Spring Cleaning the Sewing Studio

I decided last week that I would focus on digging out the piles of Winter that were stacked in the sewing cottage.  During the winter I hauled things into the house….then hauled it back out.  I didn't put it back though so I opened the door and this is what I was greeted with:

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What a disasiser! Who did this?!

After hauling it out again– to the lawn this time for sorting…. I got thinking. {dangerous} Hey- take a look at the whole center of the sewing studio– it's big and it is not being used to it's potential!

I drew up a few options….forced the honey outside to give opinions….and then he offered the work table. It had been sitting outside with a tarp on it all winter….with no place to go.  I have been using a folding table, but the leg supports get in the way of storage underneath and really it's easier to store than the big lunky thing in the backyard. 

I decided to put the table in and shoot it off of the wall, jutting right into the big empty space in the middle. 

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I put a new shelf behind my sewing table and shoved that to the corner behind the door….but really now I can pivot my chair and turn right behind me to the cutting area {where i have a ton of work space now!} .  I left my rolling cart in there with the ironing board on it.  I can still roll it around where I need it. Do you see it just on the other side of the cutting board? 

There is plenty of walkway behind the new table to use the quilting banche machine and access the fabric stored on the shelves.

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As you can see I still need to refill the shelves properly….and refold a lot of fabric that just doesn't allow the drawers to close anymore!

This week I am joining in a on a Stash Buster Sale on The Sewing Loft….. some crazy fabric, notion, book and pattern hoarders will be sorting through and listing FOR SALE!!

I have a few kits for a new plushie- Sage.  She is a chocolate polka dot velvet kitty cat…..yeah. I'm in love. 🙂

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extra bits that we no longer can have hanging around any more.  You will find a wonderful variety and some awesome prizes.  Happy Shopping!

I am planning on doing a few posts on Spring Cleaning your Sewing Studio— do you have any suggestions or topics that you would like covered? What kind of storage inspiration do you need?


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  1. Laura M in Washington :)

    19 March

    I am so glad you have the courage I don’t, to take pictures of the sewing monsters aftermath! I swear every day I clean up and go to bed and that is when the monster comes and has a whirlwind of a time tossing all my lovelies this way and that and low in behold my eyes when I return and the aftermath resembles the exact same chaotic mess that was the day before! I try to explain this to my hubby and he just nods and smiles lovingly and asks me if I plan on going to the LQS today!!! What a dear heart he is!

  2. Lisa

    20 March

    I just have to leave a note that you are not alone. My house has no designated room for my sewing. So I have 1/2 the diningroom table and fabric storage containers in our bedroom. I go looking for something and it looks like a fabric explosion. You are a brave woman to let the world in. Love that you are a real person!

  3. cathy

    20 March

    I also do not have a designated sewing room. Does the whole house count? I craft everyday, either for my grandaughters, myself or charity. To help the problem out, everytime I go to an auction, they invariably have fabric to “steal”. I am now trying to teach myself to quilt and become confident enough to use up some of the stash. I find I am attracted to small quilted projects now rather than the whole quilt. Sort of a confidence booster you know.

  4. Lorrie

    20 March

    I started spring rearranging…I couldn’t stop at cleaning. It is an ongoing process, to say the least. My 23 year old son says, as he looks around my room, “Mom, you have a LOT of STUFF.” I reminded him that somewhere in my space, I have the right stuff for any textile repair he will ever need, including an old black Singer that could sew your arm back on if need be. I love your table idea. My dad rescued an old science lab table for me a couple of years ago that I use the same way. I built a book case out of pine boards for under one side and use the plastic drawer organizers under the other side. More rearranging to come…

  5. whosies

    22 March

    cathy- small is the perfect place to start.

  6. Rheda

    4 April

    Hi Becky, I love your website. I get so inspired. Wanted to let you know about my crafting “closet”. My wonderful husband made shelves in a closet then added a peg board to the back of the door {on the inside}. I have way too many crafting interests. From sewing, quilting, crocheting and knitting just to mention a few. Lol! I have several empty ice cream buckets. So…. I used some of my fabric scraps and made liners for the buckets with pockets on the outside. These are kept on the shelves in my craft closet. One for each project that I am currently working on. Still trying to sort and organize the rest!!

  7. whosies

    8 April

    Rheda- i would love to see how that works! the buckets with liners and projects is a great idea.

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