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Thread: Favorite Organizers for Your Workspace?

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    Favorite Organizers for Your Workspace?

    I am wondering if anyone has some favorite commercially available organizers or improvised for your sewing space. I am mostly interested in a place to keep my scissors, cutters, seam ripper, etc and keeping them handy but tidy.

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    For sissors and cutter I use a fork/knife/spoon tray. I have a cutting table that has a drawer in it and the tray fits perfectly. Even if I did not have the drawer I would still use it.

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    I have a cookie sheet that I put the little clear chocolate boxes on for all my misc. stuff. It is easy to lift the whole tray to move it if needed.

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    I have a small three-drawer plastic unit that sits on top of a short bookcase in my sewing room. I use the top drawer for my rotary cutters and scissors. The second drawer holds all my pins. I started using this as my sewing room at the time was used periodically as a bedroom for my grandchildren. I would take the whole unit to my bedroom so I wouldn't worry about them getting into anything sharp. Basically, everything is handy and free from dust.
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    There is a pegboard right next to the machine. Scissors, rulers, rotary cutter, even small boxes of thread. All right where I can get them. Keeps them of off the table too.
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    On my cutting table I use and old bill sorter it is small with 4 slots , 2 little shelves underneath and it has like a small pencils hold on one end that holds my rotary cutter. Next to my machine is use a small oblong drawer divider that holds my seam ripper, small scissors, cleaning brush and my long tweezers. They both work well for me and I already had them.
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    I had a desk organizer for my scissors, markers, etc. I've gathered more "stuff" as the years passed and have outgrown the desk organizer so now I'm using the counter organizer from Pampered Chef, everything stands up rite. Easy to see and grab when needed.

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    I'm with Boston1954. My pegboard holds my rulers, scissors, rotary cutters, extra blades, etc. I can see everything at a glance and my scissor points have no pressure on them.
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    I use a divided silverware tray for all my tools. I have a large sewing table and the tray sits to the right of my machine and is easy to reach.
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    I use a pretty blue pedestal coffee cup from Starbucks. Everything is in that thing from seam rippers, to small rulers, those tools you use to turn inside/out, mechanical pencils, machine screwdriver, basically, anything long and skinny. My scissors are in its own case. Both are kept behind my machine. Works for me...lol!
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    I have a pegboard too
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    I have a slotted oval board that holds my most used rulers on the desk that my sewing machine is on. I have taped a seam ripper to the right side of my sewing machine with the cap upside down so that it is always there. I also keep a small scissors on the right side of my machine next to the pincushion/string catcher.


    I have a clear plastic cart under the desk...top drawer hold rotory cutters and blades, measuring tapes, bobbins, small scissors...Middle drawer hold tools ie..screw drivers, pliers, brushes and my big scissors.. bottom two drawer hold my cone threads.

    I have a double sided tool case for my regular sized threads..holds 48 threads.

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    I keep a small pair of scissors hanging on the front of my machine with a sun catcher suction cup. Before that my knitted pincushion held a pair of scissors and my seam ripper.
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    here are two that I have and work great for me. The first I made from this very pattern. It is really handy in that the pockets on the sides hold all kinds of things while the center is open for bigger items. It fits over a plastic bucket you can purchase at Lowes or Home Depot type places. the second one I bought at Staples years ago and it sits on my cutting table, holds scissors, rotary cutters, tape measure, marking pencils, etc.

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    I have a block similar to a knife block for my scissors. Next to that I have a muffin tin with plastic cups in it. It holds pens, marking tools, pencils, small rulers and a few screwdrivers, tweezers, etc. And, I have a 12 inch lazy susan that I lay bobbins, machine feet, small clippers, small scissors (the stuff you grab, use quickly and lay down). I use silverware drawers in some drawers for organization of things that don't need to be close at hand. I have small drawer dividers to store needles. I have one of those cabinets with lots of drawers for lots of small stuff (well labeled) I also have a shoe organizer hung on a door to hold tapes, ribbons, etc.

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    I use an old TV remote container for scissors, rotary cutters, pens, pencils, markers, etc. Works great!
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    I really like my Sew Together Bag. I made mine, but I noticed several people selling them on Etsy.

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    I've used a wicker picnic silverware holder. You can spray paint these to match your decor.

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    I have a wooden silverware tray that I use on my sewing table to hold my most frequently used tools.

    I also have several mugs that friends have given me with quilting themes that I use for my scissors. I got some thick foam and cut circles to go in the bottoms of the mugs. Then I covered the foam with scrap fabric. This keeps the points of the scissors from blunting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by just janet View Post
    I had a desk organizer for my scissors, markers, etc. I've gathered more "stuff" as the years passed and have outgrown the desk organizer so now I'm using the counter organizer from Pampered Chef, everything stands up rite. Easy to see and grab when needed.
    Me, too! I call it the Rounder. I keep rotary cutter, markers, pens, pencils, safety glove, etc in it (things that are tall enough to see sticking above the sides). When I'm good, I'll put my scissors back on the peg board and the small stuff in the little drawer that's part of my Janome sewing table.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coopah View Post
    I use an old TV remote container for scissors, rotary cutters, pens, pencils, markers, etc. Works great!
    . I was just going to say the same thing!

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    My favorite thing is vintage glass pedestal cake holders, stacked on top of each other. They hold all my odds and ends for sewing and are near at hand on both my ironing station and machine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coopah View Post
    I use an old TV remote container for scissors, rotary cutters, pens, pencils, markers, etc. Works great!
    I love this idea.....I'm growing out of my coffee cup. Lol! I think I'll steal the one in the den since DH uses it for stuffing little pieces of paper stuff in it.
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    Before I moved, I had 3 different sewing areas as well as some bags that were ready to go to different classes so I could grab and go. As I have been unpacking my stuff (I was so sick when we moved that I had friends, family and movers to pack for me), I have found multiples of a lot of my notions so I keep the ones I like the best close to where I work in cups or glasses and the rest are stowed in labeled plastic boxes on my window sill.
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