12 Best Ways To Organize Ribbon And Lace

Are you looking for different ways of how to organize ribbon and lace?

I have quite a bit of ribbon and lace and honestly, the way it is currently stored is terrible! It is all rolled up and stuffed in a box – the box is getting too full and I seriously need to find a solution.

Which led me to look at different ways I can organize and store my ribbons and lace.

If you are looking for other ways to store and organize your sewing supplies I have posts on organizing embroidery floss, sewing machine feet and how to store sewing patterns.

How To Organize Ribbon And Lace

There are some ways that will work really well for ribbon and not for lace and some that are better suited to lace than ribbon.

Read through and look at all the examples so you can see which is the best option for you and your sewing space. If you don’t have a pegboard you can use alternative methods of storage and the different ways you can create easy solutions.

1. Use Card Backings

A popular way of organizing things such as embroidery floss and ribbons is to use a card. These cards can be bought especially or even made at home to fulfil the purpose.

The cards are often made to be wider on the top and bottom and thinner in the middle – this is to keep the ribbon from sliding off.

A piece of card with blush pink lace wrapped around it on a purple background.

This is also a great way to store your fabric long term and in a box to save it form dust, sunlight damage and moths.

They also often have a hole in the top to allow you to hook it up onto a peg board or on a metal loop to hang in colours.

I love this idea as it is easy to get to each one, easy to find – especially if you have colour coded your hooks and it looks so fun! I also like this idea if you use your ribbons and laces often and like to have them ready to use.

2. In A Divided Craft Box

I currently have half of my stash rolled up neatly in a craft box. Mine is actually and old jewellery box but anything from a craft box that has dividers in or segments in which you can organize your ribbons and lace is good.

You can find a number of different versions on the market, such as bead boxes,fish tackle boxes or some people have used nail and drill bit boxes to hold theirs in.

A plastic container with dividers storing colour assorted embroidery threads.
This using Embroidery Threads but it gives you the idea.

This is a great idea for anyone who has ribbons and laces that are no longer on a reel themselves and are looking for a dust free, dry place to store them.

I like this method also as you can put them into colour ways and store them in a way you can see exactly what you have which makes it easier to find what you want.

3. Wooden Sticks In A Jar

Anyone else have a thing for saving those wooden stick from ice lollies?

These are so handy to use in kids crafts but they are also amazing to use in a sewing room. You can wind around your ribbon or lace and secure it in place and store in in a large jar.

4 large wooden lollypop sticks with red ribbons wrapped around each on on a purple marble background.

I loved using this method for my own embroidery floss as it was easy to get to and so fun to create.

This method looks really pretty and can be quite fun if you only have a few but if you have medium to a large collection you might want something a little more straight forward and easier to use.

It will be made harder to get to the precise ribbon you want if they are just in the jar.

4. On A Peg Board

If like me you have a peg board at home you can look at getting a second (if you have space) or you can rearrange your hooks to incorporate another.

I use the ikea peg board system and there is a bar that hooks on which goes across. This is a perfect spot to hook on my reels of ribbon and have ready to use when I need to.

a white peg board full of sewing and craft supplies including ribbon, tape measure and scissors.

You can simply pull on the ribbon or lace and chop off what you need.

If you can’t get hold of that style bar you can use hooks to hold the cardboard templates or to hold individual strands.

5. In a Basket With Holes

I bet you have seen this on Pinterest! It is one of the most popular ways to store your reels of ribbons.

You simply place the reels of ribbons in the basket and thread the loose end of ribbon through the hole.

This is brilliant for people who use them often and can use the holes to keep the ribbons organized and tidy. I love this idea for people who need access to the ribbons on a daily basis and more as they are easy to get to, easy to cut and they stay organized.

You can find a number of these style baskets in different sizes and colours. Look in the home organization sector of the stores and even teh laundry section as they can often have small versions of the laundry baskets to use.

5. Tic Tac Boxes

I find this idea so amazing and cute! similar to the style of the basket with holes you can store your individual ribbons in the tic tac boxes, lid open and let the ribbon end stick out.

Stack them up on the desk or in a little carboard box to keep them tidy, there is a number of ways you can store them.

These are great if you have a couple of tic tac boxes lying around or you want to have quick access to the ribbons without having them completely open to the elements of dust and sunlight.

7. In a Jewellery Organiser

These are so handy to have and are amazing for a number of places and uses in your home. They are commonly advertised as jewellery hangers and organizers.

I used an old jewellery box which was used for earrings and rings and I found it perfect for storing ribbons and lace as it kept them separated and tidy but easy to access.

The benefit of using a jewellery organiser is that the pocket or container sizes are great for small objects such as sewing machine feet, ribbons or buttons.

I also like being able to group some colours together or the same ribbons in the same compartment.

Alternatively, you can use the clear jewellery organisers which are easy to use and hang on the back of a door. These are great if you have lots of bulk lace and ribbon or wanting to store many items in one place with easy access.

They are a large sheet with a hook or hanger at the top, a number of clear pockets which you can store items in. I love this as the pockets are clear so you can easily store anything in them and find what you need straight away.

8. Using Traditional Wooden Pegs

I saw an adorable way of storage lace and ribbon which was using large traditional wooden pegs to wind around the ribbon or lace. These were really simple to do and can work really well.

Especially if you then want to store them in a box, drawer or basket to use when you like.

This is great if you don’t need quick access to the ribbon or lace and you can afford to have them stored away in this way.

You can still see clearly what is on which peg and how much you have which is great as sometimes you think you have loads of one ribbon but you don’t and so this helps you see what you have in realistic terms.

9. Use Cardboard Cones Or Overlocking Thread Cones

Overlocking thread cones aren’t the easiest to find but if you use them and end up having a couple empty, save them and repurpose them into this handy storage idea for your ribbons and laces.

You simply wind on your ribbons and pin in plcae or tuck in to save it from needing a pin. You can them wind on a couple more ribbons on one cone to save space.

Colour code them to look fun and place them on your desk!

They look super fun and interesting, they are stable and stand alone and don;t require any extra storage system.

This is a great idea for anyone looking to have easy access and use to the ribbons and laces but still keep them organized and tidy.

10. In A A4 Binger & Sleeves

Binders are so handy for a number of things, we used them for work and at school and they are still handy to have in the home now.

I mainly use these to hold craft ideas such as embroidery floss, sewing machine feet and ribbons.

If you have small scrap pieces and ends of ribbons that aren’t on a reel this is the perfect place to store yoru ribbons.

You can buy sleeves for a binder that have pockets in to hold items. You can get them to hold coins or collectable cards. The collectable cards pockets are bigger and easier to use from experience.

I also love using this idea to hold small scrap pieces of fabric, you can colour code them and keep the pieces for a scrap fabric project down the road.

These are great as you can keep your ribbons organised and tidy, clean and out of sunlight. They are also easy to find as they are in the designated binder along with being in a clear pocket.

You could even have a little sticker on the front of the pocket to say how much of that one ribbon you have to hand so you can quickly see if it is long enough for your project.

You can even use the A4 binder and A4 sleeves to hold printed PDF sewing patterns, which is one of the techniques I use to save on space and to keep my patterns organized.

11. Using Thread Spools

I love recycling things so I often use objects within my craft space to store and organise other things I have. Thread spools are quite a unique item and can be highly useful but only for a certain amount of objects.

As not everything can wrap around something so small, lace and ribbon are one of those things. Especially if you only have a small amount or a thin delicate ribbon you want to display.

a 3 tier spool with 3 different ribbons on with 2 other plain ribbons on each side on a marble purple background

You can also use other round objects to use as bases such as cardboard tubes, toilet roll tubes or bottles.

You can secure the starting end of the ribbon with a piece of tape so you can keep winding on the rest of your ribbon. Secure at the end with tape, pin or by tucking the loose end into one of the wrapped edges.

12. Use Colour Coded Jars

Before I had my current set up I had a number of jars which were colour coded sat on my side table. They were practical for the most part but mostly they were decorative.

While it was perfect for a while, once I started to collect more ribbons it started to get out of hand and I started to struggle to find what I wanted.

3 small jars filled with coloured ribbons inside laid on a marble purple background.

I chose to change up the storage solution for myself but if you only have a few ribbons and laces to store this might be a great idea for you.

Organise them into colours or even warm or cold tones. That way when you come to pick a colour or tone you can go straight for that jar without having to nestle through draws and folders.

The benefit of using jars is that they can be stored away or put out decoratively and they are easy to grab hold of. The perfect solution to recycling some of your sauce jars from the kitchen or from other craft projects.

I hope you have found the guide on how to organize your ribbon and lace helpful and it has given you plenty of ideas and tips. If you have your own unique way of storing your sewing supplies I would love to know more!