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Sewing and Craft Studio

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It has been a while since I showed my sewing room Sewing and Craft Studio. Mainly, the space has been a mess and we needed to resolve some storage issues. We were storing a box spring for a neighbor. There were these storage shelves that have since been moved to Mr. Seasoned Homemaker’s office.

No more ~ today is Sewing and Craft Studio day!

When we last left off the room was in progress. While there are a few things that still need addressing {which I will discuss below}, it is at a place that is functional and full of storage.

My friends, I give you my {newly renamed} Sewing and Craft Studio.

Sewing and Craft Room Storage: By its very nature a sewing and craft room will always be a mess. The best way to keep this under control is to have a few storage solutions that will help keep the clutter tamed.

Let’s link arms and take a tour, shall we.

When you come up the stairs the first thing you see is the corner cabinet that was formerly my grandparent’s pantry. In the cabinet below I store yarns, ribbons, and knitting needles. In the glass cabinet there are small decorative items that will occasionally find their way into my photographs. I try to keep it tidy because you can see it from the bottom of the stairs but occasionally it gets cluttered.

Sewing and Craft Room Storage: By its very nature a sewing and craft room will always be a mess. The best way to keep this under control is to have a few storage solutions that will help keep the clutter tamed.

There is only one direction to go and that is right. The wall with the window is a long bare wall and I have chosen to keep it that way. It will allow me to take photos of current projects and it will also be a great wall for quilt placement {when or if I ever really tackle quilting}.

Along the wall I have an Arrow sewing cabinet which I recently purchased when it was 30% off. This is where I keep my second sewing machine. I wanted a small table that would hide the machine when it was not being used. It also has wheels so I can move it around. It resolved one of my biggest issues ~ where to put the second sewing machine and not lose wall space to a permanent fixture. Bonus: It’s also provides a second work surface.

There is also a second Ikea table {holding the serger} that I can slide around the room. For instance, I could have this arrangement for sewing and still have my other machine set up for embroidery.

When I am working on a larger project it is so difficult to sew, then switch to embroidery, sew some more, switch back to embroidery ~ you get the idea. More on the sliding white Ikea table. It has many, many, uses.

Sewing and Craft Room Storage: By its very nature a sewing and craft room will always be a mess. The best way to keep this under control is to have a few storage solutions that will help keep the clutter tamed.

Because the small machine can be lowered into the sewing cabinet I can also use this surface for other things like cutting out projects on the Silhouette. The Silhouette needs to be connected to a computer in order to operate. Having two mobile tables makes this ideal. I just slide them together on the long wall.

Sewing and Craft Room Storage: By its very nature a sewing and craft room will always be a mess. The best way to keep this under control is to have a few storage solutions that will help keep the clutter tamed.

This configuration is also very handy for cutting on the Accuquilt. I can set the cutting dies on the closed sewing cabinet and open the Accuquilt up on the other table. My fabric cutting table is to the right in this photo which makes it all quite convenient.

Sewing and Craft Room Storage: By its very nature a sewing and craft room will always be a mess. The best way to keep this under control is to have a few storage solutions that will help keep the clutter tamed.

This shot is from the other side of the room. On the left is the maple sewing machine table where I do most of my work. Most of the time the serger is next to my sewing/embroidery machine. One day I want to get a different table for these machines, but I am still thinking about what would work best.

I’ve place the cutting table in the center of the room. It is easy to access my machines and the iron is on the other side.

The cutting table is something I would love to change one day. It is on bed risers and cannot easily be moved. Ideally, I’d like something with wheels and, in a perfect world, the height could be adjusted.

For now, I really like this table. When I remove the cutting mat the table top is very pretty and makes a nice surface for taking pictures. There is a large window behind the cutting table and which allows for lots of light. Even on a cloudy day this spot is very bright.

Sewing and Craft Room Storage: By its very nature a sewing and craft room will always be a mess. The best way to keep this under control is to have a few storage solutions that will help keep the clutter tamed.

If you were to stand next to the corner cabinet and look straight ahead you would see one of the two niche walls in the room. I originally planned to put cabinets into the niches but I couldn’t find any to fit. Instead both niche walls are outfitted with pegboard storage. In this niche Mr. SH attached this drop-down table to the wall. Most of the time the laptop sits here.

Sewing and Craft Room Storage: By its very nature a sewing and craft room will always be a mess. The best way to keep this under control is to have a few storage solutions that will help keep the clutter tamed.
Sewing and Craft Room Storage: By its very nature a sewing and craft room will always be a mess. The best way to keep this under control is to have a few storage solutions that will help keep the clutter tamed.

To the right of this niche is a large window with another niche next to it. The iron fits perfectly into the window area and I plan to keep this set up for now. You can now see where the cutting table sits in room.

Sewing and Craft Room Storage: By its very nature a sewing and craft room will always be a mess. The best way to keep this under control is to have a few storage solutions that will help keep the clutter tamed.

Next to the ironing window sits the second niche. This also has a pegboard with supplies on it. This is where I keep embroidery hoops, rulers, Silhouette supplies, and other bits and pieces. This is also the parking garage for the white table that I can slide around. Most of the time the Silhouette sits on the table underneath the pegboard.

Sewing and Craft Room Storage: By its very nature a sewing and craft room will always be a mess. The best way to keep this under control is to have a few storage solutions that will help keep the clutter tamed.
Sewing and Craft Room Storage: By its very nature a sewing and craft room will always be a mess. The best way to keep this under control is to have a few storage solutions that will help keep the clutter tamed.

Immediately to the right was a dead space between the wall and the end of the storage cabinets. We had some Elfa shelving from our old house that fit right into the space. Ideally, it is where all of my sewing books and magazines should be, but there is a little overflow.

Below the shelves are some seriously ratty plastic drawers that have long outlived their usefulness. I am looking for a replacement. If you have any suggestions, please send them my way. I would like something with wheels that I can pull out next to my sewing machine(s).

Sewing and Craft Room Storage: By its very nature a sewing and craft room will always be a mess. The best way to keep this under control is to have a few storage solutions that will help keep the clutter tamed.

And this brings us around to the storage cabinets. Without them this room would be a nightmare. Our builder had an option on this room that could include a closet. When we first moved in I was really regretting not including a closet but now that I have this set up I’m really glad we passed on it.

They are the Pax cabinets from Ikea and were the most expensive item we added to the room (around $800 ~ yikes) but a whole lot cheaper than the upgrade from the builder. We bought two large cabinets and then a single one. On the other side of the cabinets there is a little door that leads to the attic. I’ve placed my bulletin board over the door.

Sewing and Craft Room Storage: By its very nature a sewing and craft room will always be a mess. The best way to keep this under control is to have a few storage solutions that will help keep the clutter tamed.

Here’s a shot from the other side of the room so you can get a better idea of how they are situated. I have vowed to myself and now all of you not to have more stuff in this room than these cabinets can hold.

Sewing and Craft Room Storage: By its very nature a sewing and craft room will always be a mess. The best way to keep this under control is to have a few storage solutions that will help keep the clutter tamed.

I recently spent an entire weekend organizing fabric and fabric scraps. Most of the fabric scraps are sorted by color and in labeled containers.

One thing I didn’t want to do in this room was have my thread exposed. Instead the thread is sorted by color and stored in plastic containers. This will protect my thread from light and dust and (hopefully) make it last longer. It’s not quite as convenient as having it on the wall, but it is a lot less dusty.

Sewing and Craft Room Storage: By its very nature a sewing and craft room will always be a mess. The best way to keep this under control is to have a few storage solutions that will help keep the clutter tamed.

 I think this gives you a pretty good idea of how the room is set up. Below is a line drawing from the builder. The high front windows are slightly different in my room from the placement in this drawing. The window closest to the niche wall doesn’t exist. That is because our garage has a 5′ bump out and we couldn’t get both sets of windows. At first I was a little upset about this but now that I am using this room I am glad to have the wall space.

Sewing and Craft Room Storage: By its very nature a sewing and craft room will always be a mess. The best way to keep this under control is to have a few storage solutions that will help keep the clutter tamed.

Having this room is such a blessing. On the plus side, the mess from most projects stays upstairs and away from our living areas. The only reason to go upstairs is to use the room. Nothing is really permanent {except those cabinets which are never getting moved} and I can rearrange things to suit my needs.

In the grand scheme of things the move to this house could be seen as a step down from our other home. I think the American Dream {whatever that really means?} is to have the biggest, most be-you-tee-ful house ever. When we stepped back and looked at our lives, bigger and better didn’t really suit us. Instead we went with what was practical and less expensive. Every day we live here we know we made the right decision.

And, in an effort to keep things real. Most of my photos have been slightly staged, but I want to assure you that I do have cords attached to all of my equipment. This is really what my sewing table looks like.

A little more practical, don’t you think?

Sewing and Craft Room Storage: By its very nature a sewing and craft room will always be a mess. The best way to keep this under control is to have a few storage solutions that will help keep the clutter tamed.

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