An intimate glimpse into sewists organizing hacks

What’s your favorite organizer/organization hack in your sewing studio?! Do you have to downsize and are struggling to get everything to fit?

Well, this question was asked in our 25,000 member Facebook Group Sewing for Beginners and this is what members said:

– I have my paper patterns stored in boxes standing up but find it hard to find the pattern I am looking for.

– Mine are in boxes as well. I made a notebook with picture of pattern and number. Organized by company and season plus specific section for costumes, accessories, etc.

– I also store in boxes (space challenged) in closet. But I also have a digital folder in my IPhone Notes App with all patterns organized by the name of Pattern Company.

– Hanging on a 4 arm commercial dress rack.

– Peg boards! I have a small sewing space and it helps to use my wall space.

– Threads & tools are on a framed pegboard. I hang more than a yard, fold less than a yard. They’re all labeled with the width and length so I can tell at a glance that they are enough for the project. My sewing machines are on one desk, I just move my chair depending on sewing or serging. Lastly, my best investment was a table I had built (Pinterest pattern) that folds up like a Murphy bed. I have my sewing mat nailed to the table so that it stays put if I fold & close the doors. Plus it doesn’t slide while I work. Like others my patterns are in see through drawers by manufacturer and then pattern number for quick location. I keep a Google doc in my phone with my haves and of course my wishlist just in case of a sale.

– My studio is my kitchen table 😒. But it does have a lovely outlook. I keep threads and bobbins in clear plastic boxes that I buy from spotlight. Patterns in clear plastic bins sorted into adult and child. Notions in more clear plastic and other containers of various sizes that use all the books and crannies. All in a cupboard with my machine and overlocker. Fabric and yarn in three large cupboards in my laundry. Dressmaker model greets everyone in my entry (which also doubles as a wine cellar and is never used as an entry).

– I dont have a studio; I sew at the dining room table. Patterns and fabric are stored in the drawers under the bed in the spare room. Nothing fancy but it works for me.

What are your favourite hacks for organizing your sewing material? 🙂

Now that you know more about organizing hacks, it’s time to get back to sewing. Here is my list of recommended sewing accessories and tools. Sometimes inventory can finish really fast, so order them today, and use my affiliate links to get the best prices.

Organizing tools:
AmazonBasics Foldable Storage Bins Cubes Organizer, 6-Pack, Gray    
IRIS USA, Inc. CNL-5 Storage Box, 5 Quart, Clear, 20 Pack
Wall Control 30-P-3232GV Galvanized Steel Pegboard Pack    
Simple Houseware Heavy Duty Clothing Garment Rack, Chrome
New Apple iPad (10.2-Inch, Wi-Fi, 32GB)

Other sewing tools and materials:
Color Head Straight Pins:
Hand Needles:
Pin Cushion “Hedgehog”
Professional Tailors Chalk
Tracing Paper
Tracing Wheel
Bias Tape Maker
Dressmaker Shears:
Buttonhole scissors:
Pinking shears:
Thread clipper:
Paper scissors:

With love,

3 thoughts on “An intimate glimpse into sewists organizing hacks

  1. I got a hard plastic, segmented box from the free pile at a yard sale. The segments have a mirrored bottom and sides; I believe it came from the beading or jewlery world. I’ve since picked up a few more, most without mirroring. I use them for my speciality threads, sorted buttons, and small fasteners.


  2. I use re-sealable plastic bags in snack, sandwich, quart, and gallon sizes for all sorts of similarly grouped items in drawers, containers, and boxes.


  3. I use project bags to gather and keep the things for individual items to be sewn before and during and item’s completed construction. The sizes range from clear produce/meat bags, plastic grocery bags, larger plastic shopping bags, to square bottomed paper and re-usable grocery totes.


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