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With all the new Ric Rac, Trim & Ribbon I bought from "MARDINS" great prices I had to come up with a storage solution. I wanted to be able to keep them handy and close to my sewing table. So I looked all around the house and found my old stash of canning jars and jars I saved over the years for just in case. I also used some vases.

This mishmash of jars and vases works just perfectly for each of the different styles of Ric Rac, trim and ribbon.
This is my sewing side of my studio. I like to have everything handy and reachable from my table.

I took a 8 x 8 picture frame and backed it with a pretty piece of cardstock. I then used my Cricut cutter and cut out the quote and applied it to the top of the frame. I bought a black dry eraser pen and TADA I now have a dry eraser frame.
I place my Ric Rac in vases and any fat quarter bundles in baskets. The boxes are full of "This & That."
All my quilting rulers are placed in a bill organizer I bought for $1.00. It works perfectly.
My Fat quarter single pieces are nice and tidy in this cute little basket at the top left.
I have my most often used patterns stored in magazine holders and I use a basket for projects in progress. 
The basket in the bottom left corner holds some projects I am working on that need to be finished within a two-week time period.
The bottom right hand are all my patterns I print from the internet, each saved in a gallon storage bag. Under that are all my magazines and instruction booklets.

The top left is my rolled fabric pieces; the little vase is full of ribbon flowers already made.
The top right mason jars are just the perfect size for any Ric Rac I have on hand.
In the lower left are some of my threads. They are the colors I use most frequently. The little basket is full of bobbins.
The bottom right is some more material I have on hand.

I have a beautiful view of the lake looking out the two front windows.
This little corner closet actually does hold a lot. I have all my batting and my scraps of material stored in there. My scraps are saved by color in Ziploc bags. My scrap-booking scraps are also saved the same way on the bottom shelves. I have additional patterns and all my notions stored in little drawers and storage units.

The other side of my studio is my scrap-booking section

Not only do I love to sew but I also love anything paper crafting. Soooooo of course I have a side for scrap-booking.
The table was made from an old counter top my hubby had.

The card holder is a very old picture "Home Interior" picture I had that I took and convetered it into this great card display.

I store a lot of my supplies in jars and small and large vases

Hubby made me the cup holder for my many colored pencils and gel pens. I used just plain white plastic cups.
My nestables hang ready to be used on my little dry eraser board.
I took an old wood spice rack and painted it black. This holds all my scrapbook embellishments like my brads and eyelets along with my hodge podge collections.

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Comment by dee on August 5, 2011 at 11:05am

Kitty your room sounds wonderful and what a lucky girl you are to have such a wonderful husband to help with all the organizing and shelve makings.

enjoy your new space.

Comment by dee on August 5, 2011 at 11:01am
Shannon enjoyed viewing all your nifty ideas, looks like a great place to spend alot of time. Happy Crafting.
Comment by Kitty Jensen on August 5, 2011 at 10:27am
I just re-organized my sewing studio, aka master bedroom. I have so many hobbies it was hard to figure out how to store everything. My biggest storage problem was all my quilting fabric. I had 3 great storage racks that could hold plastic bins for my fabric but they took up lots of room and it was hard to find the right fabric, even with organizing them by color so I went to Home Depot and bought some sheets of corrugated plastic and cut them into 7.5" wide and 12" tall. I can get about 12 boards this way. I can wrap about 6-7 yards around each one and store them on a bookshelf which takes up way less space and I can see what I have at a glance. I also salvaged a small desk that I use for my beading projects and an old dresser to store my machine embroidery supplies and on top I have my embroidery machine. I also use lots of baskets and jars. I found a wonderful hutch at the thrift store for 1/2 price and I store more of my mini bolts on top and also my large pieces of quilt backing in the bottom. I use a plastic shoe rack, with individual spaces that hold plastic shoe boxes filled with beads and jewelry making supplies. I store my doll making supplies in a small tote and my knitting supplies in the walk in closet and more yarn in cubbies my husband put on some sturdy shelving. I also store my yarn and fabric dyeing supplies in the same closet and also my soapmaking stuff. I am a lucky woman, my husband is the one that insisted I use the master bedroom and does all the making and hanging of shelves, etc.
Comment by Elizabeth Ann Alberts on July 12, 2011 at 3:35am
some good ideas i'm going to try..thanks  wish i could be so tidy and organized!!  what a lovely room and view you have :)    Ann
Comment by Jo Connolly on June 28, 2011 at 8:37am
SOOOO inspiring!!
Comment by dee on June 26, 2011 at 9:03am

Thank-you Jamie  for the nice comments. Yes Little Mary E. was my begining inspiration for my decor in my sewing rm. I love bright colors on black back ground fabric and its just to hard to resist , so I have tried to tie all my "LIKES" into my room. I am one of those anal types that wants my room all clean & organized but also has to look pretty...cause pretty is inviting.

have a great sunday everyone!


Comment by Renee Pasich on June 25, 2011 at 10:46pm
Awesome organization! I am working slowly on mine. Sure wish I had your view! How inspirational.
Comment by Jami Beintema on June 25, 2011 at 10:31am
Another sweet space, Dee! The colors remind me of the 'old' Mary Engelbreit stuff, when she first started selling stuff. I like it. I guess I'll have to get some photos of my room. Mine is pretty tame compared to the ones I've seen but I have fiber (wool) equipment in addition to way too many sewing machines so I feel like I need a warehouse instead of a bedroom. LOL.
Comment by Shannon on June 25, 2011 at 6:45am

Thank you everyone :-) I love my little studio and yes I am one of those OCD individuals. I have to have it spotless clean to sew or paper craft.  


Thank you so much for sharing all your ideas and photo's I love seeing how we all organize and store so that I can always find new ideas from others.


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Comment by sawsan on June 25, 2011 at 1:59am

I use a lot of shoe boxes and a lot of empty cans spicially tea cans , a non countable vitamin bottles allllllllll as a storage my sewing things plus  2 cabinates

Yours is where i love to  sew there but make a mess after. lol

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