A Crafty Workspace By Torie Jayne

Being well organised is the key to keeping your creative space tidy and inspiring. If your craft space becomes overwhelmingly cluttered, it can sap your creative energy. Dealing with a mess of tangled ribbons, loose buttons and scissors (that become invisible just when you need them) makes you lose valuable time…


  • A sturdy chair is crucial, and the more stylish it is, the better.
  • In addition to natural and overhead lighting, consider more focussed task lighting, which can be useful when it comes to small-scale projects.
  • Avoid carpet and rugs – flooring should ideally be suitable for sweeping.
  • Consider mobile storage so you can transport your materials easily.
  • Designate a space in your craft area for items typically used in every project like scissors, glue guns and tape, and keep that space tidy. Store these items in an easy-to-access area, such as in a drawer or on a grid system over your work table. Seldom-used supplies can be stored out of sight but should be clearly labelled so that you can always find what you need quickly. 
  • To get the most out of your crafting area, utilise all of the available space, whether it is over the door or even under a bed or table. You will be amazed at how much space you can create for storing your organised supplies.
  • Hanging fabric and other large scraps can be the most effective way to store them, as it is much easier to rifle though them this way than as piles of fabric in boxes or baskets.

Make your own storage shelves and use them to sort and tidy your supplies so they can be easily seen.

Neatly roll up your paper and store it in a waste paper bin or a washing basket for easy access.

Tidy away ribbon ends using wooden spools.

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Think of inventive storage solutions such as spice and wine racks.

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Use picture shelves to display inspirational images in full view.

Hang spare material on hooks, which can be personalised according to your style and brand.

An old mannequin does double duty looking pretty and storing lace scraps.

Craft Show and Sell by Torie Jayne is published by Search Press (rrp £12.99.) Taken from the September 2013 issue of Heart home magazine.