Where I Sew

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!

15 thoughts on “Where I Sew

  1. such a cute space 🙂 I need a peg board like that – my husband has been asking around the hardware stores but apparently they are not available here! I love all your little homemade touches like the machine covers.

  2. You know I LOVE your peg board, Ros!!! Gotta love IKEA… I sew on an Expedit desk and store fabric on Expedit shelves… and I'd be lost without my dining room / cutting out table. When I was in my teens, 20s, I used to cut out on the floor… not any more.

  3. Ah, you are so organized! One of the downsides of living alone is that I can be as messy as I want, which means my sewing space looks… not quite this good. 😉

  4. Very organised, pretty and inspiring work space. I always keep a look out for peg board at my tip. I marvel at the great sewers like yourself who declare they are sharing a kitchen or lounge space and create such great work.

  5. I love how it is in a common area and so tidy. Officially my craft room is half of our sunroom, but I share the space with everything else in the house that doesn't have a place. It is essentially a storage area. It is cramped and messy, and I never use it. I just take what I need to the dining room and work at the dining table, spreading mess as I go.

  6. Oh wow!! I am slightly envious of your awesome space! It looks very inspiring. 🙂

    I setup a foldaway trestle table in our kitchen and all my supplies get shoved high up on our shelves so that Anne doesn't make a mess/hurt herself. Oh to have the space!

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