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Organize a Sewing Room

Posted: 26 January 2016 at 6 a.m.

Organize Your Space

First tip:  Don’t!

Just kidding!

Organization is something I’ve struggled with in the past.  It seems so much easier to simply leave things the last place it was used.  Way faster and easier in the moment.  My sewing room gets even harder to organize once things start looking disheveled.  It’s a slippery slope from there to a complete pigsty. 

My mother was the perfect example of organization.  Everything had its place (and a label to accompany it).  She did her best to teach me that organized people are the lazy ones.  She said when things were organized she never had to search for something or wonder where it was, saving time and energy. 

This is the year I’m challenging myself to get organized and stay that way.  If you’re like me, when you finally have a spare moment the last thing you want to do is organize.  I’d much rather be sewing.  But, if what my mother says rings true, once I’m organized I’ll have more time for sewing.   I’m giving up sewing time now in hopes I’ll have more later.

Can you help me?  What do you do to keep your sewing room organized?

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  • 6. Jo (26 March 2016 at 10:48 a.m.)

    This is for 'Moonpie"........ I owned a sewing room exactly like you describe and here is what I did: I put shelving and cupboards along the 'short' wall and used the center space for workspace. Then, use a smaill tub, sit on a rolling chair and gather up your materials (so you don't bump your head)! I put mirrors on the end cupboards and on the wall at the top of the stairs (no door). My sewing desk and machine went against the short wall too, under a window. Hope this helps!
  • 5. BMoonpie (08 February 2016 at 6:41 p.m.)

    I can not get organized to save my life. I have a large room that was once used as a storage room for boxes if junk from when we moved to this garden home 7 years ago. We moved to this home to down size so everything that I had no idea what to do with went in a box in the upstairs storage/my sewing room. One of my main problems about 36 inches from the flor the ceiling slopes in due to the roof line. I have no idea how to utalize the space I have and to make things worse I purchased a long arm on a 12' frame. I need help. PLEASE!
  • 4. Francine Warren (28 January 2016 at 7:50 p.m.)

    I'm with your Mom! I have bins with specific fabrics or projects in them, labels on everything. I even do this with threads- I love Superior threads so I have lots- sorted by colors. I go crazy when my studio gets messy. I like it vacuumed after every big project- I'd do it daily, but I can't. And if I have to work on a different project while I have one already going I get the first one all gathered together & into a container or plastic bag, label it til I can come back. Yes probably over organized- but I always know where stuff is & get get going right away! I do this with all my crafts- makes life so much easier. While my daughter doesn't share my enthusiasm for being so organized, she's stuck sharing my studio til she can get a bigger house- so she's picking up her Mom's good habits!!!
  • 3. Quilting Jeannie (28 January 2016 at 5:05 p.m.)

    I took the time out of sewing time to organize my tools, patterns, threads, etc and make a work pattern practical set up for my sewing room. Everything but batting and fabric was organized. Then I made a project, in my case a lap quilt. It was so much easier in a clear organized space. Then I set down to sort through and organize my fabrics. I sorted by fabric type, and grouped by colors, all but the scraps. Then I treated myself to make another project. After that I am now working on my scraps into containers. I love to clean up after I complete a project and start with a clean slate again. And I begin each project by cleaning my sewing machine and surface. I feel better and I work better. Hope it helps.
  • 2. Jana Davison (28 January 2016 at 4:25 p.m.)

    I put my UFO's in scrapbook project boxes and store them them even while I'm working on them so all of the pieces are together and in one place. I keep my quilt patterns in large zip lock bags for each pattern company and alphabetized. And, because I go so CRAZY when quilt supply shopping, I keep with me at all times shopping an alphabetical inventory of patterns, books, and some of my fabric collections. It really does help!
  • 1. Jan (28 January 2016 at 4:24 p.m.)

    I keep waiting for the quilting fairy to come clean and organize my sewing room. Looked today it didn't happen. So I guess it's up to me, so any helpful hints are welcome.

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