Tuesday, July 22, 2014

… where i sew

well, this has been a long time coming. i meant to share my new sewing space when i moved into it, oh... over two years ago. i made a few improvements recently and realized it was also where i sew month at pink chalk, so i figured it was time to take a few photos and show you all this little space i call my sewing room (the operative word being little).

i used to sew in the sun room off of our dining room (you can find a tour of that room here), which was lovely and i enjoyed being on the main floor of the house, but we realized that it would make a better play room for ingrid as she got more mobile. so i moved upstairs into the tiny bedroom, which i was already using as an office (barely). it really is a tiny room (no bigger than 8x10'), but it fits everything just perfectly and i couldn't be happier with it. i had it painted this delicate pale pink when it was my office, and i still love the color for my sewing room.


the first thing you see when you walk in is the table with my sewing machine (my trusty janome memory craft 6600p). this is the same old dining table i had downstairs. it used to belong to my mom. it's not ergonomically ideal, but i love it. with the extension leaves it holds a lot, including my scrap baskets and my smaller cutting mat, which i keep next to the sewing machine.



above the table are some ikea shelves that i spray painted yellow. they hold scissors, sewing machine accessories, pins, knitting needles, and other notions. the sweet little quilt block painting is by blair. it is one of my favorite things in this room. the triangle print up top is by alyson fox. the calendar is from ilee. c buys me one every year for christmas and every year it delights me.



to the left of the sewing table is the closet the holds all my fabric (hiya solveig!). i recently painted the top panels with chalkboard paint and put up some wallpaper on the lower panels (designed by jessica jones, from chasing paper). right now i'm using the chalkboard for my to-do list and to make quick quilt sketches. you can see that i store most of my batting on top of the closet, and when my ironing board is not in use i tuck it up between the closet and my chair.



inside is my fabric stash. it's organized primarily by type of fabric, yardage, and then color. the very top shelf is batting scraps, below that is yardage of quilting cottons, the next three are smaller cuts of quilting cottons organized by color (so. much. blue.), below that are solids, and the bottom shelf is other substrates (home dec, flannel, wool, etc.) i do admit that i sort of miss having my fabric out on open shelving so i can constantly admire it, but it's much happier in here where it doesn't get faded from the sun. i learned that lesson the hard way with some precious fabric in my old sewing room.


on the other side of the room is my cutting table and a small bookshelf. i think my favorite part of this sewing room is having a dedicated cutting table. space is definitely tight in here but i felt like that was a necessity. my back and shoulders really used to hurt after cutting fabric for long periods of time on my lower sewing table. i used an old desk top that i got at ikea ages ago and bought some new trestle-style legs at ikea that are height-adjustable. i also love that it's high enough for me to store a bunch of stuff under there, like my handy ikea raskog cart, which i use for projects in limbo, and as a place to stash fabric between projects (kind of like a to-be-shelved library cart).


one of my newest improvement was the addition of this pegboard above my cutting table. it holds my rotary cutter and ruler, along with some other accessories, and serves as a place to put up photos and small bits of inspiration. i love love love having this here.


above the cutting table is my pearl bracelet trip around the world quilt top that i still haven't gotten around to quilting. i figured in the meantime i can at least admire it every day. below that are some framed prints that i adore. the one on the left is by my friend, holly. it makes me very happy.


that little bookshelf holds my quilting and knitting books, along with patterns, a bin of saved selvages, and some charm squares. i use the top as a sort of desk for my laptop and place to put my tea and snacks while i sew. the print atop the shelf is for a built to spill show benefiting fantagraphics with artwork by some of my favorite cartoonists (so many of my favorite things in one!) i would hang it elsewhere in the house, but c doesn't like the one panel with the woman with the weird boob, so it stays in here with my things. (when ingrid sees it she always asks why her boob is so funny. ha.)


and lastly, on the wall between the door and the sewing table, is my design wall. it's a little low-rent, as it's just a large piece of frankensteined flannel that's attached to the wall with push pins, but it works great for me. i can keep a bunch of small projects up here as i work on them or lay out a fairly large quilt if i need to.

yay, that's it! i do love this little room and hope you do, too. it's cozy and sweet, and suits me perfectly. any hours i get to spend in here are usually very, very happy.

Pink Chalk Studio

linking up as part of pink chalk's where i sew month!


  1. What a cozy, colourful, pretty space. Looks like the kind of space one would enjoy spending time in!!!

  2. Your room and baby are adorable! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Love your sewing room! I think it is the best one I have seen! I will soon be getting my own sewing room so thank you for the great inspiration!

  4. Very sweet and very personal - a perfect sewing space!

  5. It looks lovely and organised! It's great to have a room that is only dedicated to sewing and nothing else.

  6. This might be the prettiest sewing room ever! I love it! Those crate and barrel pegboards are what I have now too, and they are so nice to have.

  7. What a wonderful little room. It's just perfect. I've never been a big fan of IKEA, but I have to say, seeing all the functionality you've gained with IKEA furniture in a small space has made me reconsider. Happy sewing!

  8. It's a space I'd love to spend time in. So well organised and everything at hand. Perfect!

  9. Oh wow - I love your room. Any chance you want to come do mine? ;o)


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  11. Hi! I love your quilts and your sewing space looks beautiful and inspiring! x Teje