You’ve realised that a dedicated space for quilting is important to keep the creative juices flowing and motivation going. You’ve moved all your pretty fabric in, set up your sewing machine, found all the boxes of embellishments that were hiding under the bed, piled up the rolls of freezer paper and fusible web on the desk….and suddenly realised it’s a complete mess and you can’t find anything!
Instant motivation killer!
What you need is some quilt room organisation.
Here are some top tips to getting organised:
- Set out separate areas for each task you do. Have a separate sewing station, a pressing station and a cutting station. If your space is small, then these can be small stations, but you’ll get frustrated if you need to put your cutting mat away to use your ironing surface, or vice versa.
- Decide what supplies you use most frequently and have them in the most easily accessible places. Hang your rulers on the wall next to your cutting station. Keep your fabrics on shelves in the closet rather than stacked in plastic tubs under the bed.
Cheryl from Sew Can Do made her small sewing and crafting space functional by getting clever with combined desk and storage solutions. She describes how being more organised keeps her room cleaner and makes working in it more enjoyable.
- Have a pinboard on the wall to pin all those lists, fabric swatches, and pictures of project ideas, then they won’t clutter up your desk and fall off at the most inconvenient time.
- Use innovative storage solutions – a paper towel holder for your reels of trims; cutlery baskets for your rotary cutters, scissors and marking pens; and how about a magazine rack for your rulers?
Stacie from Yellow Spool has written a great tutorial for a cute and quirky bobbin storage solution using embroidery hoops. I’m sure you could use this idea to store other things too. This is some gorgeous quilt room organisation!
- Make it pretty and then you’ll want to keep it tidy. Hang your favourite quilt on the wall; whip up some cute curtains from pretty quilting fabric; and re-cover your ironing board with something bright and cheery.
- Take five minutes at the end of your sewing session to tidy up – fold your fabrics, put your rulers back and hang those thread spools up on their rack. Next time you want to sew, you won’t be faced with an mojo-killing mess.
What are your top tips for getting your quilting space organised?