Craft Rooms Exposed:Week 3

Welcome to the second issue of the FaveCrafts Craft Rooms Exposed series!  As promised in our monthly craft question post, for 8 more weeks we will be featuring one craft room every Monday.  Get inside tips from some of our favorite bloggers and designers and find out how they turn their craft rooms into lean, mean crafting machines!   And now without further adieu, let’s explore our first featured craft room.

Featured Room Designer: Jane Skoch of Maiden Jane

Organizational Tip: Make sure to store your projects!  Jane says, “My biggest problem is that projects collect on the counters and then I feel like the clutter takes over!

The Tour:

Jane says, “I primarily sew in my studio. I have been sewing on a machine for 19 years. I enjoyed sewing coats, dresses and clothes for my kids when they were little. In recent years I have been sewing formal dresses for my daughters, costumes, home accessories and totes. I also sew T Shirt Quilts. Several years ago I started working for an online fabric company and was inspired to open an Etsy shop. It has been a wonderful experience and an opportunity to explore the creative side of my brain (not easy for an engineer.)

Jane says, “I love to re purpose containers when possible. We love clementines and use the boxes to store craft items. They are great because we can stack them in the large cupboard and if we are doing a particular craft, we can grab the entire box and bring it out closer to where we are working. We also love cigar boxes. (No, we don’t smoke cigars, but found a bunch in Myrtle Beach years ago that we are still using. I love the colors – and the smell!).

Jane says, “Space, of course. I like to have clear work surfaces, so I try to “go vertical.” I have a set of file folders, but, inevitably, I toss a paper on my desk which soon becomes a pile. The same thing happens with my sewing area. I might be excited to work on a new product, but a custom quilt comes along and before you know it, I have piles.

Jane says, “We selected a cabinet with a narrow storage bin. My ironing board can fit in it. However, most of the time I have it out. When we want to get into the other cupboard, we have to slide the ironing board out of the way.

Jane says, “Also, the countertops are intended to be work areas. However, they tend to collect piles and before you know it, the entire surface is covered. When the clutter was simply taking over the room, I sprung into action with a quick plan which was a cheap and practical solution to the problem. I gathered extra reusable grocery bags, stapled photos of the types of my common projects, placed the fabric piles inside and put the bags under the counter. A single basket on the counter is intended for the most current works-in-progress.

Jane says, “Place things near where you use them. I keep my thread and patterns in file drawers. My scissors, bobbins, measuring devices, thread clips, are all in easy reach in the drawer underneath my sewing machine.

Want to see more?  Check out this awesome post written by Jane.


  1. Carole Rice says

    I really like the ‘quick’ solution to clearing the table tops by putting like materials/projects in a shopping bag!!! Great idea.

  2. Joanne Poulias says

    Thank you for a commen sense approach to clutter. I am a clutter bug queen and you describe your clutter much like mine. I can adapt your bg method easily and contain and organize at the same time. Blessings to you.

  3. Ann Draper says

    I am big on recycling and several years ago I started using the clementine boxes to build mangers for my grandchildren and friends. The nativity figures are usually available in stores where christmas decorations are found.I take the boxes apart then reasemble pieces to look like a stable (glue gun)…leave it rugged then paint with a brown stain….add straw and figures.
    Tiny lights can be added through the spaces between the slats of wood.

  4. Nancy Link says

    We made cradles out of the Clemintine boxes. My husband works with wood. He put the rockers and head and foot boards on them. and panted them and I made matteresses and crocheted blankets and put netting around them.

  5. Lorinda says

    The first picture – WAYYYYYYY too clean! Show us a project in that beautiful space please!

  6. Robin Garrett says

    make friends w/ someone who purchases paper by the box. The boxes are sturdy and the same sixe. I cover w/ contact paper and stack w/ labels on a front and a side. Free containes are a great help.

  7. Robin Garrett says

    make friends w/ someone who purchases paper by the box. The boxes are sturdy, and always the same size so that they stack neatly.
    cover w/ contact paper and label one end and one side. Free and almost free…

  8. Karen says

    Hang a Shoe Organizer on the back of a door – every door! Use one with clear pockets and you can see where everything is!

  9. Jan Mosher says

    Clementine boxws flipped over make the perfect sized Barbie bed. I used to make them for my daughters, they could fancy them up by using lace around the sides, both of my girls used my machine to make the mattress, I think it was one of their first machine projects..

  10. h. ann fields says

    I crochet afghans by the dozens , but do not have a craftroom , i now decided to store all my yarn in clear plastic tubs of same size with tops matching most yarns, have tried baskets, bags , tubs boxes drawers, nothing worked like this does.and they are easy to stack and carry right in the garage outside the kitchen door– no more digging and endless searches and i get them very cheap in the local thriftstores. they are glad to get rid of them–

  11. Jan A says

    I worked with our local senior center to make little red wagons from red painted clementine boxes. Screw (2)1″ square by 7 1/2″ long sticks to bottom of boxes for axles…then paint 4 juice can lids black and white to resemble tires and screw those to the axles. Screw in 2 small hook eyes on corners and attach small rope for handle. Then fill with floral arrangement or xmas cards or goodies. Great recycling craft!!

  12. patty johnson says

    While looking at your clean, uncluttered sewingroom, I read that you make quilts using t-shirt. I have been saving my husbands old harley t-shirts and would like to make a quilt out of them. Can you send me instructions? Thank you

  13. sandra jackson says

    I would also like to have instructions on how to turn a T shirt into a quilt. My daughter saved all her shirts from various vacation spots and would like to keep the memories.
    Thank you

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