Craft Closet Makeover

Welcome to my guest room closet craft and sewing room. Sorry, guests, I’m not exactly sure where you’ll hang your clothes, but surely it won’t be here…

But, if I’m being honest, our guests have never really had a place to hang there clothes.  Why is that? Well, behind these standard bifold doors…

…was my craft storage space that slowly became a complete clutter cluster over the past three years.  It started out that I had my fabric and sewing machine stored there.  Then I started adding random cans of spray paint, decor items that I thought I would use again, and then curtain rods, lamp shades, extra furniture…you name it; I had it.

I blame it on the fact that this closet originally had just one big long wire shelf about 6 feet up.  It’s so hard to create organized storage space when that’s all you have.  So, I took the wire shelf out and replaced it with horizontal shelves across the two deep sides of the closet.

Then I filled the shelves with everything that had been cluttered away…paint, vases, fabric, craft items, wrapping paper, gift boxes and bags…

It was such a relief!

The table is in test mode right now.  I bought a smooth, unfinished board at Home Depot and balanced it across two  ClosetMaid storage pieces that I already had (and wasn’t really using).  If this height works out, I’ll secure the whole thing to the wall, and probably finish the wood somehow.

Then I had the ingenious idea of using the pegboard that’s been sitting in our basement for a few years.  I made my way back to Home Depot and purchased a $10 pegboard kit (with all the metal hooks, shelf brackets, etc.) and a $10 set of extra-strength magnets to hold my selection of scissors (pinking shears, paper shears and fabric shears).

Using a tin can from the recycling bin, I whipped up this pencil/pen/screwdriver holder.  I simply wrapped the fabric around and held it tight with some ribbon and a few pins.  I figured since it was a sewing closet, it could look a little rough.

And here is my thread storage solution that I shared last week.  After a week, it’s still going strong.

But I did add a little something special.  I accidentally realized that the metal bobbins are attracted to magnets, so I looked in the craft section of our local big box store and found strips of adhesive magnet.  Then I just lined them all up! PLEASE NOTE: if you a sewing machine that has even the most basic computer or electronic system, you won’t want to place your bobbins on magnets, as they can become magnetized.  I have a very basic sewing machine, so this has not been a problem for me.  As with anything on the internet, please do your own research before following what you see!

The ribbon spools from Ike’s Easter basket got their own peg piece.

And the shelf got a line up of jars with push pins, safety pins and buttons.

I splurged another $10 and picked out an ironing board cover at TJ Maxx.  They always have fun covers.  And it is much better than the hunter green plaid that is hiding underneath!

The ironing board holder was in the closet with our washer and dryer when we moved in.  I just took it down and moved it to this location where it will actually get used.

And since I haven’t found a better place to store wreaths, I added a short tension rod near the ceiling and hung my small collection of wreaths that are currently on break.

In the end, I even had room for some of my crafting books in the storage pieces below the desk.  I feel SO organized.

So, that is the story of how I saved our guest room closet from disaster by transforming it into a functional space in a matter of several hours.  The best part is that everything (including the chair) can be closed behind the closet doors when we have guests

And now I need to have a yard sale with all of the things I pulled out of the closet that will never be used in our house!  It is amazing what can accumulate in just a few years…

I’m happily linking up to to Thrifty Decor Chick’s Before and After Par-tay because I think she’ll love what I’ve done with the space!

TDC Before and After

Do you have a closet that you could transform into a craft space?


  1. Paula says:

    Oh gosh, I love everything about this. My husband and I actually just closed on a house this past weekend and it has great closet space that is dying to be used as a craft corner. I will definitely be looking for inspiration here. I particularly like the wreaths on a tension rod and was thinking about trying to do something similar.

  2. Love this! What a transformation! I totally hear you on accumulating random stuff. That used to be Carter’s closet and we had to downsize and move it to the guest room closet. Just like you guys, no one will be hanging anything in there!

  3. Leigh says:

    Such great ideas! I have so many wreaths…and those wreath boxes take up a ton of space. Now I just need to find a closet I can hang them in. And I’m so wishing my bobbins were metal instead of plastic. Also, thanks for the heads up on TJ Maxx for the ironing board cover…I’ve been searching for a new one for a while at target without luck (I lead an exciting life I know).

  4. Jana says:

    This looks great! I really need to do this to my craft closet too, but at the same time we are about to put our house on the market so what’s the point.

  5. Molly says:

    Very cute and organized sewing space! But be careful with keeping your bobbins this way…for people with metal-case bobbins on their sewing machines, this could magnetize the bobbin itself and cause it to pull excessively and damage your tension. This would not be a problem if your bobbin case is plastic of course. :)

  6. Mimi says:

    I use an IKEA magnetic strip intended for knives (from the kitchen department) for scissors, hem gauge, and other metal utensils. PERFECT. Just make sure that all magnets are kept away from computer discs (like for sewing machine embroidery).

  7. Lies says:

    Your sewing machine is a computer and hates magnets. By hanging your bobbins on a magnet, they become magnetic. My advice: get rid of the magnets.
    Happy quilting,
    Lies (short for Elisabeth in the Netherlands)

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  9. Quiltindoc says:

    Just wondering whether it is a good idea to magnetize bobbins that may be used in a comperterized sewing machine? I know you should keep all magnets away from these fancy new machines. Curious.

    • Erin says:

      I don’t have one of those fancy computerized sewing machines, so it hasn’t been an issue for me. But, good warning for those that might use a computerized machine!

  10. ashley says:

    I was really excited about the magnetic bobbins but then I remembered my machine uses plastic ones. Either was it is a great idea! Love your craft closet!

  11. Ruth Ann Porter says:

    I use E6000 glue to glue a magnet on the top of the spool of thread. That way I can put the bobbin with the matching spool of thread together. When the spool of thread runs out the magnet can come off and be reused on the new spool.

  12. Ja Kess says:

    It’s a great idea. You could step it up by using longer nails for your thread spools and keeping the spool and matching bobbin together.

  13. Moira says:

    What a FAB space… So very well organised….if I had a space like that for my sewing I would be in HEAVEN…!!!

  14. Sharon says:

    Use a hall tree stand in the guest room for guests to hang their clothes on. It takes up very little space, and they don’t have to open the closet door.

  15. Mimi says:

    I am in process of transforming our guest room closet. Though your before closet sounds a lot like mine was, it is a long narrow closet so I put a table and drawers at the far end of it and shelves along one long wall. Can wait to finish it up. Thanks for the inspiration!

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