I don't know if it was purchasing 49 yards of fabric recently or the frequent client visits I've had to my sewing studio as of late but on last week I came to realize that my sewing studio needed a big overhaul. Actually I've been in an organizing/cleaning frame of mind for the last several weeks. Hey the Spring weather always does it to me. I've already cleaned out/organized my garage and most of the closets in my house. I'm guessing my sewing room was bound to end up on that list anyway. So this weekend I put my personal sewing to the side in exchange for downsizing my sewing books, organizing and filing my patterns, consolidating thread and bobbins, and streamlining my fabric stash a bit.
(This is what 49 yards of heavily discounted fabric looks like. There's some major spillage going on and as you can see I really did get some pretty colors. That's a gorgeous yellow sweater knit I plan to use for a cardigan. The lavendar is wool for a coat and the blue rayon kit I plan to use for a dress. I'll show more of what I got later.)
For some reason the older I get the MORE I crave ORDER. I think I really am becoming my Mother. I'm sure many of you guys can understand! LOL!!!!
Ok, so I'm about 70% done with gutting out my sewing room. I've got lots of great books and fabric that I'd more than likely want to sale. So be on the lookout for my upcoming post on my fabric/sewing book sale. Hey it wouldn't be fair if I didn't give you guys dibs first.
Anyhow, here's some of the improvements I made....
(I've got all of "my girls" lined up and ready to go. My blind hemmer is in the background far left. I finally put all of my threads on the wall rack and I love my maxi lock thread tree. I have a box full of pegs that I still need to add to my pegboard. Again, I've had these items for years but am finally putting them to better use.)
(I have a file cabinet that's attached to my sewing machine desk. I did use the top drawer for some patterns and client work. I decided to make it soley for patterns and they fit perfectly and neatly. Why didn't I think of this sooner? I also have another smaller 3 drawer plastic cabinet to hold the rest of my patterns.)
(The drawer beneath the patterns contain all of my thread. These 2 plastic boxes contain small spools of thread and are sitting on top of the maxi lock threads that cover the bottom of the drawer.)
(I went through and downsized my book collection. I'm getting rid of some really good one's but I have my favorites and backups which are more than enough for me. Again I'll do a post on the item I plan to sale really soon.)
Next I plan to get into my fabric closet and just tear it apart. I just want to lighten my load a bit. I've got lots of fabric I'm planning to sale. I'm looking forward to that task.
Although I'm still cleaning, organizing, and decorating my sewing studio there's just one part of it in particular that's a bit of an eyesore. That would be the area underneath tri-fold cutting table which kinda serves as a storage area. No I won't show you that area in my sewng room----it's quite embarassing LOL! This area truly needs to be better defined & contained.
I really that I just need a new sewing table- one that has sewing space that's built in and relieves the floor clutter. I've taken a look at sewing room furninture and as you guys know it's EXPENSIVE. Some of it ridiculously so. So I did an internet source and found a fellow blogger who made her own table with plenty of storage area. As they say "necessity is the mother of invention" and Brooke (who has a fabulous sewing room) came up with a FANTASTIC idea. She bought 12 Ikea mini tables and stacked them double to create the "cubbie" effect. Just PURE BRILLIANCE!!! You can see the details HERE. But here's a pic from her site.....
(This is the type of cutting table that I have. I have a rotary cutting mat on top of it. I love it but would like something that had drawers and better organization space underneath.)
(That DIY cutting table has me drooling.....)
I think I will follow suit and think of a way to achieve the same if not similar affect. I'm sure my idea is gonna involve a trip to IKEA (I own several of there shelves and LOVE them). It's so cool to think outside of the box! Well I'm gonna make that my Summer project. Maybe I should just make that Hubby's project! I've got a few "big" sewing projects coming up and would love to have my new table in place as soon as possible. I'm super excited. And of course when I'm all done with my sewing studio I'll post pics of the final product!!!!!!!!!!!! Heck, I spend SOOO much time in my sewing studio. Might as well make it pretty and uber organized!!!!
So have you been making any changes to your sewing nook/room/studio???? Do you have a sewing room "eye sore"? Got any plans to improve it???? Do share!