Your Craft and Sewing Supplies
By Rachel Paxton
If you're a weekend crafter
like me, you probably have a lot of crafting odds and ends
laying around that get all jumbled together depending on what
project you're working on at the moment.
Over the years, I have
found several ways to organize my craft and sewing supplies
in a way that I can actually find them again when I need them.
As I went through the process of organizing them, I was able
to identify items I no longer needed and separate the remaining
items into logical groups. As a result, I now have all my supplies
limited to one corner of a room and well organized. Now I can
find things when I need them.
When I first started sorting
through all my supplies everything was thrown together in a
lot of cardboard boxes up in a hard-to-reach closet. The first
thing I did was dump each box into a big pile and start sorting.
My piles were: lace, trim, buttons, quilting supplies, cross
stitch supplies, ribbon roses, fabric scraps, craft books,
I first discarded the
odds and ends I knew I'd never use again. I then bought two
very large Rubbermaid containers (great for stacking) to store
my supplies in. You may need more depending on how many supplies
you have accumulated. I also bought some gallon-sized Ziploc
I sorted through all the
lace and trim and put lace in one Ziploc bag and trim in another.
The ribbon roses went in another. I put all the buttons in
a plastic container with different compartments--sorted by
color. All these items, plus other misc. like styrofoam balls,
contact paper, plastic canvas, went into one Rubbermaid container.
All my quilting and cross
stitch supplies (mostly fabric scraps and cross stitch fabric)
went into the second container.
All my unfinished projects
went into a cardboard box, and all my yarn for plastic canvas
projects went into another.
The containers and boxes
stack on top of each other and fit nicely underneath a small
square "craft table" I have set up in the corner of my home
office. It's all out of the way and everything is easily identified.
On top of the table I
keep little projects I'm working on, like cross stitch, or
photo albums for working on scrapbooks. My embroidery thread
is organized by DMC number in plastic containers made for storing
embroidery thread. These containers are also stacked on the
My sewing machine thread
is organized on a small wooden board with small spindles you
can buy that is designed to hold spools of thread. My sewing
machine sits on the floor next to the craft table while not
Next to my craft table
is a stand-alone cupboard that is sold as a pantry cupboard
that you can probably find at Walmart for about $100. In the
cupboard I store a lot of multipurpose items like my glue guns,
all kinds of glue, paper, scissors, and all of my scrapbooking
supplies. This cupboard works great for items other family
members also use a lot, like tape and scissors. My paper cutter
and long stapler are stored on top of the cabinet.
I also have several bookcases
in my office, and I use a couple of shelves on one of them
for organizing my craft and sewing books. The books are organized
by craft type.
All of my small sewing
supplies I keep in a couple of small sewing baskets that I
can move with me from room to room. In these I keep sewing
needles, embroidery scissors, measuring tape, pins, seam ripper,
Hopefully these ideas
will help you get in the mood to start organizing your own
craft and sewing supplies. It's so much more enjoyable to work
on projects when you know what you have and where everything
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