December 30, 2022

15 Organizational Sewing Projects for the New Year

Benjamin Franklin famously advised, “A place for everything and everything in its place.” Was he talking about my sewing room? Has he seen my piles and stacks???

Truthfully, we love to start a new year all fresh and tidy. So we’ve gathered our favorite organizational projects for a neat, efficient, and inspiring new year. Let’s conquer 2023 together!

Create an Apple Core Pouch for Storage

Fancy Vinyl is pretty as a dream. Liz uses the glitter variety to make an Apple Pouch that is quick, easy, and ever so sparkly! She cuts perfect curves with the Apple Core Template and adds a decorative Fancy Zip. Pick up the pattern and add a little shimmer to your life!

Stay Organized With a Cuffed Nesting Bin

A trio of storage bins is an organizer's best friend. Stitch up a set of small, medium, and large, and you’ll be ready to sort n’ store anything and everything. Pick up the pattern, and follow Laura Piland’s lead as she stitches up these cute Cuffed Nesting Bins.

Sew Your Own Sewing Machine Pad with Built-In Storage

Jenny’s Sewing Machine Pad can be custom-fitted to your machine, with handy pockets for accessories and supplies. When clutter is wrangled, creativity can flow—and you won’t waste time hunting for scissors, seam rippers, and pins!

Keep your Pins Organized With a Cactus Pincushion

Make a pricklin’ cute Cactus Pincushion with the Missouri Star Petal Template. Download the free pattern and watch the tutorial; this scrap buster will have you lookin’ sharp in no time!

Create a Mason Jar Pincushion with Bonus Storage

The Mason Jar Pincushion is the ultimate multitasker: Store clips, buttons, or thread on the bottom and pins on the top! This scrap-busting beauty is made with one five-inch charm square, hot glue, and a bit of fluff. It’s quick, clever, and oh-so darling!

Organize in Style With a Fancy Zip Bag

The Fancy Zip Travel Tote is a small cosmetic bag with tidy boxed corners. It’s made with just 2 fat quarters, Bosal In-R-Form Double-Sided Fusible, and a decorative Fancy Zip zipper! Watch the tutorial here.

Sew Up a Two-Toned Zipper Pouch

The Two Tone Zipper Pouch is a Minki Kim original made with fat quarters, stabilizer or batting, and our Missouri Star Fancy Zips. Minki creates useful little projects that can be finished in one day. This sweet pattern is emblematic of her delicate, whimsical style, and we just love it. Follow along with Misty's tutorial.

Organize Scraps With a Weighted Pincushion Scrap Bag

The Weighted Pincushion Scrap Bag is a powerful clutter buster. It features a scrap bag hanging from a pincushion weighted with crushed walnut shells (Bonus: This pincushion sharpens your pins as you use it!) Position this project next to your machine, and watch how easy it is to keep your workspace neat and tidy.

Keep Your Gadgets Organized With a Tech Case

Our Tech Case can be customized to fit all sorts of gadgets. iPads, Kindles, tablets—you name it! It’s made with fat quarters and fusible interfacing. Download the free, easy-to-follow template  and watch the tutorial to achieve the perfect fit.

Sew Your Own Joanna Backpack Bag

The Joanna Bag is a cute little backpack that closes with a drawstring, flap, and magnetic snap. It’s got a front zipper pocket, an interior slip pocket, adjustable straps, and such pretty details. Get the kit, watch the tutorial, and take a peek at the rest of the Sallie Tomato collection. (It’s like stepping into bag-making heaven!)

Create a Zippy Critters Pouch

Watch Misty make a Bunny Zippy Critter pouch with sweet ears and a pair of sassy glasses. Then fall in love with the whole collection: Kitties, pandas, unicorns, and even striped tigers! Fill ‘em with pencils, race cars, lip gloss, or treats, and you’ll get BIG smiles from your favorite kiddos!  

Store Essentials in a Fold & Go Folio

This handy little pouch opens flat with storage for all your essential doodads: Drawstring pouches for thimbles, rings, and phone cords. Wool patches for pins, needles, and earrings. Loops and ribbons to secure scissors or eyeglasses. The sky is the limit! Grab your favorite scraps, pick up the pattern, and stitch along with Jenny's tutorial.

Sew Your Own Wallet

Make three wonderful wallets with the Doan girls. Jenny’s Quick Corky Wallet from Sassafras Lane Designs is a small card holder made with beautiful cork fabric. Natalie’s Little Wallet by Valori Wells has three petite pockets and a snap closure. And Misty’s Lucky Penny Wallet from Sallie Tomato closes with a simple flap. Watch the Triple Play tutorial to join the fun!

Store Books in This Handy Reading Pillow

Keep favorite bedtime stories close at hand with a Reading Pillow, and you’ll be ready to snuggle up for storytime in an instant. Download free Reading Pillow instructions and watch the video tutorial to learn how to make these clever pillows with pockets.

Create Your Own Zip and Roll Storage Bag

The Zip N Roll Bag has pockets and a little removable zipper tote, perfect for storing makeup brushes, art supplies, knitting needles, or quilt supplies.

Watch the tutorial and add an extra touch of whimsy with a Missouri Star Fancy Zip. These 14-inch beauties look a lot like lace, with delicate cutouts and pretty colors.

Another year has flown by, with many happy hours spent sewing. Your sewing room has earned a little makeover!

Take a peek at our cleverest organizing solutions, functional storage, and fresh ideas for spaces - and budgets - of all sizes. Your sewing room is a haven; make it special!


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Published by Danae M.