Embroidery, patchwork, rubber stamping, and other handicrafts! When you combine all of these factors, you have the storage challenge of a lifetime on your hands!
The stockpile of fabric multiplies covertly, away from the view of the sun, until the storage spaces—such as closets, containers, and cupboards—become insufficient. Craft supplies proliferate at a rate comparable to that of a rabbit population. When you factor in all of the apparatus and implements that are necessary for each undertaking, it is enough to make even the most organized person feel completely overwhelmed.
It should come as no surprise that not everyone possesses sufficient space or financial means to store quilts in the same manner as a museum. If you have a small quilting or sewing room – or if you have a bedroom that you use for quilting or sewing – here are some options for you to consider! Make sure you also take a look at this tutorial on clever ways to store and organize your quilt fabric.
To get started, place your quilt inside of a pillowcase or a Tyvek bag Check that the pillowcase has adequate space for the quilt by measuring it. You will still need to take the quilt out every three to four months in order to refold it along different lines.
How do you organize the myriad tools and supplies that are necessary for crafting and sewing? Have a look at these helpful hints to make the most of the storage space in your sewing area:
Fill Every Protected, Enclosed Area
This is a picture of my armoire, which is one of the places where I keep things to store them. Whenever there is a need for a program or display, I bring the quilts out. It is correct that you should refold the quilts on different lines once every three to four months. In addition to this, I rearrange the quilts in the stack so that each one is only at the bottom of the heap for a brief period of time.
Organize Plastic Container Towers
Crafters will find that clear-view organizers are their best friend. The organization of sewing has reached new heights thanks to innovative storage products made of transparent plastic.
When organizing and storing interfacings, elastic, zippers, and buttons, use storage towers of a medium size that have see-through drawers. A bonus is that you can roll either of these units easily beneath the cutting table or the desktop.
Machine feet, needles, marking pens, and fasteners can all be corralled inside of smaller storage containers. The property of being see-through makes it easier for busy sewers to locate the appropriate foot, tool, or fastener.
Put it away. See it. Sew it. Using clear-view organizers puts you in the driver’s seat for quick and simple sewing projects.
I use polypropylene containers (Sterilite or Rubbermaid mostly). The symbol for recycling allows you to recognize this particular kind of plastic:
You already know the rest of the instructions: don’t pack the box too tightly, refold it frequently, and place the bottom quilt on top.
In the sewing room, you’ll find multiple applications for storage baskets made of flat-bottomed plastic. You can create pattern storage using flip-files with their help. Because everything is categorized, finding that one-of-a-kind blouse pattern will take you no time at all.
Containers for storage made of covered plastic can be neatly stacked beneath cutting tables. Fill them up with your works-in-progress, interfacing, or lining fabrics. They’re perfect for this! You can neatly stack them in unused corners or on the floors of the closet; they are not heavy and are simple to find.
Count On Closets
I commissioned the construction of a closet specifically for the purpose of storing quilts, and it features shelves that are significantly larger than those found in most closets. A polyurethane varnish was used to paint the shelves and the walls in order to prevent any oils from the wood from absorbing into the varnish. In the closet, there is a vent that allows air to circulate for both heating and cooling purposes. I also have non-chemical pest control (glue traps).
Take full advantage of any storage closets you have! Install shelf units in the back corners of the closet using commercial organizers to create more storage space. They will make for nice storage for pattern collections.
Fabric lengths of any size can be hung from clothing rods. This includes both short and long lengths. You can also use rotary cutting mats for this purpose if you pinch the mat and place it on a hanger meant for pants or skirts. Still some space available on the clothes rack? To use the plastic grocery bags, slip both of the bag’s handles over the rod. Items that are light but bulky, such as batting, pillow forms, or yarn, can be stored in the bags.
Organizer drawers are a great way to make the most of the space in your closet. Sewing notions can be neatly organized in drawers that are see-through and are easy to grab and go.
Construct Racks On Pegboards
Pegboards are a time-tested organization tool that continue to be useful. Pegboards are commonly used in fabric and craft stores for the purposes of organizing and displaying notions. You should do the same.
Construct pegboards on top of spacers that are 1 inch wide, and then trim them with molding to give the appearance that they are built-in. Explore the aisles of the hardware store in search of unique hooks that can be added to the standard assortment of small hooks that are either straight or curved.
A pressing ham and a sleeve board are two examples of the kinds of light but bulky items that are ideal for storing on pegboards. The pressing tools are easily accessible, but they are placed out of the way.
Remember to bring the thread racks! In addition to their utility as a place to store thread, racks for the material show off colorful spools and cones of the material.
The next time you go to the kitchen to get a snack, make sure to bring along an extra “chip clip.” When hung from a peg, it will prevent the pattern pieces from falling off and being misplaced.
Fill The Walls
When searching for potential storage spaces at the work area, look both up and down and scale the walls. It is possible to store the tools and equipment that are most frequently used in the empty space above and below workstations.
This sewing workstation has wall-mounted organizers to keep the tools and equipment organized and within easy reach. Small items that are helpful for machine sewing can be organized on thread racks, pegboards, and a shallow shelf that is inserted in the kneehole area.
It is much simpler to locate the correct specialty foot when feet are kept in clear-view boxes with labels. The kneehole shelf provides easy access to the sewing machine manuals and reference books that are kept there for your convenience. With the help of spray bottles, it is simple to give balky seams a quick spritz before pressing them.
Last but not least, a small corkboard organizer purchased from an office supply store positions pattern instruction pages at a height that is comfortable for the reader. Make use of them to organize pattern envelopes, photographs, and flyers for sales. Many thanks to Staples
Get Organized With Trunk
Not a chest made of cedar!! I don’t put fragile quilts in here.
If you choose to store your quilts in this manner, it is imperative that you flip them over and refold them regularly.
Stack On Bed
The best place to store your quilts, in my opinion, is on a bed. You are able to stack multiple.
Cover them with a bedspread so that they are not exposed to the light.
This, of course, is something that can only be done in a bedroom that is not currently being used and is secure from both human and canine guests.
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