07 Apr Sewing Room Ideas and Organization – Part 3
Hi there! Welcome to Part 3 in my series on organizing your creative spaces. In the next few installments, we will look specifically at creative workstations. First up. Sewing rooms! Today I’ll take you for a quick spin around my sewing setup and throw out ideas for yours too. I hope it inspires you. Let’s get to it!
How can we make our sewing and craft rooms more efficient, enjoyable, and beautiful? In my office, it’s a constant work in progress. I believe you just need to get started and to avoid overwhelm, remember to take baby steps. With tiny improvements and adjustments over time, your creative spaces will start to Bloom.
The Sewing Work Area
Here’s a peek at my sewing perch. One of my favorite spots to be. When I am not sewing, I try to keep it slightly clean and buttoned up. Pun intended. 😁
Essential Sewing Supplies and Tools
To set up a system that works for you, start with your supplies. Gather the sewing supplies and tools you use most frequently, for each and every project. You want these available out on your work surface so they are handy or tucked in a drawer or closet nearby for easy access.
I keep my most essential sewing supplies within arms reach. Here are some of my current mainstays.
A tray for miscellaneous tools (thread, scissors, etc.)
Colorful storage bowls (for pins, bobbins, clips, etc.)
Container for fabric swatches (for test stitching etc.)
Wastebasket (Any container you like works for this!)
My sewing machine and serger
An adjustable work light
Container Ideas for Sewing Supplies and Tools
Next, find functional containers that you love, but also really work for you, and your decor. Choose containers that are the right size for the job and that you can grab items out of easily.
I use organizing caddies and colorful bowls to hold random sewing supplies. From pins, and bobbins to thread and markers. The bowls and tray I use can be nested together and tidied up quickly, so I can leave everything out even when I am not working.
Take a lap around the house, look in cupboards, you may already own everything you need. Consider decorative trays, antique dishes, vases or even bathroom caddies, etc. There are also a bazillion ideas out in stores and all over the internet. Examples below are from Amazon. (affiliate links)
Storing less used Sewing Supplies
Store supplies that you do not use for every sewing project in a longer-term storage spot. Supplies, tools, and fabric that are not needed on a regular basis should be in a drawer, closet or under the bed storage, etc. This leaves your area clutter-free, much more productive, and most importantly, keeps YOU happier.
I keep these supplies that I don’t need as often tucked away in drawers. I’m using a mint green metal cookie sheet for my very shallow drawer and multiple white IKEA desk caddies for miscellaneous sewing supplies.
Ideas for Storing Sewing Patterns
Plastic bins or drawers work well for storing patterns. I use baskets where I can sort and file the pattern types. The baskets store perfectly on a shelf for easy access.
Work Surfaces for Sewing and Cutting Fabric
My main work surface is an old harvest table. I typically put a cutting mat or a cardboard cutting board on it to cut patterns or fabric, etc. Any open surface works, but some will be better than others. A kitchen table or a desk is preferable to using the floor. Your back will thank you! But sometimes you have to use what you have. I certainly have done my fair share of cutting fabric and foam cushions on the family room floor. Just be sure to protect your surface with a board or mat before you start cutting. Here are 2 options. Self Healing Cutting Mat or Cutting Board (affiliate link)
If you are designing a new space, look for a table or surface with the best width and height for you. What is the best size for a sewing table? Consider not only the length and the width but also the height. If you are making clothing you will want a table that is longer and wider than one required for quilting. If you use a rotary cutter and a mat, your table should be approximately 6 inches longer than the mat on all sides. You’ll want to choose your new table based on what type of cutting you do and how much space you have at home.
What is the best height for a cutting table? Depending on your height, the best height for a sewing and cutting table is between 36 and 40 inches high. Your best option is to choose a table that has an adjustable height. Experts say that the height of a cutting table should be right at your waist or slightly below. This is higher than most standard tables. It’s low enough to be able to reach across but high enough that you won’t strain your back.
Best Lighting for Sewing Work Areas
Be sure to set up your sewing machine and work area in a well-lit part of your room. Next to a window or under an overhead light is ideal, but it’s also a good idea to add a task or table light to add even more light. This will help prevent eye strain. Above are two clean and simple task lighting options that are reasonably priced.
Finding the Best Sewing Chair
Comfort is key here! Find a chair that supports and fits your body well, is the proper height and is comfortable. You can use just about anything, and it need not be expensive. These examples above are both under $65. You can also create your own. I use an old antique chair that I varnished and painted, and made a cushion for. It sits at the perfect height and now, even matches my decor. Update what you have, check out thrift shops or reasonably priced retailers such as Amazon or Target. Get creative and enjoy the process.
Decor and Accessories for your Sewing Room
Your surroundings should be a reflection of yourself. Use the colors you love the most. Look in your closet for personal color inspiration or online for sewing room ideas. Find great sources and ideas at houzz.com or Instagram, using hashtags.
Add your favorite colors or patterns with a frame, vase, pillow, cushion, storage caddy or framed artwork, for example. I am not an interior designer. Please no judgment here. 😂 My approach has always been to select and surround myself with things that I love and that are functional. Then, edit, and keep editing. Try it and see what you think.
Drawing Tools Caddies and Organizers
Another way to personalize your space is with well-designed vessels that hold your drawing, and stationery needs. Keep them right beside you to make every task easier.
The Portable and Relocating Sewing Space
For years, I dragged my supplies and equipment in and out of a closet. Can you relate? It certainly helps to keep your projects out, but that is not always possible. If you need to put everything away after sewing, the trick is to make it easy and mobile. So, you can do it effortlessly and without a hassle.
A carrying case with a handle and multiple compartments is the perfect way to take your sewing projects with you where ever you go. Find this pink organizer below HERE. (affiliate links above)
Find soft, fun and functional cases that you love. Organize your items so that it is a delightful experience to pull everything out and get to work.
Plastic bins are a great way to store and protect your precious fabrics. A low bin is awesome to slide under furniture and yet a portable way to take things with you. Find similar containers HERE (affiliate links above)
So, there you have it. I hope you enjoyed the tour and the post brings you a little bit of inspiration to personalize and organize your own spaces. Stop back soon! Next month we will look at ideas and organization for Cricut Workstations.
Wishing you strength, contentment, and good health in these trying times.
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If you missed Part 1 and 2 of the series, check those out below.
Craft Room Ideas For Organization – Part 1
Craft Room Storage Ideas – Part 2