I am so excited to finally share my sewing space with all of you and to really kick off this series! As you know 2 days after Christmas I decided to turn my kids playroom into my sewing room. You can see in this post what the room looked like before. My sewing room is a fairly tiny space. It measures about 8 feet by feet. So besides my work table, there is little room for anything else.
My sewing room definitely has an old country/vintage feel to it which makes it blend well with the rest of our house. As most of you know I love old vintage items, especially anything metal or wood. Thankfully a few years ago my husband built a wall of shelving in the kids playroom to store all of the kids toys and art supplies. Now it makes the perfect place to store all of my fabric, patterns and works in progress.
Inside of the shelving there is a sheet metal board. It makes a great spot to jot down quick notes as well as stick up pattern pieces or fabric swatches. I use all of the cubbies surrounding the sheet metal board to organize and display my fabric. All of my fabrics are even organized by type or purpose. I cannot tell you how much I love having one place to store all of my fabric, plus now I can even see what I have for fabric.
The top shelf holds all of my patterns and what few sewing books I have.
These old galvanized milk coolers hold all of my store bought patterns along with some of my handmade patterns. I mentioned the other day how I like to cut up my worn out or stained clothes and use those as my templates. For me it works much better then any pattern that I have purchased. The suitcase holds more patterns in the binders as well as a few of my sewing books. Most of the patterns in the binders are my pdf patterns that I have purchased on line. This keeps them pretty organized when it comes to the smaller kids clothes patterns but I am finding that this is not the most practical way of storing larger patterns or patterns with too many pieces. For those I just use one of the milk coolers to store them in. I have used the wooden crate for the past few years to store my sewing machines on and it just happened to fit perfectly in this spot. As you can see, it now stores my overlock machine, the girls sewing machine and some of the girls sewing projects. I tuck my cutting mat and rulers behind it when not in use.
My overlock machine, Huskylock s21.You can see from the pictures above that I have a pipe hung up that is being used as a clothes rack. I like to store all of my cut out patterns that I am getting ready to use clipped onto hangers. My works in progress are stored in my unfinished projects bag that I made a few years ago and I even hang some of my finished products up here as well. You can see another dress that I finished is hanging there. And yes, it’s another Caroline Party Dress! I also hang my tripod and photography backdrop hang here as well. I use fabric organizer boards from The Fabric Organizer to wrap all of my fabric on. I can neatly store a few yards of fabric on the small boards and they fit really nicely in the cubbies.For all of my fabric scraps I just store them in a wooden crate. Or if you ask my kids this is their fabric bin. I love watching them paw through it to find the right fabric. With such a small room it was hard to fit another table in there for the kids, but I really wanted them to have a spot of their own in there too. So I found this old wash tub rack at a thrift store that folds down and makes the perfect little table for the kids. When they want to sew I just pull down one side and place a piece of wood on top of the rack. It actually ends up being the perfect height for them to sew at. It also is a great spot to take pictures too. I can place a piece of white foam board on it and place it against the white wall and it becomes a great spot for taking pictures for tutorials. The best part is that I love how small it folds up and tucks perfectly into the corner when not in use. Some times you have to think outside of the box when working with small spaces.How many sewing machines does one household need?My sewing chair was purchased from a yard sale a few years ago. It is surprisingly super comfy and I love that it is small and does not take up too much space.I use this old crate to store all of my thread in. I love being able to see all of my thread neatly organized plus it also adds a little color to the white walls. I am still using my sewing caddy. I tuck it right beside in the corner so that I have all of my tools within reach. It works perfectly for my needs.
My sewing machine, Husqvarna Emerald 116. I use these little metal bins to store all of my fabric tags in. For those of you wondering, I purchase my tags here.In the last corner is my dress form. I blogged about my dress form here if you want to read more about it. I am still really enjoying this dress form and as you can see it has a wool coat on it right now which may or may not ever get finished. The pattern was just not made for me and I have spent hours trying to make it work, but I just might have to call it quits. I am thinking I can save the fabric and make it into a skirt. Any other thoughts or ideas? And that is my little sewing space. It may be small but it is so wonderful having everything in one spot.So what do you think? Thoughts or suggestions?
Don’t forget to link up your sewing space here. Next week I have my first guest and I am really excited to see what her sewing space looks like!