my 'craft room' looks like a dump! my sewing machine, serger, fabric, pins, elastic, spools of thread, aplix etc EVERYWHERE (meaning on the floor!) :
whats the best way to organize it? shelves? a dresser with drawers?
right now i have a plastic bin/organizer deal that has 3 clear bins stacked one on top of the other but its mostly empty and anyway dont think it would fit all my fabric (when did i ever get so much? )
i plan to make this room my craft room/dd's play room but gotta move this stuff so i can see the floor
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Some other cheapie ideas too:
If you have closet space in this room, you can fold and hang some of your larger pieces of fabric. I really like the way this looks in my sewing room. It's so easy to flip through the stash.
I also have those cardboard shoe organizers that have lots of little cubbies. I keep smaller pieces of fabric (diaper cuts, fat squares, scraps, etc.) organized by fabric type in the little cubbies.
I have a rolling 3-drawer plastic cart - first drawer gets notions; second drawer gets thread, bobbins and presser feet; third drawer stores the patterns.
I made a large "portfolio" with a couple sheets of foam core to store my pattern tracings. Many times I laminate the tracings of frequently used patterns or templates so they can't be folded or easily stored. The portfolio keeps them nice and flat and organized.
I use open shelves for storing fabric, so I can see what I have at a glance.
The only thing I don't have well organized is patterns, I"ll get to that eventually
I like the idea of hanging fabric -- I may do this once we move and I have a dedicated sewing space.
somewhere i read that getting foam core boards adn cut them so you can wind up your yardage like they do at a fabric store. in theory, if you cut them to be about 9 inches wide, you could estimate yardage too
i myself have five rolling buckets that stack on each other (they are the naughty plastic but they work). i separated my knits into one, flannel into another, wovens etc. the problem became that i have a bucket of mixed from purchases
i took a corner off each one and put it on an index card so that when i went to a sale, i could try to match with what was at home (yeah right LOLLL) i got frustrated with all these fabrics that never matched
my quilt fabrics well.. there's more chaos there. i put the FQ's into a dollar store box (plastic with holes) and then new acquisitions pushed me out of that box and i didn't have a plan for that
in terms of the etc's of sewing, i use plastic pencil boxes and separate. all the measurers in one; my needles in another; sewing machine catridges in one; the problme i ran into was when it came to travelling, i had to take 27 different pencile boxes so i ended making a general one with two packs of needles, two measurers, some pins -- so i could grab and sew
for my patterns i copied what they do at sewing stores. i have my envelopes all sorted by mom, kid, crafts in ziplock bags and then the patterns are in ziplocks in numerical order. so when i go to a sale, i can look at the patterns for inspiration of a fabric and also have a clue on yardage. if i find a fabric that i think is a great skirt for my dd i can look at any skirt pattern i have and get a guesstimate of what i'd want.
oh yeah, i completely forgot - one the best things for organizing sewing stuff? TACKLE BOXES!! really. i have one for my threads that i love and i just read on one of my other lists that a woman just got one that she loves too. those and tool boxes. usually you can fit scissors into tool boxes easily. dh's beware - we will raid the garage! LOLLL
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i have a closet that has random shelving that doesn't work well for any sort of fabric storage. Plus a lot of my fabric is recycled clothing. So I have kind of stalked a car wash for when they tossed out their 30 gallon and smaller plastic barrels. I cleaned them out after cutting the tops off enough such that they can "hinge" I laid them on their side and put my items in categories into each one. then I can seal up the end by hingeing it back into place and locking it with a bungee.