Organize Your Sewing Room in a budget

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Here’s my contribution to Chelsea’s Sizzlin’ Summer, Organize me! series on GYCT Designs… just in case you missed it!
It perfectly fits my Low Budget Sewing Room Series too so, if you’re searching for some frugal suggestions to organize your sewing room (or are simply wondering where Serger Pepper’s creations are.. created…) here it is!

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Well, I love having things in their places but I’m not that good at putting them there after use.. so I took this Slizzin’ Summer Series as a challenge and an occasion to improve my Sewing Room Organization!

Slizzin' Summer series - Organize Your Sewing Room Low-Budget - Serger Pepper
Since I have a thing for Pinterest, I started from my sewing rooms Pinterest board, collecting there everything sewing room organization.

My crafty hubby really loved giving me a whole room to be used as my Sewing Room, because he no more needs to see sewing machine, bolts of fabrics and other fun stuff layin’ around the rest of the house and, most of all, he was tired to “help me” finding all my lost pins with his naked feet… ouch!

So we started brainstorming to find a solution to create a new room furnishing spending no money… or nearly!
Some time ago I talked about my Wool coated Shelving DIY, that high cutting table you see in picture above is handmade by hubby repurposing old sliding doors from a restaurant…  today I’d like to show you how I try to keep things organized around here.

The underlying idea is that:

before you buy new stuff, you need to shop in your house and see if something can do the trick.

You’ll achieve a double goal:

  1. save some bucks
  2. use some stuff layin’ around doing nothing besides gathering dust!

Anything Threads:

Serger cones:

they are stored in that two red SKUBB Ikea closet organizer you see behind my sewing machine, perfect for keeping them untangled (I don’t have too many serger cones, when their number will grow I’d really love to store them this way).

Slizzin' Summer series - Organize Your Sewing Room Low-Budget - Serger Pepper - thread cones

Sewing Machine thread:

I used to have all my thread spools knotted together inside a paper bag… really practical (not really!); lately I’ve found those nice strawberry little crates are perfect for this purpose: no tangles, no unrolling spools and choosing the right color is easy and fast.

Slizzin' Summer series - Organize Your Sewing Room Low-Budget - Serger Pepper - thread spools

Bobbins:

Still not sure if I like keeping them inside a clear pill-box…
Slizzin' Summer series - Organize Your Sewing Room Low-Budget - Serger Pepper - thread bobbins 1

…or within those finger separators (the ones you use to separate your feet’s fingers while you put your nail polish on): suggestions?

Slizzin' Summer series - Organize Your Sewing Room Low-Budget - Serger Pepper - thread bobbins 2

 

The first one is dust-proof but the second is aaah-oooh! So fun and fancy!

Pins:

To help hubby’s feet, I’ve decided to use pincushions and pin boxes instead of the entire floor, actually I have 4 in use:

– this multiple appetizers dish is great for collecting pins I pull off while sewing at the sewing machine and/or the serger (and I really don’t know why the heck I’ve bougth it… never used to serve appetizers!).

I’ve seen a lot of pincushions sticked to the sewing machine but, for me, is so much easier to toss them into a box than pinning each one into its cushion while sewing… is that only me?

Slizzin' Summer series - Organize Your Sewing Room Low-Budget - Serger Pepper - mixed container - measure tape

Jack O’PinMe, do you remember of it?

Here it is, side by side with one of those candies tin boxes I use to collect pins and if you follow me you have probably seen in my step-by-step tutorials multiple times… it’s everywhere! Once upon the time, it had a lid too…
Slizzin' Summer series - Organize Your Sewing Room Low-Budget - Serger Pepper - mixed container - pincushion and pin box

– my wrist pincushion (improved by adding wool steel inside and a plastic sheet on back, so I don pin my wrist too). This is great to pin the pattern to the fabric before cutting. It’s made by me only with repurposed materials (well, do not count the wool steel, that was new… )

Slizzin' Summer series - Organize Your Sewing Room Low-Budget - Serger Pepper - mixed container - wrist pincushion

Buttons:

They mostly come from no-more-refashionable clothes: I simply cut off buttons and put them in a big cookies tin box (from IKEA too); some are from ebay (the ones you see in clear plastic sachets), one of my favorite sources for inexpensive buttons!

Slizzin' Summer series - Organize Your Sewing Room Low-Budget - Serger Pepper - mixed container - buttons

My mum used collect buttons in “necklaces” (some times only bracelets, depending on the number of buttons for each type) made using a basting thread sewn into button’s eyes… I have to admit that I’m too lazy for it, but I’d really love to find all the buttons I need in one second, instead of searching them in my tin box!

Sewing Travel Kit:

PREMISE: I work outside home 6 days a week, 9 to 5, therefore time for sewing is usually a luxury for me!

My way for having things done in time is a sewing travel kit always ready!

When I’m sewing a project, I usually leave off all hand finishings, like knotting tails and hiding them between the fabrics, or sewing on buttons and so on.

I simply need to throw my garment into an always ready bag, containing an IKEA (again, but this is not a sponsored post!) plastic box containing: needles, thimble, little scissors and some thread (this is white, if I need anything different I have to remember to put it here).

When my “lunch break” comes, I can finish my project and be ready for tomorrow’s photo set!
Slizzin' Summer series - Organize Your Sewing Room Low-Budget - Serger Pepper - mixed container - sewing travel kit

…drumroll please! Entering now:

My super new handmade drawer

Crafty Hubby to the Rescue: he made me this huge drawer (32″ by 47″): we only had to buy side rails on ebay for something like 15 Bucks and he made it with the welder, than painted in black.

On the inside you can see a lot of different boxes, some are from IKEA or the dollar store, other are repurposed.

My suggestion here is: salvage sturdy durable boxes from everyday’s life and reuse them to keep sewing stuff separated (shoe boxes, cookies tin boxes, coffee tins… anything goes!).

Slizzin' Summer series - Organize Your Sewing Room Low-Budget - Serger Pepper - mixed container - sewing room drawer
Now, when I need a zipper, or a trim or ric-rac, I know that I only need to open my super drawer and open the right box… and that’s it!

Slizzin' Summer series - Organize Your Sewing Room Low-Budget - Serger Pepper - mixed container - sewing room drawer - low cost boxes

Another way to organize my sewing room while saving, is to buy the flat elastic and velcro full rolls: easier to store, really economic and you’ll never need to pause your sewing project just because you need to go out shopping for them!

Slizzin' Summer series - Organize Your Sewing Room Low-Budget - Serger Pepper - mixed container - sewing room drawer - velcro and flat elastic rolls

This one is a SuperStar in my drawer: an electric rotary cutter, that don’t need a self-healing mat below him: this is manna when you need to cut thick fabric and or slinky knits or even sheers… Thanks Hubby for the gift… I appreciate 🙂

Yes, I know, it’s not really in topic… but I had to publicly thank hubby for his delicious thought… much more valued than a bouquet 😉

Slizzin' Summer series - Organize Your Sewing Room Low-Budget - Serger Pepper - mixed container - sewing room drawer - electric roller cutter
Last, but not least, there’s one more thing I couldn’t stay without: recycling and trash bins!

I have.

  • a regular trash bin where I put anything I can’t recycle (like old clothes no more refashionable, after cutting out any buttons/hardware reusable)
  • a “paper only” (that in winter goes to light the wood-burning stove that heats my sewing room in the cheap… since we live in a wood, literally!)
  • a “plastic only” huge bin

They all come from the swimming pool where I work (9 to 5, remember?), they were containing chemical products… recycling bins recycled; you can see them in the first two photos, under the tables!

And you?

How do you organize your sewing room?

Do you love buying new stuff or prefer repurposing old stuff?

Please share your low-budget tricks, I’m eager to learn some new one!

 

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Hi there! I love sewing, creating my own patterns and refashioning pre-loved clothes… If you love the same things, why not be friends? See you on Pinterest http://Pinterest.com/MammaNene

6 Comments

  1. Linda August 25, 2014 at 20:07 - Reply

    Hi Irene,
    Thank you for sharing your sewing room and storage suggestions. I enjoyed the way you have chosen to work for you -nice to see that you have a DH that loves you. ~smile~

    My sewing room is small- about 8 x 10 . The table that I sew on comes from a gas station-it is kinda shaped like a L . So I have the serger on one part of it and the sewing machine on the other. I have a rolling chair and it makes it very easy to shift back and forth between machines, if need be. The next space is a table that came from a used store for 3.00 and it has my embroidery machine on it and my sewing computer on it. They all 3 ended up being the same height so they look like they belong together.

    O, over the wall behind the serger and the sewing machine I have two big spaces for two peg boards and I keep all of my sewing threads so I can choose what ever I want -right at my finger tips – and no thread tangles. Yea. I do keep my embroidery threads in clear plastic containers on a shelf that my DH made for me before he passed away from cancer. I have found it challenging to go to the sewing room because there is so much of him connected with my sewing. But, I am still working on it. ~smile~
    O, on the peg board I also hang my scissors

    The two last things on this long side of the wall is my filing cabinet with all of my patterns and a big cabinet with a combination of odds and ends.

    If you come back up the other wall is one of my favorite essentials. It is a full piece of plywood and hubby put hinges on the back of it and screwed it to the wall , so I can lift the entire table if I would need to. It’s front legs are on hinges also and can be folded up against the plywood top. Underneath it is storage totes and two big trash cans that hold fabrics ready to work with. I always put my fabrics in the wash as I come in the door with them. That way I don’t have to rack my brain to see if I have for sure. ~smile~ I use the trash cans because they hold more fabric for the price .Maybe later -something a little more snazzy. LOL

    O, I also have a very important inspiration and her names is Rosie and she is my “Sewing Kitty”. She is a Siamese mix but with all of the pretty light colors of cream and grays. She has claimed the sewing room ever since she walked through the door. Yes, it is very challenging to keep up with her hairs because of the light colors but sometimes you just learn how to figure it out. ~smile~

    • Mamma Nene August 29, 2014 at 12:28 - Reply

      Hi Linda!
      thanks for taking the time to write me this adorable heart-warming comment!
      Let me add something:
      I have to admit that the rolling chairs (coming from an office that dismitted it) is a great part of my sewing room too – I only hate thart threads rolls around its wheels…
      Sorry to hear about your DH, I do understand what you mean about crafted furniture and feelings – Hugs to you <3
      I’m truly happy to hear you’ve found your great friend Rosie: and I totally agree about hairs (I have a whute cat and I used to have a small white dog that passed away the day after my LilPotato was born… white pet’s hairs everywhere!)
      And, about pre-washing fabrics: I try to do the same! I have my washing machine at the ground floor so, when I come home with fabrics, they stop there and go upstair only after washing! It’s the only way 😉
      Smiles to you, I loved reading your comment, it made me feel like we were chatting and drinking tea on your sewing room, and I was looking around to see all your cabinets and tables and all <3

  2. Diane Cullum August 26, 2014 at 17:56 - Reply

    Wow Irene, your room looks very spacious! How big is it? Mine is a small bedroom so I sure wouldn’t have room to use big buckets for trash, recycling, etc! I have just a tiny trash can. Isn’t it wonderful to have a crafty husband though! Mine knows how to do many things too though he hasn’t made any of my sewing furniture. All of it are thrift store finds or hand-me-down except for my heavy duty shelving. I also use old containers to keep my supplies sorted. The zippered plastic bags that sheets and comforters and stuff like that come in are great for my ribbons, trims, and lace. Some of my buttons are in bead boxes where you can sort them by color, shape, or size. (My kids used to play with them when they were little, sorting all the colors for me!) Thanks for sharing your ideas!

    • Mamma Nene August 29, 2014 at 12:17 - Reply

      You’re true, Diane, I have a really huge sewing room… and I feel so lucky for that!
      When we bought this house, we painted and finished all the second floor but, actually, we don’t live there (we live on the first one), so we had an empty floor with a small kitchen and a huge living room where we used to serve dinner for 20, when we were younger. Now, it’s a lot of time that we don’t do that and I was sewing on my kitchen table until hubby was so smart to suggest me to use that living room… and I was happy to accept! The problem is that things seems to occupy all the room they have so, instead of a small sewing room with a small mess, I have a huge sewing room with things all around (creating a huge mess)!
      By the way, I loved separating buttons on my mom’s kitchen table me too 🙂

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  4. Barbara Harris January 9, 2017 at 18:19 - Reply

    Hi,

    I am sure you are not alone in that. My problem is that I can not work on Project from start to finish. I have to start the next one as soon as a idea pops in my head. That is when the fabric starts coming out 2 and 3 at a time.
    Any suggestions for my insanity?

    Regards,
    Barbara

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