In November, my husband and I purchased our first house! After renting apartments for ages, it was time for a home of our own.
In our most recent apartments, we used an extra bedroom as an office/sewing space. In our house, we each have our own room. So far, my husband seems thrilled to have an office free of the hum of the sewing machine and random threads on his files. I’m loving the ability to leave a mess out when I’m in the middle of a project.
While most of our rooms are a work-in-progress, the sewing studio is fairly complete. Since I wanted a functional studio quickly, I worked with a modest budget and utilized a lot of items I already owned. When setting up the space, I found the studio tours other sewists posted on their blogs really helpful, so here’s my version of the sewing studio tour!
Machines and Desk Space
For the sewing studio, I commandeered one of our bedrooms. It’s on a corner of the house and gets lots of natural light through two large windows- perfect for sewing! Along the wall without a window, I placed a long grey desk purchased from Ikea. On the left side, I’ve set up my sewing machine. My serger is on the right.
I’m loving how much space this desk provides. It’s even wide enough to fit my cutting mat, enabling me to cut on the desk rather than the floor- a huge change from apartment sewing! The extra space also means I can set up my laptop on the desk while I’m sewing and still have plenty of space to work at the machines.
I’m in love with these PINK chairs! Originally, I’d considered dining chairs for this space, but once I saw these in Ikea, I knew they were prefect.
Another Ikea score is the black magnetic knife rack that I use to hold my scissors. I struggled with my husband’s new drill and ended up enlisting his help to install the rack. It’s the only Ikea purchase that I don’t love. It’s stable on the wall, but not flat against it. Because of the way the rack is designed, it sort of flops around which I’m finding annoying.
The $5 pegboards I purchased a few months ago in the Target dollar bins hold small tools and notions that I want easily within reach.
My thread racks are hung using 3M velcro strips stuck on the wall. Being able to see my thread inventory helps me avoid running out of a specific color in the middle of a project. I’ve had these racks for a few years. I think I ordered them from Joann’s.
When planning sewing projects, I like to see my fabric stash and these open Ikea storage cubes allow me to see everything… well almost everything…
I have a few knits stashed in the closet. These hanging organizers aren’t the best use of space, but I already owned them and they will work fine until I figure out how I want to redo the closet.
My taped together PDF patterns hang next to the knits on wooden pant hangers from the Container Store. Unfortunately, I can’t find them online.
Next to the cubes of fabric, I have another Ikea shelving unit formerly used in the living room of our apartments. It now holds everything from rolls of elastic to interfacing. Propped next to the shelf is the ironing board, a bolt of muslin fabric, and Swedish tracing paper.
This shelving is home to my grandmother’s button collection. How sweet is the jelly jar she used?
Lingerie Supplies and Patterns
All of my lingerie supplies fit into a little three tier rolling cart in the closet. My patterns are housed in the clear plastic bins stacked next to the rolling cart. Vintage card-stock dividers keep the bins organized by garment type.
Entertainment, Inspiration & Education
The weekend after we moved in, we got ourselves a Costco membership and took advantage of their Black Friday sales. My husband wanted a new TV for our living room and I wanted something small for the sewing studio. I recently subscribed to BluPrint and can’t wait to watch the classes on a TV in my sewing space. It took my husband about five seconds in the electronics section of the store to decide I needed the 50″ TV in the image above. Who needs a TV that big in a sewing room? According to my husband, I do. I’m suffering through… 😉
Under the TV, I placed a clear plastic magazine holder I’ve had quite a while. The most recent issues of Burda and various fashion magazines are on display. I hope this will encourage me to sew up more Burda patterns. I love them, but tend to put off sewing them up due to all the tracing.
On the wall between the machines and the fabric cubes is a window and a full length mirror I scored for $40 on clearance at Target. It’s perfect for trying things on and checking fit as I sew.
A Cozy Spot for My Sewing Buddy
Millie, my fury kid, is a seasoned sewing buddy and fabric inspector, so I wanted her to have a comfortable spot where she could hang out with me while I work in the studio. I ordered this cat tree from Amazon and she loves it. She is often caught snoozing on it even when I’m not sewing.
Done for Now…
I’m sure the room will change over time as I acquire more tools and settle into the space, but for now, it’s perfect. Millie agrees.