Saturday, February 16, 2013

Sewing Room Switcheroo Reveal

Keeping in mind the room is small, has only one and a quarter walls, and I only bought one storage item, don't expect too much!  However, it is cleaner, more organized, and an easier room to work in. 
 With the Hoosier cabinet no longer directly behind my sewing chair, the room feels bigger and more balanced.  Except for swapping the Hoosier and the tall white dresser, nothing else was moved.





This rolling cart was the only storage piece I bought.  It is for scrapbook storage so the drawer bins have lids and can be completely removed.  The top three drawers have ROYGBIV scraps and the other three contain embroidery threads and accessories, iron on adhesives and pressing sheets, and the bottom has rulers, stencils and other tools.  Adding this one piece eased the crowding of the Hoosier cabinet.

Under the cutting table one large bin holds larger cuts of fabric.  Believe it or not, this is pretty much all I have.  Feel sorry for me?   Actually I tend to buy backings per project only so I don't keep a lot of yardage on hand due to lack of storage space.  The other big bin has batting and assorted clumps of fabric for Shoppe sale project ideas not yet started.

A basket on the cutting table to corral tools, one wire bin with a Quilts for Kids finished top, my ruffled pottery garbage bin, and the Greenpiece BOM box.  I'm going to try my best to keep cleaning up the cutting table as I go instead of making massive piles for "later".  Wish me luck!


Upper cupboard of the Hoosier made roomier by moving out a lot of storage jars and assorted piles of trims and rarely used items.  I did want to paint the inside of the cabinet before I showed the room again, but that will have to wait for another time.

 I can't get the photos to sit side by side for some reason.

 
The Picnic project box is in here because it is on my February Getting it Done list.  Better get on it!
 
 Tambour door space with labeled and cataloged bins, bags, and boxes...


 And cabinet below with MORE labeled and cataloged project boxes.

 I decided to use the pull out tabletop of the Hoosier as the GO! Cutter workstation.  This eliminates the need to clear off the cutting table whenever I wish to use the cutter.  The covered cutter is on the floor next to the Hoosier and the dies and cutting mats on the corner there do not interfere with the cutter when open on the tabletop.  Below the Hoosier cabinet are still MORE project boxes.  Eek.

Small pieces of fabric/fat quarters are separated by color and stored in this great dresser I snagged from my sister in law when they were moving.  I also wanted to paint over the pink drawer interiors and give the outside another coat of cream before the reveal, but again, that will wait.

This vintage 50's blond oak sewing desk that belonged to my MIL is the only piece that didn't get a once over, other than clearing off the top.  The three drawers need a good clean out but hold pins, needles, sewing machine accessories and my basting pins and quilting gloves.  I am in the desk drawers, thread and precut bins all the time.  Due to the space crunch, unfortunately when open my sewing desk cabinet door covers the plastic cart.  Not much I can do about that!

I love the new button knobs on the cabinet and the extensive workspace this piece gives me, yet it can be completely closed up and moved out of the way when needed.  In the background you can see a box that is full of fabric pieces, buttons/trims, etc that are heading upstairs to the sewing closet.  Yes, I'm still on two floors but have another dresser there as well as half a closet's worth of storage space for overflow, thankfully!  So there you have it, my little sewing room in a temporary state of cleanliness and order.  Don't expect it to stay that way, do you?

13 comments:

Mary said...

What a beautiful job of organizing you did! I can see you spending many happy hours there.

Janet O. said...

This feels so familiar. I am in the midst of reorganizing my sewing space to make room for the new cutting station that arrives next week. When I first took over this former bedroom it felt huge. A whole room just for sewing. Now I don't know how to fit everything in.
You have done a good job. Nice to have your own space, isn't it? I don't know how I ever made my kids' and my clothes and a few quilts now and then when I had to sew at the kitchen table, or a card table in the living room.

Stephanie said...

Trying again to leave a comment. Maybe the snow is the problem. Love a fresh clean sewing space but mine never stays that way for long. I haven't bought any fabric yet this year so that should help!

Quilter Kathy said...

It is an awesome room! And so well organized...wow!
Good luck keeping it sorted! My sewing room always looked like a family of squirrels have been digging around in there!

julieQ said...

Looks great, Annie!! Enjoy your new space!

Marg said...

It's looking great. Now you've finished organising your room, you can pop over to mine and sort mine out thank you!

Marg said...

It's looking great. Now you've finished organising your room, you can pop over to mine and sort mine out thank you!

Darlene said...

Annie, it looks fabulous. Enjoy!

Kate said...

Nice set up. Enjoy sewing in your clean space!

Pokey said...

Oo-o- it's all so neat in your favorite green, too! The hoosier cabinet makes ME green, with envy! i love your organized space Annie. You are very resourceful in your use of space ~
:-} pokey

Shay said...

Looking great Annie. It looks like a new room!

I always feel so much more creative when I have a cleaned and sorted sewing room. I love being able to find everything. I think fondling and sorting fabric gets you thinking more creatively too.

I really must get some project poxes..most of my projects lay round the floor in various baskets so I dont forget them!

Stephanie D said...

Very nice! And so organized! You can come do mine anytime. 8^)

Tanya said...

You have inspired me to go clean my sewing room. I don't expect I'll get to the drawers though...