Organizing Sewing Supplies: 20 Super Simple Ideas

I love to sew. I taught myself how to sew after my daughter was born and loved making clothes for her. I eventually learned how to make draperies, pillows and other things for the home. As the years went on, I was so busy with other things that I didn’t have much time for this hobby. I’m finally making the time. Now I have to get my sewing and craft room set-up. I love designing this type of room. Since this one is for me, I can indulge a bit while still making it functional. In searching for inspiration for my room, I discovered lots of creative ideas for organizing sewing supplies. And you know how I love to organize! I find it so much easier to be creative when my workspace is free of clutter and I can find what I need. Here are 20 super simple ideas I found for storing and organizing all your sewing supplies.

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Organizing Sewing Supplies

1 Pegboards are a great way to stay organized while keeping things close at hand. They’re extremely versatile and can hold just about anything. Love the pops of pink on this one and the painted gold frame. Both add style to a functional organizing workhorse.

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I Heart Organizing

2 Straw dispensers keep ribbon from unspooling and the clear glass keeps them visible.

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All People Quilt

3 I love these magnetic organizers. They’re perfect for all those tiny little notions and embellishments. You can find these small stainless steel containers at Ikea.

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Creating Keepsakes

4 Have your sewing supplies ready to go by organizing them in a toolbox. I’ve used toolboxes to store craft supplies, make-up, floral supplies and sometimes even tools.

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5 This is such a cute way to store and organize buttons. Sort them by color in mason jars and stamp the color on the lid. Love the basket idea, too.

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The Country Chic Cottage

6 Those metal spice organizers for the kitchen are also the ideal size for storing small sewing notions. You can find these at Ikea, too.

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7 Use candy jars to organize buttons and ribbon. They make an artful display when you group them by color.

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Hemisemidemiquaver

8 Vintage muffin tins make useful organizers. Drop in a pin cushion and you’ll always have everything you need to replace a button.

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9 This is such a clever idea from guest poster Karen and it’s so simple! Use golf tees to keep the matching bobbin on top of the spool of thread. Glue a flower or some other cute notion on top to dress it up.

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Pick Up Some Creativity

10 Repurpose a drawer unit meant for nails to keep your embroidery ribbon organized. Add small labels on each drawer so you can easily find the right color.

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11 Here’s another smart idea from Karen. Those tiny little scrunchies fit right over a bobbin and keep it from unraveling. I am getting some of these right away!

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Pick Up Some Creativity

12 And Karen also came up with this one! Organize your bobbins in daily pill boxes.

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Pick Up Some Creativity

13 Place removable hooks on the inside of cabinet doors to hang scissors and other items. Pull-out shelves help keep everything accessible.

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14 Make a portable cutting table by adding locking casters to a metal shelving unit. Then attach a flat surface for cutting.

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Better Homes and Gardens

15 Here’s another pegboard idea. Use the long pegboard hooks to organize your serger thread cones.

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16 Outfit a closet with shelving and drawers to keep your sewing supplies organized and out of the way when not in use. Taking off the doors and hanging curtains softens the look.

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Better Homes and Gardens

17 Cover an unattractive table with a cute table skirt then use the space below to hide your supplies while keeping them handy.

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18 This adorable sewing center started out as a discarded denim skirt. A few well placed seams and some decorative trim and it’s a cute way to have everything right at hand. Follow the link below the picture to see the easy tutorial.

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Michele Made Me

19 Keep track of your small sewing templates and rulers by placing them in a three-ring binder in clear zippered pockets.

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20 Cover a piece of galvanized metal with decorative wallpaper to create a stylish magnetic board.

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All these wonderful ideas for organizing sewing supplies really has me excited about working on my own room. I’m not sure how long it will take, but when I’m done I promise to share it with you here on the blog. In the meantime, which of these ideas do you think will help you the most?

Peggy
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  1. 1

    says

    Holy quap! I’m not sure if I’m more excited about the fact you’re going to start sewing again, or you’re creating a sewing space (or the golf tees with the bobbins…that’s pretty awesome!)

    I’ve utilized some of these ideas in the past. One of them is the serger thread stored on long hooks, but unfortunately my serger is about to get thrown off a cliff :(. I wrote about it in a recent post, but suffice it to say I DESPISE MY SERGER!

    Now that my rant is over, I will simply say I love all these ideas. But what else is new ;).

    • 2

      Peggy Pardo says

      Lol, Doreen! I read your serger post and had to laugh, because I had the same problem when I first started with it. I ended up loving it. And I agree, the golf tee idea is “pretty awesome”! If I make anything as cool as some of the things you’ve shared with us, I’ll think about posting them on the blog. 😉

    • 3

      sarah says

      I have a suggestion for developing a truce with your serger: take a deep breath, and remove all the thread spools. Yes, really.

      Rethreading it will teach you how it works, and you’ll discover all the doohickies and what they do. More importantly, you’ll fix the tension problem that started the argument in the first place. When our sewing machines develop minds of their own the first thing we do is pull the spool and bobbin. Sergers are even more opinionated, and when mine puts up a fight I yank it all, open everything up, clean and oil and rethread. It works like dream until the next tantrum!

      • 4

        says

        It’s just like re-booting your computer. Sometimes you just have to start fresh! Thank you so much for the tip, Sarah. You are welcome to share your sewing wisdom with us anytime! 🙂

  2. 5

    says

    I love these ideas. Not sure I can get everything in the UK but am going to try. My sewing supplies are stored all over the house! I spend more time looking for things than actually sewing!! Time to get organised.

  3. 7

    says

    #18 is my favorite because I’m always using multiple small tools and having them fall on the floor or just getting them all mixed up. I’m listing this idea on my new blog and giving you credit. Thanks!

    • 8

      says

      Isn’t that idea fabulous, Meredith? I’m always excited to share with my readers great ideas I’ve discovered and I’m happy you are too. If you share that you found it here, be sure to include my original source as well – Michelle Made Me. I look forward to checking out your blog! 🙂

  4. 9

    Barbara says

    I think the golf tee idea is fabulous! Spruced up with a pretty flower too. The only idea that I have an issue with is the binder with the rulers and templates. My quilt studio has minimal space for binders and to flip through one looking for the two or three fav’s would frustrate me. I have mine hanging on a decorative rod behind my sewing cabinet. the bronze shower liner hangs on the rod and Ive used bankers clips to hang the template or ruler for easy access. It’s all a matter of personal preference and your sewing organization is fantastic. The magnetic spice jars is inspired for those small, easily misplaced items that seem to scatter (or multiply like bunnies) when you’re not looking! Years ago I bought a ‘bobbin box’ that opens both front and back (I think Joann) it’s a great tool for bobbins on one side and I put my sewing presser feet on the other side for easy retrieval . You’ve given lots of great ideas for those of us that sew and/or quilt.

    • 10

      says

      Hi Barbara. So glad you enjoyed the sewing organization ideas. Thank you for sharing yours, too. I love it when my readers share the creative ways they organize everything. We can never have too many good ideas! Happy sewing! 🙂