Monday, January 2, 2012

Organizing the Sewing Space in the New Year

Nothing makes me feel more inspired than a clean and organized sewing space, do you know what I mean? It's been kind of a tradition the past several years that I take time in the new year to make sure my space is organized, clean, and ready for a great year of sewing. Although I'm still trying to find the best use of this space AND I still haven't found the perfect place for everything, it's getting pretty comfy down here.

Come on, let me give you a tour! This is what you see walking into the basement from the stairs. I still have to update the lighting fixtures from bare bulbs, which will probably happen in February. Bare bulbs, ugh!

The Dungeon

Here's the industrial Singer and cutting table (which is currently covered by UFO's and stuff I still have to find a place for). I'm storing patterns and notions on the shelves above the cutting table, and the bins under the table hold smaller pieces of fabric and interfacing.

Cutting table

Shelves hold irons, books, and those clear bins are full of little notions like needles, pins, snaps, and zippers. I just put up that write-on/wipe-off board over the dress form to help me keep track of UFO's and try to organize my growing list of "to-sew" projects.

Books and irons

I'm currently sewing on our old kitchen table in the middle of the room. The original idea was to put a sewing table against that curtained wall. But I don't have another place to put the big Conlon magnle iron, so after everything I find myself STILL sewing at the kitchen table!

Sewing Table/Ironing Station

And here is my office space where I work most days - and where I am sitting typing away right now! A big difference between now and when I first shared this space with you, isn't it?

My Desk

How is your sewing space coming together for 2012?

14 comments:

sewfearless.com said...

Beautiful! I hope you have a lot of wonderful sewing time there!

Michelle said...

Oh, so cheery and bright!!! Is that a serger over there hiding underneath that clear cover behind your computer? Tell me about it!!! I just tried out my new serger today!

Donna said...

It's a fabulous space! Tell me more about your cutting table...seriously.

Sarah said...

It's looking great! I like having the sewing machine in the middle of the room, or at least facing out from a wall. It's more interesting that way. And I'm with Donna about the cutting table...

justthreadtwiddling said...

You have made wonderful progress. I need to finish working in my room.

a little sewing said...

What a happy looking space! I find myself organizing and tidying up this time every year, too.

Enjoy that friendly studio!

Bri said...

My sewing space is an ongoing battle, I absolutely love the look of your sewing space, inspiring indeed!

What kind of irons do you use? I'm always on the lookout for the perfect iron, if there is such a thing.....

And where did you get those wall racks for your thread?

Miss Sews-it-all said...

Thanks so much all!

Donna and Sarah - the cutting table is a free standing kitchen island from Ikea and I love it!

Bri, I have two wall hanging racks that I think I picked up at JoAnn's, and below them is a little drawer organizer that fit small spools of Madiera rayon thread - I got it from Ace Hardware.

Mishka said...

Wow, what a beautiful and creative place.

projectrandom13 said...

My dream craft space, I will get there one day! great Pictures thanks for sharing!

sparklesax said...

This looks just great! I predict years of fun sewing projects happening in that space!

Margaret said...

I love your sewing space. It looks very inviting and inspiring. I love the way it is organized and you must LOVE sewing there. I keep saying one day, right now I sew out of my bedroom. My son will be graduate from high school next year, the class of 2013. Maybe then, but I am happy for you.

yarndiva said...

Lovely space! Came over from ISMACS. I had to comment on one item I too have that you don't see that often - an iron mangle. Good for you, those things are really something.

the Campfollower said...

I like to clean my sewing studio every January too! The Army is getting ready to move us again and I shudder to think of packing up all my notions and fabric and gear. You would think that it would be old hat by now...someday I will have a permanent sewing space and not have to move it around the globe every 24 months. Your space is wonderful.