Fabric Organizer with a Wooden Gun Rack

Fabric Organizer with a Wooden Gun Rack

A friend of mine found this wooden gun rack at a thrift store and figured I could upcycle it into something fun for my blog. And she was right! I mulled over different upcycling ideas before it occurred to me that it could become a fabric organizer for scrap fabric. And transforming it into my vision wouldn’t be hard at all!

Wooden gun rack for upcycling as a fabric organizer

All I needed to do was create some bars to lay across the gun holders. Would it really be that simple? There’s only one way to find out…

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Sewing Room Storage Ideas with a Hanging Gun Rack

First, I painted the wooden gun rack in a bright turquoise. Then, I assembled some 1″ wooden dowels to cut down to size to become the racks or bars for my fabric organizer.

Wooden dowels to go in a hanging gun rack for scrap fabric

But when I laid the dowels in the slots to figure out how much to trim off, I was reminded that this rack was mean to hold shotguns, and everything was askew. 

In other words, the slot for the stock was deeper/lower than the slot for the barrel. Whoops!

Wooden dowels in a wooden wall gun rack

I guesstimated that there was a one-inch deficit on the left side…and my dowels were one-inch in diameter. The slots were about ⅜” wide, so we sliced off little dowel “coins” with our newest power tool.

I had to trim the wooden dowels for my fabric organizer anyway, so why not use the scraps as risers in the wooden gun rack?

Risers for a wooden gun rack from ends of dowels

After sanding down the edges of the risers, I painted them to match the hanging gun rack.

Spray painting the risers for a fabric organizer from a hanging gun rack

Then, I used wood glue to attach them inside the lower slots. The fabric organizer was coming together nicely!

Upcycling a wooden gun rack to hold the fabric scraps

I used rubber bands to hold the risers in place as the wood glue dried and set. They worked perfectly in this capacity.

Wooden Gun Rack as a Fabric Organizer

Next, I turned my attention to the wooden dowels.

I had originally planned to paint the dowels white, but after painting the risers, I discovered just how porous and thirsty dowels are.

Instead of dealing with a potentially botched paint job, I changed up the plan and used Mod Podge to decoupage fabric to give them some flair.

Decoupaging fabric onto wood with vintage sheets

The decoupaged wooden dowels really popped against the wooden gun rack. And the risers evened out the wooden dowels to make my fabric organizer look perfect!

Sewing Room storage ideas with a wooden gun rack

Then, I added large white cup hooks to the ends of each wooden dowel so that I could hang some scrap fabric from them. I was determined to make this into the ultimate fabric organizer for sewing room storage!

Cup hooks on the ends of a fabric organizer for fabric scraps

Lastly, I slid some curtain ring clips on the bottom dowel in my fabric organizer, too.

Hanging gun rack as a fabric organizer for sewing room storage ideas

Now I just needed to fill it up with my fabric scraps!

Fabric Organizer for Scrap Fabric with a Wooden Gun Rack

How perfect is that? A space-saving fabric organizer for a sewing room or craft room. Would you even know it was originally a wooden gun rack?

Fabric organizer for scrap fabric with a wooden gun rack

Reducing my fabric storage in large cumbersome bins is a real space saver for a smaller sewing room, isn’t it? A wooden gun rack as a fabric organizer for scrap fabric is a great use of wall space for sewing room storage, that’s for sure.

Sewing organizer and sewing room storage ideas

Not only is my fabric organizer handy, but it looks gorgeous. AND it’ll remind me which fabrics I have when I’m brainstorming projects. A triple whammy repurpose!

I’m also very excited to announce that my first book is now available! If you love working with flannel or fabric crafts in general (sewing and non-sewing), then you will LOVE “Crafting with Flannel”!

Craft book on flannel fabric

And if you enjoyed this upcycling idea for sewing storage, then you’ll love this pin cushion and sewing caddy from a vintage teapot!

diy pin cushion in a vintage teapot

Craft on!


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Sarah Ramberg is the owner of Sadie Seasongoods, a website that celebrates all things secondhand. From upcycling ideas and thrifted decor to vintage-centric travel itineraries, Sadie Seasongoods is a one-stop shop for anyone who loves thrifting and approachable repurposing ideas. Sarah is also the author of “Crafting with Flannel” and has been featured in numerous media outlets and magazines.


  1. Sarah, I love it. Your capacity to create has no limit! You’re so gifted!

  2. I love the way you covered the dowels! Clever trick to make the one side higher, too. Great job!!!

  3. I wish my brain worked like yours does….in a genius sort of way! I would never have thunked of that, but it’s great! All my scraps, I forget what I’ve got..out of sight, out of mind! Girl….you da bomb! (or whatever equivalent in today’s speak)

  4. It really is gorgeous and a much better use for a fun rack. Lol!! I love it.

  5. Stunning for sure. Very creative. Love it. I really like the transformation.

  6. Maybe can be used in the bathroom to hang towels on.

  7. What a great idea!

  8. Stunning redo! Very clever to recover the thirsty dowels with fabric rather than painting.

  9. Loving, pinning, sharing, and stealing the idea for a store display!

  10. Wowza! What a transformation and SO darn clever. I have to laugh just thinking about what the original owner of that gun rack would be thinking if he/she could see it now. Thanks for sharing at Talk of the Town.

  11. What a grand idea ! Thanks for sharing and I love the your title sooo catchy 🙂

  12. What a great idea! I love this.Keeps your fabric neat and organized and easy to see. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Absolutely love this idea!! Thank you for sharing with OMHG Wonderful Wednesday Link Party.. Have a great day, co-host Evija @Fromevijawithlove x

  14. I love this lovely and bright colours and really useful. I saw one of these racks in my local auction house last week, I wish I’d bought it now, I’ll have to look out for another one.

  15. What a great ideal, I see these all the time at garage sales and thrift stores. Like everyone one has said the possibilities for its use are unlimited.

  16. I love it. The only thing that I don’t understand is the dowel coins. Why? What purpose do they serve?

    • Look at the photo of the hanging gun rack with the plain wood dowels laying in the slots- see how uneven they are? They all slant down to the left. Gluing in those “dowel coins” raises the dowels so that they lay evenly in the slots.

  17. Oh my gosh, I love this so much Sarah, how creative! Thanks for linking up with The DIY Collective, come back and visit us again next week! xo! Cassie

  18. That’s adorable—-and a way better use —lol, and the color just kicks off your collection! Great post! Sandi

  19. Such a great repurpose! And the new colors are way better 🙂

  20. Now that’s what I call using your head, how absolutely brilliant to re-
    purpose a gun rack the way you did, then make it so pretty on top of it. Awesome. I can imagine you’ve given lots of crafters ideas for their stashes, me included.
    I have plastic boxes and iris carts full of fabric. Every time I need some for project have to go digging in drawers and boxes. my sewing room is smaller than most people have for walk in closet. You’ve sure inspired me.
    Well have to go have physical therapy.. Had shoulder parts replaced on 12/7 so now have to get arm and shoulder working as should be. Can do lots with arm in down ward tasks but lifting it up is not happening yet.
    You keep popping out those incredible repurposes, will look forward to seeing what you do next.
    Happy daze

    • Thank you so much- and good luck with PT! It is a long, sometimes painful process but SO incredibly worth it.

      • This isn’t first time for pt for me, had both knees replaced in 08 and 09, but had better insurance then. Now I will have to pay $40 each time I go to pt. When company bought out Humana and other one they changed premium amounts, almost $30 higher than what I was paying but also bumped me down to less coverage program. They told AARP there would not be any increases in premiums but before year was over got letter informing me of higher premium. So they lied to Aarp. We got no COLA this year so too bad if we have to pay more for insurance besides the $104.90 taken out of our checks for Medicare. To say I’m pretty ticked off would be putting it very mildly.
        Think I need to let Aarp know how they lied to people about increases, how much and how I was bumped down to lesser program without being informed. Having to find out hard way. Sorry for the rant but what are we supposed to do? We had such hard time over recession with 5 weeks between paydays as it is for so many months. We did go to food bank few times but food given is far from what is healthy and nutritious and certainly not enuf to cover 4 weeks let alone 5 weeks. Is high fat, high sodium.
        In case people think seniors are floating in money, many of us are not. It was even said in our newspaper few weeks ago that Grand Junction, CO is one of highest for medical costs. It’s high for too many things, wouldn’t have moved here if we’d known at time, Real estate costs here are atrocious and ridiculous.
        Thank you for letting me state my case. Other older people should know about this situation so I will be informing Aarp about this. They had article in one of their publications shortly after company bought out Humana and other company. Are ceo’s having good time on seniors money?

  21. Your Amazing! very creative!

  22. What a clever use for an old gun rack! I love your choice of colors and fabrics for the redo!

  23. Why not use it for spools of ribbob? Love the idea!

  24. This reminds of a vintage shop that displays their towels/hankies this way. So pretty! Although my hubby would probably steal the rack for his guns…lol.

  25. Love it!

  26. Amanda Kolb says

    What a transformation!! My mom totally had those sheets you used on the dowels when I was growing up (and probably still does!) Thank you for sharing at Merry Monday!

  27. You never fail to amaze me with your inventiveness. Donna has an great idea to copy your gun rack rack fabric organizer for a store display. I may have to copy it too for my antique booth. Thank you so much for sharing at Vintage Charm and providing such a detailed tutorial. sb

  28. Great recycle project.Thanks for sharing with us at Throwback Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you bring this week!

  29. I love that idea! My husband had a gun rack like that at one point….wonder if it’s out in the barn and if he’d let me have it…

  30. What a perfect idea~! It would make such a great quilt display, too!

    Thanks for linking up with us on Throwback Thursday – we appreciate it, and are always looking forward to next week’s posts, too!! 🙂 Be sure to follow our pinterest board, too! 🙂


  31. I love this project! You are so clever! I can’t tell you how many racks like that I have passed up in thrift stores – never again!

  32. Such an awesome upcycle. Love the colors you picked too. Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party @dearcreatives

  33. This is such a neat idea!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  34. Absolutely genius! I will probably never overlook an old gun rack again! I love the way you adapted to the shape of the rack to meet your needs. And, good tip about the porous dowel rods.

  35. You are truly the queen of re-purposing! Great idea here! I keep all my fabrics on pants hangers in a spare closet, but one of these would be great for hanging a few of our favorite afghans. They would be handy and displayed, too! Thanks so much for sharing over at Celebrate Your Story!

    • Thank you so much, Chloe! A lot of folks love this idea for displaying quilts and afghans…I suspect there won’t be many gun racks in the thrift shops now!! It makes me want to collect quilts just to display them. 😀

  36. What a great idea for an old gun rack… it turned out great! Liz

  37. This is such a great idea and it’s so colorful and feminine, you nailed this one! My fabric pieces are stuffed in a plastic bin that was too small 10 pieces of fabric ago. Thank you so much for sharing this at Celebrate Your Story and we hope you join us again.

  38. Oh, my! I am always search for That One scrap of fabric. This solution is absolutely GENIUS! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  39. Absolutely love this, totally pinning! Have a great week 🙂 xo

  40. Funny, there was one of these gun racks in my Grandmother’s house. The guns are gone so it was just hanging there on the wall. When I saw your post on Pinterest, I said, “So, that’s what it is!” 🙂 I got permission to have it and took it home. I don’t have fabric scraps so much as paper punches, so I’m going to use it for that. I was afraid a wooden dowel wouldn’t be strong enough for the heavy punches, so I got some PVC pipe. Looks like it will work, but I’m still putting together my craft room, so I haven’t put it to use yet. Just wanted to share the idea in case another reader was looking for a similar solution.

    On a different note – I adore that color blue you used. Do you remember what it is? I want to paint my craft desk in a similar color, but I haven’t found anything that bright on the paint chips I’ve been browsing. Thanks! Cathy

    • Thanks so much, Cathy!!! I’m 99% sure that I used Krylon’s Island Splash spray paint on it…I have a LOT of cans of spray paint so I don’t always keep track of what I used in a project, but I’m pretty sure that’s the one. 🙂

  41. Very Clever! I will keep this in mind as my craft room needs all the organization it can get 🙂

  42. So simple, yet so pretty! I love the blue color. And it has so many other potential uses as well.

    I feature organizing ideas on Fridays. Please share this great idea at Simple Organization Ideas on Organized 31! (You can find the link in the Navigation Bar).

  43. I am not talented enough to do this but I do so love it. Beautiful!

  44. There you go again!! That’s the prettiest gun rack ever! I love the way you decorated the rods. Using this for fabric storage is brilliant.

    Happy Thoughts of Home. 🙂

  45. Kathy A. says

    I love your ingenuity. I thought the cloth covered dowels were to keep the cloth from slipping! That lower shelf would be good for ribbon rolls, too. I would love one to keep pieces of current projects (18″ doll clothes for the grands and mending) in sight! There’s another item to add to my “look for at yard sales list”!

  46. Liesl Anne says

    You always amaze and inspire! Thank you for sharing your talents and joy!!!

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