Monday, July 9, 2012

Sewing Room Tour

This past weekend I couldn't take it anymore! My sewing room was a disaster. Embarrassingly messy. I had plans to work on my Dresden quilt but I couldn't even make enough space on the table to cut properly, so I knew it was time. Sigh.. It took much too long, but I'm happy I did it! 

I give you the tour! My sewing room doesn't really have much personality, and it's kinda ghetto, but I love that it's just my space. I feel really lucky that I have a whole (tiny!) room to myself to work in and make a complete mess of every so often. :)

I want to post this as a "before" tour. I'm challenging myself to make this space more beautiful, but I'm giving myself some time.. there are quite a few things I'd like to do, but I wouldn't want those things to get in the way of my sewing time, lol!

I have a big "L" shaped desk that my fiance and I put together using cheap lumber from Lowe's and some MDF. It took us two hours to build the work station, and it was probably about $40. Sturdy as heck too, that stuff is heavy!

It's nice to have a big window for light and the view of the plants and things in the yard - it's really pretty when it rains. The ledge that goes around the room is so handy! Yes, it get's cluttered, but I just call it convenient storage.

My sister gave me this awesome photo frame a while ago (above, on the left), it's sitting on the ledge with the default picture still in it! Ahh. I'm the worst, lol.

Nice big area for cutting and ironing...

This bookcase is my work in progress station. Each project has it's own little cubby.

Here's the inside of the closet - I'll just show you the half that is sewing related. The other side is a bit shameful, lol, but I promise it isn't a graveyard of old sewing projects! Just extra storage for stuff I should probably throw away.

I've always kept my stash in these hanging shoe dividers, but only this past weekend did it have any sort of order. I used Jeni's tutorials for folding and organizing ideas. I love how everything looks so pretty now!

Scraps sorted into drawers by color.

Sewing room goals:
  • Sand, paint and seal the ghetto tables white (at least the legs, maybe not the tops)
  • Add a curtain to the underside of the tables to hide the storage and cords
  • Add a window dressing
  • Put a picture in the frame my sister bought me!
  • Hang and frame the giant mirror
  • Cover my dirty ass ironing board, it's repulsive!
  • Decorate the walls a little
  • Clean out the rest of the closet
There ya have it, my favorite room in the house. As a reward for my efforts, I decided my stash is much too small and needs to be stocked! I spluuuurrged and bought 26 half yards of fabric in "stash builder" colors and patterns. has some great basic stuff on sale - I have 13 yards total and it was only $69! I can't tell you how excited I am for this big box to arrive!

Happy Monday everyone, thanks for stoppin by! :D

I'm linking up with PinkChalkStudios "Where I Sew" series - there are a lot of really great looking looking studios out there! Wow! Go checkem out. :)


  1. I like your little space! I have no room of my own so I am envious of anyone who does, no matter how undecorated it is! Looking forward to the "after" photos. :)

  2. I love seeing other people's creative spaces! Thank you so much for sharing with us! I have that same frame in my studio... it holds a picture of my quilt group and I! I think your space is just perfect for being creative!

  3. Nice, nice, nice! I'm always interested to see scrap storage systems--I'm early in scrap collection, so I have a bit of time to get it "sorted" out (har dee har har), but I'd like to figure out something soon. I'm jealous that you have your own little room, but since I live alone, technically everywhere in my apartment is "my own space," so I suppose I shouldn't complain. I'll show off my dining area/sewing room sometime. :)

    As for your ironing board cover, I'll be sure to include a picture of mine when I feature my work space so you feel better. :)

  4. Great post. Nice to have a peek inside. Your room actually looks way bigger than mine (if that tells you anything about the size of my space.) I think it is great that you have all those storage solutions - especially great how you have a designated space for each of your ongoing projects. I finally got a small drawer unit to use as one of the legs for my desk but I have to figure out some other ideas so I'll be interested to see your WIP.

  5. The two by fours and the mdf are clean and sleek! And the window is a huge plus! I think the space is "beautiful" as-is. It's like an open book to creativity!

  6. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I love how you made your own table. That is fantastic! I am just like you organized in my craft space, but ready from some decor. Happy Quilting! Tanya

  7. I love your desk! I just bought a house and am trying to figure out what to do in my sewing room...for a work space/cutting table...I just may steal you idea, it's awesome!

  8. I love your space and how you have organized it! Absolutely gorgeous!

  9. Your sewing room looks so well organized! I love all the light you have.

  10. You're so lucky to have so much light and I love the cubbies by project! I have a quick idea for your cute frame-put a piece of fabric or a spare bit of patchwork in it! ;)

  11. Love how you hide all your stash and well organized:)

  12. Love your sewing space, beautiful! My studio is not looking so organized. Your space gives me hope!

  13. Beautiful sewing space, I love all the organization and your table is awesome! Looks perfect!

  14. I love seeing other peoples sewing spaces! Thanks for sharing, it's very nice and tidy!

  15. Thanks for showing us your sewing space. I would love a room to myself. Di x

  16. Your sewing room is fantastic! I really love how you have your scraps and your projects organized. The desk is great too, the L-shape is perfect for sewing.

    I hope your package gets to you soon, I always get terribly antsy waiting for fabric mail! Like checking the tracking information every 20 minutes antsy :D

  17. Ah, this is fun! I actually like your ghetto sewing tables. Raw wood (even pine) is always pretty in my book. You've got some worthy goals though. Oh, and the fabric!!!! wow, what fun.

  18. what a lovely sewing room! It's so bright with such a nice big window. I, too, love it when it rains! Makes me want to quilt even more. I love the wood on your desk; I agree, don't paint it!

  19. This sewing room is just adorable! You are so organised and it's just how I would have my sewing room - should I ever get one! Yours is wonderful and light and airy and perfect for feeling inspired to sew :-) The kitchen table, where the chlidren have just had their dinner is a much less inspiring place trust me!

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