Let's take a tour of my sewing space!
Here is a big overview of what it looks like. My favorite part of my sewing space is all of the sunlight! I’ve worked in places with no windows before, and I know just how much it can affect my work ethic and general happiness to be without fresh air and sunshine. Plus, the natural light is a big plus for taking photos.
I work alone, but I do share my sewing space with my husband, because my sewing “room” is actually just a part of the living room/dining room. But this is actually a huge improvement from our last apartment, where I had to keep my sewing desk in the bedroom. As an early riser, I like to be able to sew before my husband wakes up!
My layout is mostly dictated by what fits. But I did make sure that I can reach all of my sewing machines by simply turning in a single chair, and all of my sewing notions are kept on one shelf, right next to my desk. The patterns, products, and fabrics are more spread out around the apartment. I’ve learned to optimize every little space in our home. Under the bed, under the couch, and most of the walls are all used as extra storage. I also have a folding table that only comes out when I need it. I try to keep things tidy, and use cute storage solutions, because there is no option to just close the door on my work-space if it looks like a disaster.
I don’t get many clients in my sewing space, but the ones who do see it always notice the wall of fabric that I have. My dad built me this wooden rack that holds several rolls of fabric, so that they can be within easy reach without taking up any floor space.
I’ve recently dedicated a section of my sewing space to be my recycling center. The series of baskets shown above in the reading nook/storage area is where I separate out large and small scraps in order to pass them along to other people like teachers and quilters. Whatever is leftover that can’t be used by other people has it’s own basket. I donate these scraps to Goodwill, who sends them on to a fabric recycler. I will be writing a dedicated post just about fabric recycling soon! I'm becoming obsessed!
The wooden posts you see are actually part of my booth display. I've found ways to use most of my booth props in our apartment. This works great as a way to minimize the amount of stuff we need to keep around for craft shows, but it also sucks because when I do a show, our entire apartment gets torn apart for a few days.
This is my mountain of drawers! Zippers, buttons, webbing, needles, eyes, rivets, tools, it all gets stored in this one area right next to my desk. Easy access, and everything has a place! The top grey part is an organizer for hardware that I found at goodwill, and the middle section is actually a shoe organizer! And the colorful little baskets inside are kleenex boxes with the top cut out because they are the only thing I could find that were the perfect size!
I have a tendency to decorate every inch of my walls! This canvas especially makes me happy, because it is a good reminder. My sewing space, like everything else in my business and life, is a work in progress. None of it is perfect, but I still love it!
I hope you've enjoyed this peak into my sewing space!
I'm always open to new storage ideas. Leave a comment if you have a suggestion!
I am determined to create more of a handmade wardrobe for myself. I tend to make special occasion pieces, but not a lot of everyday pieces. I'm starting to change this, but as I put so much time into sewing my own clothing, I feel the need to take better care of my clothing. A large part of my closet space is taken up by workout clothing, which I throw willy nilly into the wash with no care for how it looks on the other side. But something I spent HOURS creating? I want it to last, and to keep looking as good as the day I first finished it. A big part of taking care of your clothing is washing it correctly. I am terrible at this! Especially if the clothing or fabric has those little symbols for directions. In an effort to correct this, I was researching online, and I stumbled across this great chart that you can download and print at home for FREE! Now I can have a chart handy right by my laundry basket! I thought I'd share it with you guys (link down below), because I don't think I'm the only one who struggles with this!
You can find the download link at Everyday Best. Just click through!
And, if you have any helpful hints on how to take better care of my clothing (handmade or not) leave a comment below!
I need all the help I can get.
creative business owner. designer. hoosier. crafter. runner. sewer. swing dancer. outdoor enthusiast. entrepreneur. wife. material hoarder.
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"Never give up on a dream because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway."
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