Wall Mounted Sewing Station




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We are constantly creating awesome sewing projects in the office and our sewing station is constantly in a state of chaos!  Instead of using bins and plastic bags to organize our sewing materials I made this wall mounted sewing station to organize all of our sewing materials.

Step 1: Materials

Wood Board - 36" x 12", get a board that fits your wall
Fabric - to cover the board to make it pretty and to make bags
Nails - large and small nails, large nails are for thread spools and small are for bobbins, make sure the head of the nails are small so the spools can fit on them
Screws - to fasten board to wall
Eye Bolt Screws - Scissors
Hot Glue Gun
Pin Cushions (2) - I made my own, but you could buy them

Step 2: Mounting Board

Marking and Drilling Board
  • Draw a line on your board where the screws will be attached, mine were 4" from one of the edges
  • Mark 5 spots along that line where the screws will be drilled in, I had one in the center, 2 that were 3" from each edge, and 2 that were in-between the center marking and the 3" markings
  • Make pilot holes in the board where you marked.  Drill all the way through the board. 
Covering Board with Fabric
  • Cut out a piece of fabric that is 6" wider and longer than the board
  • Finish the edges by folding and sewing the edges of the fabric 1/2" over.
  • Hot glue the fabric to the board
Mounting Board to Wall
  • Poke holes through the fabric where the pilot holes are.
  • Place the board where you want it to be on the wall.  I held it in place with clamps, if you don't have clamps have a friend hold the board.
  • Make pilot holes in the wall by drilling through the five pilot holes in the board.
  • Attach screws. 

Step 3: Attaching Sewing Tools and Materials

Here is a break down of how the sewing tools and materials will be attached to the board.

  • Thread spools
  • Bobbins
  • Needles
Eye Bolt Screws: 
  • Scissors
  • Chalk
  • Seam Ripper
  • Tools
  • Pin Cushions
  • Bags
    • Measuring Tape
    • Safety Pins
    • Tools

Step 4: Nails and Eye Bolt Screws

Nails : hammer nails into board at a 45 degree angle to attach thread spools and bobbins, hammer at a 90 degree angle for needle package.

Eye Bolt Screws: screw into board and make sure the eye of the screw is parallel to the floor.  Place scissors in eye.

Step 5: Elastic

Use hot glue gun to attach elastic.  Glue each end of the elastic and lay it flat on the board so you can pull the elastic out and objects will stay put.

Step 6: Velcro - Pin Cushions and Bags

Use velcro to attach pin cushions and fabric bags.  See next step for instructions on how to make the fabric bags.

I used this instructable to make my pin cushions: https://www.instructables.com/id/SewUseful,-easy-and-practical-a-pin-cushion-made-u/

Step 7: Making Bags

  • Cut out a rectangle of fabric. The length of the rectangle should be 2x the length of the bag and the width should be the same as the width of the bag
  • Fold over the shorter ends of the fabric a 1/2" and glue them down with hot glue gun
  • Fold fabric in half and sew along edges, do not sew over the edges you just glued
  • Fold one of the glued edges over again and glue down
  • Turn bag inside out and attach velcro on the back.



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20 Discussions


1 year ago on Introduction

Hot glue does not stay very long-it is better to mark the fabric where you're going to put the pieces of elastic and then so the elastic on at each end.


8 years ago on Introduction

Made this for my wife for Christmas, she loved it!! Great idea!
I took the advice of sharley and used spray glue to hold the fabric to the wood, now it wont pull away when removing velcro'd items

4 replies

Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

Here's my slimmed down version, 24"x9". I have yet to add the little pouches. The other thing i want to add is some kind of bar magnet with a handle to wave over the table to help find any loose pins.
Once again, thanks for the great idea!


Reply 1 year ago

Make your pincushion then before sewing up the base insert a small magnet (from any good craft shop) and glue it to the fabric at the base, sew up and finish as normal. When you need to pull up pins just wave the base of the pin cushion over your work space and it will pick up all the pins then transfer to other side of cushion. Another way is the one used by my sewing mistress at secondary school, on a hook by the door she hung a simple horseshoe magnet and when we were finished our class before we left the room someone would take the magnet down and wave it over all the tables and the floor, voila, all pins suddenly accounted for. You could hang one on the end of the board or place it in a small bag as an alternative to the magnetic pin cushion. Either work just fine.

Lady Hazel

2 years ago

I love this idea. My sewing area is always so cluttered with pincushions, jars of scissors and tools, and all my thread organizers. Hanging it on the wall is such a great idea. And I can add some cute fabric and trim;)


2 years ago

Years ago a friend of mine bought a fancy one.

They said home made ones didn't look very good.

I am going to show them this instructable to prove them wrong.

Good work.

Thanks for this :)


5 years ago on Step 7

This is a really great idea! I've done this with peg board before and it was really useful, but this is a great cheap alternative that looks really nice. Thanks for posting


7 years ago on Introduction

That's amazing! At school (I'm a textiles student), all the bobbins and thread spools and everything is always so messy, we constantly have to tidy it all up and put everything back into their trays. Maybe we could make a larger sclae version of this to keep everything tidy :)
Great work :D


7 years ago on Introduction

Carleyy, i don't know how i missed this 'ible, since i generally watch for all of yours, but i'm sure glad i found it. i've got a few ideas for doing it a bit differently, but this is an awesome inspiration! :)


8 years ago on Introduction

I love this, my hubby is putting up shelves for me and I think this would be a nice edition to go with them! Thanks for sharing!


8 years ago on Step 2

I would add to this instructable that for the fabric to look more polished and smooth to use spray glue to the surface of the board before applying glue to the backside. This way you can smooth out the fabric and have no air bubbles. Then you can secure it with the hot glue.

Great idea. I have to do one for my craft center!


8 years ago on Introduction

I love it! Mounting something on a wall instantly improves it's quality tenfold.


8 years ago on Introduction

love this idea! I have a stair step design countertop thread holder but it took up so much space that I stopped using it. This takes up way less space love it!


8 years ago on Introduction

Great Idea, and it looks awesome too. Internet pat on back for you!