SEWING ROOM ORGANIZATION CHALLENGE – PART VI – NOTION COMMOTION©

NOTION COMMOTION

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In addition to your Sewing Room, any of these organization ideas can be used in your Craft Room, Scrapbooking Corner and/or Jewelry Making Studio.  Get creative!

Ok…it’s time to get back to work! We have a few little things we need to still need to organize, so let’s get started.

CLOSURES

There are literally dozens of ways to fasten a garment or home décor item. Get yourself some clear containers or cheap photo boxes and start sorting your closures. Make sure you label each container and stack it on your shelves. Here’s how I divide them:

Zippers

Buttons, Snaps, Eyelets, Grommets, Hooks and Eyes

Elastic, Velcro and Snap Tape

ZIPPERS

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Teresa Franco’s awesome zipper storage idea

You could also organize your zippers with safety pins, but instead put them on a tie rack:

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Revolving Tie Rack from Harriet Carter

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Wall Mounted Tie Rack

Just bought my husband this motorized revolving tie rack.  Think he’d mind if I borrowed it for my ribbon?  LOL

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Brookstone Motorized Revolving Tie Rack

BUTTONS, SNAPS, EYELETS, GROMMETS, HOOKS AND EYES

There are literally hundreds of ways you can organize these small objects.  I store my snaps and buttons in these See n Store magnetic containers:

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I currently have 36 of these nifty containers and plan to add more as needed.  They can be mounted on the wall or free-standing and in a variety of combinations:

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5 Tin Magnetic Standing Storage at Organize.com

5 Tin Magnetic Hanging Storage at Organize.com

8 Tin Magnetic Standing Storage at Oriental Trading

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Custom Magnetic Spice Racks

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Kamenstein Magnetic Spice Rack

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Making Memories Modular Storage System

If you’re trying to keep costs down, Make Your Own Magnetic Storage Board.  You only need FOUR things to make this quick and easy board to hold your sewing and craft notions:

1 -STEEL SHEET

2 – SMALL METAL CONTAINERS

3 – MAGNETS

4 – GLUE

  • Crazy Glue™
  • Hot Glue

Have your husband or dad drill four holes in the corner of the steel sheet/board for mounting, if desired.

Hang sheet/board on wall or store in drawer.

Glue a magnet to the back of each container.  Let dry.

Stick magnetic containers to sheet/board.  Done!

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Martha Stewart adds Buttons to her Magnetic Containers

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Add a photo to your containers if you’d like.

Additional magnetic board tutorials:

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Amber’s DIY Spice Rack

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Lowe’s Magnetic Board Tutorial

Other clever storage ideas:

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Solutions Station Set

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Deflecto Revolving Clear Storage at Shoplet.com

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Drawer Cabinet at Shoplet.com

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Button Bank

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Making Memories’ Jars

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Economical Glass Jars by the Case

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Fancy Jars

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Storage Tins

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ArtBin 24 Compartment Slide ‘n Store

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Making Memories’ Sortables

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Carousel Organizer

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Snap or Button Organizer from Stacks n Stacks

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60 Translucent Drawer Unit

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Bead and Embellishment Tower

Bubblebox Organizer w/36 Compartments

36 Compartment Bubble Box

You could also use a rail system installed on your wall:

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Rail System

and add the coordinating wire basket and/or containers:

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Wire Basket

I absolutely love my Deflect-o Tilt Out Storage Bins.  They are my favorite storage system in my sewing room:

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These bins come in all different sizes to suit your needs and lock together.  They can be mounted on the wall or placed on a shelf:

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Deflect-o Tilt-Out Clear Storage Bins at TheNerds.com

Deflect-o Tilt-Out Clear Storage Bins from Staples.com

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Provo Clear Mini Drawers

ELASTIC, VELCRO AND SNAP-TAPE
With all the different sizes and applications, it is easy to accumulate a large “stash” of elastic. I sort my elastic into three stacked storage boxes:

Thin Elastic (includes elastic thread)

Foldover Elastic and Decorative Elastic

Waistband Elastic

Here’s my pink leather boxes (once again from Home Goods):

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My Velcro and Snap-Tape are stored in similar leather boxes.  Any type of storage container, box or drawer will work:

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IKEA CD Boxes

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GLIS Plastic Boxes

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IKEA Decorative Boxes

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Interlocking Clear Containers

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Clear Acrylic Stackable Storage Drawers

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Small Organizer Drawers

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10 Drawer Tower Organizer

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Foremost Modular Storage Drawer Cubes

You can cover these drawers with either fabric or paper and then use decoupage to seal them:

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IKEA Wooden Drawers

You can even make erasable labels on each drawer:

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Erasable Label Tutorial

MARKING AND CUTTING IMPLEMENTS


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Are you constantly trying to find your favorite scissor or disappearing (literally) marking pen? A great solution is to find some type of utensil caddy which can be placed on your cutting table and then moved next to your sewing machine when needed.  I found this great revolving caddy (pictured above) at my local Home Goods store.

Check out your local office supplies store in their desk accessories aisle for lots of good ideas.
In this type of caddy, you can store:

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Prior to getting my neat revolving caddy, I used to store all my extra marking pens, scissors, tube turners, etc. in leather containers (also found as Home Goods).  For the items I don’t want to keep on my cutting table, I use one of these nifty Tupperware Utensil Caddies:

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Here’s a few more organizers to consider:

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The Caddy at HSN 

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Rubbermaid Rotating Desk Organizer

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Donna Dewberry Storage Spinner

ToolCaddyGrabbit

Grabbit Tool Caddy

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Cabela’s Revolving Tool Caddy

cuttercubby

Cutter Cubby

supplycaddy

Portable Supply Caddy

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Table Top Caddy

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Economical Caddy

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Tool Holder

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Utensil Holder with Adjustable Dividers

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Shabby Chic Utensil Holder

If you don’t have the space on your cutting surface or it’s portable, consider hanging your cutting implements on the wall:

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Plastic Perf Board

EZ Wall Organizer

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Metal Rail System at HSN

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Clotidle’s Peg Board

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Wall Hutch

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Wall Pocket

Tip:  The height of your cutting surface is so important as to avoid an aching back.  I use these under the legs of my table:

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Adjustable Bed Risers

 RULERS

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I use a wire mesh letter holder from my local office supplies store to hold my rulers at the end of my cutting table.  You can easily organize your rulers by either hanging them or standing them up like I do.  Here are some ways to do it:

JuneTailerRuleYourRulers

June Tailor Rule Your Rulers

QuiltRulerOrganzier

Quilting Ruler Organizer Shelf on Ebay

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Ruler Holder Rack on Ebay

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Ruler Holder Shelf on Ebay

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Ruler and Mat Organizer

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Rulers & Ruler Rack Combo Set

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Clotilde Ruler Rack

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Ruler Korral

Stop your Ruler from sliding on fabric.  I really works:

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Quilter’s Review

If you need a paper ruler to attach to the end of your table, here’s a free printable one.  Consider sending this ruler link to those you sew for (family, friends, customers, etc.) to get easy measurements:

Free Printable Rulers

SEWING STATION

There are a few things I like to keep next to my sewing machines:

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Get yourself a small bowl, container or divided tray (I use a dog dish…LOL) to keep all your necessary sewing supplies next to your sewing machine.  You’ll be able to easily find what you need without going through drawers and cabinets.

Here’s some other ideas:

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Sewing Station

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June Tailor Sewing Station

Make your own Sewing Station:

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Sewing.org’s Sewing Station Tutorial

Consider purchasing sewing machine and serger cushioned pads (helps with machine vibration) and thread/scrap catchers:

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Pedal-Sta’s Sewing Machine Pad w/ Thread Catcher

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Clotilde’s Serger Pad and Thread Catcher

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Pedal-Sta’s Serger Pad w/ Scrap Catcher

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Pioneer’s Serger Pad Thread Catcher at Joann’s

Sew Essentials Scrap Caddy

Joann’s Sew Essential Scrap Caddy

You can also make your own:

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K Quilts’ Pincushion and Thread Catcher Tutorial

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Kezza’s Pincushion and Thread Catcher Tutorial

SEWING MACHINE / SERGER PRESSER FEET

Do you always find yourself looking blanking at a strange sewing machine foot and wondering what on earth is its purpose? Well, then it’s time to sort through them. I have dozens of sewing machine and serger feet. I use a divided pink leather case to easily store my sewing machine feet. If you label each section, it will be easy to locate the one needed.

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I keep my serger feet in a divided leather tray:
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You can use a cigar box (decoupage it with fabric):

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Cigar Boxes on Ebay Express
or any divided box:

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Clear Box with Moveable Dividers

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Small Parts Storage Case

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Budget 12 Compartment Storage Case

and label it like Mean Jean did:

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Mean Jean’s Presser Foot Organizer

You can even use a cutlery tray!
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Expandable Bamboo Flatware Tray

A jewelry organizer will also work!jewelryorganizer

Jewelry Organizer at Stacks n Stacks

or Jewelry Case

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PINK Jewelry Case

You can also purchase a great “foot organizer” from your local sewing dealer or use clear baseball card plastic sleeve protectors in a regular binder:

 

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Home Depot’s Sewing Notions Organizer

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Nancy’s Notions’ Presser Foot Storage Cases

Or make your own:

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Husqvarna Viking’s Presser Foot Organizer Tutorial

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Petit Debutante’s Presser Foot Organizer Tutorial

PRESSING SUPPLIES

Keep a small shelf over your ironing board for your pressing supplies. This would include:

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I keep two boxes next to my pressing station.  One contains all kinds of fusible tape which I use when I’m taking sewing shortcuts…LOL.  In the second box, I store my small pressing aids such as my Ezy Hem Guide, Iron Cleaner and Point Turner.

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I hang both my Tailor’s Board and Sleeve Board on the wall next to my ironing board.

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I purchased one of these Slim Drink Dispensers to keep water (holds a gallon!) next to my ironing board. It saves me dozens of trips back and forth to the sink to refill my iron!

You could also use a mounted peg board with hooks to hang all your pressing essentials.

MISCELLANEOUS SUPPLIES

I’m sure you have lots of other supplies which need to be organized and stored.  The list seems endless…LOL!  Here’s two more great storage ideas I came up with:

First, I re-purposed some doll accessory drawers.  These drawers store my size labels, garment labels, bow-making clips, etc.

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Next, I came across this neat piano-hinged box at TJ Maxx.

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The front cover folds down to reveal my hot fix tool and glues.  I glued a piece of cork board sheeting to the inside of the cover to make a nifty little bulletin board:

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Since you’re nosey, here’s a close-up of my stickers:

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You can get your own stickers here:

Opinions R Us

Cafe Press

Hope your creative space is finally becoming a place to love to be in–not a dreaded space.  If you have any ideas for additional sewing room organization topics, just email me!

Happy Sewing!

lisasiggie

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Comments

  1. How about this one? http://www.potterybarn.com/products/p6108/index.cfm?pkey=csalaccstr
    I SOOO want it, but I haven’t been able to figure out where I have wall space to put it! :o) Maybe I can squeeze it in someplace.

  2. Rubbermaid Totes RULE.

    My notions are mostly stored in 3 gallon Rubbermaid totes – one for zippers, one for buttons, one for elastic, etc etc. Smaller things go in 1 gallon totes. They stack so nicely, and I have them neatly labelled… and I don’t have so much STUFF visible. I really don’t like to see all that stuff. My kitchen is the same way. I like bare countertops.

    I do use the rolling carts with drawers for patterns and thread.
    Cathe

  3. oh Linda…I absolutely love that! I’m tempted to buy one as I have a $50 PB gift certificate burning a hole in my pocket…LOL!

    Hey Cathe! I’d love to see a pic of your sewing room one day…I’m sure you have one beautiful “collection!”

    With friendship,
    Lisa

  4. These are my *favorite* posts! Please, keep up the great work :D

  5. Thanks Misty!

    With friendship,
    Lisa

  6. I love all the photos and ideas!!! Thanks for organizing them on your blog…I’m going to use a few ideas for my sewing room.

  7. What fantastic ideas! I am so inspired to organize! Thank you so much for getting all this information together.

  8. Hey Lisa and Tamara…glad I could help!

    Feel free to post your before and after pics of your sewing rooms!

    With friendship,
    Lisa

  9. WOW- what a great site- my sewing/craft/office needs some help. I love your ideas and pix.

  10. Your blog is awesome! I just installed a wall shelving unit with adjustable height table from Ikea. Being only 5’3″ most sewing tables were too tall, the adjustable table is great. My sewing room is quite small too. Sharing space with the guest room, I have to get completely organized so that it doesn’t have that cluttered look and your blog is providing me with so many ideas! Thanks for sharing!!!

    http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/S29836486

  11. thanks girls!

    Kristine…I’d love to see pics of your room once you get it all together. I, too, am only 5′ 4″, so I KWIM about everything being too tall…LOL!

    With friendship,
    Lisa

  12. Love the spinning organizer caddie. That is exactly what I am looking for to hold craft items. Where did you find it? I have looked everywhere for something like that. Any input is appreciated!

  13. christiana Topping says:

    How do I order “Notion Commotion for Newbies?”

  14. Where can I buy the Ruler and Mat organizer?

  15. saturday, june 21, 2008

    I just found your blog on google. All the information you gave is just great. I have a small bedroom I want to be a sewing and quilting room. I have a lot of stuff I need to organize. Thanks of the info.

  16. Here is a msg I received from ArtBin after requesting a deeper Super Satchel for fat quarter storage. I thought it would be ready for March 2008 but looks like March 2009 – and I can’t wait to have them.
    “Well, I hung on to your email and just wanted to give you an update on the new Super Satchel boxes. The product development /mold making process is LONG but I’m happy to say in Spring 2009 we will be introducing 2 NEW Super Satchels. One will be multi level with additional storage on the sides and the other is the Double Deep. It can be used with dividers or without. This will be perfect for fat quarters, charm packs and jelly rolls. “

  17. The interlocking clear containers are great! I use them for storage in my bathroom for all the stuff I used to stick on the vanity. I bought mine directly from the manufacturer – they have a much bigger selection of sizes and combinations.

    http://neatcontainers.com/shoes/?gclid=CNHJoaaq05YCFQHBDAod3C083g

    They are called Neat Containers.

  18. You clearly put a LOT of work into assembling this list. Thanks so much! There are great ideas here. I’m trying to get my sewing room together, so these will definitely come in handy. I’m also a new blogger — my goal is to post some projects on my site. Anyhow, just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate this post.

  19. Thanks! Happy to hear you find it useful! Happy Sewing!

    With friendship,
    Lisa

  20. hey that was very useful for me too… But i have very small space we have very little homes here. so can u pls give me some ideas for a very little space.

  21. “have your husband or dad drill the holes for you”!? This is a great article, but jeez, give us women a little credit for being able to operate a drill all by ourselves.

  22. I just came across your blog and I love it! Thanks for all of the great tips.

  23. LOL Anna! You’re right…I absolutely can use a drill (and so can most other ladies), but I’m lazy. That’s my excuse.
    With friendship,
    Lisa

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