a cupboard for my thread and an apron for my notions

April 25, 2011 at 10:47 PM
Well, I seem to be on quite the organizing kick lately.  And, for some reason, I have this very persistent idea in the back of my mind that once I get most of the house organized, it'll run on autopilot (sort of) and I will have more sewing time.  I don't know if this will turn out to be true, but I'm certainly very motivated to test it out!


I'm now focusing on organizing my sewing room. I'm very blessed to have a room of my own for my sewing. I actually organized it a few months ago but I've realized that some things are not working out and so I'm doing an overhaul (again). First of all, I realized it needed to be a bit more toddler-friendly. I had put all of my thread and filled bobbins and needles in a small set of drawers beside my sewing table, but of course, it was the first place that my 2 year old son loved to explore. Many bobbins and spools of thread became unravelled...many tangled thread nests were created under his hands.  So, a little while ago, I happened upon this little cupboard in a local furniture consignment store; I'm sure it was an old bathroom cupboard. Anyway, it has now been hung up (high away from little fingers) and filled with my thread. It even has a cute little drawer for my needles & pins. And, when I want to be inspired by a particular fabric, I could just display the fabric on the little towel rod at the bottom.

notions caddy
notions caddy

Next, I was inspired by this caddy to organize my notions. I had found this silverware basket in a thrift store but smaller notions kept getting lost inside of it. So, I whipped up a pocket organizer (or "apron," if you will) for the outside of my basket to store my smaller notions (seam guide, chalk, etc.). I'm happy with the way it turned out and I used the same fabric that I used to recently make a new cover for my ironing board. This fabric is some type of canvas or home dec weight fabric from IKEA.

ironing board cover
Now, I'm slowly working on organizing my fabric stash. Pictures to come soon, hopefully! (Oh yeah, I'm going to try to fit some sewing in there somewhere as well).
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