My formal dining room was the one room in the house that was NEVER used. With two introverts married to each other, hosting dinner parties was never on our to do list. With two toddlers in the house, getting home from work, eating dinner and getting kids to bed is about all I can accomplish most nights. Most of my sewing is done on the weekends and late at night if I'm in crunch mode.
Without further adieu, here is my space. I promise that it's very rarely this clean.
I like to sew sitting on this stool. It's got wheels and a padded cushion. It also gives me a bit more freedom than a regular chair.
The side of my sewing machine houses my iPad and a mug full of things I need within reach (small scissors, fabric marker, my Kwik Klip, magnetic wand, etc.). My iPad is usually on Netflix or Pandora while I'm sewing. I'm currently working my way through the entire series of The Wonder Years.
My project baskets. I keep everything I need for one quilt in a basket and it's always at hand right next to the sewing machine. This helps keep me organized.
These prints were a splurge and I love them! I found them at the Keep Calm Shop on Etsy. I'm a bit infatuated with all things British and they were perfect for this space.
There's my fabric storage (aka formal china hutch) against the far wall. I love that I can see my fabric through the glass of the hutch. It looks so much better than fine china! :)
Here's my work table (aka formal dining table). This is where I do all my cutting and hand work. I've got my rotary templates there and a utensil carrier holding my scissors, rotary cutters, basting pins, wonder clips and painter's tape. My roll of batting is also in the corner and ready when I need it.
These plastic drawers hold my scraps. I had this handy storage unit in the back of my closet holding useless stuff, so I rearranged a few things and now it lives here and is perfect for storing all my scraps. Prints in the top drawer, solids in the middle, and 2 1/2 in squares in the bottom. I hope to start cutting more of those squares soon so that the top drawer isn't as full.
Here's my new design wall! I got this up and on the wall this past weekend. I have this weird layout with 3/4 walls dividing this space from the living room. I was able to use some 1x2 boards to attach to the back of the insulated foam boards to hang from the top molding of the wall. It's secured in place with Velcro at the top and is pretty sturdy. Considering one of those foam boards weighs about 2 lbs, I'm not too worried about it coming down. I'm pretty happy with the results and this definitely beats a hanging plastic table cloth any day.
Here's my ironing board. It's up 24/7 and ready to be used at any moment.
This is my grandmother's old sewing chair. I'm going to paint it and recover the seat at some point. I just haven't decided on the paint color or fabric choice.
Sewing room pros:
- I have lots of room to move around and plenty of storage space to meet my needs.
- I have a large design wall and I can't wait to put it to good use.
- I have a place where my children can come and join me while I'm sewing without getting in the way.
- I have no natural light. All the windows are in the living room/kitchen or by the front door.
- My walls are bare.
- Lots of dark woods. I like dark woods, but prefer lighter tones in a creative space, especially since I have no natural light. One day I may attempt to fix this, but it will just have to do for now.
- Quilted wall hangings to brighten up the space.
- A quilt rack my father is building for me to display WIPs and finished quilts.
- A small bookcase to hold sewing/quilting books.
Well, what do you think? Would this sewing room work for you?