Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Sewing Organization Tip #3

Get a grip on those sewing necessities!

We all need bias tape, hem tape, ric rac, zippers, trims, ribbons, etc., and they can quickly accumulate and get out of hand.  How many of us have had a box of  "Miscellaneous" stuff that we rarely look into and end up buying the same things over and over again.

A few years ago, I was blessed with a wonderful new neighbor who learned that I sewed.  His wife had passed away a few years prior and he was left with all of her sewing stuff and didn't have a clue what to do with it. Luckily, my sewing guild has an annual sewing garage sale so I told him I would sort thru everything, keep what I could use and then sell the rest for him at the garage sale.

So the next weekend we got together to start sorting.  Well, the wonderful new neighbor neglected to tell me that him and his wife had purchased a sewing store that was going out of business prior to his wife's passing so he had alot (and I mean alot) of stuff to sort thru.

So after a few weekends of sorting, I ended up with alot of those sewing necessities I described above.  My solution - purchase some plastic shoe storage bins and organize according to color.

Now all of my trims have a nice box, sorted according to color and kept dust free!

Here are all of the zippers gifted from the neighbor as well.  I don't think I will ever need to purchase another zipper!
Many thanks to my wonderful neighbor and I hope this will give you an idea for storing your trims as well.

Tomorrow's topic - Independent Patterns.

Happy Sewing!


  1. I too use lots of plastic storage boxes, love them.

    1. Yes. They are just the right size for lots of things!