DIY sewing corner…storage for the small stuff.

Vintage tins make the best sewing boxes for small spaces.

 Wow, do I ever have a ton of the small stuff when it comes to sewing items. A bunch of zippers, lots of thread, lace and ribbons, rulers, and a giant pile of card board. I use the cardboard for templates, patterns, and organizing threads and ribbons for kits.Then there are the buttons, which I have so many of, don’t even ask me how many because I am afraid to count them, that’s how many.

 This was probably the funnest part to creating a sewing corner, the looking around my house for things I could turn into storage containers. Usually I will go out shopping for storage containers.

Mostly I will shop for storage items in antique shops.

One of my favorite hobbies is hunting for vintage fabrics.

I will look for items that are unique like this purse, which I didn’t buy and now regret.

This old box would hold a lot. It would be a nice storage container.

Oh wow, look at this. It was a little over $100. Think of all the storage this beautiful piece of furniture would hold. I unfortunately did not buy this either and in all the things I regret buying, this is the item I regret the most.

This was really cool as well.

Wait, this is turning into a shopping adventure post. Okay, back to what this post is about…using what I had on hand from my home. This project I am sharing with you all today was actually done during our lock down here in my city and most stores were closed when the Red Monster first got to our country. So this is what I had in my home that was unique for storage…this pretty floral basket purse.

I used this old magazine page to kind of give me an idea of the different ways to be creative when storing items.

I had some pretty plastic containers that I forgot about. They were in a pile of unfinished projects and items that were in a corner. I really liked these because of their colorful designs. Most clear containers are plain.

They also had clear colored lids which made things easy to see into without opening them up.

And they were a nice size for storage with a lot of space inside.

During the lock down we were getting a lot of boxes from home deliveries. Some of those boxes I turned into pretty storage containers.

After I added some vintage fabric to the plain box, it looked like this. It was perfect for all the zippers.

I used this box to store all that cardboard I keep from food boxes.

After I decoupaged fabric to it, it was a really nice container for cardboard scraps.

There is so much we throw away and we can use that paper for all kinds of things. Instead of going out and spending more and more money on containers to declutter and organize our lives, just look around your home and see what you can use instead.

Cutting up empty mac’n’ cheese and cereal boxes to use for wrapping ribbons and threads, makes organizing in small spaces a lot easier.

 I like how they fit in place side by side so I can see what colors I have when I open boxes or pull open drawers.

Baskets with long handles make great items to hang from walls and store items in.

 I always have old thread to organize.

An old box my husband was getting rid of was a fun way to store my thread.

I also used some of my hand made baskets to store thread in.

And they made a nice place to store buttons.

Even empty food cans make nice storage containers.

For tiny things that is.

I had several empty cookie tins, food containers, and old containers that I repainted and decorated for a fun way to store a whole bunch of sewing items.

You all get a tiny peak of my wall organizer in this shot.

Old sewing boxes, vintage jewelry boxes, and empty glass food jars are great for organizing things when stuck inside. There was actually a ton of things I found around my home without leaving it.

This sewing corner was becoming quite the eye opener for me. Is it really necessary for us to go out there and spend and spend? NO, it isn’t.

Without realizing it, I have hurt this beautiful planet we live on by buying unnecessary items when they were always in my home all along. All the toxins that go into making endless and endless amounts of products…again, why do we need so much?.

Anyway, making a sewing corner while using my own home to shop in was actually kind of fun. Never thought my own home could be a store. I hope you all get a chance to do a little de-trending of your house, cleaning and organizing yourselves. I know I don’t need to say this to anyone visiting this post, you guys are all amazing, you know what I am writing here…but I do hope and pray that more and more eyes start opening up to what is really happening here in our country and around the world. Man, do we ever have a battle on our hands, but changes need to start happening. Good changes. So much greed has interfered in all our lives as well as so much deception. We need to remember to be kind to everyone and everything.

 Next post will be my sewing room corner and the fun wall unit I designed. I cleaned up some old shutters sitting in my back yard and made it into a really cool wall organizer, at least I love it and I didn’t have to spend any money on it. I was stuck at home as you all were as well. Stay safe you guys and God bless you all from all of us at Our Little Red House.  

20 Comments Add yours

  1. ourcrossings says:

    You guys have some of the most amazing thrift stores ever! And if I ever get a chance to travel to the USA one day, I’m coming with empty luggage bags! I love vintage tins and boxes, they are perfect for storing things and they make for beautiful decorative pieces too. Thanks for sharing and have a good day. I hope all is well. Ericeira is back in preschool, the sun is shining and we are healthy and happy. Hugs from Ireland 😊 Aiva

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    1. I love hearing news like yours. Everyone will get back to their normal routines and we will all get through the scary unknowns we are all trying to figure out after this bug that came about. I am looking forward to the Fall and outdoor markets. Here in Arizona and the US we have thrift stores everywhere. They are so fun to shop at because you come across items from so many years ago. Pretty ways to decorate our homes with. You will need a big suitcase too, so much. It is good when people donate things to resale instead of sending them off to our land fields. Big hugs back from all of us over here in Arizona.


  2. what a great idea with the delivery boxes. You’re a champion recycler!

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    1. Thank you Lisa. Our state has opened up now and it is crowded with shoppers everywhere. Just got home from a shopping trip and we were amazed at all the traffic and shopping everywhere. Everyone is ready I guess, to just get on with their lives. We are all wearing masks, social distancing and cleaning up so we are being careful. It was fun figuring out what I could use as storage when we were in our lock down. I have a bunch of glass food jars that I am going to paint and label into a really nice seed library. That’s a weekend project.

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  3. Neat! I love it! I love collecting jars 😀

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    1. Thank you. And we always have plenty of jars around. Old salsa jars and jam jars. Sometimes when I go shopping and see a really cool shape of a jar I will buy it because I want to use it for storage later. It turns out so much cheaper doing it that way and you get food to eat as well. All those empty jars for sale in the kitchen areas always cost so much more then just walking down a grocery store isle and picking jars with food in them.

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  4. cheriewhite says:

    Oh I love the hand-crafted boxes and fall decorations!

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    1. Thank you. I love the Fall and holiday seasons. We all need something to look forward to.

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      1. cheriewhite says:

        We sure do! 🙂

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      2. cheriewhite says:

        Fall is my favorite season!

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  5. Binte Bashir says:

    “Sometimes when i go shopping and are a really cool shape of a jar i will buy it because i want to use it for storage later” i do the same too and love collecting jars and boxes. Its enjoy seeing all the vintage stuff you share with us and how you creatively reuse boxes.

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    1. Thanks, so sweet. I think that is smart to use what is already here on our kitchen shelves to use for pretty storage. I bet your home is full of fun little storage items. I think it makes our home look so pretty.


      1. Binte Bashir says:

        My pleasure. I do try sometimes. It’s actually so nice to put to use what we have rather than buying new stuff.

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      2. Better for our pockets and the planet.

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  6. Lots of cool and inventive ideas for storage! I like to reuse boxes and jars, too.

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