Many of you do not have a "space of your own" in your home where you can sew. A place where you can leave up all your things and work at anytime without hauling it all out.
How do you find a space of your own? First take a very close look at what you have. Yes… it ALWAYS starts here!
You need to know the bare minimum you need to have available to enable you to sit down to work. I imagine it’s not as much as you think:
- sewing machine
- cutting mat
- rulers, rotary cutter
- iron and board
- the project you are working on
Not much eh?
So you need a table that can be left up with the sewing machine on it. In an extreme pinch you can get out the mat and rulers to cut when needed.
Now to find a place for this table .. don’t worry yet about what the table is.. let’s find a spot first.
- Bedroom…often there is a corner here you can clear out and use.
- Family/living room – there MUST be a tiny spot a table can go.
- Dining room – as a kid that is where my spot was… my parents put the sewing machine in the dining room. That gave me the table to use.
- Eat in kitchen… maybe not the ideal spot, but many have a built in cubbie place you could modify for a sewing machine. Or put the machine in a lower cabinet to pull out quick, use your counter for a the cutting station… be creative here.
- Bathroom…mmm… not sure on this one!
- Closet – often there is a closet in a room you could take over. Remove everything in it (as most likely it’s storage and junk). Then convert the whole closet into your studio. There are tons of these make overs on the Internet to look at.
- Part of a book shelf- you can either store the machine on the shelf, or actually make a shelf extension that is the table you work on.
Does this get you thinking? Be CREATIVE and really look hard at what in is in your home. Do you have unused things in a room that can be moved or donated elsewhere? Do you have things in a room that could go somewhere else?
Have you used a creative spot? Post question/photos on spots in your house you think you can used.
Now for the table. There are tables that fold down from the wall, small tables that you can find at yard sales, tables you may already own! There are tables built just for the machines and the machines go down into them. For years my main sewing table was a kitchen counter clamped to legs my husband built for it. The legs make it the exact right height, the counter was smooth and had finished edges. We bought the counter at the hardware store for very little as it was a reject. Customers special order and something is not right so the counters are sold at a good price. This is a great option for making a table fit a space you have.
Here are a few sites with spaces to check for ideas… link to others in the comments!
- Organize Your Sewing Room
- Sewing Closet Revamp; Using Every Inch Wisely!
- Sewing Space Organization-Getting Started
- Sewing Room in a Closet
So look around and find a space, and a table.. report back!
Link Party and Give-Away
And now for the Link Party! Share a link to your blog post or Flickr photo of your area in most need of work.. or your whole ‘before studio’.. I can’t wait to see your space!
C&T Publishing have generously donated two copies of Organizing Solutions for Every Quilter: An Illustrated Guide to the Space of Your Dreams. Two winners will randomly be selected Monday, February 20th from those sharing their spaces in the link party. Non-USA winners will receive the ebook version.
Pat Sloan is owner and founder of the quilting design and publishing company Pat Sloan & Co. She has published over 25 books, more than 100 patterns, nearly 10 fabric lines, and has had her work featured in all the major Quilt magazines. In January 2010, Pat started hosting her weekly Internet Radio show called Creative Talk Radio.
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