Getting organised AKA procrastination

7 Jan

I have a fair amount of free time on my hands these days as I was made redundant just before Christmas. As a result I’ve been busy making sewing plans (it proves a wonderful distraction from job applications). Before I dive into the new projects, I decided it was time to get serious about organising my sewing corner.

First up was what the hell to do with assembled PDF pattern pieces.  I have been storing these on clothes hangers and hanging them off the book case, img_6505but for the last year these have been slowly creeping further and further out of my corner. Before I knew it half the wall had disappeared behind them. Solution? Large board backed envelopes! I pasted the picture of the pattern on the front and  now they are much easier to find and I have the whole of the book case back. How do you store your PDF pattern pieces?

Second was storage of bobbins and thread. I’ve been using an old Golden Virginia tobacco tin to store my bobbins but it can get pretty tangled up sometimes. And a large Ferraro Roche chocolate container (they make excellent containers for sewing gadgets) but again they can get pretty messy when they roll about. I was perusing round on Minerva Crafts doing a bit of procrastination before starting a new application when I stumbled across the The Gutermann storage  organiser boxes for sewing thread bobbins (holds 25) and for sewing thread spools (holds 27)! I decided in the interests of getting organised they were a must have! Of course I have much more than 27 spools of threads and I hit upon an ingenious idea. Super gluing upside down screws into one of the Ferraro Roche boxes, thus ensuring I have ample space for all my threads (custom placed of course to accommodate the larger spools).

I got round to hanging my everyday scissors etc from little hooks on the shelves and putting all the random things like knitting needles, pencils and old scissors in my fabulous giant thimble.

img_6509Finally was purchasing some new gadgetry! Namely some heavy duty washers.  Perhaps not the most obvious of sewing toys but I’m going to use them as pattern weights. I’m about to embark on a seriously big scary project with very delicate fabric and I want to avoid  and distortion caused by pins when cutting out my pieces. Plus they can be stored in an old Ferraro Roche chocolate container (I think I’ll need some  more chocolates now)!

Now then, I can really get on with my sewing! Err I mean another job application of course.


8 Responses to “Getting organised AKA procrastination”

  1. craftysewandsewindorset January 7, 2017 at 4:55 pm #

    Loving your thimble pot! I store my pdf patterns in plastic wallets that can clip into a folder.


    • rosemary January 7, 2017 at 5:34 pm #

      Thanks I got the thimble pot at the V&A! Ooo plastic wallets is a good idea.

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  2. jendavismiller January 8, 2017 at 12:13 pm #

    First of all, good luck on your job quest. And thank you for some wonderful tips, I’m working on my new sewing room and will be using some of your ideas. Love that giant thimble!


    • rosemary January 8, 2017 at 3:42 pm #

      Thanks so much! And I’m so glad some of these were useful for you. Do you have a whole room for sewing? I fantasize about that a lot, but for the moment am confined to a corner of our small living room.

      Liked by 1 person

      • jendavismiller January 10, 2017 at 3:27 am #

        Right now my sewing area is in the laundry room, but a spare bedroom will be converted soon. Well, it won’t be finished soon, but I’ll be moving in anyway. Can’t wait! 😀


      • rosemary January 10, 2017 at 11:32 am #

        Ooh a spare room that will be exciting!


  3. Thimberlina January 9, 2017 at 7:44 am #

    I’ll have to buy more chocolate after seeing how cool the empty boxes are. I’ve never thought of using them. And I like how you’ve hung your sister and all your others ideas. .
    I’m intrigued wondering what your delicate project is going to be…..🤔


    • rosemary January 9, 2017 at 8:33 am #

      Excellent excuse for chocolate. If you were to buy the ready made storagebox, you’d be missing out on what is essentially free chocolate!

      Liked by 1 person

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