Thrifty ways to organise the sewing room..

July 20, 2014

Welcome to my sewing room, please stay and have a look around:)

I am extremely blessed to have a sewing room. When we first bought our home, it had a wonderful 1970’s orange and brown carpet. It was a bit of a nothing room, rarely used except for storage. At six months pregnant with a whole house to decorate it was not high on our priority list. However with my brothers help it gained several coats of white paint and a new carpet, prior to the baby arriving. A sofa bed was bought and it became a study/ spare bedroom.


My fabric stash expanded, and, well expanded! It’s fair to say it drove my husband nuts.. one date night was spent brainstorming effective, thrifty, storage solutions – kitchen units are the answer!

So whats the room like now? What are my thrifty solutions?

kitchen units

Kitchen units – inside the fabric is stored in either types of fabric, or works in progress.

Jam jars – great for buttons, as well as my Gran’s old tins, you can never have too many buttons!!

Wicker laundry baskets are used for fabric – from a local 99p store

Fishing tackle box

A fishing tackle box for threads, little tupperware boxes are sued too for safety pins etc..

Recycled Denim baskets

Fabric storage baskets, thanks Pam for a great tutorial – these are perfect for bits and pieces!

scissor storage

Denim pockets for storing sharp scissors away from the tot:)

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In the UK, no matter how good I am about taking bags to the store, I always end up with plastic bags. These are great for storing various projects.

What’s your favourite way of storing crafting supplies?

As usual I am off to check out fellow Handmade Harbour creative:)


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One big thanks to my Mum for helping me tidy and sort (don’t ask when I started drafting this post, but the room was just not tidy enough to take pics!)

21 comments so far.

21 responses to “Thrifty ways to organise the sewing room..”

  1. Elizabeth says:

    Looks fab! xx

  2. Ali says:

    The kitchen cupboards are a brilliant ideas for hiding all your crafty things. I really like how you’ve used the demin pockets for your scissor storage, great idea.
    Ali xx

  3. Ginny says:

    You look so organised, but the thing I like best is your sewing table right by the window with plenty of light.

  4. Una says:

    I used to use a fishing tackle box for threads until I found an old sewing box at a bargain price in my local bootfair. I sort yarn by ply and keep it in plastic bags. Your denim pockets have inspired me and I will definitely save them in future.

  5. Emma T says:

    Love the wall hanging pocket storage. Looks great

  6. What a lovely room! Your pocket scissor keeper is a great idea.

  7. very good- love the pocket storage! well done x

  8. Maria says:

    I love your sewing room. Good ideas for storage but I guess my favourite would have to be the denim pockets. I’ve got loads of these I’ve collected over the years, that’s if I haven’t thrown them out. I’ll need to take a look later on. It’s so hot and sticky here that I can’t concentrate on sewing so this is an ideal project to do now. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Very organised, my favourite has to be the denim pockets, that is stylish an genius. Mich x

  10. I am so jealous of anyone with a sewing room. My sewing stash is secreted all around our house which means I can barely keep track of it all. These ideas are really good though. I love the little denim pockets and the fabric pots 🙂

  11. I love these organisation ideas. I have recently started sewing and I try to keep everything neat and tidy.

  12. Jill Spain says:

    Your room looks great and yes, you are right, the kitchen cabinets are ideal for the work room. Love the use of the denim too – especially the pockets. Hope you have a good week.

  13. Lucy Blossom says:

    Some great ideas for storage, I love the way you’ve stored all your threads – I might give that a try myself.

  14. Barbara says:

    I would love a sewing room, or a shed, or any space to leave stuff out. OK so I do leave stuff out………

  15. Louise Oakes says:

    Kitchen units are a clever idea. I have shelves for my fabric I need some more though as my stash is getting a bit bigger! Lace etc is stored in boxes and, like you, I have jars for buttons etc.

  16. Can’t believe how tidy your craft room is! I have a whole room too as our three children have now left home and so we have a hobby room each so space is not a problem but my stuff just spreads on it’s own! I do have a series of pretty boxes for fabric scraps and my threads. I keep coloured elastic in the same coloured little plastic lidded box so it’s easily selected. I’ve also labelled plastic boxes with the type of sewing machine needle it stores so I can easily change to suit my fabric/project!

  17. Carol says:

    Your room looks so neat and tidy…nice! I use lots of plastic bins for my fabric.

  18. Lesley says:

    My mom got me started using the clear clamshells from produce. I can put a project in its own box and they are easy to find

  19. My eldest daughter would be very jealous of your sewing room – she has a sewing corner! I love the idea of the fishing tackle box for the threads – great idea and I may have to suggest the denim pockets to eldest daughter as a project as I reckon she could do that!

  20. Looks wonderful. I love the fabric storage baskets and the demin pockets! I’d love a room like this but will definitely be taking some of your ideas as inspiration to help make my craft shelf tidier!

  21. Bella says:

    Great article.

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