The Best Ways to Organize Quilting and Sewing Supplies


One of the main questions you might be asking yourself if you just started quilting is where to put all the supplies. Browsing through magazines, you probably noticed that people use pegboards, drawers, and boxes to keep their sewing supplies organized. That is all fine when you have a designated sewing room with space to store everything, but even if you don’t, there is no need to worry. In this post, we will share with you some of the best ways to organize sewing and quilting supplies even when the space is limited. Let’s dive in!

Storing the Fabric

Quilting is a relaxing activity and is a great way to unwind after a tiring day at work. The problem many beginners encounter, though, is fabric quickly turning into clutter. Though it may seem like you will drown in a sea of scraps, putting quilting fabrics in order is much simpler than it looks. For example, hanging it on a closet hanger or rolling it around towel holders is a great way to keep it organized and tidy. You can also put a tag with measurements on each of the materials so you know which one you need when you want to start a new project.

Find another Use for Old Jars

If there is something that we can find in every home, spacious or not, it is an empty jar. In most homes, jars are unjustifiably forgotten and left to collect dust in some cupboard. If that is the situation in your home, now is the perfect time to put them to use. Old jam or pickle jars are ideal storage for buttons and other tiny objects that you use for sewing. Plus, they don’t occupy much space as you can keep them on the shelves or in the cupboards.

Try an Office Supply Organizer

The great thing about office supply organizers is that you can put them right on your sewing table. Even better is that you can put all types of things in the little compartments, such as thread, needles, rulers, and cutters. Everything that you need will be right at hand, making sewing much more fun.

Sit Tight with a Lap Desk

Are you making a quilted bed for your doggo or another small sewing project? The best way to keep things organized is to use a lap desk. The small surface doesn’t take up much space, but it’s plenty of room to keep all the supplies for your project right there in front of you. Plus, if you’re working on a hand-sewing project, it’s easy to use in front of the TV or on your bed.

Check Out Bookshelves

Consider bookshelves when thinking about ways to organize fabrics. Even if you own plenty of books, chances are that there are some parts of bookshelves that haven’t been properly used.  Rearrange your books in a way to make room for fabrics and organize them in the order that suits your eye and your needs. Putting fabrics you plan to use to make a pillow on bookshelves is a great way to make sure they don’t get ruffled.  You can use the remaining space to put jars or boxes with sewing supplies.

Repurpose Old Shoe Boxes

If you have a puppy or cat, then you know that they will be thrilled to play with your old shoe boxes. While it is perfectly fine if you decide to let him, you should know that shoe boxes can be excellent storage for your quilting supplies. You can use them to store fabric, of course, but also rulers, cutters, and other sharp objects. As a bonus, they’re easy to stack in a closet or under a bed to keep them out of the way.

Enjoy Your Hobby More While Keeping Everything Organized

Too often people give up on quilting because they are under the impression that it creates a lot of mess. However, with a bit of thought and creativity, it’s easy to stash your supplies. We hope these tips will help you organize your supplies and enjoy quilting, and we’re excited to see what you create!

Guest Author Bio:  Katie Tejada is a writer, editor, and former HR professional. She often covers developments in HR, business, recruiting, real estate, law and finance, but also enjoys writing about travel, interiors and events.

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4 Responses to The Best Ways to Organize Quilting and Sewing Supplies

  1. june sorensen says:

    The Best Ways to Organize Quilting and Sewing Supplies; Wow! These are all some great ideas to keep this items really nice and organized for better finding the things you need quickly.

  2. Lyndsey Rullman says:

    Thanks for these tips. I am going to pass these along to my mother-in-law. She will love this!

  3. Lauryn R says:

    These are great storage tips, thank you so much for sharing! I plan on getting more into my sewing machine, I have neglected it for too long now. It definitely helps to stay organized.

  4. Beatrice LaRocca says:

    Thank you for sharing these organizational tips, I will implement them asap

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