For the last ten years, I’ve been living a lie. Now that it’s been rectified, I can come clean.
I have a room I’ve referred to as my “sewing room.” The thing is, very little sewing actually went on in that space. There was lots of planning, cutting, and other crafting, but the actual sewing took place in my office. My sewing machines sat on a countertop under the window, opposite our computers.
I was, and still am, grateful to have the space, because for many years my sewing supplies were stacked in a corner of my bedroom. But having to move a project back and forth between the two rooms was a hassle, especially when I was working on something complicated.
A few years ago we invested in some Ikea shelving and cabinets, giving my place a big upgrade. But I was selling handmade items on Etsy at the time, and pending orders alone took up a banquet table set up in front of my shelves.
Since I moved from selling finished items to patterns last year, it freed up space in my studio. Besides that, it was time to get rid of some things that I’d had for way too long.
I was about to embark on my purging project when I started to wonder if it would be possible to finally move my sewing machines into my actual sewing room. After a game of mental Tetris, I figured out it could happen without losing one piece of furniture. The only casualty was one row of cubes stuffed in the corner, which I can definitely live without.
Want a tour? This is walking into the room from the hallway.
To the right is my ironing board. It’s probably the least attractive part of this room at this point, but I use it more than almost anything else.
To the left of that is the counter top, upper shelving, and lower drawers I’ve had for a few years now. I LOVE it so much. The under cabinet lighting is a lifesaver.
Fabric corner. I try to control myself. Try.
The entire shelf on the left against the back wall is taken up by my stained glass supplies. I don’t like giving up that much room for one craft that I only do occasionally, but it would be hard to get rid of any of it and still be able to work with glass.
This is where all my craft supplies are stored: interfacing, felt, zippers, pretty much all the things you need to make anything. There’s a box on that shelf now labeled “Baby.” ❤️
And my new sewing room counter.
We added under cabinet lighting on this side too. The older I get, the more light I need to see what I’m doing. Ugh.
I had a white board stuffed in a corner, and asked my husband if he had any ideas for hanging it without putting holes in the door. He didn’t let me down.
He suggested a fabric strip that we could staple the board to, then staple to the very top of the door.
I added pockets for my pens and erasers.
It’s perfect, and no damage to the door!
We were able to reclaim the space in the office where I was sewing, so I had room to open up my treadle sewing machine (okay, there’s still one out there, but it doesn’t work…yet!) and add an armchair.
I think that’s it for this sewing room. Everything is together now, it’s functional, and organized. The next sewing room tour you’ll see here will probably be when my new one is built in Montana!