We’ve long had a guest room that was used several weeks a year by my in-laws when they came to visit, but – the remainder of the time – served as a not-very-organized (at all) sewing space. My fabric was shoved into a closet, an ironing board sat in the middle of the room, *I* sat on the floor alongside a computer, cutting mat, and my son’s favorite toys…it was a mess. I can’t believe I’m going to share this with you, but we’re all friends, right? Here goes:
I’m an absolute minimalist and neat freak – though, looking at this space, you’d never know it. The challenge was there was just no where to put anything! The white dresser had the *tiniest* drawers, and it was full of mommy and me craft supplies. The bed, by default, became a storage area *and* design wall, which left the floor as a cutting zone. A very small side table held a sewing machine – and that’s about it.
For Christmas, my husband mentioned that it might be nice to redo the room and make it more functional quilt studio…and I jumped at the chance! He’s a general contractor, so rebuilding the room properly was definitely something we could take on. We sat down and sketched out all the ideas I wanted in a sewing space (and used this awesome book my mother-in-law found, Organizing Solutions for Every Quilter, for design inspiration and help!):
- open wire baskets for fabric (both for ventilation and for easily seeing what I had)
- storage for works in progress
- ironing station
- cutting table
- large design wall
- large desk space/table for both paperwork *and* sewing
- soft muted tones on the walls, counters, and cabinets so the room colors wouldn’t compete with projects
…and then the demo began! There’s just something about a man and tools…
A few months later, it was done! Remember the wall the bed was against? It’s now a gorgeous desk and sewing space. There is room for two people to sit side-by-side at the desk, and ceiling height cabinets on each side provide a *ton* of storage space. The chair is on wheels, which means I can easily slide from side to side when switching from pay-the-bills mode to sewing mode. One other change you’ll notice is the walls went from tan to gray; I love gray. It’s my favorite muted color, and it makes the space feel so clean and bright!
In looking closer at the storage on the sewing side, I wanted to have space for general sewing storage, scraps (as I love applique!), different types of threads (both those that are for embroidery and other specialty threads), and books.
To the right of the sewing space is a large cutting and ironing table. It was designed at just taller than counter height (I like a taller table) and long enough to fit two cutting boards as well as an ironing pad. Again, I didn’t want to waste any space. Two shelves were put above the 62″ cabinet; the first holds pins and my favorite clips, and the second holds a basket for starches and an iron. Just to the right of the cabinet, you can see an almost floor-to-ceiling design wall.
Inside the three cabinets are wire baskets – each of the 12 baskets are organized by fabric color and type, and come completely out so I can remove a basket if needed. (Clearly, I have a thing for blue fabrics!)
On the wall opposite the cutting table – near the “office” side of the desk – is a sitting area. I love (love) reading, so when we redid my son’s room I kept the nursing rocker and moved it into here. I couldn’t bear to part with the chair, and am so thankful it fits so perfectly in my room! I also kept his diaper changing station bag; I remember receiving it from my mom at my shower, and it has special meaning to me. I keep colored pencils, measuring tapes, basting spray, fabric glue, and scissors in it – everything is super handy, and organized.
See that cabinet for works in progress? I was tired of them laying around everywhere, but needed a proper way to store them. So, I asked my hubby to design a cabinet that would have rails to hold industrial cookie trays – almost like a bakers rack. Each WIP has it’s own cookie tray that easily pulls out, and I never worry about projects getting lost or ruined.
So there you have it – my quilt studio! I love this room for so, so many reasons. It’s my quiet retreat, my happy place, my creative center. I’d love to hear about your space – leave a comment with how you organize and design your sewing space!
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