Stella

Industrial Design
Problem

Sewing requires many tools that can clutter one's workspace. How can sewing supplies be organized in an efficient yet playful way that does not hinder one's workflow?

Process

Observe, Ideate, Prototype, Build

Just the Essentials

While observing others sewing, it became apparent that not all tools are always needed for each project. Current organizing solutions focus on storage and containing all supplies in one place, but this makes it hard for users to find the tools they actually need. I tried to ideate solutions that allowed the user to pick and access just the supplies they needed for the project they're working on, rather than having to rummage through their whole toolkit.

I tried to ideate solutions that allowed the user to pick and access just the supplies they needed for the project they're working on, rather than having to rummage through their whole toolkit.

All-Around Storage

I created low-fidelity models with radiating arms that allow the user to hang tools such as spools, thimbles and measuring tapes. For sharp materials, I made the body a pin cushion, with a hole hollowed out at the top for longer utensils such as pencils, scissors or seam rippers.

Many sewing supplies, such as spools, measuring tapes and thimbles, have holes or forms that allow them to be hung. To explore how this could be used, I created low-fidelity models with radiating arms for hanging the tools. However, there are also many sharp materials such as pins and needles, so I needed a safe place to store those. To address that, I made the body a pin cushion, with a hole hollowed out at the top for longer utensils such as pencils, scissors or seam rippers.

Tactile Materials

Warm, inviting materials that fit with the home environment

Cork Body

Yarn Wrapping

Pine Arms

Polypropylene Container

Not Just a Tool

I wanted to keep a simple aesthetic that would be fit for display on any tabletop. The interactions with the organizer also contribute to the product's look and feel. The more things stored in the organizer, the more the shape fills out, leaving a playful ball shape that is as much of a display as it is a storage device.

The organizer would most likely be placed on a desk or table while the user is working. Hence, it was important that it has a simple aesthetic fit to be displayed on any tabletop. The interactions with the organizer also contribute to the product's look and feel. The more things stored in the organizer, the more the shape fills out, leaving a playful ball shape that is as much of a display as it is a storage device.

Organized workflow

The 360 degree design allows the supplies to radiate outwards, making it easy for users to locate, grab and drop off any supplies while working. It organizes the tools users need at the moment and it keeps the workspace clean.

Stella is a playful tabletop sewing and craft supplies organizer where the user can stick their pins, pencils and spools while working.  The 360 degree design allows the supplies to radiate outwards, making it easy for users to locate, grab and drop off any supplies while working. It organizes the tools users need at the moment and it keeps the workspace clean.

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