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 Outdated TV cabinets topped with vintage chests and travel cases and old lockers and filing cabinets would all be ideal storage units for sewing patterns, projects and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.
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.
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:
And get ideas from these upcycled dressers, tables and workstations to inspire your own funky craft space storage!