5 Clever Ideas for Storing Your Sewing Supplies

When it comes to sewing, most of us like to have a sewing studio that’s organized in a way that all of our sewing supplies are easy to find. Not only can this make sewing more enjoyable, but it can make for more time sewing and less time spent looking for tools. Check out these five great ways to organize and store all of your sewing supplies.

Picture-Perfect Thread Holder

If you’ve been sewing for a while, you’ve probably started a large collection of different colors and types of thread. Easily see what all you have by storing them on rows of small shelves, like this thread holder from The Creative Homemaker. They’ve even added small nails under each color of thread to store a bobbin that is wound with the same color. Not only will this thread holder make finding your thread easier, but it can free up another shelf or storage box for something else. When hanging any kind of thread holder on the wall, consider where your windows are in your sewing room. Repeated and prolonged exposure to direct sunlight can fade and damage thread.

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Make one yourself: Sewing {Thread} Holder

Budget-Friendly Bobbin Holder

bobbin holder

If your thread holder doesn’t have thick enough shelves to store bobbins under the thread, consider this fun idea from Sew Many Ways. Repurpose an ice cube tray that is meant to make long, skinny ice cubes for water bottles as an easy bobbin holder. These trays can be found made of silicone, so they are flexible enough to hold any bobbin even if yours many be slightly smaller or larger depending on your machine brand. The silicone also helps to grip the bobbin so they stay in place.

Check out your nearest Bed Bath and Beyond or big box store to purchase a tray like this, or find them on Amazon here.

Keep Your Cutting Mats Out of the Way

Once you have your many spools of thread and bobbins organized, it’s time to move on to rulers and cutting mats. Since they both come in a variety of sizes, some being rather large, it can be difficult to find a good place to store them. This is especially the case with cutting mats, since simply propping them up against a wall or another surface can cause a permanent bend in the mat over time. Double Nickle Quilts came up with this great idea to store both.

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By hanging the cutting mats and rulers on the wall and behind the door they are out of the way when you don’t need them and are easy to find when you do. It also helps prevent them from getting bent or broken.

Related blog: All About Cutting Mats

Perfect Pegboard Display Wall

When it comes to organizing a sewing room, many times the small miscellaneous items get overlooked and simply tossed in a drawer or storage container. While this might keep them out of the way and your sewing studio looking clean, it can make finding those items difficult when you need them. Fynes Designs came up with a fun peg board way to store everything from scissors and rotary cutters to needles and buttons. You can even store small pieces of fabric on your peg board as color inspiration for your next project. If you have lots of small items, consider making more than one peg board and grouping together similar items on each one.

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Make one yourself: Craft Room Organizing Ideas

No Space for a Sewing Room? Make Some.

An unused closet can make a surprisingly cozy sewing room for those lacking in space. But keeping your sewing area neat and organized can be especially necessary when sewing in smaller spaces. Gwenny Penny shows us that a closet-turned-sewing-nook can be just as organized as any other sewing room. Making the most of your space by placing storage boxes or shelves under tables and hanging items on the wall can make any space feel larger.

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More ideas here: My New Sewing Closet

With these great ideas and many more available, we hope you are inspired to spruce up your space with fun organization ideas that enable you to spend more time sewing!

What are your best tips for organizing your sewing space? Let us know in the comments.

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20 Responses to “5 Clever Ideas for Storing Your Sewing Supplies”
  1. Avril

    Hi iv just got my nephew to man the same cotton and bobbin holder its 5 ft long by 18 in wide it’s the best thing ever

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  2. Myrna

    I have converted our back room that has 2 sides of windows coming halfway down the walls and I am worried about fabric fading. Has anyone got any ideas to store lots of fabric

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    • Customer Service

      Hi Myrna. I also have two walls with windows in my sewing room and I store my fabric in cube shelves. On one of the walls I am able to place a cube shelf under the window in a way that nothing in the cubes is ever in direct sunlight. If you are not able to do this I would recommend storing your fabric in bins on shelves or in a filing cabinet. If you have small enough yardage amount you can fold it, hang it over a filing cabinet divider or even a folder and then you can easily ‘flip’ through all of your fabric when you are looking for something specific.

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    • Diana Denny

      Fabrics can be neatly “filed” in an unused file cabinet. This works especially well with fat quarter. For yardage, I have cleared several bookcase shelves. I nearly wrap the fabric around a piece of cardboard and set them on the shelves like books. They are handy and you can easily see what is in the stash

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    • Hannah

      I stockpile fabric, and the best way to store your fabric without having it fade is in rubbermaid tubs (maybe not the most space efficient though!) That works for me anyway! Happy sewing!

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    • Vicky Torrey

      I am fortunate to have two walk-in closets in my current master bedroom. I live by myself so one became my fabric storage. I’m moving to a much smaller place but with two bedrooms, both of which have walk-in closets. Second bedroom is the sewing room and the walk-in closet in there will be for the fabric; anything else that fits is icing on the cake.
      Think I planned it that way?

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    • Margaret Davis

      I store my fabrics in unused bureaus. I have a number of old/antique ones, and some of them have different sized drawers- which are great for my smaller pieces. I fold them vertically so they fit in the drawer, lined up like books on a shelf. You shut the drawer- no sun. And if you have dampness in your house, you can through in a recycled silicon packet.

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  3. Cj

    Behind my old (1940’s vintage, military discard, leather topped) sewing table is an alcove wall. I covered two 3 x4′ foam core boards, promotion discards, with fabric. I can pin photos,guide sheets, even hang light weight tools. I LOVE using Velcro so the boards are secured to the wall with stick on Velcro on the wall and coordinating sewn on strips of Velcro on the back fabric of the boards.

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  4. Nancy

    Love your ideas about using the skirt hanger for cutting boards. and the peg board for the measuring rulers.
    The closet idea is also great, but with me I put my Studio 10 Embroidery machine in there to give my Embroidery Room more space with the computers. I have an old Sewing cabinet so that is how I am using it.
    For small jobs comes in handy for baby clothes, and apparel and bedsheets.

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  5. Carolyn Grace

    I use toe-dividers (used to seperate the toes when painting toe nails) to hold my bobbins. They are great. The boobins fit perfectly and the thread has no opportunity to unravel.

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