I found these inexpensive containers with a lip that just fits over a curtain tension rod.
My sewing machine is in front of a window. I put a tension rod in the window and used the containers I found at Ikea. Now I have places for scissors, seam rippers, spools of thread, sewing machine oil... you get the idea.
I put another tension rod in front of my books in the bookcase. I added containers for cutters, pencils, and small rulers keeping my cutting surface free from clutter and making my tools easier to find. They aren't buried under fabric and pattern pieces any more.
Not lucky enough to have access to Ikea? Pinterest has several pins with instructions for making hanging storage containers using curtain rods and even embroidery hoops. I just used an s-hook through the screw mechanism on the embroidery hoop to hang it over the curtain rod. I encourage you to get a nice cup of tea, a comfy chair and spend a little time surfing Pinterest for your own inspiration.