Sewing/Craft Room Bookcase (fabric organization)

The new sewing/craft room is tiny.  It’s only 6′ x 7′.  In order for me to get everything into this room, it had to be organized.  I’d originally had all of my fabric in plastic drawers.  There were 11 drawers stuffed full of fabric.  In fact, this is what started the whole room ‘re-do’.  It got to the point where I couldn’t get the drawers opened.  Any time I wanted to make something new, I’d have to fight with the drawers to get out the fabric I needed.

I’m a very visual person.  So the drawers were good for that.  They were clear plastic, so I could see what I had.  But the frustration that I would feel when I had to get to the fabric, made me not want to sew.  And my sewing machine is never put away.  I love to create, and I get new ideas all the time.   But when it’s too frustrating to get to the supplies that you need, it becomes a chore.  Not the pleasure that I usually feel when I’m making or decorating something new.

I searched on line for sewing room organization or craft room organization.  But all of the things that I found mostly related to scrap-booking.  I’m not much of a scrapbook-er.  I’ve dabbled in it, but home decor, clothing & accessories are my passion. I wanted to be able to see my fabric, without it looking messy or unorganized.  I came up with using a bookcase.  And for me it works. When the weather gets warmer, my sweet husband will be making doors for it.  But until then, this works just fine.

I couldn’t get a photo of the entire bookcase in one shot because the room is so small.

There are 5 shelves plus the top of the bookcase.  Starting on the top, the fleece shelf:

The next shelf holds all of my satin fabric:

The next shelf holds all of my cotton fabric, the brocades, and my Steeler Fabric.  (this is Steeler country, so there’s a lot of it)

The next shelf holds all of my Knits, Velour & Velvet, and the Flannel fabric.

Next to the last shelf holds all of my Denim, Specialty Denim & Suede Cloth fabrics:

And the bottom shelf holds all of my Leather, Vinyl & Upholstery Fabric:

One little bookcase is holding 11 plastic drawers worth of fabric.  Organized, wrinkle free & easy to see & get to.   Hope you liked the fabric portion of my Sewing/Craft room.