I no longer have an extra room to designate as a craft room. So I had to get creative with storage and a way to carry craft supplies around. I went through my apartment searching for a solution. This is what I came up with…

craft storage

This old vintage suitcase makes a wonderful portable craft station. Close it up and you can store it in a narrow space most anywhere.

Open it up and you have buttons, ribbons, and all manner of craft supplies. You could take it to your table or favorite chair and open it up and work on a craft project.

In the back of the suitcase is room in the pocket for embroidery hoops, patterns, fabric, or whatever you need.

craft supplies

You can tuck ribbon, ink pads, rubber stamps, adhesives, etc. into place in this suitcase by organizing supplies in small storage boxes.


Do you have a favorite way to store craft supplies?



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  2. I kept my craft supplies in one room, I made the room looks like a home office with desk, computers, printers and other supplies. It’s perfect!

    The suitcase idea is awesome. I will get one to keep my extra supplies because they are huge to keep organized always. 🙁

    Thank you Brenda, for nice share. 🙂

  3. All my cross stitch supplies and current projects fit in a soft side tackle bag (21 x 12). It has a ton of pockets. I got as a present from Cabelas –it even came with plastic boxes and dividers, perfect for my threads. It is very portable and travels everywhere with me, as well as used at home.

  4. Love your idea! I’ve started working cross stitch again. Enjoyed it when I was younger but didn’t have the time. I keep my few supplies in a tote bag but as
    I acquire more will definitely keep this in mind. Thanks.

  5. Love the idea! I do have a designated room for my crafts/sewing stuff now that our three kids are older. I also need to go through my current space and evaluate what still interests me and what I’ll make time for.

  6. I’m so lucky to have a 2nd bedroom which I use as a guest room/craft & art space. My wall of shelves helps me keep it organized. This year I plan to downsize many of my supplies since I no longer scrapbook.

  7. Such a neat idea and I see vintage suitcases quite often when I am out shopping/browsing the local thrift stores and antique stores.

  8. What a wonderful idea! The only crafts I work on (and not often enough) are scrapbooking, card making, art journaling, and Zentangle. I have all my supplies in stacking craft drawers in the spare bedroom.

  9. I am not one to do crafts every day, but sometimes they’re the answer for a situation. It is great to take out a box–one for sewing notions, one for paper/painting, one for decorations (especially for Christmas), and have everything needed right there. And it keeps me from going crazy accumulating stuff I won’t get around to doing.

  10. The vintage suitcase is a great idea! I store my supplies in a collection of vintage picnic baskets that I stack in a corner. I love things that are both decorative and provide useful storage.

  11. What a great way to hold your stuff! It’s pretty closed or open. I don’t have an extra room either, so I found an old office/ computer armoire and it holds all my craft supplies and my sewing machine. Perfect…

  12. I found a New large square cosmetic bag that expands, has a zipper and lift out drawers at a thrift store. I couldn’t believe my luck. I have organized it with beads and cord for small macrame projects. Great for traveling. I love it. I also use vintage suitcases for craft storage. So handy and cute, too.

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