store extra on a paper towel or bathroom paper roll depending on the width. You can then place these rolls on a dowel so you can roll the item off like ribbon.
- Decorative glass jars can be used for a little display style for any of these items.
- You can also use baby jars, craft boxes made for beads (they have smaller divided areas) or a sewing box.
- Tackle boxes normally used for fishing are also good choices.
- Old film canister can be used, simple hot glue one of the items to the top or side to identify the contents.
- Use ice cube trays in a drawer and fill each compartment with these small items.
- Use a pegboard to store all of your extra ironing needs.
- Keep one set of scissors, a ruler, fabric pens and pin holder at your cutting area as well as your machine.
- Place a pull out board on a wall that can be pulled down only when needed.
General Sewing Room Storage Ideas
Here are some general sewing room storage ideas than can be applied to any space in your home:
- Use a mirror with 3 sides if you can
spare the space . It gives you the best idea of what a garment looks like.
- Use a power strip on a table or easy to reach area rather than under your machine where you have to constantly bend under to turn it on and off.
- Use a bulletin board to display projects, material used, sewing ideas or needs list.
- Consider a sewing closet - This is my favorite sewing room storage idea. You can add a mirror on one door, a drop leaf cutting board on another, a bulletin or peg board on the back, shelves or cabinet above or below your workspace. If you are using a spare room very often you don't need the closet anyway so why not put it to good use.
- Store everything that you need for a current project in a box. Include the material, pattern, lining, buttons or any embellishments.
- Use a room divider if sharing a space and place a bulletin board on one section, pockets on another that are labeled.
Sewing Room Storage To Make Shopping A Breeze
Sewing Room Storage For Those With
A Home Business Section
If you are a seamstress then you have to be organized! The following are three ways to do that:
- Client Book - Use index cards with all of your clients special information. Include name, phone number, address, measurements, specific requests, pattern number, and a swatch or sample of fabrics chosen. Place in a binder using index card sleeves or place in a small file box alphabetically.
- Client quotes - For those clients who call for information but have not yet agreed to use your service it is a good idea to keep a log as well. Place a call log by your phone. Include the date of call, clients name, phone, address, request, the quote you offered, any special details worth mentioning. It is also great for follow-up calls if you find you have extra time.
- Database - If you are starting out or a seasoned seamstress you need to know what type of work you are doing the most. This is not always obvious if you are very busy. But if you keep a computer database you may be surprised for example to learn that out of 15 quotes you gave for that month for skirts that only 2 chose to use your service.
This can come in handy to do some research. Is your price to high for example. Maybe it is time to check out your local competitors if you haven't done so in a while or you can ask your client why they decided to use another seamstress on a follow up call.
Whether sewing is just a hobby for you or a full time business the right sewing room storage is a must to get the full potential out of your time and efforts. It makes for a pleasant work environment that is stress free because it is clutter free. Start you sewing room organization project today and enjoy!
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