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« on: July 04, 2007 05:20:01 PM »

So, I recently (like last week) started picking up sewing again. I used to sew a decent amount, nothing very difficult but I can follow a basic pattern for purses, pajama pants, baby clothes, and skirts. My current problem is trying to organize my new and old accessories/notions/fabric stash. I have 2 craft rooms (well one is a spare room, one is the laundry room, but the crafting is really taking over) but they are pretty much already filled with soap making and crocheting stuff.

Right now my thread and notions are in a big tangle in a few drawers in a built in desk in the laundry room, and my fabric and patterns are in huge rubber maid totes.

Does anybody have any good ideas/pictures of how they organize their sewing room, or suggestions on how to get/keep everything together, easy to find, and easy to see?  I bought a bobbin keeper the other day by Grabbit, it is much better than box style bobbin keepers....that is the kind of thing I am looking for I think! Any ideas on thread holders/organizers? Any help/suggestions/pics welcome!
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« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2007 05:21:25 PM »

haha my sewing stuff is totally unorganize too.
i tried organizing it at first but after a while i just kind gave up.
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« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2007 05:24:28 PM »

Yoink: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=175648.0
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« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2007 05:43:41 PM »

oh man, good link Violaceous! 

Mine is a little organized, not more due to lack of funds.  But!  Any sort of little container works; if it has drawers it's even better.  I have a box from Hobby Lobby @ 50% off where I keep my little notions and a funky table that opens for my zippers, ribbons, etc.  Fabric, well...that's in 3 *very full* rubbermaids. Cool

Keep like with like; zippers, ribbon/rickrack, needles (check out the needlebooks around here for great ideas on those), and other helpful notions should all be kept separate from each other so you don't have to sort through lots of stuff to find  a little thing.  Also, keep anything that can get tangled corralled.  You'll save so much time if you organize it right off. 

If you're into quilting/using more than one fabric as a display piece in  a project, my mom puts matching/coordinating fabrics in a ziploc bag.  And keep everything dry!  I put my machine in our garage because I couldn't make it work and the bobbin case rusted.  Damn humidity. 
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« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2007 06:15:25 PM »

Thanks for all the hints! Basically it seems so daunting I'm kinda scared to start! I do have a really cool mini...thing? with 3 drawers that I used to keep scrapbook die cuts and stuff in, since I'm not scrapbooking currently (well not for the last couple years!) I should use that for small notions! Thanks!
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« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2007 06:42:52 PM »

Also, I tend to keep a lot of empty food containers.  The glass ones are just made for reuse and my house is full of anti-recycling people.  I use salsa jars for lots of stuff, and I have rice in a big pickle jar (a whole 2 lb bag fits in it!).  You can use scrap ribbon/yarn to tie up your tangly bits. 

And, if you are so inclined, sort through your stash to see what you have every now and then.  It might inspire you to make stuff!  I know it works for me. 

I recently reorganized my stuff; I got a ton of fruit boxes from the grocery store.  Most have lids and handles!  Some are small, but perfect for tiny or flat stuff.  Apple boxes are huge and I ended up with styrofoam things with cups in them like egg cartons, for transporting unbruised apples.  I threw them away but I'm sure they could be used for some organizing thing.   

I'm such a freak about organizing. 
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« Reply #6 on: July 05, 2007 10:35:39 PM »

ikea has a really cool table that folds in and out and it has 6 drawers and it's ubber cute.
it's so tiny it can fit anywhere.

yea that's all i can think of.
or maybe you can try a tote bag.
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« Reply #7 on: July 06, 2007 12:06:36 AM »

oooh Ikea! We have one opening up here soon, maybe this month? I've never been to one, I will look for that table! Thanks!
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« Reply #8 on: July 06, 2007 05:13:14 AM »

In my experience, anything "small and cute" designed for craft storage will quickly get overwhelmed. :-D But IKEA has soooo much organization stuff. Like a third of the store is places to put things.
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« Reply #9 on: July 07, 2007 01:10:09 PM »

So, I recently (like last week) started picking up sewing again. I used to sew a decent amount, nothing very difficult but I can follow a basic pattern for purses, pajama pants, baby clothes, and skirts. My current problem is trying to organize my new and old accessories/notions/fabric stash. I have 2 craft rooms (well one is a spare room, one is the laundry room, but the crafting is really taking over) but they are pretty much already filled with soap making and crocheting stuff.

Right now my thread and notions are in a big tangle in a few drawers in a built in desk in the laundry room, and my fabric and patterns are in huge rubber maid totes.

Does anybody have any good ideas/pictures of how they organize their sewing room, or suggestions on how to get/keep everything together, easy to find, and easy to see?  I bought a bobbin keeper the other day by Grabbit, it is much better than box style bobbin keepers....that is the kind of thing I am looking for I think! Any ideas on thread holders/organizers? Any help/suggestions/pics welcome!

I found http://www.younge.com/sewing%20rooms.htm

maybe that will help?
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