This is my creative space.
It’s neither big nor beautiful, but I’ve produced many things in this humble corner of our family room/living room/dining room (when your house is 1500sq ft all the rooms must become multifunctional). I’ve owned my “sewing cabinet” (from Ikea) for about 6 years. It’s made it though a cross country move from NYC which is something I never expected from a “cheap” piece of furniture. I’m glad it did, because it’s been perfect in every place we’ve lived.1. Vintage Sewing books I’ve collected over the years. 2. Baskets of clothes waiting to be refashioned 3. All my homemade pattern organized in envelopes.
4. Cut and bagged projects just waiting to be sewn including a whirly twirly skirt, a pair of silk butterfly wings & a newborn wtap dress.
5. All of my smaller pieces of fabric. Ready for appliques. 6. Inspiration/design boards created by installing cork on the inside of the doors. 7. The vintage tin sewing advertisement my mom gave me. 8. A child dress form used for draping patterns. 9. The homemade thread catcher I can’t imagine living without. 10. My beautiful Bernina Sewing Machine and my trusty, old, Juki Serger (which was a HS graduation gift from my parents). 11. Sewing supplies consisting of but not limited to buttons, elastic, binding, trim, safety pins, my “bad” thread, seam rippers, velcro, snaps. 12. My “good” thread. 13. Baskets full of more projects and mending. 14. My favorite sewing resource books. Disclosure: This is the cleanest this cabinet has probably EVER looked. Usually there are bits and piece of a million projects scattered about, stacks of fabric falling over, thread bits all over the rug. I am starting the year off with much organization and purging, so this is documentation of the organized creative space which, when I am done with all my organizing & purging, will become messy with beautiful creation. Can’t wait!
In the corner behind the dress form sits my mobile sewing bag. Full of scissors, rotary cutters, rulers, and pattern weights, it gets taken over to my dining room table when I’m ready to draft a pattern or cut out a project. It also includes everything I need to take with me for a sewing night with friends. Underneath it sits all the supplies for fabric scrap paper dolls, a favorite activity for the kids while I am creating.
This bookshelf (from Ikea) not only houses some of my favorite sewing books, but also hides unfinished projects in it’s baskets.
I love finding old sewing books at the thrift store.
New sewing books are fun too. The crate holds cones of thread for the serger though it mostly stays either black or white.
The inside doors of the cabinet were unused space just calling out for the addition of cork board. It is the perfect place to record my latest ideas lest I be distracted by another trip to the thrift store.
When I’m not waist deep in projects, the cabinet closes up so nicely you might not even notice it there in the corner (except for the rulers and large roll of marker paper). But, then you might enter the garage and it’d beome very apparent that a sewer (or fabric hoarder) lives here. But that’s another story and another organizing project for another day.