It's time for the Grand Finale in the REAL Studio Tour! Be sure to check out all of the great storage ideas in last week's post.
Today I'll show you my "main" space, My Sewing Room and then you can share yours!
I know that I lot of people call their sewing space a "studio" but mine has always been a "sewing room" and always will be.
When we bought this house we bought it for the land. Neither of us liked the house much and I didn't see how I was going to have a good sewing room. But Chris suggested that we remodel the kitchen/dining room to be a kitchen/family room and that I use the den as my sewing room. I was sold!
My sewing room is on the back of the house and I have 3 windows looking out to the river and pond. If I remember correctly the room is about 14 x 17. It's a dream space with great light and it's still in the middle of the living area. The entrance to the room is at the back of the house. To the right is the door to the back porch and to the left is the basement door.
The first cabinet you see is this old check cabinet (from the office sale). I use it primarily for button storage.
Buttons are mostly stored by color. I have collected buttons for years. I use them for various craft projects and want to eventually make a plaid quilt using buttons to tie it. Of course I have enough buttons to tie 500 quilts!
My cutting table is really old. I bought it shortly after we got married so it's got to be about 25 years old. I store my Accuquilt dies and cutting rulers in the center section and I try to keep the area under the table clean. Occasionally I need to fold the table down to clear the floor for blocking a quilt.
Coming around the room counterclockwise I have every available wall space covered with shelves. These wire shelves moved with me from Virginia Beach to Richmond in 1998. It looks really messy but it's really fairly organized.
One of my favorite things in the room is my ironing station. Chris and I built this with plywood and cabinets from Target. The top is attached with velcro so I can remove it and recover it when needed. It needed it 2 weeks ago.
I have 2 irons. I use one exclusively for ironing shop fabrics so it stays clean. I use the other one for everything else. The best product that I've found for cleaning my iron is the Mr Clean Magic Eraser. Love those things!
I store interfacing, beads and mixed media supplies on this side. On the other side I have my fancy threads and sewing supplies close to the machines.
This is my "normal" sewing corner. Originally I did garment sewing here but now mostly work on postcards, do mending and general sewing. The shelves above mostly hold garment sewing supplies including a large collection of zippers and ric-rac. These tables are old folding tables but I've replaced the legs with Ikea Vika Kaj legs. They are adjustable so I was able to set the table at a good height for me.
This is the sewing table that Chris and I built. This is where I do all of my piecing. I love the view of the pond and the table is ergonomically perfect for me. There's a small dresser in the corner that holds a lot of mixed media CRAP. That cabinet could use a good clean out.
My office! Here's where I write all of my blog posts. I can roll it around to watch TV or put it beside my sewing table so I can check email while I sew. I can park both the rolling cart and the computer in that little area to get both of them out of the way. The last cabinet that I bought from the office is this check cabinet. It's perfect for fat quarters. I'm slowly transitioning from only commercial fabrics to hand dyed fabrics and the cabinet is almost half and half now.
The shelf above the cabinet is the first area that really needs to be cleaned up. It's my catch all surface for stuff I don't want to deal with right away.
Isn't this perfect for fat quarters?
More shelves! Here's where all of the projects in process and scrap bins are stored. I even have my Great Grandmother's UFOs.
My Angry Birds keep an eye on me from the top shelf. I made these a few years ago.
On the inside wall I have two large cabinets that I bought from Lowes. I have so much weight on this wall that we had to enforce it downstairs. (The Sewing Room is right above Willie's Room in the basement.) This looks like a mess but it's really reasonably well organized. I know where everything is in here. The boxes on top have some completed projects, UFOs and there's one box of linens for dyeing....someday.
The second cabinet has some real potential for better utilization. I would like to eventually cut back my supplies to the point where I can take down a couple of shelves around the room.
You can see another door next to this cabinet. This door leads into the living room. Chris has offered several times to take down the wall between these to rooms to give me this whole space but I keep telling him that the last thing I need is more space to fill with CRAP.
In this view you can see both doors and the design wall. Eventually I'd like to get rid of the button cabinet and extend the design wall. You can also see another step stool. I use this to be able to reach the top of the design wall. This is relatively neat for me. Often there are some piles in the floor when I need to move things around temporarily. I'm starting to feel an itch for a major reorg though.
Now you know where I spend all of my time. Let's see where you spend yours!
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