My sewing space, organized at last…

You know how sometimes, you end up going on and on about something, and it doesn’t intend to be a rant or a complaint but somehow, it comes across that way? (But then all that ranting turns into you getting what you want, after all?)

Let me back up…

I was going on and on about how one day, I wanted my own sewing room. Honestly, all I meant was one day, far in the future, I’d love to have my own little space, clearly designated for crafting, sewing, writing, MY creative pursuits. My sewing machine’s pushed up against a wall, between a chest of drawers and the closet door, in the spare room which is technically my guy’s home office.  I’d run back and forth from the dining room (pinning, cutting), living room (ironing) and spare room (sewing) while working on projects. But it works, and in my last place I didn’t sew at all since there was nowhere to set up a machine.

Anyways… the point is, we were walking down the road after dinner one night, and I must have been in full-force rant mode without even realizing it. I was just saying, don’t forget about my hopes and dreams, when we can get a larger place one day.

So while I’m out the next morning, I check my phone to find a lovely text message. “You’re going to like what I’ve done in the spare room” – what a way to win a sewaholic’s heart!  I come home to find the desk is facing the window (yay for natural, bright light and view!) and Mr Sewaholic is suggesting we go to Ikea to pick up some organizational supplies. Um, yes! The only thing I like more than sewing is building Ikea furniture, especially when it also involves reorganizing.

It took days to put it all back together, because if you’re going to do anything, better do it right. I have a TON of zippers, and going through them all reminded me of projects I never started (hello, baby blue velour hoodie – with only the powder-blue plastic vislon separating zipper to show for it.) Which of course slows down my progress.

I even found glitter iron-on letters of the alphabet, and I’m embarrassed to admit they were supposed to go on the butt of a pair of shorts. You know, the kind teenybopper girls wear that say ‘CHEER’ or ‘HOTTIE.’ I’m so glad my style has evolved since my early twenties. (yes, that’s right, I was past my teens when I bought the glitter-letters…yikes!)

Here’s the finished space. My home inside my home!

Machine, machine, laptop – sewing and blogging essentials. The laptop used to be on top of the bookshelf, where I’d stand to write my blog posts most of the time. What an improvement!

Boxes and boxes. Now it’s easy to figure out whether I have supplies on hand without tearing the whole place apart…

I have a tackboard for sketches, inspiration, swatches, and enough space to squeeze Diana in, as well. (She’s modeling my partly-sewn Macaron in this shot.) And a nice tall bookcase for books my fabric stash.

But the best part is the view:

And now that it’s done, I can finally get back to working on Macaron! Or whip up an instant-gratification project first to test out the new workspace.

What’s your sewing space like? Do you have one, or do you set up camp in your dining room or living room or wherever you can squeeze yourself in? What would you change about your sewing space, if you could? Or are you one of the lucky ones with your own sewing room? Share in the comments!


46 Responses to My sewing space, organized at last…

  1. Fourth Daughter June 23, 2010 at 6:26 am #

    That looks like my idea of heaven! At present I have nine years of my adult life spent overseas crammed into my childhood bedroom along with my sewing stuff and countless op shop purchases. No sense of order whatsoever, although I’m starting to think that I’m just naturally messy and no matter what sort of room I had, it would end up with bits and pieces in boxes all over the place, mainly because I never throw anything out… I can only dream of one day achieving the zen-like calm of this sewing space you’ve shared with us!

  2. Karen June 23, 2010 at 6:56 am #

    Congratulations on a wonderful sewing space! How lovely of your Mr.Sewaholic to be so responsive and take the lead on this project!

    With two out of three children grown and graduated college, I have commandeered the kitchen as my sewing space. In fact, it is now referred to as “my studio.”

    Truth to be told, I also use the dining room to cut out, a closet for storage and the kitchen island as a pressing station.

    My son (who is still at home) foolishly clings to the idea that “my studio” is still a kitchen. But the fact that more sewing projects (I am starting a small business) are turned out than meals tips the balance to my viewpoint!

    Your labeled boxes have spurned me on to even greater levels of organization. Thanks for the inspiration and enjoy your new space!!

  3. Sam June 23, 2010 at 7:36 am #

    Isn’t it so great to have a nice sewing area? My lovely husband just redid mine, too – now I have an L-shaped corner desk for my serger and sewing machine and lots of shelves. It’s still not quite put together, but it’s so great! I just want to sew all day. :)

    One thing I really like is my husband drilled holes at the back of the desk to feed the cords through, so it looks nice and neat. I think he just used a hole saw bit on his drill (but I may be wrong). He also wants to mount the power strip under the desk, which would hide the cords even more. Have fun in your sewing area!

  4. Erica June 23, 2010 at 7:50 am #

    That is a real treat! Go Mr. Sewaholic! So sweet & thoughful of him!

    I’m currently learning to sew. My sewing machine is on top of a mini fridge, in a room that we call the “man cave.” This is the room for my husbands game systems, car posters & gun targets.

    I do have a small corner, for the computer, my sewing machine & the vaccuum cleaner. hehe!

    But we do have a guest room. Seeing as how we rarely have guests, I could put my sewing in there….but I’m holding out hope for another baby… one day.


  5. Farah June 23, 2010 at 7:51 am #

    I love it!

    I am lucky enough to have a proper sewing room in this house, well, not actually a room, but half of our basement family room. The other half is a home theater, which does cause some conflicts in lighting needs, but I love watching movies while sewing so it works for me! Its amazing how much more sewing I do when there is enough space! Love the idea of ikea boxes for your notions, may have to do that myself!

  6. Monet June 23, 2010 at 7:59 am #

    My sewing space is just that: a space. Part of one of the walls of my bedroom forms a small nook that EXACTLY FITS my sewing desk (like, within a half-inch or so). It’s one of those Ikea desks with the square bookshelves, where I store quilt fabric on one shelf, garment fabric on another, notions on another, and books/DVDs on the fourth. It’s a little space, but I make it work! The only annoying thing is having to constantly put the iron away! I’m planning to move soon, and having a good space is going to be my top priority (other than appliances and doors that lock, of course).

    I believe there is no greater pleasure in life–including sewing–than organizing your sewing stuff.

  7. The Cupcake Goddess June 23, 2010 at 8:04 am #

    Oh gosh, it’s looks so wonderful! I am so jealous! I have a little corner and a very small closet where everything goes. It really is rather ridiculous. Your space looks so luscious and lovely and so cozy and the view is wonderful! Congrats! Mr. Sewaholic gets 100 brownie points I think!

  8. Hannah June 23, 2010 at 8:35 am #

    Geez… I’m so jealous. Right now my sewing space is my kitchen/dining room. The worst part to me is having to sew and cut on a round table. Its very inconvenient and I have to readjust things constantly! Plus all my boxes of notions and my fabrics are just piled up in the chairs around the table. It’s ridiculous.

  9. Stacy June 23, 2010 at 8:45 am #

    I too, share my sewing/crafting space with my hubby. When we moved to El Paso, TX (3 or so months ago) we found ourselves in a larger house with a Formal Dinning Room. We don’t have a need for a space like that so we now have an awesome room to share with all out creative endeavors! you can see photos here…

  10. Jaime June 23, 2010 at 9:39 am #

    Absolutely gorgeous! I have an entire room for sewing and the computer with an industrial machine, serger, home sewing machine, 36″ tall table, t.v. and a closet full of fabric and projects. I face losing it if we want another bambino, which we’ve been talking about perhaps having another soon. I have SO much stuff, I don’t know where we’ll put it if a kiddo demands the room, but I’m enjoying it now!!

  11. CGCouture June 23, 2010 at 9:47 am #

    Well, I have pretty much the entire basement to myself for my sewing endeavors, however, I have no cool views from the window, crappy lighting, and some rather interesting setups for tables/storage. Someday I would like to get some better storage so that I can have everything in just the one room, instead of taking up the whole basement. (Because hubby is dying to have a “game room”, and I really want to help him get one.) Your new setup looks pretty nice though, were all those boxes expensive? I’m also jealous of your view, since all I can see out my windows are the underside of some weeds growing up underneath the plastic bubbles over the basement windows. ;-)

  12. Angel June 23, 2010 at 10:40 am #

    My sewing area is a corner of our little computer room. Kind of cramped in with two other desks with computers. The nice thing is there is a little closet which I’ve taken over and put all my supplies and fabric stash in. Beats sewing on the kitchen table like i was doing before. Especially since our table is bar height which made reaching the sewing pedal interesting to say the least.

  13. Thislightgetsin June 23, 2010 at 12:05 pm #

    The joy of being single, traveling a lot for work and living by myself means that my dining table is pretty much permanent home to my sewing machine and now over-locker too. It makes me happy that I can just start sewing whenever the whim takes me.

  14. Venus de Hilo June 23, 2010 at 12:05 pm #

    I envy your tidy and organized space. My (small) sewing room doubles as the guest room. If only I could move the day bed out of there, I’d have room for a dress form, decent sewing table, and more shelves. My machine is on a tiny worktop squeezed into a corner; I have to move to the kitchen table to work on anything large like curtains or a quilt top. Cutting happens on the kitchen island. I desperately need a better fabric storage system. Mostly it’s in plastic bins, which is better than in heaps on the floor, but far from optimal. Fun to see this post today: I’d just decided that next weekend’s project is to get the sewing room (re)organized.

  15. catherine June 23, 2010 at 12:19 pm #

    2 bedroom apartment/3 kids/1 confiscated closet under the stairs = my sewing space. But I’m not complaining – it works for now :)

  16. Clare June 23, 2010 at 12:38 pm #

    Those views…! That is such a cool sewing space and so beautifully organised. We have the same green and orange boxes! I’m supposed to sew in the spare room but it’s more fun in the living room becuase I like using the floor and get to see the garden. Love the owl watching over you – owls are so necessary!

  17. Wanett June 23, 2010 at 1:34 pm #

    I have to admit, I was totally consumed with jealousy when viewing the pics the first time!!
    Ahem…now that I’ve gotten past that ;o) It’s so LOVELY!! What a nice dude you have!! Enjoy your new space. I will live vicariously through you until I graduate from the corner of my bedroom.

  18. Molly June 23, 2010 at 1:35 pm #

    Your space looks so nice! I have commandeered the dining room completely. I have my sewing table, a table piled with supplies and I use the dining table as my workspace. Good thing we eat in front of the tv every day! lol

  19. Jasonda June 23, 2010 at 3:00 pm #

    Oooooh that looks so clean and organized! Bet you can’t wait to clutter it up with projects and get those little bits of thread all over the floor. :)

    My sewing table is between my fridge and my livingroom sofa.. my notions are hanging from a vintage shoe organizer that is attached to the side of the fridge. It’ll do for now!

  20. Rachel June 23, 2010 at 3:00 pm #

    I have a trip to Ikea coming up in the next month — I am going to get a chest of drawers to store patterns and notions in and something similar to yours for fabric. Mr Sewaholic did a great job!

    And I can’t wait to see Macaron – are you doing the sleeves?

  21. Ms.Cleaver June 23, 2010 at 3:43 pm #

    YAy – I too talk about having a studio someday – for now Mr. Cleaver is cool with me keeping my sewing machine on a small desk in our overly large bedroom. Even better, he’s cool with the 6 foot long folding table I set up in there for cutting!! So all in all, not too bad, and I organized my fabric stash about a month or so ago so everything is a little bit easier to get to.

  22. Clare June 23, 2010 at 3:56 pm #

    Oh wow! I dream of having pull out boxes to organise all my notions, and a proper room to sew in. At present my sewing space is a disgrace – I live in the smallest room of a shared house which has to contain almost all my possessions, and doubles up as a sewing studio! I have a tiny desk that my machine sits on (which doubles up as an actual work desk when I have to work from home, though recently I’ve been using my bed for that!), and my serger lives on top of my chest of drawers – when I’m using both at the same time, I have to swap them round and keep one on the floor.. My fabric stash is stuffed in a corner of the room (it started life in a 1ft cubic box, but I think I was always kidding myself that it would stay that small), and my sewing books and notions live in about 18 inches of space on my one bookcase (and that’s with all my other books and CDs stacked two deep!), with all the threads and zippers stuffed into a woefully inadequate Prym ‘organiser’, which seems to make things even harder to find.. Projects-in-progress live on my chair, my bed, my desk, the floor (and so on..), and when I’m in full sewing mode, I move the ironing board into the only spare bit of floor space in the room (which blocks my wardrobe, meaning that I can’t hang anything up..)! And that’s not even starting on the yarn stash (which is quite small and lives under the desk, thankfully!) Am starting wish I had more compact hobbies..

  23. Diane June 23, 2010 at 4:27 pm #

    I have a great room for sewing. It’s about 12′ x 20′ above our garage. I have north facing windows which overlook our back yard and then woods behind that. I love being able to leave everything out.

  24. Whitney June 23, 2010 at 6:46 pm #

    Wow! Your sewing space looks lovely. I so wish I could have something like that. If I did, I’d probably sew a lot more often! I do my cutting on the dining room table and my sewing machine is on a desk in the spare bedroom aka storage room aka cat room(where we keep the litter boxes, food and toys away from the dog). It’s dark and smelly and not pleasant to be in, but it’ll have to do till we move to a bigger place!

  25. rita June 23, 2010 at 7:42 pm #

    I rent a small room/suite in an office building downtown. Very cheap, $1/sqft, and I have all 170sqft for myself. Although the ceiling is probably just 185-190cm (thus the cheap rent). Still, plenty of room for a sewing place, and I put a table especially for the cutting board. It faces the street so I get plenty of natural light, although it can get really hot in summer afternoons.

    The biggest drawback is that I have to drive out 10 minutes to go there, and the downtown area isn’t exactly safe at night. So my sewing is restricted to weekends, during daylights. Plus, parking is a gamble (I dislike the politicians that run my city and therefore avoid paying for parking whenever possible).

    Anyway, yours look very nice. Organized, plenty of light, and don’t you just love bookcases???

  26. Petite Josette June 23, 2010 at 8:08 pm #

    I live in a one bedroom, 600sq foot apartment and my sewing space is basically the dining table.
    Whenever I am in a middle of a project, I can get away with leaving my stuff out on the table – we only need half of it for meals anyway :), but the rest of the time I have a few nooks and corners around the apartment for storing: my machine against the wall, my fabric stash in a suitcase in the bedroom, my buttons/zipper/thread, etc in a box in a kitchen cupboard, my “work in progress” and essential notions in a drawer of a small chest in the main room…oh, and my patterns (mostly Burda magasines) are for some part in a basket by the TV and the rest in a plastic box in our downstairs storage…
    I haven’t quite figured out where I’ll put my dress form yet…

    Back in Paris we lived in a studio. I had to trace patterns on the floor and our table was half the size of the one we have now…Everything sewing related was pretty much stored in a big plastic bag and moved around in the room, not to mention we didn’t even have a full length miror…
    So in comparison this is an improvement :)

  27. Tasia June 23, 2010 at 8:11 pm #

    Oh wow you guys, I loved reading your comments! It’s amazing how different our sewing spaces are all around the world…For every one of you that has an awesome space, or a huge space, there’s another who’s longing for more creative square footage.
    @Fourth Daughter: I apparently don’t throw much out, either! I tried to be really choosy when I was organizing..although I still have the glitter-letters.
    @Karen: ‘Commandeered’ the kitchen, that’s hilarious! I WILL enjoy my new space!
    @Sam: So funny, my guy was reading your comment about how your husband drilled holes to neaten up the cords, and started looking over towards MY cords and MY power bar…as if, he had to match what your husband did somehow!
    @Erica: On top of a fridge! I would have never considered that as a place to put a sewing machine…
    @Farah: Half of a home theater, wow! Great for watching movies while you work but I could totally see the lighting being a conflict..
    @Monet: Couldn’t agree more.. I love manhandling all of my buttons and zippers. It’s weird how reinspiring it can be just looking at all of your supplies again!
    @The Cupcake Goddess: Thanks, and you’re right, he totally gets brownie points!
    @Hannah: Man, I could imagine cutting out on a round table, what a pain!
    @Stacy: Wow, nice space! So much room! I’d choose a studio over formal dining room any day.
    @Jaime: Ahh lucky girl! I wish I had a whole room, but I’m really pleased with my half-room now that it’s organized. I’d have a real hard time giving up my sewing space for a little one, so I admire your sacrifice-to-be!
    @CGCouture: The boxes weren’t too expensive, they’re paper ones from IKEA. I’ll find them and include a link…be right back

  28. Tasia June 23, 2010 at 8:18 pm #

    Here are the boxes I bought – I went to the USA website:
    I believe they were a little more expensive in Canada
    and here’s the whole series:
    There’s a ton of cheap storage options, I picked these because they were cute, and because they fit nicely into the bookcase. Depending on what you’re using them for and where they’re going to live, you might want a different size or material…

  29. Tasia June 23, 2010 at 8:37 pm #

    @Angel: My feet wouldn’t even touch the ground if I tried to sew at a bar height table!
    @Thislightgetsin: I tried to make my dining table the permanent sewing space too – it didn’t go over so well! Mine expands to be twice its length so I’ll still use it to cut out big projects.
    @Venus de Hilo: Before this, I had my fabric in plastic shopping bags stashed in the closet, or stuffed into spare drawers.. Good luck organizing your space!
    @catherine: Hope one day you get your own sewing space! (that goes for everyone that wishes their space was larger..)
    @Clare: The owl is there to scare away the pigeons..we have a real pigeon problem on our balcony! They love to hang out and leave us presents on the furniture…though they now like to stand on the owl’s head and leave their presents there now. But I like the owls anyways!
    @Wanett: It’s ok to be jealous, I’ve been envying everyone who has their own sewing room which is where all the ranting must have come from.. but you’re right, he IS an awesome dude!
    @Molly: I love that you’re the second person to use the term ‘commandeered’ in regards to sewing spaces. It can be a fight to have space for our hobby sometimes! And eating in front of the TV is a sacrifice I bet you’re OK with, to keep your sewing projects out all the time…
    @Jasonda: As i write this, there are ALREADY little thread bits on the floor. Oops!
    @Rachel: Yes, I’m doing the sleeves! I considered keeping it sleeveless but I like dresses with sleeves for work. Have fun at IKEA!
    @Ms.Cleaver: I’m so glad I’m not the only one who wants to devote a whole room to sewing. Hope you get it one day!
    @Clare: So what you’re telling me, is that I can’t complain about not having a full room to myself, since you can turn out cute projects from your tiny space? :)
    @Diane: Oh wow Diane! Your sewing space sounds amazing!! Huge, with a view!
    @Whitney: My fingers are crossed for you as well. Sewing spaces for everyone!
    @rita: Oh cool, I was talking about doing that before my room reorganization. I checked out your blog and I’m guessing most of your pictures are taken there? Very cool, though too bad it’s not in the nicest area of town or I bet you’d be there all the time! (I would, if it was mine. Although hey, maybe that’s why Mr Sewaholic made our room nicer, so I wouldn’t leave all the time?)
    @Petite Josette: Well, glad it’s an improvement for you! Nothing wrong with using the dining table, that was me until just now. And it seems to be the trend for most people who stopped by today.. either they’ve commandeered the whole dining room, or they do what you do…
    Thanks so much everyone for leaving your comments about your sewing spaces! I had a feeling this post would get some great commentary and I was right!

  30. ~Sherry~ June 24, 2010 at 1:59 am #

    How great having a sewing space next to Mr Sewaholic, and you’re hyper-organised!
    I moved my sewing machine into the lounge (don’t laugh!) because I felt cut off from the household, and now I sew a lot more!

  31. Angela June 24, 2010 at 10:36 am #

    AHH!! I’m so jealous!! Hehe.. what a great space!

  32. Sofia June 24, 2010 at 12:44 pm #

    The “man cave” is the best combination of words I have read all day. HIlarious.

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  34. Tilly June 26, 2010 at 1:33 am #

    Oh wow, your room is amazing! So neat and tidy! So light! Mr Sewaholic sounds like a lovely guy.

    Our spare room is my partner’s office as he works from home, and although he’s offered to give me some sewing space in it, it’s a bit small and dark (painted a very manly, officey slate grey) so I just use it to store my fabric stash (which keeps toppling over). I prefer to use our kitchen table, which is massive, for cutting and sewing but it does mean I permanently have a stack of sewing reference books, interfacing, sewing box etc at one end of it. I shouldn’t really complain, I do love our flat (apartment), but it would be great to have everything in one room…

  35. Tasia June 27, 2010 at 10:25 pm #

    @~Sherry~: It is nice being next to him, he can work on the computer and I can sew. Everyone’s happy!
    @Tilly: I liked using the kitchen table too, and still use it for cutting large projects. Whatever works! He’s a wonderful guy, for sure – he understands my sewing needs! What more can a girl ask for?

  36. jayayceeblog July 2, 2010 at 8:22 am #

    It’s absolutely wonderful and how nice to have the view. Your Hubby is a keeper!!! I recently organized my craft room
    I wish there was room for a worktable in there but the exercise equipment {sigh} takes up most of the room. I’ll just keep working on the kitchen island and the dining table.

  37. sulovesew July 15, 2010 at 10:47 pm #

    oo your sewing haven is so inviting. I am planning to go to IKEA and get my sewing space set up because it’s been way too long since i touch my machine.

  38. Tasia July 15, 2010 at 10:55 pm #

    @jayayceeblog: Isn’t it nice to get organized again? I reach a point where I just can’t work anymore, then I need to stop and refresh my space.
    @sulovesew: Yes yes! They have such great, cheap organizational tools. Plus, I secretly love building Ikea furniture, even if it’s just boxes! Ok, it’s not such a secret…

  39. jan July 16, 2010 at 9:23 pm #

    once upon a time, my sewing room was a roll around tv stand, now I have the sewing room of my dreams. everything comes to those who wait. and sew a lot

  40. Tasia July 16, 2010 at 9:44 pm #

    @jan: So what you’re saying, is I should sew more? So that it makes sense to have a whole room devoted to it? I like where you’re going with this! And I’m thrilled to hear you have the sewing room of your dreams :)

  41. Sarah July 18, 2010 at 3:44 am #

    Love the ideas here. I am just to about to move and will be setting up my sewing room. This will give me great idea of what I need to do. Thank-you for posting this.

  42. parismegs July 19, 2010 at 8:24 pm #

    Hi Tasia,
    I love your view, and all those colourful storage boxes… tre cool!
    I show my sewing space at my blog…its only new :-)

  43. Tasia July 20, 2010 at 7:53 pm #

    @Sarah: Oh yay, how fun to set everything up in a new place! Good luck! IKEA is the best for cheap and easy storage. Other than that it all depends on how you like to work and how much space you’re working with.
    @parismegs: Thanks, I love the colourful boxes too. I could have picked all white, but I like to remember where things are based on the colours (as well as the labels! :))

  44. Swfds September 6, 2010 at 11:48 am #

    Loving your sewing space. Soo happy to see others enjoying what they love! If any one needs a place to sew, come check out swfds sewing studio located at 10-319 west pender st. Everything is already in the space. You just need to bring yourself and your project.

  45. Kristin October 6, 2010 at 6:25 am #

    I LOVE YOUR SPACE!!!! congrats on having a person who loves you so much that they put aside time to help your dreams come true. the view is awesome. also gave me great ideas on storage for my own sewing room.


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