After almost eight months, my sewing room is (almost) finished! I was really particular about how I wanted my sewing room to look in my new house. I spend a lot of time in there, and I wanted it to be a space that I would really enjoy using and a space that would be highly functional.
Here’s a quick look at some of my favorite features:
Cutting Table: This is still my favorite part of my craft room. It’s got ample space for fabric, patterns, sewing tools, and even my comic books! Over the holidays, I spent some time weeding and organizing my fabric and pattern stashes. I gave the fabric boxes labels so I wouldn’t have to rifle through several bins (I’m a fabric hoarder. Shhh…). I’d still like to digitize and further organize my pattern collection, but that will have to wait until summer or the next time I decide to take a personal day.
Pegboard Organization: This has been SO USEFUL. Seriously, this clears up so much room on my table for big sewing projects. I love that everything is in arm’s reach. Also, the iPad rack has been a fantastic addition to my craft room. I don’t watch much Netflix while sewing these days, but it’s still useful for podcasts and Spotify.
Sewing Table: This was a gift from my stepmother when I first started sewing. I really love this thing. It folds in to be more compact, but I don’t really need to do that since I’m not in an apartment anymore. The door on the table has racks to sort notions and it’s where I keep my pins, Wundertape, marking tools, etc. I sort the rest of my notions with spare shoe boxes on the shelves to the right of the desk. There’s plenty of space for another machine, but I prefer to keep my serger on a spare folding table for lots of room.
Curtain Rod Paper Dispenser: I mentioned in my last Instagram post that I added this recently. I use large rolls of butcher paper to trace and draft my patterns, and it was annoying to keep the roll in place while I was working. A cheap $10 rod over my sewing table was the perfect solution!
Giant Closet: This has been a lifesaver for storing old costumes. In my old apartment, I had to cram costumes into underbed storage boxes and hope and pray that things wouldn’t get ruined. I’ve got a huge closet now to give everything space (and keep my bedroom closet clear of cosplay).
Display shelf: This was one of the final hold-ups for my craft room. I had 2 tubs of collectibles sitting on the floor for months. Over the holidays, I finally caved and bought a cheap 5 level bookshelf from Target. The top 3 shelves are for my collectibles and the bottom levels are for overflow fabrics.
Of course, there are still a few small tweaks I’d like to make eventually. My next big to-do is installing a kind of drape on the ceiling so I have a good spot to photograph costumes on my dress form. I now have 3 sewing machines, so I’d like to pick up a long table for my serger and embroidery machine next time I go to IKEA. I’d also like to hang some of my favorite comic covers in sleeves around the top of my wall.
Do you have a dedicated craft space? What’s your favorite part about it?