Organizing a Sewing Room
is a relaxing hobby or an income-generating profession, you
can make organizing a sewing room into a fun and productive
project. If you are lucky enough to have a room just for
sewing, then you will have more flexibility in your
organizing design, but if you need to share this room with a
home office or guest bedroom, then you will need to keep
some considerations in mind while organizing a sewing
Before you begin organizing, make a thorough inventory list of
all the items you need in your sewing room, such
Notions: thimbles, threaders,
rulers, tracing tools, needles, pins, cushions, bobbins,
elastic, seam rippers, pins, ribbons, dyes, fabric care,
Iron and ironing
areas within your sewing room. I have simplified the process
for you by dividing your room into five separate areas
5 Easy Ways for Organizing a Sewing
Create a Sewing Table Area - This should include
the sewing table or desk, sewing machine, and a small
basket or organizer for your daily sewing needs. This
should also include enough open space for you to keep the
material and supplies of your current project within easy
Your sewing table is best placed by a window to maximize
natural lighting. If that is not possible, use halogen bulbs.
There are a variety of desktop and floor lights available, some
are even equipped with a magnifier.
For floor covering, the flatness of a tile or linoleum is
usually preferred over soft carpet to keep the machine in
Create a Fabric Storage Area - As a sewer, you
probably have quite a vast collection of beautiful
fabrics. Help these fabrics maintain their beauty and
structure by storing them safely.
There are different ways to categorize your fabric:
- By Color:
whites, blues, tans, reds, greens, etc.
By Style: plaid, stripe, toile, polka dots, floral,
contemporary graphics, holiday, etc.
By Texture: cotton, rayon, denim, velvet, silk, canvas,
By Purpose: clothing, home furnishing, crafts,
your fabrics by:
Folding neatly and place in plastic containers. Label the
outside by cutting small swatches of each
Hanging fabric in a closet with a skirt or pant hanger.
Multi-tiered hangers with clips can save space and help
Placing smaller amounts of fabric in large Ziploc bags.
However you decide to store the fabric,
just make sure it is in a temperature-controlled environment
to protect the fibers.
Create a Pattern Storage Area - Rather than
keeping patterns scattered all over the place, keep them
neat and tidy in a designated area. Lining up your
patterns in drawers work especially well, either dresser
drawers or durable cardboard or plastic drawers. You
could also keep your patterns tucked inside a sturdy
photo box, plastic container, pretty rectangular baskets,
etc. Label the drawers or boxes based on one of the
- Style: shirts,
slacks, skirts, dresses, etc.
Size: infant, children's, teens, adults
Gender: male, female
Brand: Butterick, McCall's, Vogue, etc.
Pick one system and stick with it.
Create a Sewing Supplies Area - Are your sewing
supplies scattered all over the place? The exercise of
organizing a sewing room would be incomplete without
finding a home for all your little tools. Depending on
what your current inventory is, you may find the
following items useful:
- Sewing caddies -
many of these include lots of dividers and pull out drawers as
well as handles for easy transportation.
Thread boxes - these are convenient for seeing what
colors you have available.
Drawer organizers - help you keep supplies separated and
Household items - things you have around the house (for
example, jars, plastic containers, etc.) can help you
keep small items together.
These supplies don't need to be on or even next to your sewing
table if you have open space for all of your daily sewing
Create a Miscellaneous Area – This does not mean a
“left over” area, rather this is for bigger items such as
a full-length mirror, cutting board, iron and ironing
board, garment steamer, and dress form. If you are tight
on floor space, try hanging your mirror and ironing board
on the wall. The cutting board can be tucked away in a
closet or behind a desk or dresser. You may also want to
find a sport to keep your gift wrapping supplies
With these useful tips,
organizing a sewing room can be time-saving event so you
spend less time searching and more time sewing!
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