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7 Thrifty Sewing Storage Ideas

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Any hobby can be expensive. Sewing is not any different. There are the right tools for the right job as my father-in-law would say. He was a general contractor, and I swear he had every tool known to man! He also had a way of making the storage of his stash more economical with unconventional methods. My favorite was the use of old coffee cans for screws, nails and bolts! We still have many of these now vintage cans in the garage storing those right tools for the right job. So, when I need ways to store my sewing items, I am always on the look out to find sewing storage ideas that are economical, functional, and (of course) nice looking!

Seven sewing storage ideas that are economical, functional, and (of course) nice looking to help you store your sewing tools with style.

7 Thrifty Sewing Storage Ideas

1. Clearance planters from Lowe’s garden center. These were in the clearance for $1 a piece!  I love the bright colors and sizes.  I also bought two larger ones for my kitchen for $3 to hold my most used kitchen tools!

Clearance planters make great storage containers for sewing tools.

Sewing Storage Idea - use planters to hold your sewing tools!

2. Nails! I never have to look all around to find my favorite rulers when there are in plain view! Nails so inexpensive and since we have coffee cans FULL of them, it makes it even better at FREE! There is an extra one for my little design board made from a clearance canvas ($2) from Joann’s and some flannel!

Use nails to hang up your sewing tools.

Hang up your sewing tools so it's easy to find everything you need!

3. Always keep your eye on clearance items wherever you roam! It can be Target or IKEA…walk those aisles with your eyes peeled for a good deal that can help you get organized. I went to IKEA last week and found shelves (that I needed) in the AS-IS section for 30% off and they were already assembled. Time is money, so I nabbed them immediately. Then I did a happy dance.

Look for items that are on sale. They don't have to be perfect.

At Target, they were having a clearance on these wire bins.  I love them for being able to store large amount of fabric scraps and still being able to see what I have on hand.

Wire bins are great sewing storage ideas.

4. Vintage ladders. This ladder was found in an off-the-beaten-path shop for $8. It is lovely and old with loads of wear and dried paint splatters. This is one of my all time favorite finds!

Vintage ladders are great for holding extra cloth.

5. Wine rack from World Market for $14!  This one was so much fun. I was in World Market with the teenager (she would move into WM  if I would let her) and this was in the clearance by the kitchen items. The only thing better than World Market is World Market CLEARANCE! Looking at it, I could not help but wonder if thread spools would fit when it was turned upright. As luck would have it, I just happened to have a large spool of Aurifil thread in my bag (doesn’t everyone) and the fit was perfection!

World Market Wine Rack

I will be hanging this one on the side of a shelf soon!

Turn a wine rack into a thread holder.

6. Vintage bowls! This beautiful Fire King bowl was found at a local Salvation Army for $1. It is amazing what you can find in thrift shops. On the shelves in my sewing space are also vintage bowls that were the in house engineer’s grandmother’s bowls. Some of the most priceless items are free. Having the family history in my room is wonderful!

Vintage Fire King Bowl

7. Ball canning jars. Are you a scrappy sewer? I have more scraps that I have sense, honestly! The large Ball canning jars are so perfect for storing a small bit of scraps for use or display. They just make me really happy!

Use canning jars to hold sewing scraps!

Do you have some cool great sewing storage ideas? I would love to hear about them!

Author Bio: Kim
Kim {also known by Go-go Kim}, I am a mom by day and thrillsewer anytime I can fit it into my life! I live on coffee, use lots of exclamation points and have a sewing studio filled with bright fabrics and threads! 

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