Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Introducing my NEW Sewing Studio!!

I am so very excited, thrilled and happy to share with you my new sewing studio!

Due to my daughter moving back into the house we decided to play room switcheroo. What we initially thought would be an easy transition turned into utter chaos for weeks, more like 2 months!

What we ended up doing was moving the den/office into my old sewing room thus freeing up that room for my daughter to move back into (it was her old childhood bedroom) that meant that my sewing room had to move downstairs to the laundry area. This area had prior been an ugly mostly unused doggy area. After TONS of work. Removing a wall, replacing the floor, new trim and new wall on one side plus 3 gallons of paint and weeks of work the area has been completely transformed to my new sewing studio. There are still a couple odds and ends that need done like hooking the dryer up through the crawl space instead of the window and I need to decide on lighting needs, i'm thinking track lights.... But they will get there!

My future son-in-law building me framed peg boards

the works in progress photo... oh... so much needed to be done!

In order to make this happen I had to temporarily pack up my sewing room into plastic bins and move it to our front room. Nothing like moving 11plus years of sewing and crafting stuff out of one room and into bins. WOW!! I realized I have a lot of stuff. I even found things I did not even know I owned! Craziness.

the HUGE hoard of sewing stuff in the front room

putting everything piled in the front room was a motivator to get the project done quickly!

The good that come out of it is that I really took the time to go through everything I have. And it took lots of time, whew.

For example:
I went through every pattern I owned and probably halved my pattern stash. In addition I cataloged every pattern on my iPad using this cool app called List Master.
I also took the time and refolded every single piece of fabric that I own. That took 2 full days. The quilting fabric is all nicely folded taking up an entire dresser. My fashion fabric I also added to my List Master app with information on fabric type and amount and color. So time consuming but worth it in the end.

I do not think that I need to purchase any fabric for a very long time!

The room was a challenge to plan and work with. There is no closet, 5 doors to contend with and the washer and dryer area. The good part about it is the floor space is almost double what I had in my original sewing room. I originally had thought about buying all new furntiure... but decided that would be wasteful and cost prohibitive. I actually re-purposed all the furntiture. Some was existing in the old sewing room, some I took from my daughter on her move. I only bought 1 new piece and that was a second Ikea desk for 39$. My biggest expenditure was in buying the binders for all of my patterns. that cost me about 120$ for the binders and the pages to slip the patterns into. It was worth it!I now have room to walk around, my butt is not hitting into anything and you can pass by the end of the cutting table without shuffling sideways! I have my sewing machine and my new serger out so they can just be used side by side and the space is no claustraphobic. It is totally my space. It is the one room in the house that i have total say over what gets hung on the walls and what I want out. my decor is an echo of me not just what looks good.

I am feeling so inspired, it's a great feeling. I am very lucky and want to thank my husband and my future son-in-law for all their hard work and help :)

The final result is:

the cutting table: 72 in long by 36 in wide covered by a giant cutting mat. At the end is a framed pegboard with all my rulers and fabric scissors and rotary cutters.  Underneath is fabric and craft storage. the washer and drier to the right have a nice shelving unit with fabric bins on top to keep it neat.

This area has my bookshelves and supplies like buttons, zippers, patterns, etc. on the right wall is a peg board holding quilting templates and assorted ribbons and fun stuff.

my sewing tables. 2 simple and styrdy desks from Ikea that cost 39$ lots of sewing space and room for my favorite machines side by side. and the back door. I hung a small cork board up that holds buisness cards, my favorite peoples measurements, and photos.

this is my thread cabinet, It used to be one of those old small built in ironing boards. I removed th eold ironing board, painted inside and out and added shelves for my thread. Of course i had more than would fit.. so on top the quilting dresser is a thread rack holding my most used colors spools of thread.

My quilting dresser and fashion fabric dresser with a container with rolled fabrics between. this wall has my 'inspiration' board up on it. This is where I put things that inspire me :) I also have a collection of vintage ball jars filled with buttons and my favorite peoples in a frame.

I did manage to fit in a full length mirror. I need to try on all the cool cloths im gonna make and check them out! I also have my big ironing board hanging up on the back of one of the garage workroom doors.

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1 comment:

  1. Wow weeee! How marvelous, all that room and every single thing organized. Love it!


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