March 2nd, 2014

How ‘Bouts a Little Tour?

by Julie Hirt

I don’t have any big finishes to share and it’s a boring, snowy day.  Since my room is fairly clean I figured  now may be a good time to take a little tour.

After learning to sew on the kitchen table a few years ago, I know how lucky I am to have a room dedicated to crafty things.  Even though I stole converted the game/guest room, I don’t feel bad – it sees a lot more action now.

Here is a picture I stitched together so you can see most of the room.

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I’m proof that you don’t need to spend a lot of money to have a functional sewing/craft room.  I have several great Craigslist’s buys and ‘hubby-builts’.

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Starting with this awesome down stuffed chair.  Craigslist!  The dogs and I sure love it. (that’s Huey wearing a diaper – he’s a rescue and we can’t seem to fully potty train him)

That little side door opens up to attic storage. I have bins in there that store odd fabrics like vinyl that I don’t use often.  The red stool was a $1 garage sale buy. A little paint and some oilcloth fixed it up.

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The serger desk is only a few months old and is another Craigslist buy (along with the chair I refinished).  This summer my husband is going to paint it for me. I’m thinking color instead of white. Thoughts?

White box on the wall is a mini-split air conditioner.  Since this is a dormer room it gets miserably HOT in the summer.  This was a great investment and makes it possible for me to stand sewing in the summer.

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A hubby-built design wall made from some kind of foam and white flannel.   Only two more blocks left to go on the stars quilt top!

Blue dress is from a Retro Butterick pattern and it’s almost finished.  Just need to hem the skirt and make a belt.

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This is the first dress I’ve made and I love that it’s fully lined.

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Craigslist buy!  Stores my precuts and couple amigurimi.

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I. Love. My. Desk.   The ends are two Ikea Alex units and the top is a 6′ piece of some kind of wood. My husband just recently flush mounted my sewing machine and it’s amazing.  Seriously.

The little owl is my garbage bowl for cut threads and paper pieced trimmings.

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My hope chest, thread shelf (hubby-built) and a folding ironing table that I use a lot when paper piecing. Saves me from getting up/sitting down a thousand times per block.

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This end of my cutting table has vintage sheets and 3 bins of scrap batting for FMQ practice.

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I’m not sure if I could live without this table, which is another hubby-built.  The table is made with an inexpensive cube shelf on each side and topped with a large painted board. To make it pretty Paul added some trim.  The skirt hides two foot lockers that are stuffed with miscellaneous quilter crap.

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Scrap bins behind my cutting mat – when I’m cutting I can toss scraps and sort later.

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Jug o’ selvedges.

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Other side of cutting table holds books, chenille blankets and scrap bins. I sort by size, do you sort by size or color?  How do you store scraps?

My room is still messy but in better shape than normal.

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My fabric stash is pretty modest but it’s ALL MINE.  I’m sure some analogy about not sharing as a child fits in here somewhere.

The armoire is another Craigslist buy. It’s solid wood and so heavy that my husband says it stays when we move.

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My closet is a total catch-all.  Batting roll, weaving loom, raskog cart, scrapbook paper, embroidery junk, jewelry making supplies, some paints, kite paper, wax, inks… everything.

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My husband built the side shelves for me.  They are like 2′ deep and hold a lot.  When I just had the clothing bar it was a total clusterf*ck.

Well, that’s it.  I’d love to hear any of your organization ideas or thoughts on making my space more functional.  Hope you had a great weekend.




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25 Comments to “How ‘Bouts a Little Tour?”

  1. thanks for sharing your sewing space… I love your blue and white theme you have going.. I think your space to fmq looks awesome!! You and your hubby seem to make a GREAT team! I like having my honey’s touches in my space… and a few of mine in his too! lol Kathi

  2. What a great sewing space! I’m going to go out on a limb here and suggest robin’s egg blue for the serger desk.

  3. I think you should paint your serger desk turquoise blue. it seems to be a cloud you use a lot for your baskets. or yellow!!!
    Thanks for a view into your totally awesome, functional sewing room. I have been ill for a few years and my sewing room has become the family junk-throwing room. I do not know how I will ever be able to rescue it and sew in there again….

  4. Great room! How do you put quilt blocks on design wall? I’d like to do something like this.

  5. Love your studio. I was going to suggest blue for your serger desk too. Have you considered painting your walls a different color? The tan doesn’t do it for me, maybe a really, really pale blue too? You should hang some quilts on the walls to bring in color too. I love to decorate other peoples areas, hope you don’t mind. I like that I wouldn’t have to do any painting or moving furniture. The yucky stuff, LOL.

  6. This looks awesome! Sea like you need money or a crafty hubby;) you look pretty organized to me! The colors look great too…maybe red for the desk to match your stool??? Would look great with the teal. Thanks for sharing, we have to seize those opportunities when we can actually see the tops of the tables, right!

  7. Great post! You and your hubby have done a fabulous job in your lovely sewing room.
    I’m jealous of all your great tables. My sewing/guest room has a bed in it and a folding table. I have invested in some great Ikea baskets and use them in the closet to hold all my stuff. Bless you for taking in sweet Huey.

  8. I love aqua or turquoise on the desk! That’s a great sewing room!

  9. Loved your tour! Suggestion on paint for serger desk…love the chair and seems you have a beautiful blue/turquoise theme going on. I would paint the desk a blue that goes with the fabric on your chair cushion. Looks wonderful, thanks for sharing!

  10. What a great room! I love it. Blue is the best!

    Do you use your serger much? I’ve been thinking about getting one to sew some knits but just don’t have any clue what or where to buy. I suspect they are a bit like sewing machines – can spend as much or as little as you want!

  11. At the old house we had a spare room with two closets–one just for my craft stuff. The new house has no spare room, but I am quite happy to have a sewing room still! However, there is no closet space for my stuff…it is jammed all over. I LOVE having my sewing machine flush with the table! Only way to go now. Can’t wait to see your dress all done, it is so cute!

  12. Your craft room is awesome! I’m jealous! You should paint the server desk blue like your accents (and add some cute crystal pulls). I love that dress too, it looks perfect :)

  13. you have a great, organized space!!! and pretty. too.

  14. So jealous you have a room to sew in…I use the kitchen table sadly. That chair would look awesome painted yellow or orange! And that weekender bag is so pretty in the Navy prints! I sort my scraps by size when I’m tossing from a project then color after being sorted. Nice seeing your space Julie!

  15. Nice space. I agree that it is so wonderful to have a room dedicated to all things crafty. Thank you for sharing. It’s always so interesting to see where other people create. About painting the chair…have you considered something unexpected like red or yellow?

  16. Really like the height of your cutting table, need to raise mine. A nice Spring green or soft yellow would look great. I use color coordinated storage containers to sort my fabric, got some really cool ones at dollar general last year. Then I have a basket for strip scraps, a basket for left over cut blocks, little pieces I save in velvetta cheese boxes that I painted and labeled.

  17. The blue dress is wonderful! You’re so lucky to have a handy husband who can help you create such a beautiful space. I think the desk should be a cheery color, perhaps a nice yellow or gray?

  18. So beautiful and happy in there! I’m totally jealous of the flush mount sewing machine. Maybe I can get that done someday!

  19. Congrats;, I know you feel refresh.. I love my new sewing room, I am waiting to show it when I change the flooring. I have an organizing tip. On the closet door hang a Shoe organizer, you will love it for the glue bottle, or a collection of paper scissors. I am looking for a clean one. I sort by projects, emotions, collections, then size, then color. Gotta love IKEA dont cha..

  20. Totally jealous of your space! I have a sewing room but it’s about the size of a small walk-in closet, minus the walking space cuz it’s so full already! I think you should paint your serger desk either a pretty pink, or maybe a color to match the fabric that is hiding your foot lockers.

  21. Your space is lovely. I vote for aqua or orange for the desk.
    I have a question about your sewing table. Can you reach under the table top to change the bobbin or do you need to lift the machine up and out first?

  22. What a bright and cheerful room. So inviting.

  23. I like the sound of your husband;-)
    Thanks for the tour.

  24. Awesome space. You’re so much more organized than I am. I’m loving that blue dress too! I vote for purple for the desk :)

  25. How is your sewing machine mounted in the sewing table? I bought a sewing machine table at JoAnne’s but it doesn’t hold my favorite machine, and I would like my husband to make me another one!

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