Craft Space Storage: Think Outside the Box

A hand-painted finish and funky metal pulls gives the storage chest of drawers a unique and creative look for any workspace. (photos by Bob Farley)

A few years ago, I bought a chest of drawers at a flea market, painted it real funky, attached some cool scrolled metal pulls to it, and now I use it as my pattern storage box. The cabinet also holds my thread and a few small projects in various stages. Metal and wooden storage bins hold paint, brushes, pins, needles, and bits of ribbon and twill tape. The unit is a perfect solution for holding many things and it looks great in the sewing shack. I think it would also be a great piece for a dual-purpose and part-time workspace to keep projects and supplies well hidden and organized until needed.

Keep Your Options Open

Sometimes when I am out shopping the thrift stores and rummage sales, I see other options for craft space storage. Bookshelves with baskets might look nice in a room that is not set up solely for a craft space but that serves as one on the weekends. Armoires and curios outfitted with shelves and drawers are another good resource. Outdated TV cabinets topped with vintage chests and travel cases and old lockers and filing cabinets would all be ideal storage units for sewing patterns, projects and supplies.

The drawers are perfect for storing fabric patterns for pillows and projects.

A little creativity and outside-the-box thinking will go a long way with providing options and ideas for alternative and interesting storage in the craft room. See the photo gallery below for inspiration.

Pattern Play

I’ve mentioned before in several posts, I like to make all of my patterns for projects and pillows out of fabric instead of paper, and now I will tell you why. Paper patterns are stiff, they tear easily, they are not pliable  for cutting around, and they do not store well when folded. The creases and the pin holes wear with use, and they will not last long. With fabric, you don’t have to worry about wear and tear, and it is easy to file them away in drawers of a storage cabinet. Even if they are stored folded up, I simply iron the wrinkles out and use them over and over.

See more projects from my sewing shack in these previous posts:

Organize Sewing Notions With Metal Paint Cans

Make a Magnetic Inspiration Board

See the Best Sewing Table Ever

Make Custom Curtains From Almost Anything

And get ideas from these upcycled dressers, tables and workstations to inspire your own funky craft space storage!

7 Responses

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  2. ThomasMaloney says:

    My family and I love handicrafts but I have to admit the cleaning process afterwards is really dreaded. It takes a lot of time and effort as most of the tools and accessories are often small in size and create a huge mess. However, if you really enjoy the activity, I think it is important to find proper storage solutions for the craft fixtures to continue appreciating the hobby. When everything is in place and neatly organized, it will be much easier to find the correct tools and accessories.

  3. Wanda says:

    Thank you for the ideal for using fabric for the patterns and about using storage chest in the craftroom.

  4. This cabinet is indeed perfect for storing crafting materials including dressmaking patterns. You have a great point using fabric for making patterns is a better idea than sing paper.

  5. Laura says:

    I would like to see "how to's", along with the inspiring ideas.

  6. kellysmtrimble says:

    I love the idea of making your patterns from fabric so they last longer. You should do a post on how to make your own sewing patterns!


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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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