I’ve been looking at sewing rooms for some time now – magazines, books, online, pretty much everywhere. I’ve gotten lots of good ideas from the articles and pictures and tips I’ve read. I’ve seen some beautiful sewing rooms that I just want to clone and put in my house. I’d love to have a cabinet like this one in Heather Bailey’s Studio.
And how about a computer corner like this one in Murphy’s Studio?
But I’ve decided I’m just grateful that I have a room to sew in because I know lots of women who don’t. Lots of you out there are sewing in a corner of the dining room, or you’ve got it all in a closet and have to drag it out every time you want to stitch a little, or maybe you’ve taken half the guest room and have to clean it all up when you have company. :(
I use the smallest bedroom in our house and I have it stuffed full. So full that it’s overwhelming to me right now. I’ve worked several days this week trying to organize and declutter. It’s getting better and it’s definitely more functional, which has replaced beautiful as my goal. I started on these shelves and went through everything. Everything. I love my old PE baskets because I can see everything but the fabric is exposed to light and that is worrisome. All of those baskets contain a UFO. Well, not all because some have fat quarters in them and when I finish all the UFOs I want fat quarters in them all. And yes, I have enough fat quarters to fill them up.
Unfortunately my design wall is also covered with UFOs. I stopped counting at 40 because I was too…well, overwhelmed comes to mind and so does embarrassed. Some of them just need binding, some need quilting, some need blocks put together. Some will be quickly done but some will be pretty involved. And I didn’t count the kits I have in drawers. But I’m focused now. Right, focused. I’m determined, yes I am. Help me out here ya’ll – I can finish those UFOs in 3 months, right? Four? Oh my.
I took everything out of this closet and started over. Those are Christmas wallhangings that are hanging on the right and other seasonal decorations on the left. I have large pieces of leftover batting in the big basket – they’ll be big enough for small pieces but not big quilts. I have embroidery things in the small basket, ready to be stitched. And that’s fusible fleece on the shelf. I use it making bags – like the one I’m giving away here.
I put my batting up on the shelf next to the ceiling so I could check it easily when I need one, or when I see them on sale. I mixed a little fabric in there to add a little color. My feeble attempt to decorate a little! And over by my design wall I put bins with lace, rickrack, ribbon and other notions like that so they’ll be easy to get to.
Have you noticed something’s missing? Fabric for one thing! It’s in a closet and I have 4 shelves all neat and organized but the floor is full of fabric spilling over like Niagara Falls! And where do I iron? Couldn’t show you that either because I have tubbies under the ironing table overflowing with my wool fabric and my scraps. And then there’s the cutting table. It’s really cabinets with a countertop. I’ve cleaned out two of the four cabinets. Someday, maybe in a week or two I’ll be able to say I’ve gotten through those too and I’ll take pictures. For now, I’m ready to sew!
I found this great fabric that glows in the dark. :)
I prepped it all today and will make Trick or Treat Bags (a smaller version of the Everything Bag I’m giving away) for some very small children I know. :)