It’s National Organizational Month!

A couple of months back, we ran a contest asking many of you what your favorite organizational tips were. In honor of National Organizational Month, we read through all of your tips and tricks, and have decided to feature a new one each week for the month of January. Because we obviously don’t want to share tips with you all out there unless they work (and because we love a little DIY project here and there), we will be posting a new tutorial on creating these great space-saving organizational projects right here on the blog. Follow along and watch as we get our hands a little dirty, and our sewing rooms cleaned up!

This week’s featured project is a framed pegboard. In her comment, our customer’s tip said, “I put a decorative frame around a pegboard and hung it above my cutting table. It’s great for hanging scissors, rotary cutters, and more for easy access without cluttering up your sewing space.”

I thought this was a great project, and one that I could do with some items that I had laying around the house. In total, the project cost me $18.58, and I love the end result.

Step 1: Gather your supplies.
For this project, you will need:
– Decorative frame, any size you prefer (I got mine from an estate sale for $3. I highly suggest shopping second-hand stores before buying new!)
– Pegboard
– Peg hooks (variety pack is a good option)
– Wood glue
– Hammer and small nails
– Paint and flat-surface roller (optional)
– Table saw to cut pegboard to size (some hardware stores can do this for you)
– Masking paper and some tape to hold it down

Step 2: Measure and cut!

I measured my frame and found that I had space for a 2′ x 2.5′ pegboard, after I added 1″ around all edges for easy gluing and nailing. Once I had that information, I made my marks on the pegboard and headed to the table saw. As I said before, many hardware stores have the equipment to cut the pegboard down to size in-house. I would suggest that if you don’t have a table saw laying around (we do a lot of home renovations), bring your measurements with you and see if they can’t give you a hand.

Step 3: Paint your pegboard and/or frame

Since most of my house’s paint colors match well with neutral colors, I decided to keep my frame brown. Because the color of my pegboard looked a little matchy-matchy with my frame, I decided to paint it a creamy off-white color to add a little contrast, but keep the colors in the same goes-with-everything color family. We recently renovated our basement, so I decided to use the leftover paint sample that we had for the pegboard. The tiny little sample jar that I had was more than enough to cover the pegboard with three coats. As you can see, the roller that I used is smaller and is intended for very flat surfaces with no wall texture. This type of roller is ideal, though if you don’t have one, it’s probably not 100% necessary.

I encourage you to go as crazy as you want with this step and customize your framed pegboard to your heart’s desire.

Before you paint, I suggest laying down some masking paper. Even if you’re the world’s most accurate painter, pegboard has holes and the paint will most likely drip through.

Because I did get a few drips going through the pegboard, I simply took a screw and scraped around the edges. Doing this prevents any holes from being painted solid and allows for easy use with your peg hooks.

Step 4: Align and attach.
Before you attach your pegboard to your frame, you want to make sure everything is lined up and you don’t have crooked holes. After that’s done, I like to mark around the edges so that when I lift up to apply my glue, I have an easy guide for where the pegboard will go back down.

Now, simply lift off your pegboard, apply a thin layer of wood glue around the edges, and lay your pegboard back down. Once that’s done, simply nail (using thin nails!) your pegboard in place. I used a compressor nail gun because I wanted my nails to go in quickly without damaging the front of my frame. If you’re using a regular hammer and nails, simply put the front of your frame down on a slightly softer surface (think a couple sheets of paper), before nailing away.

If you have any glue trying to pop-up through the holes, you can simply wipe it away with a rag, or leave it be. Once your glue is dry, your pegboard is done! Now, all you need to do is use your handy pin hooks and arrange your cutting table tools how you desire.

This was a really fun project, and I am so glad we did it. My sewing area looks so much more organized, and is wonderfully functional. Hooray!




  1. Erin - January 2, 2013

    Looks awesome! What a great way to organize!

  2. Christine Sherman - January 2, 2013

    Great idea, thanks!!

  3. Faye Morrison - January 2, 2013

    I just need some energy first! Love the idea!!

  4. Callie - January 2, 2013

    This is an awesome idea! I’m getting my husband on it right away!!

  5. Arlene Erickson - January 2, 2013

    Would you believe I had this idea a year ago and 6 months ago my husband built one for me. I love it and now I know where my suplies are all the time.

  6. Beth - January 2, 2013

    What a great project. I will be shopping for a frame.

  7. Stephanie - January 2, 2013

    Awesome! I love girls who know how to use tools. I am not one of those girls!!!

  8. Mary - January 2, 2013

    cool! I just painted a 2’x 4′ of pegboard a coupled days ago – just trying to figure out if I should use framing – sounded like too much work! heading to a 2nd hand store tomorrow!

  9. Brenda - January 2, 2013

    Super idea. Every sewer should have one..

  10. Lucie - January 2, 2013

    great idea! Thanks!

  11. Gayle Lott - January 2, 2013

    I love this idea and have been wanting to do this for awhile. My DGS is suppose to pick up my peg board when he goes into the city. I am glad to see this “tips line” and will be anxious to see what comes up next.

  12. Barbara - January 2, 2013

    Thank you, what a great project. And I just love working with tools.

  13. Kathy Gross - January 3, 2013

    How did you hang it to the wall? Did you have to use those white twisty things that hold your screw in? or just use regular picture hanging stuff?

  14. Nannette Konstant - January 3, 2013

    I’ve been sewing for ions, my handy dandy hubby built one for me about 20 yrs. ago. It measures 3 X. 5 foot. More space ~~~ more notions to hang….. A one point you could hardly see the peg board……can you say “spring cleaning”? Love your idea though…cute frame.

  15. Rose Masuda - January 4, 2013

    Hi, I have been thinking of doing this, but I never thought of having it framed, now I will for sure. Yours looks awesome, wonderful job you did. I can hardly wait to go purchase the peg board.

  16. Rochelle Hubert - January 4, 2013

    I have two pegboards, not framed, but I use one for notions and one for thread. For thread use straight pegs long enough to hold large spool of thread with matching bobbin. My husband had to straightn the metal pegs for thread. They have an upward curve at the end & spools did not want to slip onto the pegs.

  17. Linda Christianson - January 4, 2013

    This looks too small! I have framed calendar that could be used, but it would not hold too much. I hope to have a peg wall, full sheet size to hold all the tools. It worked in my last home for all my knitting machine tools. Since now I quilt like crazy I need a wall for all the rotary tools and longarm tools. Who hangs up the scissors? My rotary cutting and scissors are always in use.

  18. Cindy - January 4, 2013

    I can’t wait to make one

  19. Brenda-Kay - January 4, 2013

    My local lumber yard cut to fit. Menards sells several different sizes.My husband and I used floor trim scraps to make or frame. We added cup hooks to the bottom. They made great Birthday gifts. Some of our friends are saying Christmas is only 11 months away that gives you all sorts of time to get ours made.

  20. Pam Gorman - January 7, 2013

    An avid crafter cannot have to many peg boards. When built our new home, I quickly claimed one of the bedrooms for “Nana’s Room.” With hubby’s help we placed an 8 X 4 sheet on one of the walls above my sewing machines and serger. It is full and now we are placing more on the outside of the double doors to the closet. Can’t wait to fill this one up.

  21. Sheila - January 9, 2013

    This may be okay for some people, but I do not want my sewing room to look like my husband’s workshop. Too much clutter hanging up.

  22. Freda - January 12, 2013

    Great Idea, I am going to do this project for sure. Funny, I organized my pantry with peg board for hanging pots pans, lids etc., but just never connected the concept to my sewing room. I think this is a great idea. As for Sheila,her husband must have a very neat work room, I don,t consider my quilting gear clutter rather inspiration, egging me on. Visual contact is a great thing, as we get older it gets a little harder to remember what drawer we put that thing in. Have a great day and thanks for,sharing.