Sewing can be a relaxing and satisfying activity, not to mention a great way to create new clothing or furniture items at a low cost. However, it can be difficult to truly enjoy the sewing process if your sewing area is cluttered, dirty, or disorganized.
Whether you’ve been sewing for a long time or are new to DIY crafting, you understand that sewing takes great focus and creativity. Creating a creative flow is much easier when you keep your sewing space and materials organized. Additionally, you won’t have to interrupt your process to find the necessary tools if they’re all in their correct place.
Organizing your sewing space can feel daunting, especially if you haven’t done it for a while and have accumulated a lot of clutter. Just remember how much better it will feel to sew at a neat, clean workstation.
With these helpful tips, you’ll understand how to take the process one step at a time to avoid becoming overwhelmed.
Some sewists dedicate an entire room to their craft, while others have a single table to use. You can work with a space of any size for DIY crafting, but the key is to know exactly how much space you have and use it to its full potential.
Even if all you have is a table to work with, ensure the table is completely cleared of anything you don’t use for sewing. This will help to make the working station feel more open, even if space is limited.
Not every DIY sewing enthusiast has access to built-in cabinets, drawers, or other dedicated storage units near their sewing table. However, you can add your own freestanding storage cabinets in your crafting area to effectively store your materials and stay organized.
The more you can keep unused items put away rather than out in the open, the more inviting your sewing space will be.
Keeping your sewing area clean is vital, especially regarding the functionality of your sewing tools. For example, if a sewing machine isn’t properly maintained and collects too much grime inside or outside the machine, it could malfunction and cause serious issues with your sewing project.
While cleanliness is an important part of your workspace upkeep, tidiness is equally crucial. If your sewing notions are left all over your table, they are more likely to get lost or be difficult to find when needed.
Schedule a regular time to clean your sewing tools and tidy up your workspace. This could be on a certain timetable (for example, once a week) or after each sewing project is complete.
It’s clear that your sewing notions should be well-organized to make your crafting space efficient and neat. However, another detail to consider is how easily accessible your sewing notions are.
During a crafting project, you might need to quickly grab a replacement needle, different-colored thread, small cutting tool, or pin to adjust your garment. If you have to get up and go to a cabinet or chest of drawers to find what you need, your process could take much longer.
This is why having your most commonly used sewing notions nearby and quickly accessible is so helpful.
As you become a more experienced sewist — creating intricate projects and working with complex fabrics — your organization skills will continue to develop.
Advanced amateurs and professionals invest in tools that make their production process easier, such as grommet fasteners, specialized presser feet, and fabric-cutting machines. As you purchase more sewing tools and sewing notions, do your best to expand your organizational plans to keep all your items safely put away when unused.