My sewing room has been long neglected and has become a catch all room for many items that don't even relate to crafting. It's been on my to-do list for many months, so when I read about Project Pretty at IHeartOrganizing, I knew it was time to get my butt in gear and reclaim this space!
Last January, I posted some pictures of my sewing room and I'm so shocked when I look back at the photos! I can't believe it looked like that! Seriously?
I can't believe I thought it was organized when it looked like that!
Since that time, I've purged a lot of fabric that I will never use, found amazing organizing ideas, and cleaned up my stash!
Are you ready to see the finished product, one that I won't be ashamed of in 14 months?
So. Much. Better.
I had one vintage sheet (I believe it was a queen size) that I loved. The teal and green flowers were gorgeous and I couldn't stop thinking about it in this space. So, I used every single scrap to make the curtains, chair cover, bulletin board, table skirt, and handtowels. My husband transformed into Superman and painted baseboards while I worked one night, hung curtains, and moved furniture. I love that man!
Ugh, right? We replaced all the vinyl flooring with ceramic tile prior to move-in day, and I'm so glad we did! I'm also glad we painted- this lemon yellow was giving me a headache!
My cutting table is made from two bookcases from Target and an old closet door. The closet door was originally used on my old ugly cutting table, so I had the hubby cut it down and wrapped it in white contact paper. I have a tension rod and a curtain hanging over the open space in the middle. I would love to have this open, but it's a great place to throw items that I don't want my kids to see or if the room needs a quick clean up. This room doesn't have a closet, so there isn't much space to hide things!
Above the cutting table is my "door on the wall" that I use as a white board for planning ideas and making lists. This has worked great for me! I removed the original vintage sheets that I started with last summer, just because the writing was difficult to see with the background of the sheets.
On top of the door sits my ribbon jars. We lowered this shelf from its original location (above the door frame) to attach it to the top of the door. I like this look much better. The jars are all similar in size and shape, but not identical. Primarily, I use applesauce and spaghetti sauce jars for this. My family knows to throw these jars in the sink and once clean, they go to the sewing room! :) Practically speaking, yes the ribbons do get wrinkled, but they are easily ironed out. This is such a space-saving method and it puts some color on the walls that any wrinkles are worth it.
I use three bookcases for the majority of my storage. We had these bookcases in our rental, but since we have built in bookcases in our new home, I got to claim these for the sewing space! The white boxes are from Ikea and although they aren't super sturdy, they serve the purpose here. I wouldn't put them in a kids room, if you know what I mean!
I love the chrome finishes on the boxes and a spot for labeling. I used my new favorite font, Inspiration and some blue scrapbook paper to create a label for each box.
I have been wrapping my fabric on boards for a while, but upgraded my system to these archival safe boards from Amazon. Although they are designed for comic books, they work perfectly for fabric and fit neatly on the bookshelves. I love that they are acid free, too, since much of my fabric is sentimental or vintage. I was inspired by this pin on pinterest to do so!
I was able to wrap all sizes of fabric on these boards, from one yard to a queen size vintage sheet.
I found these open wire baskets at Target for just $4.48 each! I almost squealed in the store!!! I bought all they had. Sorry to those of you who shop at "my" Target!
They are the perfect size for corralling small scraps of fabric, zippers, bias tape scraps, etc.
I recovered another chair that my friend gave me. Remember the first one? There's still two more waiting to be updated in the garage!
My sewing machine is from my husband's great-grandmother Annie. It still works wonderful! I have kept it in the original cabinet, and love all the stories this machine could tell. I keep a photo of Grandma Annie in the windowsill to remind me of her.
The curtains were a super-duper easy project! I just made a long strip of fabric, lined it, and clipped it onto the hooks for the rod. Very simple but adds the color and finished look I wanted. My kiddos play on the patio and since it's screened in and the pool is gated off, I can open these sliding glass doors while I sew.
I mentioned this Ikea clearance find last week in my Favorite Things Friday post. I use it to gather my scissors, rotary cutter, marking pen, white board markers, etc. Sometimes it sits on top of my cutting table and sometimes I put it on a shelf. Just depends on what I'm doing.
This is a stand that I found at a yard sale for $2. I had my dad add pegs, take off the ugly bunny on the top and replace it with a square sign and give it a fresh coat of paint and voila!- a stand for hanging my vintage tote bags that are for sale in my Etsy shop! (Notice the Little Tykes car in the background of the patio where my kiddos play!)
And that's it- except for the half bath. Which still has some projects on the to-do list. I'll reveal that in a few weeks, okay? I use the half bath for bookcase where I keep my sewing books and magazines, mainly.
One final before and after, okay?
Before we moved in:
Fourteen months ago:
And the after!