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?
17 thoughts on “A Tour of my Sewing Space”
I love the idea of having the butcher paper mounted on a curtain rod! So clever! I think I may need to steal this idea 🙂
It really is handy!
Ooooh the paper roll…. I’m suffering from craft room envy right now. I share mine with a guitarist and two body boards. Looking for a new place with an extra room so I can start on making my dream craft room. And a paper roll is definitely now on my list!!
My boyfriend and I used to share an office/craft space. I’m so much happier having a room just for my stuff! And I don’t have to worry about him trying to use my fabric scissors 😛
I’ve given him strict warnings not to touch my pinking shears or fabric scissors. He can use the bumble bee ones on paper.
He asked to use my sewing machine a while ago to try to make himself a t-shirt. I’m still debating it months later!
I’d love my own room. The mess would be my responsibility at least 🙂
We just bought our first house this fall, and I immediately claimed one of the second floor bedrooms for my sewing and crafting and spiritual recharging space. The best part is the triple window: it overlooks the cul-de-sac, gets amazing light, and there is a huge silver oak in front of it so the view in the summer is mostly green. Aside from that, my other favorite part is the armchair from the local Habitat for Humanity Re-Store. I always wanted a comfy place to sit while handsewing or knitting.
That sounds absolutely lovely! You must get the best light in there.
Pegboards are the best! I covered my pegboard with decorative paper, and it houses my rulers and hammers and other random tools. My sewing room has been under major renovation for the past year. It’s starting to wind down, but I have to recover the couch before I cross the finish line. I’m cutting pieces this moment!
How fun! I’m still tempted to make a frame for my pegboard once I get through my first rush of summer cons.
Are you going to post a tutorial on recovering your couch? It’s about time me to recover mine!
This is amazing…especially that cutting table with the storage underneath! I currently sew in a corner of the bedroom, and I have a foldable cutting table that can also fit into the bedroom. One day, I’ll have a house or another apartment with a spare room that’s just for crafts!
Thanks! I adore my cutting table. It was the first thing I focused on when we moved. It’s been such a great organization tool!
Looks like a great space! The rod for the paper is genius by the way. My art desk is currently buried under a mountain of…stuff? Seriously, I don’t know how the build up happens. It’s clean, clean, clean, then BOOM explosion of crap to deal with haha. Lately I’ve been painting in the kitchen as it’s too messy to paint on my art desk at the moment!
Haha, I totally relate. I always make an effort to clean my craft room between major projects, but it lasts for all of 2-3 days before everything is covered in fabric scraps, paper, and all the other sewing goodies.
I love your sewing room. My sewing room is almost done, but we are planing major renovations on the house, which means that everything will have to be packed up and moved out 😦 But that also means that by next year I will hopefully have an even nicer space to work in.
Oh no! That’s a bummer. Hopefully everything is extra fantastic when you move everything back in!
I love your sewing room! It’s inspiring to my craft-room-in-progress!