Organize Sewing Notions With Metal Paint Cans

Buckets, canisters, spools, and tins help keep notions organized in the sewing shack. (photos by Bob Farley)

Bits of velcro, bunches of buttons and beads, an assortment of twills and tapes, various spools of leather and hemp, pins and more pins, and scissors galore — it is hard to keep sewing and craft supplies organized sometimes. Here at the sewing shack, I like to use metal buckets, canisters and tins to keep things straight and out of sight yet within reach of the work table. Some makers like to keep their bits in jars or plastic boxes so that they are visible, and maybe the thinking is that they will forget what they have if they can’t see it, but I don’t want to see all those little things glaring behind windows of plastic and glass and begging me to make something out of them. I want them neatly tucked away and out of my sight until I feel the need to take them out again. I am often overwhelmed, and if I have a messy shop, that uneasy feeling is amplified. Even though moving stacks, rotating bins, and stuffing things out of sight deducts time from productivity, I know that by taking the time to put things away after each project, I’ll be saving myself from much pain later. Am I Obsessive Compulsive? Maybe, but I prefer to call the affliction Systems Oriented.

Metal buckets from the local hardware store’s paint aisle are inexpensive, just the right size for various notions, and they look great — especially if you put them on a shelf just above eye sight.

What will you make with all your organized sewing stuff? Check out these easy ideas.

2 Responses

  1. the cabinet is made of plastic materials and it is transparent so I can easily locate where my items are.

  2. I purchased a small cabinet which I used as a storage for my sewing supplies, the cabinet is made of plastic materials and it is transparent so I can easily locate where my items are.


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I’m a slipcover maker who refuses to fill the trash with the cutaway bits of designer fabrics, so I strive to make use of every scrap. I live with my ...

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