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Organization is essential for a good sewing experience!

When you sit down to sew you don't want to have to spend time searching for the stuff you need to complete a project. It can also be frustrating to have some spare time and be out of what you need.

There are some great ways to organize your space. I will share with you what we have done.

We are plastic container crazy!! We use all sizes from small to extra large. I have also chosen clear boxes so that we can easily see the contents. If you prefer to have the contents concealed, use labels on your boxes.

Let's start with the first box most people buy:


Okay, I know those sewing boxes are cute BUT do not waste your money! Of course, when we first started I got both the girls their own sewing box only to see 3 months into sewing that there was never enough room for all of their stuff. We converted to $3-$5 plastic tubs that have worked beautifully. With paint pens you can decorate and personalize the box.

The girls' sewing boxes are a medium size container, which allows them to hold the project that they are working on, all the tools they need, and extra fabric that they have bought in advance from a sale.

Use the money you save, from not buying the cute little sewing box, for the sewing tools and notions, which are much more important.

We use all sizes of individual boxes to help separate and organize our notions.


We have three for:
1. Trims: lace, ribbon, rickrack, fringe...
2. Zippers, bias tape, elastic, and velcro.
3. Interfacing


We have two for:
Projects waiting to be sewn. I have the fabric, and a zip lock bag with all the notions that are specifically for each project.


We have three for:
1. Scrap fabric
2. Two for old jeans and garage sale clothes

In addition to our plastic boxes, we have other great containers to organize the little stuff:

We use a tool box that we got at Home Depot to help separate our button, hooks & eye, empty bobbins, machine needles, hand needles.

In our sewing drawer, we use regular drawer organizers to help separate additional things.


Once you have everything in its correct place, a very helpful addition to your sewing space is a clip board with a blank piece of paper. I use a clipboard because I can hang it on the wall, and that way I always know where it is. I use this clipboard to list the things I need the minute I run out of them. I actually have one of these in my kitchen too.

I also figure out, in advance, what projects we are going to be working on and make my list of supplies. If the projects come from my Idea Notebook, I include the picture of the project on my clip board. This way when I am running to town, I don't have to sit and think about what I need, I just grab my clipboard and go.

Although there is an added expense initially, over time all of these things have saved me a lot of time and money - not to mention frustration!!!!

Another great benefit, is that you will be modeling for your children a wonderful character trait to pass on - organization.

So let's get organized!!

Submitted by:

Kristi Borchardt

Kristi learned to sew right along with her daughters. The girls were age 3 and 6, at the time! Because it was such an enjoyable experience she wants to encourage others to pursue this endeavor.

Kristi experienced the woes of feeling very ignorant just trying to read a pattern and was discouraged from trying to teach her girls on her own. After receiving a new sewing machine from her husband for her birthday, she became bound and determined to fulfill her desire to learn to sew.

Kristi's plan was to learn everything before she tried to teach her kids. But as she was learning, her girls caught her enthusiasm and in amazement she watched them flourish in learning to sew right along with her. Kristi says that, "quite honestly, because we knew nothing I experienced a real freedom in my own education".

At age 8 yrs. old, her younger daughter could sew her own dresses, and her older daughter, at 11 yrs. old, had a passion for sewing, and was a better seamstress than Kristi.

What Kristi wants to do, is share her journey in sewing; to help others know (with hindsight being 20/20) that the best way to learn is by doing. She has shared with friends and family their way of learning to sew, as well as, the projects and patterns that built their skills. She has seen it not only work for others, but truly bring a delight into the sewing experience.

To learn MORE, from the '9 Secrets to Successfully Teach Your Child to Sew', through free articles full of tips, encouragement, suggestions, and projects with step by step directions with lots of photographs, go to http://www.sewingwithkids.com



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