MCM 27: Sewing Room Organization Continues

You might remember that last week I revealed my cabinet of shame – a mess of a cabinet with all my fabric in it. Sharing that with all of you didn’t hurt as badly as I thought it might, 🙂 so I am now ready to show you the closet where I keep my scraps. It’s just as bad as the cabinet was….

Scrap Closet - Before PicSee? Ouch!

(Did you spy the bags of cookies?? Someday I’ll tell you about them!)

This closet serves double duty. All my quilting things are on the left side. The right side stores all of my jewelry making supplies. Yes, I make jewelry. Well, I used to. Right now, all my time is spent quilting. I have debated with myself about losing the jewelry supplies, but you never know, I might want to go back to that some day so for now they stay.

The closet is small, and has two sliding mirrored doors. As you can tell from the pic, I have a table that sits in front of the door on the right side which is okay since I’m never in that side of the closet. With a little maneuvering I can access the right side if needed. It’s a solution that works for me for now. But now, back to the closet.

Just like the cabinet, the first thing I did was remove everything from the closet. Talk about a mess. I had stuff everywhere! But it was the perfect time to sort and group like things together. I had large pieces of fabric that I know in my heart I will never use and I was able to donate them to a local quilt group. It felt good to let go.

Let me share a bit of advice. If you are holding on to pieces that you think you should keep because someone gave them to you, or because you think you might use them someday or because you think you should use them someday – let. them. go. Your local quilt guild or Linus group will love receiving them. We also have a local woman who collects fabric and batting scraps to use as stuffing in dog/cat beds for the animal shelter. Someone will find a use for those pieces and they will be way more useful than just sitting on a shelf in your closet.

Back to the closet. This is the after.

Organized Scrap Closet

On the top shelf is a basket which holds all my longarm supplies – rulers, bobbins, needles, oil, gloves. When I’m ready to quilt I can just bring down the basket and have everything I need at my fingertips. Beside that is a bin that stores smaller pieces of interfacing, fusible fleece, and a couple of zipper pouches I can use as gifts.

The next shelf holds the dies for my fabric cutter, spray baste, tape for hanging quilts for pics, and samples of FMQ designs.

All my scraps are stored in shoebox size plastic boxes I picked up at Walmart for $0.97. They are divided by color. Neutrals, yellow/orange, red/pink, blue, green, black/gray. These are small scraps that are too small for the larger scrap bin I showed you last week. You can see that these scrap bins are getting full. The lids won’t even close on a couple of them, so it’s definitely time to make another scrap quilt. I love the Scrambled tutorial, and am thinking of using that….maybe in blues/greens?

The pretty floral box was a Christmas gift and holds leftover pieces of binding. I almost always cut my bindings 2-1/2″ wide, so if I need strips for something I can find them in that box. Beside the box are supplies used for making bags/baskets.

There are a couple bolts of fabric and a bolt of Wonder Under for applique projects on the next shelf.

The bottom shelf holds pieces of flannel in the zig zag bin, and a small bin of scraps from the Patriots quilts I made last year.

Some of the fabric was moved to my cabinet, as they were larger pieces and would be good for backings. The fabric cutter, which isn’t shown in the second picture, is actually stored on the floor in front of those shelves. It’s the perfect storage spot for it and I can easily move it if I need to access that bottom shelf. The packages of batting have been moved to the top shelf on the right side of the closet.

So there it is. Looking much better and I can find what I’m looking for much more quickly. This organized space is my crush for this week!

Maybe next week we can talk about WIP’s. 🙂

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About Beth

I'm a wife, mother of two, and lover of all things crafty. I love to cook up new things in the kitchen and in my craft room, and sometimes get "licking the spoon" mixed up with "licking the fabric"!!
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14 Responses to MCM 27: Sewing Room Organization Continues

  1. Bonnie in Va says:

    You are making great progress. I can’t seem to move fabric on that I might never use. On the other hand I might use it some day! Ugh, that’s why I have way too much stuff!

  2. Lea Anne says:

    It’s coming along nicely, looks great. I just finished up doing the very same thing, GET RID OF IT if I really don’t want it. I felt so good to be free of some really yukky stuff.

  3. I am doing the same thing in my sewing room! I don’t know how it gets in such a mess but it does! Looking good!

  4. Great job on your closet, Beth! I see you have a GO! cutter in there and I wonder, do you use it a lot and do you feel it was a worthwhile purchase? I have been thinking I might like one just for cutting one patch shapes out of my scraps (clamshells, apple cores, tumblers and isosceles triangles). But the price point for the cutter itself plus the dies seems high. As far as all the other dies they sell, I don’t want to feel like I have to design my quilts around the die cutters that I’ve invested in, which would limit what I can do instead of expanding creative possibilities. Anyway, I’m curious as to whether people who buy these cutters end up feeling like they use them a lot and get their money’s worth out of them.

  5. It wasn’t so bad to begin with, Beth! It looks fabulous now. Now you can spend even more time sewing. I had no idea you make jewellery. That’s fantastic 🙂

    -Soma

  6. Q-Bits says:

    Your closet is such an upgrade to mine —- I have a roll of toilet paper; you have a box of Kleenex! LOL Your closet looks great; maybe, I should work on mine.

  7. MaartjeQuilt says:

    I do not have a sewing room, only cabinets, but I do not dare to share pictures of them. When they are were you started, I would be so happy!!!!

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  9. Karen Goad says:

    your storage area looks nice and neat but really not so bad to begin with

  10. Jayne says:

    You are putting me to shame! I love organizing even though I don’t do it often. But it is a lot of fun rediscovering. My biggest problem is remembering where I put something afterwards! Your closet and cabinet cleansing…can only make things so much better!

  11. Lisa says:

    I didn’t think the cupboard looked so bad in the first photo…but I do see the difference in the second. I feel like I’m constantly cleaning up and rearranging…and you are right that explosion is overwhelming and in my case can take days to fully sort through.

  12. Kate says:

    All your hard work paid off. It’s nice to be able to find what you need when you need it. Have a very happy 4th of July.

  13. Paige says:

    Beth, great job organizing your closet! I wish I had a closet in my sewing room to “hide” stuff! Thank you hosing MCM!

  14. Wow, what an amazing difference in the before and after photos, Beth! I really like how I feel after a good cleaning and organization effort, but the moment everything is “exploded” can be a bit terrifying sometimes.

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