10 Tips to Help Organize your Sewing Room

    I’ve been so excited to share this guest post. I’m in especial need of getting my sewing/quilting space organized and Andy has some really useful and practical tips.

    Hi everyone! I’m Andy Knowlton, pattern designer and blogger at A Bright Corner. I love creating pretty things every day and I’ve discovered that I feel way more creative and productive when my space is well organized.

    I’ve been doing a month long series over on A Bright Corner all about sewing room organization. I’ve been sharing tons of tips and suggestions on ways to store, sort and organize everything — from rulers and tools to fabric and even those downloadable PDF patterns.

    Tips for Organizing your Sewing Room

    Today I’ve got my top 10 favorite organizing tips to share, but if you don’t want to miss out on any great ideas, you can find my Sew Organized series here:

    Sew Organized Part 1: Tips for Storing Quilting Tools and Rulers
    Sew Organized Part 2: Tips for Storing Patterns, Magazines and Books
    Sew Organized Part 3: Storing and Organizing Fabric and Scraps
    Sew Organized Part 4: Quilting Projects and WIPs

    Alright – here we go!

    Tip 1: Sort and store your quilting tools by use & store near the work area. For example, keep all of your quilting rulers together by hanging them on a bar near your cutting table.

    Organize quilting notions and rulers

    Store scissors, pens/markers, and sewing machine presser feet in a kitchen organizer like this one near your sewing table. Stay productive by keeping your favorite tools within reach! This organizer is called Grundtal and you can find it here from IKEA.

    Tip 2: Consider how you use your patterns. If you refer to a few favorites often, they might be best stored in a 3 ring binder such as this one, with tabs to keep them organized and easy to find.

    Tips for organizing quilt patterns

    Paper patterns stay organized in a mini binder using small page protectors. They’re the perfect size for sliding a paper pattern into, and as you flip through the binder you can easily see both the front and back cover. You can find mini binders at most office supply stores, Walmart, and Target.

    Tip 3: Speaking of patterns – always save a backup of any downloadable PDF patterns on a thumb drive, or hard drive! Once printed, I store PDF patterns and printable online tutorials in these cardboard magazine holders.

    Tip 4: Once a year sort through all quilting magazines and books and donate or give away the ones that you’re ready to let go of. Local quilt guilds and groups are a great place for passing along books and magazines. I try to limit my magazines to one shelf, and books to one shelf. When they start to overflow then I know it’s time to donate some!

    Tip 5: If you have favorite magazine patterns but don’t want to save the whole magazine, tear out the pages you need and store them in page protectors in a 3 ring binder like this one. 

    (photo from Make Life Lovely)

    Tip 6: Now let’s talk fabric storage. Think about how you choose fabric when you start a quilt. Do you reach for a certain designer first? Or do you look for colors? Or maybe you like to work within a certain style (Civil War prints, feed sack prints, modern geometrics, etc). Store your fabric according to how you use it! I usually start a quilt with a color palette in mind so I sort most of my stash by color.

    Tip 7: Bins are a fantastic way to corral your fabric storage. You can find bins in any size and shape to fit your space. You can stack them on a shelf, store them in a closet, or even push them under a bed if you’re short on storage space.

    Tips for Fabric Storage

    Tip 8: When storing scraps, sorting by color is a great solution. Sorting by size is another option. I keep most of my scraps sorted by color in these bins on the top shelf of my closet. When I need to dig through for a scrap project it’s kind of fun to just dump the whole bin out and make a colorful mess. Clean up is easy because I just stuff everything back in, click on the lid and put it back on the shelf.

    Tips for Fabric organization and storage

    Tip 9: When storing quilting projects and WIPs, store everything for one project all together.  I like to use these ArtBin Super Satchels  — I can even keep the backing and binding fabric in here along with the blocks and the pattern.  If it’s easy to find, then you’ll be more likely to work on it!  (You can find these here at JoAnn or here on Amazon.*)

    Tips for quilt project organization 

    Tip 10: Keep track of those projects! Use some kind of planner or tracking sheet to help keep you on track so no project gets left behind. I like these two options: the Quilting Organizer Pack from Maker Valley, and the Quilt Project Planner free downloads from Hello Melly Designs. I keep these on a clipboard that hangs near my cutting table. The hope is that if we can keep our projects organized, then we’ll be more likely to finish them, right?

    10 Tips for Quilt Room OrganizationSo there are my top ten tips for keeping your quilting space organized! Want even more ideas? Check out the entire Sew Organized series:

    Sew Organized Part 1: Tips for Storing Quilting Tools and Rulers
    Sew Organized Part 2: Tips for Storing Patterns, Magazines and Books
    Sew Organized Part 3: Storing and Organizing Fabric and Scraps
    Sew Organized Part 4: Quilting Projects and WIPs

    And for even more ideas be sure to follow my Sewing Room Organization pinterest board – I’ll keep adding great ideas to the board as I find them!


    I love this post! I definitely feel motivated to get my own space/fabrics/projects organized. I hope you found some tips that were useful to you! And if you want to refer to this list later, be sure and pin <—- this image!


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