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Containing your creative clutter…



Even if you wait until spring to do your deep housecleaning, winter is the perfect time (and weather) to spend some energy organizing your indoor space…and we all know that your quilting/sewing/crafting space can quickly become the victim of creative chaos (and by that, we mean the whole practice of “leave it where it lands”).


But whether you quilt or sew in a studio, a spare bedroom, a nook, or from your corner of the kitchen table, there are plenty of great options for keeping your quilting clutter contained and in order, and giving yourself the tools to keep it that way!



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In terms of the basic sewing basket, Dritz offers a number of options, shapes, and sizes—in some really fun new designs and colors. Each includes a magnetic snap closure, pocket and pincushion, and lift-out tray for organizing small items.

If you’d prefer to make your own, the Eva Sewing Basket Pattern from Hemma Design allows you to create an adorable sewing and crafting caddy “with a twist” (the basket’s handle has a unique twist design). The finished project measures 10” x 13 ½” and includes a removable pincushion and six pockets for storing supplies.


Also from Hemma is the Martha Studio Bin Pattern for creating functional (and cute!) quilted bins to hold sewing and quilting supplies. Each bin features quilted handles, side pockets for smaller items and easy access, and a label pocket. The finished bin measures 9 ½” x 9 ½” x 8 ½.”

Aunties Two Patterns offers a variety of patterns for making fabric bins, baskets, and boxes, including their Cat’s Eye Baskets, Diagonally Woven Baskets, Tubular Baskets, Cupcake Basket, and Kraft Krates. But our favorite option from the company is their Fused and Folded Boxes, which use fabric and stiff interfacing to create small storage boxes and magazine files.

Among the new patterns from Stitchin' Sisters is Box It Up, a “snap happy” pattern that uses metal carpenter’s tape to create sturdy, durable fabric boxes. The pattern includes three sizes of boxes (a large rectangle, narrow rectangle, and a taller square version) that make a great catch-all for sewing and crafting items.


If you’re working with limited space, a great solution for keeping your quilting or crafting supplies organized is a door organizer, like the one you can make using The Door Stash Pattern from Noble Notions. This handy hanger—which can be sewn using only 12 fat quarters—includes 12 varying size pockets and two dividing bands, and utilizes over-the-door wreath hangers to make the most of the often-unused behind-the-door space.

Those looking for a more portable organization option will find it in the new Itty Bitty Beatle Bag from Abbey Lane Quilts, a smaller take on their popular Beatle Bag pattern. Both are personalized travel bags designed to hold small items of a sewing, crafting, or even personal nature. The patterns include four plastic inserts, and extra sets are also available for purchase.


In our search for all things sewing-space organization, we came across several products from Smart Needle that are nearly as cute as they are convenient. The Essentials Sewing Caddy, a scissor holder/bobbins holder/pincushion all-in-one in the shape and design of a ladybug, sticks to any sewing, embroidery, or quilting machine.

The Porcupine Bobbin Holder isn’t quite as multi-functional, but its “quills” do hold 30 sewing and embroidery bobbins and are compatible with any bobbin brand and size. And the Bobbini Universal Bobbin Holder keeps bobbins organized by allowing you to affix a bobbin of thread to its matching thread spool. The Bobbini’s rubber adjusts to fit any brand and size of home sewing and embroidery thread spools.

One of the newest releases from Martingale is Make It, Take It: 16 Cute and Clever Projects to Sew with Friends by Krista Hennebury. Among the 16 projects included in the book are eight that are aimed at helping sewists get organized and take their “sew on the road”—equipment totes, a scissor keeper, thread catcher, crafter’s apron, needle clutch, patchwork totes, and a sewing machine mat with storage pockets.


But before trying to tackle any real organizing, consider reading the new book, Sew Organized for the Busy Girl by Heidi Staples for C&T Publishing. This book offers practical tips and solutions for making the most of, not only your space, but also your time.


Staples, a mom of three, includes advice on fitting sewing into a busy lifestyle and organizing one’s sewing space and works-in-progress so they are easily accessible and “ready to roll” at any time. The book also includes 23 projects, shopping and storage ideas to manage the ever-growing stash, and productivity tips.

Now that we’ve provided you with a wealth of organization inspiration, it’s time to go tackle that sewing space!


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