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Sewing Room Update

I thought I’d post some new photos of my sewing room. Not a whole lot has changed but some organization has taken place. I still need to make curtains for the room. And in fantasy world I’d have bamboo flooring!


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Hello October!

I put together one of those DIY bookcases today.  It’s been really humid all day so that might not have been the best plan.  I ended up soaking wet.  I also managed to cut my toe and I have a giant blister on my thumb.  Can you see that?  That large white part?  That’s a blister!

It was actually fairly easy to put together the bookcase for a change.  When I first opened the box, I realized I didn’t have the instructions, but I was able to find them online so it was all good.

I still have fabric that is not yet in my sewing room but at least I have room for everything now, even if it’s not quite the way I want to organize it.

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I took some shots of the sewing room. It’s coming along very nicely though I’m definitely in need of more shelves. I don’t have room to sort the fabric the way I want to either. So I’m going to have to rethink that one.

Here are some progress photos:

I lined the drawer of the desk with some scrapbook paper. I didn’t do a very good job but that’s ok. I need to get more of these plastic container things. I picked them up at the dollar store and they’re perfect!

As you can see here, the shelves are actually a bit shorter than the space. I’m hoping I can get precut shelves that will fit snugly in there but either way I don’t quite have enough room so I have to rethink my organization. That’s not all the fabric I have either…

I’ve had this bookshelf (it’s a pair, the other is in my mother’s room now) forever. They’re cheap and wobbly and not the most ideal things in the world but they work ok. I’ve still got to organize what’s on the shelves and I have many binders filled with patterns that I need to put on there if they’ll even fit. I’ve got all my sewing books on there too and some magazines as well as the patterns that I’ve purchased that aren’t pdf format patterns in that little wicker basket. I actually have a bunch more patterns that my friend Krista bought, all vintage, that are in my bedroom closet. I’m going to store them separately and who knows, maybe one day I’ll actually make some of those clothes.

I took some photos of some things that my mother found and gave to me as well. The first is a metal box that is filled with needles! If you ever want a needle, I’m your gal! Seriously, check this out, it’s crazy…

Then there was this box. It’s filled with beads and a mint condition beaded handbag. I’m going to have to teach myself to do beading next!

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The trouble with zippers…

Today is day one of the quilt along. I’m hoping I can start cutting the pieces tomorrow as I don’t think I’ll have a chance to do it today.

I hung my ribbon rack and started to bring some fabric into the sewing room when I realized that I have a serious issue with buying fabric. Why do I have so much fabric?! It’s insane!

Anyway, as I’m putting together this sewing room and trying to come up with attractive ways to store and display things and keep it practical so that I won’t need to go digging, I’ve come across a problem. The problem is zippers. I can’t think of a practical way to store them that keeps them accessible and neat and sorted. I know this blog doesn’t really get much traffic, at least not yet, so asking anyone out there for advice on organizing and storing zippers is probably pointless but all the same, if you’re out there and you’re reading this and you have some advice, please do share.

I’ve been Googling away trying to find a neat way to store my zippers but all I keep coming up with are sites telling me how to install a zipper or just general craft storage with no practical zipper storage advice to be found. It seems silly to make a fuss about storing zippers but I’d rather not throw them all in a little plastic container if I can help it.

Ah well, back to questioning my sanity as I sort through all this fabric. Sometime this week, once my money comes in, I’m going to buy shelves to install in the closet. I took the door off today and once the shelves are up I’ll start trying to organize all this fabric and hopefully keep it neat and accessible. I’ve seen so many great ideas for fabric storage but the ones I like best would require a bigger room than I’ve got so I’ll stick with stacks on shelves for now. Maybe I should invest in some fabric boards… If they weren’t so expensive I probably would!

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working class hero

Since my bff asked me to show her photos of the sewing room I thought I’d post them here as well. I’m definitely making progress.

Hopefully I’ll be able to get the table at the first of the week. I’m going to try and find a chair that has a seat that I can recover. I should finish cutting out the curtains too so that I can sew them up. I’ll need to buy a bar before I can hang them. Right now I’m looking at the mass of fabric that I’ve got and wondering how exactly to go about organizing it so I can easily see it and get to it.

I think it’s time to go look at some photos of craft rooms for some more inspiration!

I’ve also just discovered Design*Sponge. I’ve known about the site for some time but never really took the time to look through it. Here’s a little known fact about me, when I was young I thought I might like to be an interior designer.

It’s always been so frustrating for me to have all these decorating ideas but never the money to realize them. Slowly I’m starting to acquire nicer things. I want my sewing room to finally be a room that I’ve decorated and really made it look good. Something to be proud of. It’s exciting but more than anything I can’t wait to sit in there and get to sewing!

With school starting up again, the thought that I’m going to have little time to enjoy myself sewing is really starting to get me down.

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