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Craft Material Organizer

Martha Stewart Living, June 2003

Don't let craft-project leftovers -- odd lengths of ribbon and oversize papers -- get crumpled: Keep them orderly with large clips that are hung on nails in the door of a supply closet or sewing room. Organize papers by size so you can see what you have. Fold an index card around the layers to prevent the clip from making a dent. Suspend scissors and other tools from string.

 

Comments (22)

  • 5 Dec, 2010

    I have more fabric than can be stored in my craft room drawers and have the guest room closet available to use. I wash/dry clean new fabric, place it on hangers like the dry cleaners do with pants then add attached notes as to what pattern to use and also the print out from the website I got it from. That gives me care tips and also tips about what to use the fabric for. I also use hangers (with clips) for patterns I have ironed but haven't gotten around to using yet.
    Works for me.

  • 5 Dec, 2010

    I have more fabric than can be stored in my craft room drawers and have the guest room closet available to use. I wash/dry clean new fabric, place it on hangers like the dry cleaners do with pants then add attached notes as to what pattern to use and also the print out from the website I got it from. That gives me care tips and also tips about what to use the fabric for. I also use hangers (with clips) for patterns I have ironed but haven't gotten around to using yet.
    Works for me.

  • 21 Feb, 2009

    Slight correction - the site is http://quilting.about.com/
    I haven't found the organizing ideas yet but I did see your lovely "A Yellow Duck on Blue Water" quilt. Nicely done!

  • 11 Feb, 2009

    She did. It's www.about.com/quilting

  • 10 Feb, 2009

    what is the craft site that you recently discovered? can you share the web address with us?

  • 9 Feb, 2009

    Hey, all! I have recently discovered the greatest website for quilting, and the fabric organizing ideas, as well as many others, abound! about.com/quilting has a ton of threads which are discussing how to organize fabrics, and everything you always wanted to know about quilting, as well as sewing in general. I'm sure many of the ideas could be adapted to crafts as well. BTW--I happen to have a picture of a baby quilt on the baby quilts link. It's called "A Yellow Duck on Blue Water".

  • 9 Feb, 2009

    To keep the papers or fabric from getting dusty, you could place the coat hanger inside a clear plastic suit protector and hang it in the closet or from a hook on the inside of the craft cupboard.

  • 9 Feb, 2009

    I can see where one of those clear over the door shoe racks would be a good idea to store things as well

  • 9 Feb, 2009

    Thanks bicnic for the great idea about all my fabric. I have a spare closet now, hanging my fabric would be better than taking up cabinet and shelf space. Plus it would be easier to get to. Another tip, if you have a lot of fabric like I do. Measure it and clip the width and length on it so you know exactly what you can make with it.

  • 9 Feb, 2009

    this is a great idea.....but i've done the same thing (kinda') for years.....i take the plastic clear clip on pants hangers (that come with pants and skirts you buy in the store) and hang my tissue paper and large pieces of paper or wrapping paper and hang them in a closet.....it really keeps the paper out of the way and you know exactly where the paper is when you go to use it. I use plastic clothes hangers to hang big pieces of leftover fabric and felt.

  • 9 Feb, 2009

    Love this idea. I also put larger sheets and rolls of paper

  • 9 Feb, 2009

    Fantastic idea! I also believe good ideas need to be recirculated once in awhile!

  • 9 Feb, 2009

    I am an organized person and friends come to me for ideas, but I have been struggling with large sheets of paper....I thought I wanted hubby to build me a large flat draw, but I love this idea. This is great for stencils too. THANKS

  • 9 Feb, 2009

    sorry mykele,
    but I don't think good ideas have an expiration date.

  • 9 Feb, 2009

    sorry mykele,
    but I don't think good ideas have an expiration date.

  • 9 Feb, 2009

    The comments go way back to June and July of 2008....this is February
    2009!!! No current ideas about an really old hint.. I am looking for
    organizing ideas for the present with more up to date solutions.

  • 30 Jul, 2008

    wow! what a great idea! but i need organizing tips for my desk...

  • 7 Jul, 2008

    What a great idea! I wish the rest of my craft area looked as orderly as the picture!! Thanks Martha!

  • 7 Jul, 2008

    Excellent. Large sheets of papers kept under my china cabinet is just not working.

  • 7 Jul, 2008

    Such a simple idea, but so useful!

  • 7 Jul, 2008

    I have some over size stencils, this will work for them too. Great

  • 5 May, 2008

    nice