Recently, in the Gracious Threads facebook group, we held a sewing room clean up contest. I was quite embarrassed to share mine, because when I am in ‘project mode’ I tend to just create and not worry about cleaning up after myself. My space was such a mess I couldn’t even relax in it anymore so I knew it was time to clean! Quite a few of you joined me, and I’m happy to announce that Carolyn V is winner of the $15 gift certificate to Phat Quarters and $15 to Gracious Threads!
So while my room is clean, here is a peak into where I do all my designing and sewing! If you wanted a Pinterest worthy room, this isn’t it, but it is practical and works for me now. Maybe one day I’ll invest in a more beautiful space 🙂
My sewing space is not a separate room, but rather the back 1/3 of our large rec room. I love how the kids are able to play while still seeing me, but the shelves and baby gate keep them from getting into my things or hurting themselves with the machines. My husband nailed paneling to the back of the Ikea Kallux shelves since my toddler was having a lot of fun pushing through the shelves to the other side!
I have a large Ikea table that I use for my machines. From left to right, I have an Elna 444 coverstitch machine, a Husqvarna Emerald 183 sewing machine, and a Brother 1034D serger. Underneath the table is my old White sewing machine that I got from my parents when I was 12, and a 1970’s Kenmore I got for free that my girls use when I sew. Also on the table are jars with my pens, scissors, tags, ribbon, and zippers. The small bookshelf has all other miscellaneous bits, including my buttons, snaps, grommets, tools, and quilting supplies.
Above my ironing board are 3 thread racks that my talented hubby made me. I made a hanging organizer for the supplies I like to keep on hand, and my rulers hang on the wall as well.
My shorter Kallux shelf holds all my Ottobre magazines, drafting textbooks, other sewing books, as well as interfacings, elastics and other random things in the lower bins.
Like many of you, I have a TON of printed out pdf patterns! I store them all in this filing shelf, sorted alphabetically by designer. I would like to get an actual filing cabinet one day, but this works.
In the corner I have all my woven fabrics in bins: apparel fabrics in the large bins and quilting cottons in the two smaller bins. My large roll of black fleece (a steal on our local buy/sell) and my roll of tracing paper also hang out here.
In the large Ikea Kallux shelf I have all my knits. They are organized by colour for solids and purpose for prints (myself, boy, girl, stripes, swimsuit, fleece, etc). On top of the shelf are all my Ottobre tracings, Jalie patterns, and a few big 4 patterns that I have.
My cutting table is also from Ikea. It was our old dining table and I used bed risers to make it a comfortable height for cutting. My large cutting mats stay on the table all the time. Underneath the table I have my scrapbooking and other paper craft supplies. I rarely use these now, but my girls like to go through it for their crafts.
Thanks for taking a look! As you can see, my space is nothing fancy, but it is very functional and I love spending time there!