Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Thread & Button Storage

My guest/craft room hasn’t been anything impressive—it’s full of mismatched furniture (most of which I do love) and, until two weeks ago, I hadn’t found a good arrangement in there to make it look less than thrown together. But then I needed to clean the space to make room for the mess on my dining room table (sadly, that mess got worse before it got better). And I really didn’t feel like cleaning, so I rearranged the room instead! I now LOVE the set up. I found a furniture arrangement that gives me more floor space than I’ve ever seen in the room, which will be great when the nephews and niece or my parents spend the night. Since I love the new set up, I’m loving getting everything organized. I’ll show you more pictures as I go, but for now I’m going to share what I’ve done to organize my thread and buttons.

My mom gave me a hanging jewelry organizer for Christmas. She got it at TJ Max but has seen them in lots of stores since then. I already have a good system for my jewelry, so I decided to use it in my craft room.

One side holds all my thread… nicely organized in rainbow order.

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(It was good to finally see how many spools I have of each color. Maybe I will stop buying white thread for at least a little while…)

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The other side holds all my buttons, also sorted in rainbow order.

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(I bought a GREAT pack of over 800 buttons at Joann’s a while back for $8 regular price, and then I had a 40% off coupon!)

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I hung it on the wall instead of in the closet so it’s easily accessible. I love seeing the colors all together!

And now to go sew some more for another fun element of the room!



  1. Thanks for sharing this! I really need a better way to organize my thread and I'm liking this idea.

  2. That's SUCH a great idea for button storage!! Mine are currently in a box (real creative, huh?) I'll be borrowing that one!!

  3. Ooh, I love a good, organized rainbow of thread!

  4. I really like this idea. I have been discovering that clear storage really works better for me than having my supplies all in a basket or a decorative tin. Thank you for the inspiration.

  5. What a great idea! My thread is all in a jumble in a drawer. I'm so glad I saw this. Thanks for posting about it.

  6. This is fantastic!! Thanks for sharing the great idea!!!

  7. This is a fantastic idea! Love it! I am featuring this at (If you want to gain more followers, you need to move your followers widget up above all the party buttons. It is way too far down. I would also move your profile button up above the party buttons too. You have a great blog and it will grow more quickly if people are seeing it in their google reader. You should also get a RSS feed gadget.)

  8. Great idea!

    I have one of these (I bought it at Michael's) and have filled it with all my chipboard alphas for scrapbooking. I mix and match fonts when I make titles on my pages, so keeping the same typeset together wasn't as important to me as keeping each letter together. So, each pocket has one letter in it. There are BIG letters (one font/style) in the large pockets on the bottom of mine and I use the extra pockets for the punctuation.

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  10. Love, love, love this idea. It is so clever, it is one of those, "Why didn't I think of that?"
    Thank you forsharing. Can't wait to *steal* it.

  11. This looks like a good idea. I'm looking for a way to store bobbins with the appropriate spools and this might just be the best solution. Thank you for posting.


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