With the new year starting, I’ve been on a mission to get my house organized before fall officially begins- which made me wonder.. how to organize my sewing room??
For the most part, organizing my house isn’t too daunting because I have a smaller house. But, half of my basement is dedicated to my sewing space.
In the past, it used to be the area I dreaded organizing the most. It just got out of hand too quickly and was overwhelming. I didn’t know how to organize everything in a way that would actually keep things organized.
Overtime, I’ve tried many organizing tips I’ve read online. After much trial and error, I’ve discovered the 5 most effective tips that I’m going to share with you.
Using these tips, I’ve actually been able to keep my sewing room organized. Now it’s is usually the most organized area in the house!
So, to learn how to organize your sewing room and keep it that way, read below!
ESTABLISH A FABRIC STORAGE SYSTEM
First, organize your fabric. What I like to do, is keep out of season fabric in cupboards that are under my sewing machine and serger.
Then I place fabric I plan to use in the current season on large shelves. If you have less space available, you could still organize a single shelf or basket according to season (ex, this half is fall/winter and the other half is spring/summer).
I also highly recommend using a swatch organizer (which you can download for free here). This way, you can look through which fabrics you have while sitting at a desk or on the couch. Plus, you can write down which fabrics you’ve already washed, how much you have, the fabric contents, etc.
All this info will very helpful- especially if you aren’t using the fabric right away (and therefore, might forget some of the details).
If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably accumulated more sewing supplies than necessary, Chances are, you have supplies that you’ll never use.
Throw them out!
I know- throwing out sewing supplies seems so counterintuitive (you never know when you might need something).
But, just as we continually edit our wardrobe to suit our evolving style, we need to continually update our sewing supplies. Maybe you have some fabric you thought was cute but seems outdated now- donate it!
Or maybe there’s some old notions we bought in a big bag of mixed supplies from a second hand store (half of which, you aren’t even sure what they are)- toss it!
Decide how you ‘re going to organize both your completed projects and your current project.
Because I’m lucky enough to have a large basement, I use a garment rack for my recently completed projects and then a dress form for my current one.
For less space-consuming options, you could use coat hangers and some nice hooks to hang them on the wall (Chapters has some cute ones https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/home/search/?keywords=hooks#internal=1 ) (I am not affiliated with Chapters in anyway- I just like these hooks!)
Next, you can display most of your tools and thread on a peg board. You can even personalize the board before hanging it. (you could paint them, add vinyl designs (if you have a circuit), stencil them. The options are endless).
I got my peg board from the hardware store and ordered a big pack of peg board hooks and baskets from Amazon.
You can hang all sorts of stuff on them- scissors, tape, pencils and markers, measuring tapes. You could even place it next to your cutting table for easy access to your pattern weights and tailors chalk!
It’s best if you can dedicate certain areas of your space to certain activities. For example, I bought 2 saw horses from Ikea and a white finished board from the hardware store to use as my cutting table.
Then I keep my sewing machine and serger on opposite sides of a different table.
I also keep my iron and ironing board in it’s own spot near my cutting table. If space is an issue, you could try setting this all up when you begin and then putting it all away when you’re done (ex- use a foldable table for cutting, fold the ironing board and put it away, etc).
USE A CART (OR OTHER PRIORITY AREA)
The most important thing to organize your sewing room is to prioritize your sewing projects.
Take a few patterns you plan to use within the next month and put them in your dedicated “upcoming projects” spot. This could be a cart, a shelf, a basket.
I also compile related notions and other supplies in this spot.
My cart has 3 shelves so I separate the bottom two shelves using baskets/containers. This comes in handy for things like elastic, bias tape, and other trims.
Too many project ideas to decide what to do next?? I’ve been there! For this, I strongly recommend using a sewing planner.
There are many reasons why using a sewing planner is beneficial. But one reason is that it really helps prioritize which projects you want to do before the season ends. It also helps to be realistic.
I used to hope I could do 20 projects in one month! But once I started scheduling it, I quickly seen how unrealistic that is with my schedule.
So, if you’re planning ahead, you can make sure to prioritize the ones you really want to do this year.
So, there are a few ways you can schedule your projects:
- You can just write down which projects you’re doing each week in your regular planner.
- I personally felt too overwhelmed having my sewing plans mixed in on my general planner. So, I started making printable sewing planners. Then I use binder clips to hold them together and hang them on my peg board but you could also use a clip board or a nice binder. (if you’d like copies- click here).
- You could purchase a white board calendar and hang that in your sewing room.
I hope you found these tips for how to organize your sewing room helpful!