My 6 year old daughter asked Santa for a sewing machine this year. WOO HOOO!!!!! (Insert jumping up and down and happy dance here). Here she is working on her very first sewing project with me….EEK!
But 2 fabric lovers in one house? I don’t think my husband will survive. So in an effort to contain my daughter’s small starter stash in her room…I came up with a fun little fabric shelf, just for her.
By using magazine racks, I can store the fabric nice and neat on a bookcase in her room…without the fabric constantly spilling out onto the floor. To get the fabric to sit nice and neatly on shelves or inside of the magazine racks, I use this trick…
How to get even fabric stacks.
- Recycled Cardboard
- Box cutter
Step One – Using a box cutter, cut out a rectangle the size you want your fabric to be.
Step Two – Use this first rectangle as a template, and continue to cut out more rectangles from the cardboard the same size.
Step Three – Wrap fabric around the cardboard templates, and stack as desired.
I love doing this as I feel it cuts down on the amount of cardboard we recycle every day, and gives me beautifully stacked fabric just like you see in the store.
Some other clutter organization ideas that I use in my personal sewing studio include…
1. Billy Bookcase
Using L brackets to hang a classic IKEA Billy bookcase horizontal above my door. People looking into the studio cannot see my stash, yet I get to lovingly look at it while I work. It’s a win/win.
2. Coat Rack for Ironing Board
I hang my ironing board on a coat rack to help keep it off the floor when it is not needed. I also love the classic linen striped ironing board cover, as it doesn’t scream ‘I am an ironing board’ while it is hanging on the wall. It just blends in and looks nice behind my dress forms.
I like to store all of the super bulky fabric I purchase inside storage lockers. This keeps them out of the spotlight, yet I can still reach for the fleece or Pellon bolts when needed. If you open them, the fabric might spill out on you – lol…but inside of them you will find my knits, fleece, sweater knit, home decor, etc. Any fabric that takes up a lot of room and is unsightly when placed in piles.
4. Shelving and Baskets
And the most recent purchases of fabric get the place of honor, directly on my open shelving. Where I can easily reach them for my current project list. Baskets and bins are a sewing lovers best friend.
5. Curtain Wire
Quilt artwork gets hung in my studio, with the use of curtain wire and clips. Furthermore, I use a nice high table for my pattern cutting, so as not to hurt my back with constantly bending over.
6. Fold out sewing desk
And lastly, but certainly not least, my precious. My sewing machine. It sits on a lovely secretary desk. The desk pulls out for when I need extra room for larger projects, or I can keep the nice small table for quick work.
It may not be the perfect studio in everyone’s eyes, and it certainly never looks this clean (except for photographs) – lol – but it is all mine, and I love it. By keeping it as organized as possible, my creative mind can work freely with the space to think and dream. And now my daughter can join me. One last WOO HOOOOOO to that.
Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…