The New Sewing Space

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I haven’t been able to spend much time in my new sewing space, but I took some photos of it so I could share it with you before the baby was born. I didn’t get around to it before Emmerich’s arrival, but it hasn’t changed any from these photos! That happens when a new little person comes into your life. Hopefully someday soon he’ll decide that nap time is awesome, and then I’ll get to sneak in some sewing time. Notice I did not bother to list housework, laundry, or making grocery lists above sewing. I miss creating!

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This is what you see when you walk into the room. This was originally supposed to be Rob’s office, buuuuuut, I swiped it! I have more crap than him anyways. This room does not have a closetΒ orΒ a ceiling light. I have a hanging light with a low switch for light (we’ll put in a fixture eventually), and I’ve downsized my fabric stash so that it can all fit in this room. Eventually I want to come up with some sort of thread storage for the wall above my sewing machines. I have an idea in my head that will keep it all organized and also keep it dust-free. We’ll see when that gets done (ha!).

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This is how I’m storing all of my fabric and sewing notions. The built in bookcase has been great. I had doubts about being able to fit all of my stuff in this room, but I really wanted to get rid of the big Rubbermaid tubs I had some of my fabric sitting in. Because it was tucked away, I never saw it and I never remembered that I had it, and therefore never used it. The amount of fabric I’ve had sitting in those plastic tubs for the past 5 years was ridiculous.

Studio-6All of my garment fabric yardage is in the white (IKEA) cabinet. I love looking at it all organized and folded up! These green lidded containers hold my quilting fabrics and scrap yardage from past projects. The clear tubs hold patterns and I have one tub of things like elastic, snaps, boning, etc. The top shelf has in-progress projects that need to be completed.

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Here’s my favorite, the garment fabric cabinet. I keep quilt batting, fusible interfacing and pressing tools in the cabinet drawers. And there’s my 40 week belly in the mirror! It’s so odd to see this now. How was I ever that huge?!

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My little constant companion, Dax, followed me everywhere the last few weeks of my pregnancy. He doesn’t follow me as much right now, but he does love hanging out in this room. I put his bed in the corner since he prefers to sleep in here, and during the day he can often be found hanging out under my desk. I’m glad I chose to put FLOR tiles down in here instead of a large rug. They are bright and cheerful and hide his dog fur quite well! Plus, they are really easy to clean should anything be spilled in here.

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My desk corner is quite boring right now. I really need some artwork and curtains in here (that photo is only hung that high because a picture hook was already there)! I’m sure the color will be added with time. Maybe a design wall somewhere, for quilt blocks? I’m not sure yet, but I’m keeping my options open.

Anybody need a good sewing space these days? I’d love to see mine get some use. The only thing you have to do is bring me dinner and hold a baby while I take a nap!

  • Heidi

    I’m so envious. Your space looks amazing and so so organized. Wish mine looked that way.

    • It’s pretty easy for it to look that way when it hasn’t been used. Haha! Don’t worry, it will get messy again at some point, I promise!

  • I love seeing your space Amy! Hope you and Emmerich are doing well. Happy new year!

    • Thanks, Maddie! I love seeing yours too. Hopefully I’ll get to come back to world of reading blogs soon and come look at what you’ve been up to! πŸ™‚ Happy New Year!

  • April McHugh

    It looks nice and bright! My sewing room is finally back together after a burst water pipe in November. Enjoy your baby; you’ll get back to sewing soon!

    • It is SO bright, which I love! My last room never had enough natural light. The white walls and two windows help dramatically in here, so being able to see the true colors of fabric and threads (with no yellow walls and yellow glass light fixtures to mess that up for me) is really nice. That’s terrible about the burst pipe! I hope nothing was ruined, and I’m glad you’re back to sewing as well. Fingers crossed I am soon!

  • What a beautiful space! I hope you’re able to find some time to sew soon! All the best to you guys in 2015!

    • Thank you! If I can’t find time to sew, you should come on out to Portland and get to work in here! I’ll even let you raid my fabric stash. πŸ˜‰ Happy New Year!

      • Just booking my flight now… πŸ˜‰ Or I could snuggle the wee bebe and the corgi while you sew! πŸ˜€

        • Ummm….YES, PLEASE! All three of us are on board with this plan! πŸ™‚

  • What a dreamy space! I don’t officially have a crafting room, but my projects, sewing table and stash have taken over the living room, and I think my husband might have given up on it.
    I hope you get to use this beautiful room very soon!

    • Awww- it sounds like you need one! Or perhaps you change the living room to your sewing room and let the couch, tv and husband “borrow” a corner of it? Ha!

  • Your sewing space is lovely! I hope you get to use it soon, I’d love to come borrow it & sew with you, if only I wasn’t on the other side on the planet πŸ˜‰

    • Thank you! You are welcome to come visit and sew anytime, especially now that we have a guest room!

  • KellyC

    If I lived close, I’d give you that dinner and a nap as a thank you for teaching me to use a serger! I hope you do get to see soon. Perhaps pick up a small item sew to get your hands in and out quick. I know how the sleepless child goes. My son didn’t sleep for more than 30 minutes at a time until he was 6 months old!!!! Hang in there.

    • If you lived close by, I’d take you up on your offer! πŸ™‚ I’ve been trying to think of something small I could sew up, and I think that the next time Em takes a nap, I’m going to try cutting up pieces for quick quilt blocks. If I can sneak away to sew just one quilt block a day, I think my brain will feel better, having been creative.

  • Angie M

    i just re-organized my space – more fabric, fewer rubber stamping supplies! i love it now & don’t want to mess it up! enjoy how tidy it is (for now)…oh, and that light! so lovely! i bet you will design it all beautifully (maybe paint that bookshelf white to blend & show off the fabric?). I adore your sewing machine picture too. I would love to see more pics of young sir! Please pet that cutie of a doggie for me too. Like everyone else, if I lived 3500 miles closer I would love to make you tea & play sewing with you! Have a wonderful day and thanks for taking the time to post such beautiful pics!

    • More fabric is always the way to go! Haha- I completely understand about not wanting to mess it all up! When I have everything nicely folded, I kind of hate to rummage through it all and get it messy. It has to be done though!

      I do like the idea of painting the bookshelf white. I considered making it a bright color, but I think there’s enough stuff piled on it that it doesn’t need to be any more noticeable!

      I will happily put up some more photos of the little mister on my next post. He’s growing so quickly! It would be so fun to have you over to meet him and sew. Thanks for your lovely comment, Angie! πŸ™‚

  • HΓ©lΓ¨ne

    Thanks for sharing these pictures. Clear plastic bins are brilliant. I’ll follow your example and switch from opaque to clear soon. Best wishes for 2015 to you and your newly expanded family!

    • Clear bins are the way to go! I like that I don’t have to rummage thru all of my fat quarters of quilting fabrics to see what colors and prints I have. It’s also easier to find patterns and tiny notions like snaps. Thanks for the well wishes and Happy New Year to you, HΓ©lΓ©ne!

  • prkrgrp

    dax lok a little jealous hahaha

    • Oh, he is. He no longer gets all of the attention, which is probably good for him!

  • Sarah

    Thanks for the pics and ideas. I want to tackle that room next!

    I think my sewing room would look a lot better with a fresh coat of white paint too. It is still the original pink-on-pink sponge job that was here when we moved in – the previous owners had so much pink fluff and lace (hanging from the ceiling) in that room’s decor that it looked like the Victorian era barfed in there.

    At least it is a dedicated room and I have a lot of table space. I do need to change to clear bins so I can see what I have and get rid of what I am never going to use. The trick is space. I’ve got a little table with two machines for my twins wedged into the corner too. I would be happy to come over and hold the baby if I could watch your techniques! I am an expert twin mama right here in Portland, well Corbett, but close!

    • What beautiful girls! They certainly look proud of their creations, as they should be! That’s fun that they sew with you. I hope that Emmerich is interested in it as he grows up.

      Yes, I think you deserve some good primer and a nice bright coat of paint. I can’t imagine that sponged pink is very inspiring! Your description is perfect though-ha! I can totally see the lace, pearls and ruffles that dominated the room.

      Have you considered any vertical shelving for storage? Or maybe you could add a deep shelf or two under your table space?

      Ahh, Corbett! I know where that is. I always like driving through that area. How lucky you are to live in the beautiful Gorge!

  • Jackie

    Amy,
    Wonderful work space! I would like to get the Ikea cabinet. Where did you get the work table?

    • Thank you, Jackie! The IKEA cabinet has been great. The work table is actually an architectural drafting table that I bought from someone off of Craigslist. Take a look in your area and see what you find!

  • This is so neat! I have recently redecorated my sewing space, too, but it’s still nowhere near as tidy as yours πŸ™‚

    • Well trust me, it’s not always this tidy! As soon as I’m able to get back in here, I’m sure it’ll be a mess. πŸ™‚

    • Oh, don’t worry. As soon as I am able to find time to sew again, it’ll be a mess! πŸ™‚

  • Jennifer Foster

    Amy – I love your sewing room. I’m about to move, and I’m torn on getting a table made for my embroidery machine with room for my serger… Or getting something simple like what you’ve got here. What kind of table is the one the sewing machines on? Is that also a drafting table? I need to have something sturdy for my brother quattro 3. Heavy and big…. πŸ™‚ on another subject I’m slowly taking your serger class. I love it. Wish I had more time, but until I can finish moving I don’t know how much time I can have for play time between work and moving. Hug the little one for me. He is adorable!!! πŸ™‚ take lots of pictures, time goes by to quickly.

    • Thanks, Jennifer! The sewing machines are sitting on two very simple and inexpensive IKEA tables. The plan is to one day have my husband build one long table along that wall for my machines, but who knows when that will happen.

      Yes, I have a drafting table. I love it! It has a nice big drawer on the other side, and is the perfect height for cutting.

      I’m glad you’re loving the serger class! That’s always lovely to hear. Take your time with it. It’s always there when you’re ready!

      I’ll give Em a squeeze for you when he wakes up tomorrow! πŸ™‚

  • It’s so bright and organized! Having an organized space definitely helps with the sewing mojo! Great job!

    • Thank you! Yes, I certainly love being in a nice bright space. Now, if the baby would only nap so I could use it…

  • Enerostar83

    I love your dress form. Did you use anything specific to pad it out?

    • It’s padded out with muslin and a high-loft polyester quilt batting, with hand basting between the layers and a zipper on the side so that it’s removable. This way my dress form is exactly my size, and I can easily remove the cover if I need to.

      • April Winn Vaughn

        Do you have a pattern recommendation or ability to point me to directions for the dress form cover? I have never seen anything like it and I think it’s brilliant.

        • Thanks! I don’t specific instructions for you, because I made it myself, based on knowledge that I have. However, I do know that Craftsy has a class on this subject, with instructor Judy Jackson (http://www.craftsy.com/ext/AmyAlan_4860_CP)

          • April Winn Vaughn

            Oh perfect! Thank you for the reply and info. I love Craftsy! In fact, I am doing your serger class right now. You are a fabulous teacher and super adorable on top of it!

          • Aww- thank you! πŸ™‚ I’m glad you’re enjoying my class. That’s nice to hear!