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Any great tips on how to store crafting or sewing materials? I am taking a look at my sewing corner (in the basement, I have as much room as I want) and thinking things over. Anything that made your crafting life easier?<br>
I'd love to hear any and all tips on how to get organized!
 

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I had DH put in a variety of shelves, those inexpensive wire ones that have brackets to make them moveable. I then purchased several plastic see thru shoe size bins ( $1 each from rubbermaid?) and several larger bins for my fabrics. I then sorted everything by what they are. Like I placed all my spools of thread in one plastic bin and sorted all my sewing notions and projects on one shelving unit. then all my say paints/paintbrushs on another shelf and bin. I store my fabric in one of those plastic 3 drawer chest since I wanted to keep it from getting dirty or snagging. I made up a "tool kit" for sewing with my bobbins/needles/scissors/ruller/cutting rotary tool and keep all those together in what should be a tackle box (?) it was in the hardware section but works great for what I need it for.
 

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My craft area is in a room that is used for a bunch of other things. At first I used open shelving and just hung some pretty fabric in front of them when not in use. But I had troubles keeping pets, dust, and small children out of it all. So I picked up a couple of those cheapo assemble-yourself home office cabinets on freecycle. They were a little beat up but at least they were assembled and off-gassed already<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> They have adjustable shelving so I tailor each one to my liking. For instance, I have all of our wrapping paper in a tall space and my felt in a short space. You get the point. The best part is closing the doors<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">
 

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Crafts:<br><br>
I have all of my/our paper crafts in our family office. We purchased the Ivar pine shelving system from Ikea and I have lots of shelves on my "side", so I don't have to stack a lot, and DH has fewer shelves since his stuff is bulkier. DD has the bottom shelf on DH's side. I make use of the existing shelf above the rod, but we ignore the rod. Wrapping paper and tall rolls of butcher paper and netting, etc. are stored upright between the Ivar unit and the wall (just enough space). Closet doors slide closed to conceal it all. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> Within the closet, I use a variety of containers to keep small like items together. Larger like items are just on the shelves together as much as possible.<br><br>
We also have a large Ikea supply cabinet (I forgot the name of the line) for all our filing in the bottom lateral drawer and all office-type supplies in the top cabinet (behind doors).<br><br>
I also have a tall, skinny Ikea cabinet (I forgot the name of the line, but all of our office furniture is from Ikea in the birch finish in a variety of lines) for craft supplies.<br><br>
Sewing:<br>
We have a tiny room downstairs on our main level. It has gone by several names and it is currently the "project room". It is mostly a sewing room, but the large table gets cleared off any time we need a large work surface for any project. The closet is our "mini garage" as it is the only storage closet in the whole place. It bends and goes under the stairs. This room is currently dismantled due to our major flood back in May. This was project central! Most of the work is completed now and we hope to restore the room next weekend. I have another Ivar shelving system in this room. It is identical in shape to the upstairs one, but has drawers and a big cabinet since it is in the visible space (not the closet). The cabinet holds half my fabric. The shelves and drawers hold random other things for this room. I store the rest of my fabric in two large bins in the "garage". Sewing notions are currently in a small dresser, which usually resides under the big table, but is crammed into the "garage" at the moment. I have an over-the-door ironing board in here.<br><br>
I have pictures of both rooms on my Flickr account, I think. I'll link them, if they are still there...<br><br><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157622786658827/" target="_blank">Family Office - Craft Supplies</a><br><br><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157622786698831/" target="_blank">Project Room - Sewing & Painting Supplies</a><br><br>
Both rooms are small. The project room is 9' by 9' and that table used to be DH's dining room table. It barely fits in the room! The family office is a touch bigger, but has three desks and holds all of us at the same time. If we had one good size room, we'd combine all this somehow...
 

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Thanks everyone! And especially thanks for the pictures! The Roy G Biv method of organizing fabric is fabulous!<br><br>
I got started last night by clearing off the work surfaces in my sewing area and putting stray things away. Now I am ready to get into my bins of fabric, get things folded uniformly, and arranged by color.<br><br>
I spoke with my husband about a few things I want to buy. A work light for over my table, a white laminate shelving unit and some clear containers that will fit on the shelves. I also want a cork board to put project instruction and ideas on.<br><br>
I'm excited by how much headway I made last night in the hour I spent working. It's going to be awesome to have a well ordered work area!
 

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Great job thus far! You'll love it once it is completed! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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