This spring I think lots of us have had more time on our hands and I’ve seen many posts on the Facebook group talking about setting up of dedicated sewing rooms. As I work from home I have an office come sewing room, small but perfectly formed. Well, if I actually tidied up a little (or actually used up some of my stash) I thought we could take a look at ideas for sewing rooms from tables to storage ideas.
Unlike many sewing spaces I see on American quilt groups, my room is small, about four metres square, about 12’ old money, and I have way too much stuff to ram in. A desk was most important so I went for a corner one. It fits nicely into the corner and enables me to work nicely along with a decent office chair which doubles as a sewing chair. I got both of these from the well known Swedish furniture superstore. From the equally famous online retail site I managed to find a desk tidy/riser to hold my screen and enables me to tuck away my laptop underneath it allowing my desk to be free for piling up yet more fabric, no, sorry, I meant leaving it free for design work…
I’ve a very sturdy metal rack for boxes and storage containers. Having quite a bit of stuff for the magazine, I do need somewhere to put it all along with the stationary that goes with it. I’ve been really impressed how much space this has and I’ve boxes of fabrics, rolls of interfacing (rolled up into kitchen roll tubes – a great way to keep it tidy and you can write on the roll exactly what type it is) along with Freezer Paper and bonding adhesives. Along-side this I have a small bookcase, we all have too many books, and I also store copies of magazines in those storage boxes that are designed for the purpose.
When it comes to storing my fabrics I try and keep a lot of it in large plastic tubs but most of my fat quarters are folded into two CD racks that are over 6’. They hold a lot of quarters and you can see them at an instant. I’ve spoken about the chest of drawers I hold the remainder of my fabrics in my blog – Show us ‘yer Drawers. It’s amazing how much I managed to fit in there but I am still able to see quickly any given piece.
Another idea I’ve used is to have racks on the wall – one for my scissors, cutters and a few rulers that are able to be hung – just above my cutting table. This is a Horn version which had two fold-up leaves and a small ironing board. It really was worth it for me as the height is perfect and I find it has made cutting a pleasure, no longer back-breaking. The ironing board is a good addition meaning it’s always there ready to use. As a side note, I have an iron in my sewing room and found it a little too easy to forget I’d switched it on. I’ve now plugged in a little light strip into the same socket so if the iron is on, the light is on. I can’t tell you how often this has saved me leaving the iron on for days. There are many different options out there regard tables from fold up ones, legs with tops that can be adapted or even old office desks which have a wonderfully large surface and could be raised on blocks. Check out second-hand sellers online. I did a quick search and found several which would work well.
Another item I wouldn’t be without is my ‘design wall’, a Fons and Porter version, which is truly great. If you’ve not heard of one of these think Fuzzy Felt. You can stick blocks to it, move them around, if you have the wall space, do think about one. I’ve used simple plastic hooks, ones that can be removed (so clever!) and it was really easy to pop it up.
When it comes to the sewing machines, I found a sewing cabinet, again a Horn one, second hand only a short drive away. It does fold up and the machine can be pushed down to hide it away completely if required. These do come up on second-hand sites but you might have to be quick. It has three drawers and I find I can keep most of my threads in boxed in here but I also have a rack I’m yet to put up which will hold lots of spools.
I do love my ‘happy place’ where I sew, write and sometimes just move fabric around but as with all of us, if I could double the size I would. But then, I’d only fill it up with more fabric – and maybe a long arm!