All my sewing stuff laid out on one rug… Now to organise it!

12 Jan

This rug is 1.6*2.3m (5’3″x7’6″) – showing just how much of my 44 square metre (475 square foot) flat is taken up with my sewing stuff 😮 the only things missing are the sewing machine and the lamp I use with it.

Lately when sewing I have been trying to find something without any idea where it is – my sewing stuff started very organised, but as I accumulated more and more tools, accessories, and fabric, it’s become a bit muddled as the categories overflowed into each other. The two safe areas were my 32l fabric box (top right) and the patterns box (just below the fabric box). Thread was *mostly* all in one place.. as for everything else, it was a challenge to find what I wanted.

For context, my first sewing box was a little wicker basket maybe 20*30*40cm

And then I kept everything in that 32l box – all fabric, thread, and tools. Nice and neat!

Inspired by KonMari on Netflix, although my flat is generally tidy with well-organised books, linens, kitchen, papers, and clothes, my sewing is the one area that I’ve let become a mess. I used to move a lot (at uni we had to pack up our room at the end of every term, then I moved once a year) so living in one place for three years has allowed the stuff to accumulate.

So, my plan….

  1. A lot of those UFOs have been there for a while. I will go through them and think properly about which I want to finish, and which I should let go of. Those that I let go of, I will work out whether to salvage the fabric and add it to my box or whether it should be donated or recycled.
  2. Some of the fabrics have been in that box for a while. I’ll go through and work out if I am still waiting for the perfect project for a fabric I’m too scared to use (in which case I’ll commit to making a toile then take the plunge), or if I’m just not excited about the fabric (in which case I’ll work out if I can commit it to something for someone else, or if I should donate or recycle it).
  3. Everything else needs to be organised in a way that makes it easy to know where things will be and to see when I look (i.e. no need for rummaging). I also need a safe way to store my blunt rotary blades (which are good for paper).

It will all have to be stored on shelves (except the fabric box which goes under my bed) so will need to be creative!

I am super excited but also scared to get started! It will be so good when it’s finished so that will motivate me…. I will post an update when it’s done..!

If you have any tips for how to get through this I’d love to hear them 😊

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2 Responses to “All my sewing stuff laid out on one rug… Now to organise it!”

  1. Jules Bradhen 16/01/2019 at 11:44 #

    I always find a look through everything helps and to try matching fabrics to patterns. Sometimes looking at the patterns alone can inspire you to use what you have. Good luck this sewing lark really takes over things doesn’t it?

    • Creative Saturdays 19/01/2019 at 09:37 #

      Thank you I’ll try and match some patterns and fabrics that’s a good idea!!

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