Organization & Storage
Once you’re fully hooked on the hobby (and trust us, there is a strong likelihood this will happen), you’re going to want to get your projects and stash organized. It’s super easy to accumulate a lot of stuff in a short period of time and understanding what you have at any given moment will ensure you don’t buy duplicate patterns or notions. Who are we kidding though, we’ve all bought duplicate patterns and it’s a great opportunity to trade with a fellow stitcher.
For Your Projects
Most stitchers always have multiple projects on the go, so keeping them together with their specific items is an easy way to “grab and go” when you want to switch it up. There are a few ways you can organize your projects.
Project bags: There are many different types of project bag out there to store your cross-stitch projects safely. We’ve broken them into a few subcategories. That said though, any bag that has a closure to keep the dust out is a good option. These are just a few of our favourites.
Handmade project bags: These bags are the most expensive out of all the options, but they are also the nicest. Many crafters and quilters have put their own touch into handmade project bags. They come in all sorts of patterns and designs, some with pockets, some without and many feature a transparent side so you can see what project is in what bag.
ArtLoft or artist mesh bags: These bags are made from a transparent mesh and slightly sturdier than Ziplocs. They come in multiple different sizes and have a zipper closure.
Large Ziploc bags: When in doubt, large Ziploc bags are the way to go. They are cheap, easy to find, and will do the job perfectly.
Ikea Raskog Cart: The Raskog is a 3-tiered metal utility cart that comes in chic colours and is super versatile. It features 4 caster wheels making it easy to move around and adjust in your space. Its footprint is relatively small, so it’s perfect for small spaces. The middle section is adjustable, so it can be customized to different heights depending on your storage needs. The cart is metal which also makes it handy to store magnets and needle minders. There are many different utility craft carts out there now, but Ikea really started the trend. For $40, this is a great investment to keep your projects organized beside your stitching spot.
Project organization is just like stitching itself, highly individualized. We encourage you to look online (Instagram is great for this!) and find ideas that you think will work for you. As time goes on you’ll find your groove. Projects that are easy to get to and organized are more likely to get worked on, so make sure that whatever you decide they are easily accessible, so you can enjoy the hobby with ease!
For Your Stash
Once you outgrow your project bags and your Ikea Raskog, it’s probably time to admit you have a stash. The more organized your stash is, the easier you will be able to find the things you need when you need them, and the less frustration you will experience. Trust us, we know! Some stitchers will designate an entire room to their stash, while others choose a specific piece of furniture, or maybe a home office area turned into a crafting space.
Regardless of what you choose, make sure you have enough space that your items don’t feel cramped or aren’t being crushed in the process. Your stash is an investment in your quality of life, and you want to make sure your things are protected when they aren’t in use. Check out @BestCraftRooms on Instagram for ideas!
For Your Floss
There are two main ways to store floss: bobbins and baggies. Like many other things in stitching, this is a highly personal choice. There are pros and cons to each system.
Bobbins: Storing floss on bobbins is compact and beautiful if done right. It displays the item number of your threads easily and is convenient to transport. Winding floss around bobbins does take time, but the result is worth it to most stitchers. Use Sharpie fine-tip markers in an array of colours for a beautiful container of bobbins.
Baggies: Floss baggies, including Floss-A-Way bags, are also a great way to store your floss. Some stitchers choose to store their specialty threads and silks in baggies and others have their entire collection bagged. Whatever you choose, these bags are quick and easy to retrieve floss from and are super light to transport.