I have 5 great sewing room Ideas for small spaces so you don’t become another statistic in the fight against clutter. An unofficial statistic says that the average American will spend one year of his/her life searching through desk clutter looking for misplaced objects.
When you look at your sewing corner have you ever felt powerless and don't know how to start organizing it? Here are five tips on organizing your sewing corner. Follow them and you will have a neat and convenient working area.
The first principle is to start with the classification of small things – pins, needles. etcetera.
People typically put small pins, safety pins, needles and different color buttons into small boxes. All these different boxes then get put into a bigger box. Soon everything is being put into box after box after box. Before long, you cannot find the things you need until you open every single box, causing a bigger mess. To avoid this mess your items should be sorted, screened and identified in quantity and size. Put the same kind of things together and put similar items in the same storage device.
I love to use clear jars to store my sewing accessories. The jars I use are our own Pegboard Jars. These plastic jars have a patented hooking mechanism which fits both 1/8” or 3/16” hole pegboards. The jars are securely locked into the pegboard but can be easily moved if need be. These jars are plastic and do not break if dropped. Because you can see what is in each jar you find the things you need immediately.
Line Up Your Spools and Thread
Sewers use lots of thread and spools, and we have all many different colors of thread. I love to line my spools of thread up and hang them on a pegboard so that it is easy for me to choose the correct color. There are many different metal hangers in the market, but many of them fall off the board easily.
Look for a metal hook that matches your pegboard holes. If you have 1/4" diameter holes, don't use a hook designed for 1/8" holes. The 1/8" hook will fall out of the holes when you take something off. I use the Neiko Hooks in both the 4" and 6" version. They don't have the metal ball or stopper on the end of the hook so you can remove your spools easily without the worry of the hooks falling out.
Where to Fit Everything?
Shelves and pegboards allow you to utilize vertical space. I love to put up all my jars to the pegboard. The regular pegboards being sold at hardware store may be too large for a small sewing corner. The one that I am using now is a framed pegboard which is about 30”x23”. It is a very good size for the white wall at my work desk.
Store Things That Are Not Frequently Used
When you sort out your sewing corner, you may find hundreds of yards of fabric which you bought over the years. As a sewer, I use lots of muslin for my embroidery. I always have muslin at my sewing corner but store the rest of the fabrics which I had bought for other projects. Never stack up the rarely used fabrics at your working space. They will only make clutter and take up extra space.
A Final Suggestion
Clean up your working space at the end of the day. By returning everything to its intended place, you won't have to deal with clutter when you start your next sewing project.