Today I’m joining the fabulous Sewing Spaces series hosted by Christina from 2 Little Hooligans. I have shared my space here before but since then many of you may be new readers, so you are probably seeing it for the first time!
I would love to tell you that I have a professional studio with huge windows overlooking a river, that create a beautiful, light filled space that I work in every day of the week…but that would be a total lie. My sewing area is actually a corner in our dining room.
The desk and shelves are from the Ikea Expedit range and have been the perfect size – they fit the corner nicely and the desk is sturdy and deep giving me lots of room for both my machines.
The peg board is a bespoke item made especially for this space by my father in law, who is a very talented wood worker. It is made completely from recycled materials and is a fantastic storage space. It’s a great way to keep all my sharp tools out of reach from little hands. As well as being functional, I also like to use it to display vintage threads and notions I’ve collected along the way.
I have changed the way I store fabric since I took these photos. I only kept small pieces and fat quarters on the shelf, but now I have boxes there so I can store them horizontally instead of vertically. Keeps it much tidier – nothing more annoying than pulling something from the bottom of the stack and have the whole lot topple out!
Our dining and living rooms are open plan so when I sew, I can be in the room when the kids are playing, or sew on Friday nights while my husband watches the football, and I still feel like I’m part of it all and not shut away. I use the dining table directly behind the desk as a cutting area, which works well.
It’s a small, busy and colourful space, which works really well for me. I am forced to keep it tidy because it’s located in a common area, but that’s a good thing. I find it easier to work in a tidy space – when things get too messy I feel creatively blocked and overwhelmed.
Make sure you pop over to 2 Little Hooligans and follow the series – I always find it fascinating to see behind the scenes of some of my favourite blogs! Make sure you also check out Christina’s stunning sewing room – such a beautiful space with a mix of vintage and modern pieces, it looks like it’s straight from the pages of an interiors magazine!