Bought at Office Max on clearance for 97 cents many moons ago, this little pencil cup is invaluable for holding my little cheap scissors, my purple marker(s) (okay, I like the purple disappearing markers!), my hem gauge, seam rippers, and whatever miscellaneous pieces need to be at hand. Everything is easy to see and grab. This, of course, makes sewing go faster. And we all like sewing to go faster, especially when we’re being paid to do it.
This is my other little friend — a vintage glove box or fan box (there’s disagreement on which it is) from an estate sale. It cost somewhere around a dollar (thrown in a lot of miscellany for a bundled price). I love it.
It’s the perfect size for holding my sewing scissors (some of which are absent in this photo, as one set is in a tote bag and the beloved Ginghers are in the living room with the crochet yarn). And it just looks nice and stylish (in a vintage sort of way, of course). I keep it to the left of the sewing machine, and it provides easy access to the scissors and keeps them all corralled. I love it so much that I bought a second one — purple, and in better condition — at the magnificent hoarder-estate-sale back in October.
Other people like using a magnetic knife strip for their scissors; but I like them on the sewing desk, tucked out of the way, at hand level. And looking chic instead of cluttered (I have enough ways to clutter the sewing room already).
This concludes this evening’s presentation on sewing room organization. Thank you for joining us.