You know those beautiful pictures on the internet of huge sewing rooms with endless shelves of fabric organized by color, multiple sewing machines (each with its own purpose), and notions displayed in brightly colored, adorable handmade organizers throughout the room? Those rooms where everything has a convenient spot out in the open and nothing ever has to be stored away? Do you have a big room that you are looking to fill and decorate for your sewing and crafting? If so, you’ve come to the wrong place, my friend! Today, I am going to show you how I sew and craft in a room that is quite possibly smaller than your closet – a room that also has to double as a play room, homeschool room, office and a little one’s bedroom. The room I call: The Everything Room.
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The only thing harder than trying to stay organized and get my sewing done in a place like this is trying to get some sewing done while traveling. Yes I tried that, too. I took the kids to New Jersey for two weeks to visit my family and borrowed a sewing machine from my aunt. It’s a good thing, too, because I got an Etsy order while I was there (and now this newbie Etsy shop owner knows how to set vacation mode)! So I set up shop in my mom’s dining room and made a laundry bag for a buyer, and this wine tote for my mom just for fun:
Sometimes I just need to try to freehand something and this one came out pretty well considering it was done without a tutorial or a pattern. My mom loves wine so I thought it would be a nice gift for her. Perhaps I should make a tutorial out of this one, no?
Back to the everything room. Seriously, sewing is not a hobby you pick up if you are trying to save space but I really wanted to do this so I had to figure out a way to organize my supplies such that they could be stored away easily and would not be too inconvenient to take out. So these are the sewing room organization ideas I came up with:
See those black expandable file folders? Those hold fabric, like this:
And that tackle box. That holds notions, like this:
See this thing right here? If you don’t have a lot of surface space and you like to do small projects like I do, this is perfect. One side is for ironing, the other for cutting. You don’t need to have an ironing board out taking up space. Brilliant. This is called the Quilter’s Cut’n Press and you can get it right HERE if you think it’s cool.
Another cutting mat I have is this swivel mat, also fantastic for small spaces. Put your fabric down and leave it. Do your cutting and when you need it at another angle for the next cut, just swivel. In a room where there isn’t much space for me to move around, this works wonders! My daughter colored on it with marker the very day I purchased it, so now mine has an identifying mark. Yay. You can get your own unblemished rotating cutting mat HERE.
I’m not going to lie and say things don’t get messy sometimes, but when used as it was meant to be used, this system is great for my small space.
Where do you do your crafting? Do you have any tips for sewing in a small space?
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