Tips and Tricks: Crafty Storage



Today's Tips and Tricks post is all about crafty storage. 
I don't know about you, but keeping my work space tidy is a constant battle. Fabric, fabric everywhere! There are scraps and jelly rolls and charm packs just piling up on every surface. And don't get me started on notions!

A few of our Chefs share some of their crafty organization tips with us today.

Erin Davis, of mummyquilts.blogspot.com


I keep my needles and machine accessories in plastic craft bins meant for embroidery floss. I like the ones with removable dividers so I can accommodate large feet like the button holer and small needle packs efficiently. Everything is labeled so it makes it very easy for me to find the right foot without having to consult my machine manual.

Lisa Calle of vintagemodernquilts.com



My favorite way to organize fat quarters is by color and I've found that if you fold them just the right way, the fit perfectly in bins and shelves designed for media (CDs and DVDs).  With so many people going digital these days, I see CD shelving units for sale very inexpensively at yard sales and thrift shops. They aren't always cute but there is nothing a good coat of spray paint can't fix.

See more of Lisa's studio and organization ideas here.


Angela Pingel of cuttopieces.com


I use comic book boards to keep 1/2 yard and larger pieces of fabric neat and tidy. I've figured out a way to fold the fabric so it fits nicely on the board and the shelves in my studio.

See the full tutorial on Angela's blog.

Thanks for sharing, ladies! Readers, what are your favorite ways to keep your space tidy?

21 comments:

Marg M said...

Currently have time off so this is the perfect time for you to post this so I can get my storage under control and in some type of order. Thanks

Elizabeth said...

I love the CD shelf tip. I will start checking out garage sales now.

Pierro said...

Rosemary B here
I use plastic bins with lids that stack. Costco has a great set of 13.5 quart containers - made in USA!! by a company called Iris (item number 706674) I put a file care in the front that describes the contents: Burlap, Linen, and various themes, etc
I also use the plastic rolling drawers. I have four shallow drawers for my threads, four narrow drawers for machine parts, onwership manuals, needles, screw drivers etc. those are right next to my main machine: My Singer 316 G.
I love these gorgeous photos. I love the inspiration these colors and fabrics can bring. My sewing office is right next to my cooking office. It is very sunny.
Thank you for sharing these great ideas! I will look for CD boxes!

Irene spiezio said...

So clever!

Cloudy Stitches said...

I'm going to get some coreflute and cut it down

Elaine said...

While I love the look of the fabric folded so pretty, there is NO TIME for that kind of pretty in my studio. I store my fabric by colour in baskets that I purchased at the dollar store. A basket for red, a basket for blue. The fabric stays folded, but you don't have to obsess about how it looks. My scraps are also stored by colour in plastic shoe boxes (a mere 39 of them!!!!) I am OBSESSIVE about organization of my studio and spend some time each day making sure that things get put back where they belong and EVERYTHING has a home.

I love my studio and could live here!!!!

Janet Sacco said...

My sewing room was used as a wine cellar by the previous owner. Those wine racks make perfect shelves for fat quarters and charm packs. I go down, close the door and I could stay in that room for hours. They even had a wine tasting table that works out perfectly for cutting. I simply disconnected the cooling device and put a space heater down there for winter sewing.

CruiseFan said...

Looking at the photos makes me jealous... But then: I have so much more fabrics to store- I would need at least 100 CD shelves...
Instead I bought a variety of different sizes of clear plastic containers with lids from the "Swedisch Furniture Store" (you know what I mean) and sorted the fabrics by color/size of item/themes.
Those containers stack perfectly and once my youngest kid is moved out I going to seize his room as storage, too! Yeah!

girlsgonescrappin said...

Reading this and beginning to panic because we are moving and downsizing and I will be losing my craft room and having to share space with the guest room. I'm thinking of building platform beds and putting storage baskets underneath.

Sally Fester said...

Love all the ideas.. Going to purchase a couple of book cases to store my fabric and in the middle of it a smaller table with a TV.. This is going to be my "cave"....

Lisa C said...

I have purchased vintage suitcases and store my fabric in them. Then I stack the suitcases in my living room as a design element. It really works for a small space. Also the fabrics breath better than they would if stored in plastic.

CruiseFan said...

@LisaC

about storing fabric in plastic boxes:
It works very well if the lid has small holes!
I store my fabrics like this for years and it works just great!
No funny smell oder damage, no dust. (I am allergic to dust!)
I can definitely recommend this type of storage.

Sandra said...

I love the CD shelving idea for fat quarters... thanks for all the ideas!

Alexandra Abarca said...

Saludos,
Ale
Costa Rica

Gayle Ballinger said...

I must admit, these are inspiring ideas and all are great, but...

I barely have time to sew, shop for more fabulous Moda Fabrics and visit the (Moda) Bake Shop!

How do you all do it?

Any tips on keeping the precuts and matching yardage clean, together and organized in the "Coming Soon To The Sewing Machine Nearest You" section?

Diane said...

Although pretty, I worry about storage of fabric that is exposed to direct sun. I would have to unwrap a FQ that has been sitting for awhile and find that it now has light stripe when sun has faded it.

Michelle@factotum-of-arts.com said...

Great Post!!I just posted an update yesterday on my sewing room and storage.

http://factotum-of-arts.com/2014/01/22/sewing-room-updatesprogress/

I store my fabrics with comic book boards and have a system for solids too so I know what color they are so i can reorder. I need to have order for each of my upcoming projects too :-)

Lauren Barry-Schafer said...

Instead of comic book boards, I found that the magazine boards that are sold in the comic book stores are better. They are a bit wider and accommodate the width of material better!

Susan Paxton said...

I just downsized to a motor home so had to find a way to keep most of my fabric close at hand. I used the comic book boards for larger pieces and made some fabric baskets to hold my fat quarters. They sit on top of the bookcase my grandfather made many years ago. My other passion is antiques.

michaelhardy59 said...

Impressive work done by you, I like you way of organizing things in a right manner. These shelving kits can be work perfectly for storage purpose. Recently I have also purchased some shelving kits from this online store http://www.shop4shelves.com/racking/warehouse-racking.html
And have a plan just like you to create my own crafty pantry with big storage for eatables. So nice of you for sharing this great article with us.

Annie said...

I love to store my 1/2 yard and larger pieces of fabric in filing cabinets. I cut a hanging file folder in half at the bottom, then simply fold and hang each piece of fabric over each folder half and place it in the file drawer. I can see each fabric, and reorganize as needed to accommodate changes. Ive used this method for up to three yard pieces.