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post #1 of 19 Old 09-30-2013, 02:50 PM Thread Starter
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Where my crafty people at? Let's talk organization...

I like to sew and embroider. I have three projects going at the moment. I'm making an English saddle pad for my best friend (hand embroidered the name patch I'm going to put on it last night), I'm making another pad for my Aussie saddle (can't have too many saddle pads, right?!), and I'm making my Halloween costume (going to be a good witch from Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters).

Up until this morning, when I decided that enough was enough of cutting out fabric on the floor and not having a place to set up my sewing machine, I didn't have a place to do stuff. So, this morning I commandeered the smallest bedroom in the house for use as my craft room (we live in my boyfriend's mother's house and other than the bedroom we sleep in, the bathroom, the living room/kitchen/dining room, and the laundry room, it is packed with her stuff...she doesn't live there). I have a sewing desk for my sewing machine and my boyfriend is going to pull a long table out of the garage for me to put my cutting mat on (an take out the twin bed that was in there). However, I want a more organized method for storing my fabric and supplies. Right now it's all just dumped on the floor, as I was kind of in a hurry this morning.

So, any inexpensive, but effective organizing solutions?
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To save floor space Hang a piece of lattice from Home Depot on the wall and use hooks to hang labeled wicker baskets from it? Or get one of those utility peg boards. :)
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Those plastic stackable drawers/tubs or the pull out plastic drawers are what my mom uses.

For her individual projects she likes to use pizza boxes to keep materials sorted together... may work for the smaller projects but perhaps not for the aussie pad..

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Plastic shoeboxes are super cheap (around $1) and store a lot of stuff.
Ribbons on a spool can be stuck on a peg.
Peg board is handy handy stuff!!
If you do jewelry, old window shutters are nice to hang things from.
Reseabke sandwich bags are great but don't get the cheap kind because they don't close reliably and they rip easily

Just off the top of my head
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When the kids grew up and moved out, I converted one bedroom into my sewing room.

I found that shelves were great for holding fabric. It stacks very nicely and you can see each of the patterns.

I placed the sewing machine where the light was good but not glaring into my eyes. The window is behind me.

The cutting table is right under the window. If I had room, it would have been centered in the room so I could walk all the way around it. That would be optimal. However, being against the wall left the underneath space open so I bought a few of those roll away stackable drawers and those hold thread, ribbons, assorted craft items, etc all neatly out of the way.

Now I need more room because I'm a fabric**** and three wall to wall/floor to ceiling shelves are full. I started storing fabric in those big rubbermaid totes, but now those are full and taking up floor space, plus you cannot see into them so you have to open each one to find out what's inside. Then you have to restack them. I like the shelves better.

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This is going to sound lame but Pinterest has SO MANY good storage ideas. Not even kidding, some are really creative and manage to look nice in addition to be useful.
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I just joined Pinterest, Shoebox, so I'll have to check it out.

My problem is that I can't afford $20+ for one storage container to hold fabric. My fabric is my biggest problem with storing, really. I want it easily accessible, but to be neat, tidy and organized. I thought about one of those hanging shoe holders with the shelves (they're made out of canvas) but they're kind of pricey, too.
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I just joined Pinterest, Shoebox, so I'll have to check it out.

My problem is that I can't afford $20+ for one storage container to hold fabric. My fabric is my biggest problem with storing, really. I want it easily accessible, but to be neat, tidy and organized. I thought about one of those hanging shoe holders with the shelves (they're made out of canvas) but they're kind of pricey, too.
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I've got one I found a Target - it's a long tubular one with shelves rather than rectangle, and around the outside of the whole thing there's shoe pockets to put smaller stuff in. I absolutely love it - fits nice in my closet and it spins for easy access all around. It was 25 bucks but it really holds a lot of stuff. A lot like this one:

http://thecoolgadgets.com/wp-content...-organizer.jpg
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Do you have rolls or folded sheets? If you have rolls you can hang them from PVC pipe (think of a horse blanket holder that's staggered) or use a Christmas gift wrap Tupperware or just a large bucket and stand them up in a corner like an artsy umbrella stand look.

If they're folded it's going to depend on the size. Little scraps can go in shoeboxes. Bigger sheets can sit in one of those tall shelves people use in the bathroom for towels. Kind of like: https://www.google.com/search?q=wood...PUGW-ulRL2M%3A

Bookshelves make for good storage and you can buy garage shelves if you want shelving with doors.
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