The More You Sew The More You Collect.
Don’t we collect a lot? The more you sew, the more you collect.
There are the threads, before we go any further, while we are on
about threads, don’t be tempted to buy up cheap threads when
they are on special. No use sewing with good fabric and using
cheap sewing thread, it has a habit of fuzzing and breaking when
you don’t want it to.
For storing anything to do with your sewing, you need to be able
to see what you are looking for. So containers that are clear
and zip lock plastic lunch bags can get you organised very
The zip lock bags come in various sizes and you can also get the
‘throwaway’ storage containers in various sizes too. Check out
the lunch bag aisle in your supermarket.
You can get storage drawers, the small kind, Ikea have some
great ones that I use. I set up some ‘temporary’ shelves with
these and they worked so well, they have stayed and I have added
to them, one at each end, a shelf resting on them, then another
two and another shelf. Work your way up until you have the
storage you need.
The small drawers are ideal for storing all sorts of bits and
pieces and there is room on the shelves to fit heaps of other
items you want to store. If you’re artistic, you can paint on
front of each draw what is stored inside, or make up labels.
Don’t throw away herb and spice jars when you have used the
herbs, these are ideal for storing buttons, and other types of
A cork notice board or pegboard is very handy too. I use both.
If you happen across an office filing cabinet, these are great
for storing patterns and fabrics.
We all have those left over fabric pieces, keep similar color
tones together in clear plastic zip lock bags, the large ones.
You will be surprised at how creative you will become when you
see the tonings and prints together.
Patterns are best transferred to plastic sleeves and placed in
manila folders with the pattern envelope pasted to the front of
the folder. paste it sideways so you can easily see what pattern
as you go through the file. Don’t forget to include in the
plastic sleeve, what you made and the details, any alterations
to the pattern etc. This is great for children’s sewing,
especially if you want to use the same pattern for a younger
With all your sewing, if you can find a way to keep your various
colors together, it will be much easier to find what you want.
The more organized you become with your sewing, the more you
will enjoy your sewing and by being organized you could even
save money, being able to find sewing notions easily will save
you buying unnecessary items. The main thing is to enjoy what
you are doing.
© CTBaird 2006 SewMoreForU