I love to embroider, and when I’m excited to work on a new project the last thing I feel like doing is hunting through my room in a desperate search for the supplies I’m looking for. To keep my stress levels at a minimum, preserve the quality of my supplies and ensure that I have everything I need in one place, I use this system to organize all of my embroidery supplies. If you find your craft stash is getting out of control, I highly recommend using this system to restore order to your flosses, fabrics and other supplies.
Keeping everything in a binder makes staying organized simple, as you can keep easy track of your inventory and find what you’re looking for quickly. The binder I use is specifically for crafting and comes with lots of pockets and a carry strap on the side, but any zippered binder will work for keeping your supplies together. My binder has an elastic net in the back of it that I use for holding hoops, so I recommend purchasing a binder with a similar feature.
I use a small spiral notebook to keep track of the floss colors in my inventory, which makes shopping for floss easy. I designated a page for each major color (blue, green, red, yellow etc) and then I write down the name and number for each floss (pale pink 225, royal blue 820, deep purple 550 etc) on the page that best describes the major color. The notebook is small enough to take along in my purse so I can use it while I shop to see which flosses I’m running low on or find out if I already have colors I am tempted to buy. I also keep a list of what size hoops or frames I need to pick up for completed projects, as well as notes about any other supplies I need.
Small Plastic Bags
I use small plastic bags to keep my flosses organized. I package each color individually in a small bag and write the color name and number on the outside with a permanent marker in case I lose the paper wrapper with the number on it. This way, I can easily find the floss I’m looking for and when I take inventory I can find which flosses I am running out or completely out of easily.
I keep my scissors, markers, pencils, embossing stylus, measuring tape and other large tools in a pencil pouch for easy storage. I use a separate one to store all of the baggies I keep my flosses in, as well as my notebook. This way nothing is loose in the binder and it prevents supplies from getting lost.
I use folders to keep my paper patterns organized and to prevent them from getting messed up or creased. Folders are also excellent for keeping carbon or graphite transfer paper in to keep them from rubbing or tearing against other supplies in the binder.
Clear Sheet Protectors
Clear sheet protectors with a three-hole punched margin are easy to add into your binder for fabric organization. I put all of my embroidery fabric in the sheet protectors to make it easy to leaf through the binder and find whatever fabric I want to work on. Sheet protectors are also excellent for holding finished projects or things you aren’t currently working on until you find a frame, hoop or use for them.
I use small metal tins to hold my needles, pins and other miscellaneous small items such as buttons. Most of my tins are recycled mint or candy tins I found and put to use. The tins slide perfectly into the pockets of my binder to keep them from getting lost.