If you’re just starting to discover sewing as a creative expression, you’re probably still using your dining table as your sewing board and dreaming about having your own work space. There's nothing wrong with converting your dining room into your sewing space, but believe me, having an organized sewing room will inspire you and your creative juices to keep right on flowing.
So if your dining room table contains fabric and sewing notions more regularly than plates, food and wine glasses, it is high time to think about having your own dedicated space for sewing. Find a space in your home and convert it into one and it doesn't really matter how big it is. What matters most is how you organize your space to get the most out of it.
Let’s say you've chosen your sewing space in your home. The first thing to do is decide on your boundary, which means making your sewing room off limits to kids and pets (see Tips for Sewing with Small Children). When you start arranging your sewing space, it’s very helpful to experiment with it keeping in mind that the idea here is to become very productive. Remember that where you put your cutting and sewing desk, ironing board, and other sewing tools matters greatly.
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Plus, if your studio only has a simple overhead light, have a floor lamp to illuminate your cutting table and ironing board area. Proper lighting is critical when you sew and there's no need to strain your eyes and make your sewing time less enjoyable. For other ergonomic and safety tips, please check out Safety Tips for Sewing Machines.
I know that being creative and organized don't always come together because when inspiration hits you, the likely aftermath will be a sewing space with notions and fabrics strewn around. Let me just say that there is creativity in being organized too. If you start sourcing for organizers where you can store your sewing notions and fabrics and find a spot for them in your sewing space…you will understand what I mean. Think about pegboards and s-hooks for your cutters, scissors and rulers or a nice wooden thread rack on your wall. A magnetic knife rack is also a great idea for seam rippers and sewing feet. Clear glass jars for buttons and trims are also quite practical. Finally, think about your space as a work of art and you would want everything to be in its proper place most of the time!
Here are some ideas on organizing the buttons and small notions to keep your sewing space neat and tidy. You'll also be happy that you know where everything is and can find things easily. Click on the image for the full article on these sewing storage ideas.
If you're even challenged for space for hard storage boxes, you might try using clear vinyl project pouches especially for your buttons. These pack away nicely and allow you to see what button options you have without spreading everything out.
Lastly, storing and organising your fabric, particularly as your stash grows –and it always will if you really get into sewing– can be a real challenge. This is one of the very best ways we've found to organize and store a lot of fabric. The method keeps your stash clean and safe and you can find what you need almost instantly.
In summary, an organized sewing space should be able to utilize every bit of horizontal and vertical wall space it contains. It should allow you to have enough space to spread out your patterns and the possibility to stack your fabrics in such a way that you see all of them for future use. In the same vein, you should be able to keep smaller sewing notions in clear storage containers and keep all tools handy and ready to use. Another very important thing to consider is your lighting because it will need to be adequate for all the cutting and sewing you’re going to do. Now, if you keep all of these tips in mind, you're on the way to creating a sewing space that will let you get the most out of your sewing time.
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