If your sewing room is stocked with loads of fabric and an abundance of thread, notions, and tools galore, room organization is essential to keeping your space functional, clean, and clutter-free. An unorganized sewing room can quickly become overwhelming and stifle creativity, so it’s important to properly sort, store, and organize everything in a way that’s both practical and stylish.
From DIY projects that make it easy to find the perfect thread color to yarn storage ideas, desk caddies, and other ways to keep tools and tidbits out of the way but easy to reach, we’ve compiled 20 of our favorite sewing room organization ideas.
1. Store It In Glass
Display small items in lidded glass jars so they’re organized, tidy, dust-free, and easy to find. Use mason jars so you can easily see and access the spools of thread, buttons, bobbins, and notions stored inside. They can also serve as a yarn dispenser when you poke a small hole in the top. In addition to being organized, your sewing supplies will double as decor when matching jars are lined along a shelf and on display.
2. Layout Matters
The first step to creating an organized sewing room is deciding on a room layout that’s functional. This involves arranging furniture and machines so that everything is accessible and easy to reach, clearing clutter, and designating a space for everything you’ll need for any sewing project. Within your room, create separate and distinct areas for cutting, sewing, pressing, and storage.
3. Organization On Wheels
A rolling cart can be especially useful in small sewing rooms where space is at a premium. Put supplies for your current project or tools you regularly use on a wheeled cart that can always be exactly where you need it when you need it. If you knit or crochet, a rolling cart is great for keeping yarn, hooks, and needles organized, too.
4. DIY Thread Shelf
If you’re like most people that sew, you’ve got an enormous collection of threads in an impressive array of colors. To keep thread organized, a simple narrow shelf is easy to DIY, and your spools lined up will make a colorful work of art, too. Build a shelf that’s the same depth as the diameter of a spool of thread. Organize your thread by color so the perfect shade is always easy to find. To add another element of organization, partially hammer a nail in front of each spool to hang a matching bobbin.
5. Desk Sewing Caddy
If you’re looking for a fun organization tool for your sewing room, get creative with a desk caddy! Made of wood with pockets that hold scissors, snips, seam rippers, and even extra thread, bobbins, or fabric scraps. Best of all, you can personalize it with your favorite photos or a sentiment that inspires your creativity.
6. Center Island Cutting Station
If you’ve got the space, designating a center island as your cutting station will make cutting fabrics, planning projects, and pinning patterns much easier with access to all sides. Plus, ample storage underneath is always helpful in reducing clutter and keeping your sewing room tidy. If you don’t have the space for a center island, a drop-leaf table can provide extra counter space and be quickly stowed away when no longer needed.
7. Hang It Up
Piles of folded fabrics can quickly become cluttered and unkempt—leaving your otherwise organized sewing room looking like a mess. As an alternative to folding and stacking, use pant hangers to organize fabrics. Not only will hanging help you avoid unwanted wrinkles and folds, skimming through fabrics to find just the right one is a breeze.
8. Keep Patterns Protected
When properly stored and protected, sewing patterns can be used time and time again. One easy and effective way to safely sort and store your sewing patterns is with a three-ring binder and sheet protectors. Use sheet protectors as a pocket and clip into the binder as usual. Separate patterns by type and add organizer tabs so it’s easy to flip right to the pattern you’re ready to start stitching.
9. Cubes And Cubbies
Create a wall of cubbies and storage cubes to organize and stow all your sewing supplies neatly. Wall-mounted cubbies combine form and function in a modern alternative to the simple straight shelf. Use perfectly fitted storage cubes to neatly stash fabric, yarn, ribbons, and notions or leave cubbies open and leave glass jars of buttons, spools of thread, or other embellishments on display.
10. File Your Fabrics
A tried and true method for organizing all sorts of documents can be effective for organizing your fabrics, too. Inside a drawer or file cabinet, sort fabrics according to color, texture, pattern, or type. Then, fold and drape over hanging file folders. Label the outside of the drawer with a description of which fabrics are inside.
11. Button Jars
A bucket or box of assorted buttons, while an easy storage solution, can curtail the progress of a sewing project when you have to stop to dig through hundreds of mismatched buttons to find just the right one. Instead, use several smaller mason jars to sort and store buttons according to color. Not only will it be loads easier to find the button you’re looking for, but a row of mason jars filled with colorful buttons also makes perfect functional sewing room decor.
12. Use Shelves
Because sewing rooms are home to various supplies from fabrics and threads to tools and embellishments, you’ll need ample storage space. One of the easiest and most accessible storage solutions is to add sewing room shelves. Make use of vertical space above machines and tables with floating shelves and place a cabinet or bookshelf where floor space is available. Use baskets, bins, and shelf dividers to keep stock and supplies neatly organized.
13. Metal And Magnets
Magnets make it easy to store, display, and quickly access frequently used items in your sewing room. To organize with magnets, install a sheet of metal on a wall or on the underside of a shelf. Store small items, like pins, needles, buttons, and bobbins in magnetized canisters or baby food jars with magnetized lids. Small sewing supplies will be easy to find, effortless to grab and quickly to put away.
14. Over-The-Door Organizer
An over-the-door shoe organizer makes the perfect quick-and-easy organization tool for your sewing room. Use individual pockets to sort and store anything from fabric to thread or ribbons to tools. Because it’s hung over the door, this organizer takes up very little room while providing a ton of storage space, making it a great choice for small spaces.
15. Label Love
You’ve taken the time to sort through all your fabrics, color coordinate your spools of thread, and organized your notions by type and size—now what? Baskets and bins are great for storing all your stuff, but if you don’t know which basket holds what, all that time organizing was wasted. To make your organization matter, use clear bins, or clearly label baskets and boxes so you’ll know exactly what’s inside.
16. Color Coordinate
Whether you’re organizing fabrics, sorting through a stockpile of threads, or decluttering your yarn stash, a great way to organize any collection of sewing supplies is by color coordinating them. Sort fabric, thread, yarn, ribbon, buttons, and notions by color to make it easier to find what you’re looking for. Sort floral and patterned fabrics by the most prevalent color or give florals, plaids, stripes, and other various patterns their own segment.
17. Magnetic Strip
While sewing, you’ll need a number of tools within reach and readily accessible. For quick and easy access to your most frequently used sewing tools, hang a magnetic strip within reach of your sewing machine. Use it to hang scissors, seam rippers, snips, and rulers. A smaller magnetic strip is perfect for keeping straight pins and spare sewing needles from rolling around or getting lost.
18. Borrow From Other Rooms
Head to other parts of the house for inspiration and storage ideas for sewing room organization. A paper towel rod from the kitchen makes an excellent ribbon organizer. Use hangers from your bedroom closet to hold fabrics. And, use ice trays from the freezer to sort buttons and bobbins.
19. Seat Cover Scrap Bin
From loose threads to fabric scraps, sewing can generate a lot of leftover bits and pieces. One way to keep the mess to a minimum is to keep a scrap bin nearby. Instead of keeping one under the table, sew yourself a quick and easy seat cover scrap bin with pockets and pouches for stashing fabric scraps and trash that can be sorted and either saved or tossed when your project is complete. It’s sure to help with spring cleaning, as well.
20. Put Up A Pegboard
Pegboard walls are one of our favorite home organization hacks because they’re so versatile, making it easy to store the tools and supplies you use most often. Put a pegboard within reach of your sewing machine and hang scissors, seam rippers, and scraps from fabric. A pegboard placed near your cutting station is the perfect place to hang your rotary cutter, marking pens, or extra cutting mats.
With a sewing room that’s organized, functional, and stylish, you’ll spend more time on sewing projects, knitting, and needlecrafts and less time searching for the things you need to complete them. Use these ideas as inspiration to set up the perfect sewing space that sparks creativity. From professional organization tools to DIY methods, your sewing room is sure to become your favorite space in the house.