6 Tips for Organizing Your Cross Stitch Supplies

6 Tips and Ideas for Organizing Your Cross Stitch Supplies

A Needle Runs Through It
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     Keeping cross stitch projects organized can be a bit of a challenge. You have floss, fabric and other necessary accessories to keep track of. Staying organized, especially when you have a big project, will keep you stress free and allow you to enjoy the cross stitch pattern you are working on. 

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    Organizing Floss

    Sugar Cookie

    Whether you like to keep your floss in the original package, or wind it on a bobbin; there are a wide variety of options for keeping your thread organized. 

    If you want to keep the floss as is, a Stitch Bow Floss Organizer is the way to go. You simply place the floss on the top and bottom of the bow. Once you have it on the bow, you can place it in a binder. 

    For skeins that are used and you have scraps left; bobbins  are great ways to keep your floss in order. You can use the simple plastic bobbins on a key chain or you can get a bit more fancy by using cute wood bobbins. Be sure to purchase a bobbin winder, it will make the winding go much faster. 

    If you just want to organize the floss for a particular project, a floss organizer is the way to go. You can not add a bulk floss on them, but they do allow for smaller portions for projects. 

    Bobbins, $19.56 for 1,000, Amazon.com 

    Wood Bobbins, $12.00, Sugar Cookie 

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    Organizing Patterns

    Kimberly Ouimet

     Organizing your cross stitch patterns can take a bit of time, but it will help you in the long run. Especially if you buy a bunch of patterns at once and plan on using them the whole year through. One of the easiest ways to organize patterns is to use page protectors and binder notebooks. You can organize even more by labeling the binders with themes. If you are particular to animals, have an animal binder, or a people binder. Creating binder themes will make finding a pattern easier. If binders aren't your thing, you can organize your patterns with file folders and a filing cabinet.  Kimberly Ouimet's printable organizer is perfect for keeping all of your projects in order. All you need is a binder! 

    Needlework Printable, $4.00, Kimberly Ouimet

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    Organizing Fabric

    Design Mom

    The biggest challenge of organizing your fabric is folding and making sure it continues to stay neat. One way to make sure your Aida and linens are kept nice and clean is to fold them on foam board and stack them like you would a book. They will fit perfectly in a bookcase with the foam board. If you are worried about creases in your fabric. Why not roll your cloth and stack in a bin? This will keep the fabric from creasing and still keep your craft room clean. Both Design Mom and Smashed Peas and Carrots have brilliant ideas on how to keep your fabric organized. Get creative with your storage! 

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    A Needle Runs Through It

     One of the most important items to kee organized are your needles. Many cross stitchers know that the arm of your couch is not a good place to keep your needles. If you have pets, losing a needle can be a scary thing. Needleminders keep track of your needles, not only when you are working on a project, but also when you are finished . They have become so popular that they are now considered a collector's item. No matter what you are into, there is a needleminder out there for you. 

    Needleminder, various prices, Etsy 

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    Cross Stitch Travel Bag

    Toteworthy Designs

     One great thing about cross stitch is that you can take your projects anywhere. You can stitch in a coffee shop, on the bus or in a park. The only issue is carrying around your supplies. You need a tote that can handle your hoops, your floss and any other accessories you like to have on hand. Any tote will work but there are special ones that are specific to cross stitch and other needlework. Toteworthy Designs has taken the totebag to another level with their version of a customize cross stitch tote. They come in a variety of fabrics, or you can order one specifically made for you. 

    Cross Stitch Tote, $20.00, Toteworthy Desgins


Getting and staying organized doesn't have to cost you a lot of money or be a lot of work. Once you have everything in place you will have more time to craft and less time finding your supplies.