Welcome to my closet. I hope you enjoy a peek at my sewing room and find new ways to organize your quilt stash and sewing supplies. I have moved a lot in the last five years and have organized six sewing rooms so far. Here are some of my favorite ways to organize.
I mount peg board on the closet walls wherever I can. It's inexpensive and easy to do, and you can hang patterns, rulers, and lots of things on it. There's never enough space for fabric, so I like to buy bookshelves and put those in the closet, too. If they won't fit in the closet, buy one of those free-standing closets that are so cheap at Walmart and stash your fabric there. I store "projects in progress" in clear plastic bins. They stack great and fit under the bed, too. I still like using the back of a cheap picnic tablecloth (flannel on back) for hanging up the pieces I'm working on. You can cut it to any size to fit your walls. Cotton fabric sticks to it naturally. You can mount your projects there as you go to better view their progress and be inspired as you work on them.
This is where I stashed my fabric, patterns, rulers and such. My sister, erbelle, gave me the idea to use a bookcase in the closet to stack fabric. She stacks her fat quarters vertically on her shelves. I have more yardage so I stack horizontally.
I hung white pegboard on the back wall for patterns, rulers and such.
This page last updated on May 23, 2010.
This was my sewing room when we lived in Yuba City, CA. My husband had an old table that he wasn't using, so I snatched it up! If you like to paper piece, a long table like this is perfect. You can put your cutting board on one side of the sewing machine and a small ironing pad on the other and really speed up the process. Very handy. I bought two shop lights for overhead lighting. I just can't work in a poorly lit room. I used the flannel back of a cheap picnic tablecloth to mount my current projects on the wall.
As you can see, I keep the ironing board up and ready in my sewing room. I have an iron that powers itself off if I accidently leave it on. In the closet, you'll see those wonderful plastic bins to store projects and fabric in. I also store a few things under my sewing table. I mounted peg board on two of the closet walls. One for patterns, the other for rulers. Really helps save space.
(Left) If I had room in my closet for a regular bookshelf, I would buy one at Walmart and use that, too. I wound up buying stackable shelves for the closet. They work okay.
(Right) I had nowhere to store my quilts. I stacked them on top of a small wardrobe that I use to store my fabric in. You can buy a free-standing wardrobe like this for cheap at Walmart. Be sure and fasten it to the wall or it will fall on you!
I was lucky to have a big window in this room. Daylight is so wonderful for determining true color. I don't leave the draperies open when the sun is coming in as it could fade my projects!
I had a big fold-out table for pinning projects. Lucky me, the lady that sold me my sewing machine threw it in as part of the sale.
Here are some pictures of my former sewing closet in Houston.
I've moved my quilt and block photos to Tink's Photos pages.
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