I got my sewing room back a few weeks ago, after it was taken over for an extended period by a houseguest (my sister), and I’ve been slowly doing a little reorganise on it. I’m so happy to have my own space back, even though I’m a bit busy to really enjoy it at the moment (I haven’t sewn anything in like two weeks!). This room overlooks the garden at the back of the house and gets plenty of light throughout the day so it’s great for sewing. This is also our spare room and my home study – a lot of functions for a little room – so getting a bunch of useful storage in was my main concern.
I got this new ladder desk from the Futon Company with handy integrated shelves. It’s even got a desktop organiser which will be super perfect for threads, machine feet, and other notions. I’m glad to finally have separate desks for my machine and computer, so I don’t have to continually switch between the two.
I’ve got an Ikea rack for my sewing mags, and a wine crate on its side serves as a makeshift bookcase. One thing I haven’t sorted yet is a good system for printed PDF patterns. Right now they’re stuffed in a large ringbinder but it’s far too full! Any ideas?
I made these storage sacks to hold fabric scraps – they’re my Minerva blogger network make for this month. The outer is a sweet dotted canvas and they’re lined with a plain canvas for extra structure. This spotty canvas is really nice and comes in a bunch of pretty colours: I want some more for trousers!
There are plenty of tutorials online for making this type of thing, like this one, and they have a million potential uses, from scrap bin to a tote for work-in-progress projects.
If I was to make more I’d make them shorter and perhaps interface the fabric first so they stand up better. I fitted two of these large sacks onto 1m of each fabric. As ever, you can grab my kit to make your own here.
The elephant in the room right now is the tragedy that is this corner. I installed a rail in this awkward little alcove with canvas hanging pockets to store my fabric stash, which seemed like a great idea – until it crashed off the wall one day under the weight, aaaargh. I’m currently mulling what else to try here.
I’ve got loads more plans for this little room: you can see my Pinterest board for some ideas. What’s your sewing space like?