For as long as I can remember, I wanted a dedicated studio for my crafting. Over the years, I’ve had a spare room, a shed, a corner of a shared room and for the last 10 years of so, half of my living room was dedicated to the business of creating and making. Moving into the studio was a dream come true.

Suddenly I had space and that has brought new challenges, one being storage. Big storage has been solved, but it’s the little things. I could continue to buy boxes and tubs, but even though it’s an industrial unit, I still want that space to reflect me and what I do. I want it to inspire creativity not sanitise it by being a cold, sterile space.

My solution to that was to make my own storage. It all started when the new sewing machines arrived for the planned classes and workshops. I needed somewhere to keep the accessories for each machine separate and to keep other tools and accessories people would need to use. The fabric basket in the picture below was the first one I made. I used some leftover jelly roll strips, offcuts of In R Form Bosal and a Craft Cotton Company fat quarter I received on the UKQU retreat last year. It was perfect and it lead to a whole collection of baskets.

The great thing about making my own, I can vary the size. The smaller ones are great for keeping the machine accessories for each machine separate and I’m thinking the larger ones would make a great scrap storage system. What do you think?

Having got the studio ready for visitors, external forces have decreed that this is to be put on hold for a little while longer. However, that doesn’t mean that online classes have to stop. In fact, I’m looking forward to having my very first live online class next month and making baskets just like this is what we will be making.

Booking closes on 15th July, 2020 and the class will take place on Thursday 22nd, July. For those that can’t make the live, there will be a recorded session available. It would be lovely to have some of you join me, you can find out more and book here.