It’s hard for me to believe but it’s been 7 months since we moved back from living in Denmark. And yes folks, it has taken me all of those 7 months to get my sewing space in order. Honestly, if it wasn’t for Christina of 2 Little Hooligans, and her lovely Sewing Spaces series, I’d probably still be sewing amidst the moving boxes. I’m not even kidding you.
Just a wee word of caution before I continue. My sewing space lives in the basement of our house and because it only has two, eensy-weensy recessed windows, the lighting is terrible. Add to that, the odd shape of the room, and we have a space that is not photographically inclined. Not that I’m complaining one bit. It may not be a huge space, with fabulous lighting, and a view to inspire, but it’s the very first space of my very own. For the past 6 years I’ve either sewn in the living room, play room, or guest bedroom. Finally, I don’t have to share my space with anybody (except maybe our foster cats) and I love it.
Let’s begin with Betty Sue. She’s my lovely, Brother machine. I started sewing 8 years ago, on a horrendously difficult machine that I won’t name. It honestly is a wonder that I continued along my sewing path because that sucker was the devil. The bobbin winder continuously jammed, the bobbin was a front loader and nearly impossible to put back in. the tension was always off and I won’t even go into the pressure foot and how sensitive it was. When I “splurged” on my first Brother machine, I was hooked. Betty Sue replaced Broomhilda a few years ago since we were overseas and I couldn’t find a repair shop when she was on the fritz, and I know people swear by other machines, but this baby has everything I need.
When Betty Sue’s not being used she lives under this very cheerful, quilted machine cover and hangs out on the super sturdy Ikea desk . A piece of pegboard holds all of my most immediately used tools along with a few fabric baskets my friend Adrianna made for me years ago.
It wasn’t until I took this photo that I realized how quickly my knit fabric scraps have grown. I have grand designs for making a fun, t-shirt rug with the leftovers but for now they hang out here and wait to become pockets, or sleeves, or neck bindings.
The newest piece of furniture in the room is this shelving unit which I picked up at Target. It houses my knit stash–color coded of course. Along with my thread holder, all fabric in this room is stored in rainbow order. I can’t help it. When I see colors they just scream to be placed that way.
May I present more evidence to support this case? My woven stash is also arranged in color order and folded over comic book boards. Since this old Ikea hutch lost most of it’s hinges and thus it’s doors in the move, I quickly snatched it up for my woven fabric. It sits at the entrance to the room and is the first thing I see when I enter. Color has always inspired me and just plain makes me happy.
The awkward shape of the room made it difficult to photograph my scrap storage but each of these coated metal baskets I picked up at the 5 and Above store are perfect for color coding those scraps. The rest of the shelves store the binders full of sewn PDF patterns and my favorite craft and sewing books.
Since I don’t really need to worry about blocking out the light (since very little gets through any way), I’ve tried to utilize the windows for decorations. A bit of Mod Podge and some of those fabric scraps from above, make for quick and color full, topographic art.
And totally unrelated to sewing, but for sure a hand in my inspiration is the wall art we made from the boy’s hand prints. They are the reason I started sewing (even if it was to keep my sanity) so it’s right that they should have a place the room. Even if it’s off limits to little boys.
I’m so glad that Christina’s series gave me the push I needed to get the rest of those boxes unpacked. It is so much more inspirational to walk into a well organized sewing room. Even if my cutting table is of the card table variety and my collection of Ottlites are catching up to the amount of fabric I own, it’s my own little space and I’m so glad I have it.
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