I could fill a ton of blog posts with my thoughts on sewing room organization, but I'll stick to one that highlights my main storage solutions.
|I arranged them by color just for this picture!|
I spent a lot of time looking for ideas on how to store my fabric. My final solution--mini-bolts--involves folding my cloth onto acid-free comic book boards. I bought the cardboard at a local store and it only cost about $10 for a pack of 100. I cut some into thirds and they are perfect for storing fat quarters. Knits and cuts of fabric over 2 or 3 yards don't do as well on these, so I usually fold those flat. I use rubberbands or clips like these to hold the fabric on the boards. Then I line all the mini-bolts up on my bookshelves. It's like being able to browse at a fabric store any time I want--I love it!
I have found I can trace patterns and cut out fabric fairly easily while my daughter is awake, but sewing at my machine is often out of the question. Plus, I am one of those people who likes to have a ton of projects going at once. So, I decided to use baskets to hold my different projects until I can get time to sew. I put the (cut) fabric, pattern, associated notions, etc, all together, and then store them in a sweater organizer, taking them over to my sewing table when I am ready to use them. The sweater organizer is hung from the ceiling using "swag hooks" (like you use to hang plants), and a little bit of chain to drop it down to the right height. (Thanks for the idea, mom!)
|Not my notions--but if you've seen one|
white drawer unit, you've seen them all...
I use a variety of containers on top of my desk to hold my seam ripper, tape measure and other frequently used notions. I have the BEST drawer unit ever--the Vika Alex--to store my elastic, bobbins, sewing machine feet, labels, interfacing, etc. The drawers are fairly shallow (so things don't get lost) and I use plastic containers I got from the Dollar Store inside them. Pretty straightforward, but pretty awesome.