How to Organize Your Sewing Tools & Supplies

In this article, you will learn that being organized makes the sewing process more enjoyable; less stressful; and protects your tools and supplies. I hope that it also inspires you to think outside the box when considering options in you sewing space.

As artisans and creators, we have tools and fabric. And every creator knows his tools are his bread and butter and takes care of them accordingly.

Our tools and supplies are precious to us and they need a home.

There are many options designed specifically for storing sewing tools and supplies. You could certainly buy one of those.

Or, you could think outside the box. The choice is yours.

But whatever you do, make a choice and get organized.

Because being able to find the tool you need when you need it is PRICELESS.

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Storing Sewing Tools + Supplies

If you want to keep it simple, you could buy a traditional sewing kit that is specifically designed to provide a cozy home for your sewing tools and supplies.

Traditional Sewing Kit

You could go with a traditional sewing kit.

Or, you could choose a storage option that was intended for something else…

Over-the-Door Shoe Bags

For example:

Over the Door Shoe Bag - Stitching in Colour

If you choose this storage option, get the clear vinyl one. I like this one and this one.

I choose this option and I love that I can easily see my tools and supplies at-a-glance.

Muffin Tin with Cover

How about organizing your smaller notions like safety pins, tacks, bias tape makers, etc. in a muffin tin that comes with a cover?!

And you can easily stack them.

I think this is such a cute idea!

Fishing Tackle Box

With this one, you get plenty of options.

And fishing tackle boxes look like they mean business, which you do, right?!

Husky Tote

Or, my personal favorite: this 10-inch All-Purpose Husky Tote. I picked him up at Home Depot.

Husky 10-inch All Purpose Tote - Stitching in Colour

And I am loving it.

It may not be “pretty,” but it is handsome. And at just 10 inches, it lives up to its name with 16 outside pockets…

And just take a peek inside–seven more pockets.

And that space in the center is the perfect home for my bobbin storage box, my presser feet storage box, my box of needles, my box of threads, and my box of marking tools.

My shears adore having their own “apartments.”

This 10-inch Husky tote is simply puuurfect for taking my sewing essentials on the go.

Okay, time for me to stop crushing on this tote and move on…

Peg Board

A pegboard can be a wonderful place to store your sewing tools and supplies.

Having your sewing tools and supplies on display means that they are in your visual range every time you enter your sewing space.

Now, that’s what I call perpetual inspiration to sew.

RELATED: Click HERE and HERE to check out these crafty ladies’ pegboard magic!

RELATED: Click HERE for how-tos on making your own sewing cart! Really love this idea too!

Bobbin Storage

Listen…

It is important that you provide your bobbins shelter from nicks because a nicked bobbin will act the fool in your sewing machine.

Bobbin Storage - Stitching in Colour

I really like this option and this option for storing my bobbins.

Thread Storage

And you MUST, MUST, MUST protect your thread from dust and sunlight. Light will weaken your thread stash over time.

I have a small thread stash and this option meets my needs. But if I need more thread storage, I can buy another box like this and stack them.

Thread Storage - Stitching in Colour

Needle Storage Idea

As for sewing machine needles, I like to see what I have on hand at-a-glance.

And I don’t enjoy rummaging through a box looking for the right needle for the job.

Click HERE for a BRILLIANT, BRILLIANT idea for needle storage! I am so doing this! Thanks, Laura!

Pattern Storage

There are many ways to store sewing patterns. I suggest you Google it and find a system that speaks to you. But here are few ideas running through my mind…

You can return the tissue pattern to the original envelop it came in, folding and pressing the cut out pieces until you have neat little package. Yes, they can fit back in there — in fact, if you cut them out, there is even less tissue paper now!

Storing Used Tissue Patterns - Stitching in Colour

You could use a large manila envelope, cut the original pattern envelope into two. And affix the front of the pattern envelope to the front of the manila envelope…

Storing Patterns in Manila Envelope - Front - Stitching in Colour

and the back of the pattern envelope to the back of the manila envelope…

Storing Patterns in Manila Envelope - Back - Stitching in Colour

And if you duplicate your sewing pattern to sturdy tracing paper, you can hang the individual pattern pieces using a pants/skirt hanger for easy access and limited or no pressing when you need it.

Storing Duplicated Patterns - Stitching in Colour

And when it comes to the actual sorting of your patterns, you can sort them by company name — for example, all Simplicity patterns together, all Butterick patterns together, all independent patterns together, etc.

Or, you could choose to sort them by dress silhouette — that is, all skirt patterns together, all fit-and-flare dresses together, all sway dresses together, etc.

Fabric Storage Idea

Finally, it’s no secret (even to non-sewers) that we sewists are easily seduced by fabric and more fabric…

For many of us, there is simply no such thing as too much fabric.

And because we are so easily seduced by fabric, it is also all too easy for our sewing space to become buried under our fabric stash.

But not anymore…

I recently discovered what I think is the very best way to store our beautiful lengths of fabric. And this is it: Wonder Hanger Max, New & Improved.

Wonder Hanger Maxx - Stitching in Colour

Now, how cool is this hanger?!

This is a hanger on steroids! And do you know the best part…

Your fabric stays put. Yes, even those super gorgeous but slippery, misbehaving ones!

And with this option, your fabric is clearly visible for admiring and inspiring and easily accessible for touching.

And you can get super OCD and organize first by season, and then colour.

What’s not to love?!

The End

Okay, I think you get the idea…

With a little imagination, the possibilities are limitless!

I hope that this post has stimulated your imagination as to how you can provide a home for your sewing tools, supplies, patterns, and fabric.

Trust me when I say that being organized makes the labor of love that is sewing that much easier and pleasurable.

So go forth and organize…

And remember…

Life is the ultimate red carpet event. Dress for it!

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