Studio Organization Ideas
Where do you begin? When do you decide? How do you organize? The answer to these questions might vary from creative to creative. One true consistency for all creatives is we love to know what we have. The best way to know what you have is to get organized. You might argue there isn’t enough time to both get organized and be creative. Here I’m going to share with you my top 10 picks for sewing studio organization ideas.
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Studio Organization Ideas
Let’s focus on the top areas in our sewing studio that need organization such as, presser feet, fabric, thread, patterns and rulers.
The first is one of my favorites, Presser feet. I love all my feet, sounds silly to say, but it’s true. If those feet are hidden inside a little box, all jumbled up – they will not be used. Get them out of that dark little box, lay them on the table, touch them and remember what they are for…making your sewing look better.
- Check out Jann, from Newton Custom Interiors, as she gets super organized in her sewing studio.
2. Let’s say you can’t dedicate an entire wall to presser feet, then here is another sewing studio organization idea. Courteous of Sew What’s New by Karen. She shows how simple it is to keep your feet in plain sight yet concealed.
Now we all joke about shoving fabric in the oven but we know there is no way we’d intentionally dirty our fabric, though we do love to stash it. If your fabric is ever to be used, it must be out for you to see. At the least, in a place you can visit it. Here are some clever tricks to keeping it close by without falling all over the place.
3. This artist has such a lovely sewing studio and is not only organized but decorates as she goes along. Kerryanne of Shabby Art Boutique has a clever idea of covering the fabric which is on shelves with sheer fabric. This way the fabric is both there but not falling off shelves.
4. Here is your ah ha moment for storing those little left over bits! Debby from Debby Brown Quilts came up with many clever studio organization ideas, but in my opinion this was her best! Buying one of those laundry separators, like this one HERE. She divides batting, fabric and trims into separate bins. Clever!
When you purchase thread there are many ideas how to keep it organized. Sometimes I like to keep it all together with the fabric or project. Other times I immediately put it on my thread rack or in my thread drawer. Here are few other ideas for storing your thread.
6. Make it pretty! Find an old picture frame at a garage sale or antique shop. Hang up peg board, paint the frame and hang around your thread! Photo below courtesy of Rhoda from Southern hospitality. She shares where she got this beautiful frame and a few other ideas.
Organization ideas for Projects, Kits and Patterns
It can be daunting to figure out where to start but many of us are pattern collectors. Seriously, one day I counted my purse patterns and it was over 50+. Keeping them organized is critical so I don’t accidentally re-buy a pattern I really love. Don’t laugh, this has happened!
7. My friend and fellow designer Alyssa from Penguin and Fish put it all together for us on how to organize her kits. Pattern, fabric, thread and even the needles. This idea works great for hand embroideries and machine embroiderers alike. Keeping organized is key to knowing what you have and need to finish.
8. Sometimes those patterns are placed in the gallon zip-lock bags as a project while other times you want to have all your patterns in one spot. What a clever idea for those of us without a bunch of space. Thanks to Gigi from Gigi Sews, where she shows us how to organize patterns into page protectors and binders.
Hanging with me…
If someone says, “come hang with me in my sewing studio”, you would suspect you get to sew, right? In the case of our last two organization ideas I truly mean to hang out, forever. These clever hanging ideas work great for those sewers who have limited counter and desk space.
9. Just clever! Pretty too. What a nice display of all the zippers and not taking any space up at all which is even better. Katy Cameron, of the The Littlest Thistle, shares how she stays organized.
10. Saving the best for last was hard to do in this post because of all the affordable, awesome and easy sewing studio organization ideas. But, since this is my post I figured I’d share mine last. I have lots of hoops, rulers and things to hang on my walls. It’s bad enough my thread racks make holes in the dry wall I wasn’t about to add the injury for hoops and rulers. Check out how I found an affordable and simple solution to this issue with 3M Command hooks.
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I certainly hope these 10 affordable, awesome and easy sewing studio organization ideas helped get your mind working. Plan to implement them slowly but have a plan. Once you get your kits in order and see how many projects are sewing UFO, join in on my Facebook group, Sew UFO. This support group is designed to share all your projects as you go along. Join today!