Mar 16, 2012

My Sewing Space

Thelma, Nicole, and Carrie all posted about what they keep around their sewing work spaces.  I thought that was fun so here’s mine too: 


First off, the side of my machine.  I love my small yellow colander for trimmings and threads.


One of the 3-M hooks attached to the side of my machine keeps this very old and well used tool handy.


The work table / ironing table right next to the sewing machine space.


My daughter gave me this ceramic bowl which is perfect for trimmings and scraps at my work table.


And then I got on the homemade pedestal dish trend and made this to keep my current supplies where I can find them.  I used to always have to hunt through my project looking for the tool I set down a minute ago and now can’t find.  Now I automatically plunk them here and that problem is solved.

drawer space

I am very fortunate to have drawers under my sewing machine cabinet (an old desk) to keep most of my notions.  (Oh man!  what am I going to do for collages when Picnik shuts down?)


On the other side of the machine I keep scraps for leaders and enders in this pretty little cup.


The buttons for the lamp and the iron are right handy and at arms reach from my machine.  When I’m almost done sewing I just hit the button and the irons hot and ready to start pressing away.  I love it!


And speaking of my lamp, I have a magnet on the base that keeps needles safe until I have time to store them away….looks like its time.


If there is any thread left on the needle after hand sewing, I stick it here out of the way at the end of the work table.  When I need to sew a quick button or repair, I often find I have the right color needle all ready threaded.


Last, but not least, I have another yellow colander on my cutting table to keep my cutters together.  I seem to like cute little yellow colanders and if I’m not careful I could become a collector.


It sits below my ruler holder…really an office paper sorter..which has been ideal, I think I couldn’t live with out it.  I blogged about it here.

My room is just a little one (about 10 x 10) but then most everything is within close reach. Its been a fun challenge getting things to work in here.

And just when Mr. Sunshine says nothing more will fit in this room….I find a way to do it.


Needled Mom said...

It looks like a very organized space and I love the little bowls and colander ideas.

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

LOL that's what my DH says and I always prove him wrong. ;-) Love your yellow colanders! Thanks for the tour. Have a happy weekend!

Tarnyia said...

I can't believe how organized you are... you are NOT going to see my messy area hahahaha I always seem to have ''crap'' all around me in here even though everything has a place xxx

Cath said...

Hi Annette, just found your blog via "sew darn crafty" and love it so I have clicked "follow"!
Bits 'n Bobs

Terrie R. said...

I love the scrap bowl idea and the pedestal! I'm so going to incorporate those into my space. Thanks for sharing! - Terrie

Anonymous said...

What a simply lovely and well organized work space for sewing! Looks great!

Karen said...

Looks to me like you have half the kitchen in your sewing room. LOL! Creative use of kitchen items for sure.

Darlene said...

Love your very organized space! The use of colanders is such a great idea! I already use small bowls, mugs and such because they really work well. :-)

Thank you for sharing!

rubyslipperz1052 said...

You have some VERY wonderful ideas for the sewing room space! I'm hoping you won't mind if I "steal" one or two...ideas, that is =)


Lynette said...

What terrific ideas - so glad you shared. Love the office holder for the rulers. And the needles stuck in the ironing table - ingenious. :D

Laura G said...

These are very good ideas. I need to get organized and I hope I may copy these. Also you participated in a red and white fabric swap and made a fabulous quilt. Do you mind f I ask what pattern you used to make that quilt? I would love to make a quilt in a similar pattern Many Thanks, Laura

Thelma said...

I can't believe your sewing room is only 10 X 10, you sure make the most of your space. I just love all the homey touches, your space has a very happy feel to it, I'm not surprised. I'm going to steal your hook on the machine idea, very clever! I have some nice looking baskets for storage but i like your bowls, mugs and colanders much better. Thanks so much for sharing!

Carrie P. said...

Such a pleasant sewing space. Love all the ways to make it more workable.
Here is a place you could try for collages.

Marga (MarPie) said...

So neat your sewing space is. I really love your needle with tread idea.


Melanie said...

Recognizing this is an older post, I still wanted to leave a comment. I stumbled upon your blog this morning and want to say how much I adore the idea of a bowl for scraps. I do this in the kitchen but it didn't even occur to me to employ it in the sewing room! Thank you for sharing, and my favorite color is also yellow and my sewing room is a lovely bright yellow, it's my favorite space. Have a lovely day!

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