Small Quilting/sewing Room Storage Ideas On A Budget (5+ Organisation Products & Hacks)


Sewing, quilting, stamping, and crafts! Add them all together, and you’ve got the storage challenge of a lifetime!

The fabric stash reproduces stealthily, outside the light of day, until closets, containers, and cupboards overflow. Craft supplies multiply like a population of rabbits. Add the tools and gizmos required by each activity, and it’s enough to overwhelm even the most organized.

Begin by putting your quilt in a pillowcase or Tyvek bag. Make sure the pillowcase is large enough so the quilt fits. You will still need to take the quilt out to re-fold on different lines every 3-4 months.

How do you manage the myriad tools and supplies required by sewing and crafts? Check out these pointers to maximize storage in your sewing area:

Fill Every Protected, Enclosed Area

Here is a photo of one of my storage areas, my armoire. I take the quilts out frequently for programs or display.  Yes, you still need to re-fold the quilts on different lines every 3-4 months. I also switch the position of the quilts so that each one only spends a short time on the bottom of the pile.

Organize Plastic Container Towers

Clear-view organizers are a crafter’s best friend. New storage products constructed of clear plastic bring sewing organization to new levels.

Use mid-sized storage towers with clear drawers to sort and store interfacings, elastic, zippers, and buttons. Bonus: these units roll easily beneath the cutting table or desktop.

Smaller storage containers corral machine feet, needles, marking pens, and fasteners. The see-through property helps busy sewers pinpoint just the right foot, tool, or fastener.

Store it. See it. Sew it. You’re in the clear for fast and easy sewing with clear-view organizers!

I use polypropylene containers (Sterilite or Rubbermaid mostly). You can identify this type of plastic from the recycle symbol:

You know the rest – don’t pack the box tight, refold regularly, switch bottom quilt to top.

Flat-bottomed plastic storage baskets have many uses in the sewing room. Use them to create flip-file pattern storage. Organized by category, you can find that special blouse pattern in record time.

Covered plastic storage containers stack neatly beneath cutting tables. Load them up with works-in-progress, interfacings, or lining fabrics. Pile them in unused corners or on closet floors; they’re neat, light, and easy to locate.

Count On Closets

I had a closet built for quilt storage with larger than average shelves so the quilts could be folded less. The shelves and the walls were painted with a polyurethane varnish to block any oils from the wood. There is a vent in the closet for heating and cooling circulation. I also have non-chemical pest control (glue traps).

Make the most of storage closets! Using commercial organizers, install shelf units tucked away in closet back corners. They’ll house pattern collections nicely.

Short or long, fabric lengths can be hung from clothing rods. So can rotary cutting mats, if you pinch the mat into a hanger designed for skirts or trousers. Still more room on the clothing rod? Slip both handles of plastic grocery bags over the rod. The bags will hold light, bulky items such as batting, pillow forms, or yarn.

Add organizer drawers to closets for maximum use of space. See-through drawers sort sewing notions and are easy to grab and go.

Construct Racks On Pegboards

They’re an oldie but a goodie: pegboards. Fabric and craft stores use pegboards to organize and display notions. So should you.

Construct pegboards on top of 1″-wide spacers, and trim with molding for a built-in look. Prowl through the hardware store to find specialty hooks to add to the traditional selection of small straight and curved hooks.

Pegboards are perfect for storing light, bulky items like pressing hams and sleeve boards. Pressing tools are accessible, but out of the way.

Don’t forget thread racks! Thread racks display colorful thread spools and cones, adding a decor plus to their storage function.

Grab an extra “chip clip” next time you head to the kitchen for a snack. Hung on a peg, it’ll keep pattern pieces from becoming lost.

Fill The Walls

Look up and down to find storage possibilities at the work area: climb the walls! Empty space above and below workstations can be tapped to store the most-needed tools and equipment.

Wall-mounted organizers keep tools and equipment near this sewing workstation. Thread racks, pegboards, and a shallow shelf inserted in the kneehole area corral small items useful for machine sewing.

Find the right specialty foot fast when feet are stored in labeled clear-view boxes. Sewing machine manuals and reference books are available for a quick check from the kneehole shelf. Spray bottles make it easy to give balky seams a quick spritz before pressing.

Finally, a small corkboard organizer from the office supply store keeps pattern instruction pages at eye level. Use them to corral sale flyers, photos, and pattern envelopes. Thanks, Staples!

Get Organized With Trunk

Not a cedar chest!! I don’t put fragile quilts in here.

Rotating the quilts and refolding is very important if this is your storage method.

Stack On Bed

Hey, here’s an idea: store your quilts on a bed!! You can stack several.

To avoid light exposure, cover them with a bedspread.

Of course, this is only practical in a bedroom that is unoccupied and protected from two and four-legged visitors.

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