Monday, August 15, 2016

My Sewing Room

We have lived in our little log cabin for about 8 months now. That's about long enough to grow a baby.... and that's exactly what I've been doing. In fact, she was born last Monday- she came a week early! We are blessed beyond words to have her here with us. We named her Violet, and there's a picture of her over on instagram. I'm glad I finished organizing my sewing space right before she was born. I can't wait to start SEWING again! (In the meantime, I'll just sit here enjoying and feeding the baby and writing a blog post about my newly organized space)!

There are two main areas of my "sewing room-" which is actually not its own room. I wish it was, but our house isn't big enough for me to have my own sewing room. 

So for the first area, I claimed a little corner of our living room. I envision lots of happy hours here.

For the second area, I am using a wall in our master bedroom to store my fabric and supplies.

Ready for lots more pictures? I personally LOVE reading blog posts about other people's sewing rooms, so I hope you don't mind indulging in a lot of colorful pictures and details with me as I take you on an up-close tour.

Here's the first space I want to show you....

First, the amazing triangle mini quilt was made by Mia of @mlrdesigns on instagram, as a part of an online swap that we both participated in. Isn't it awesome!?!

There are so many little treasures on this wall. I'll start at the top and work my way down.

This is a mini quilt that I made when we lived in Ohio two years ago. It is inspired by one of my dearest friends, Mary Dugan, who came up with the pattern. It is hand-sewn from start to finish. I shared more details about it on my blog in this post.

The other two mini quilts hanging next to the deer are from my friend Ashley of Mommy By Day, Crafter By Night. The gorgeous Pickledish quilt was a gift, and the darling Envelope quilt was for an online swap we were both in- and she just happened to be assigned to me. (Lucky, lucky me)!

Beneath my mini quilts, I keep the tools that I use most often for sewing. They are up high to be out of reach and safe from my little kids. If you come to my house-you will see that everything is labeled- I love having a place for everything. I tried to make these buckets cute- with some chalkboard labels and fun little borders that describe the action word for what each bucket holds... Measure, Cut, Poke, and Quilt.

The Measure bucket contains all my measuring tapes, small rulers, tracing pencils, and chalk. The Cut bucket holds all my scissors, shears, trimmers, rotary cutters, extra blades, and seam rippers. The Poke bin contains all sorts of different pins, hand sewing needles, sewing machine needles, as well as some cute pin cushions and needle books. The Quilt bucket is for my quilting gloves, basting tools, and other random doodads.

To the left of my tool buckets is a jar containing Wonder Clips
Let's take a peek at the area underneath the shelf....  

At the top are these darling string art pieces. I stumbled upon Strings by Samantha a couple years ago and just really admired her talent. What a fun way to add new dimension to my sewing area- with a little string and wood! I love textiles in all forms. Samantha made these exactly how I asked her to- all the shapes I wanted, with a gray wood stain, and my blog colors, mustard and aqua.

The story of this picture is one of my favorites. After graduating college from BYU in Family and Consumer Science Education, I landed my first job as an 8th grade Sewing Teacher. It was such a cool job! I was also pregnant with my first baby at the time, and she was born during the school year. A group of art students were assigned to draw a picture of every teacher, which were hung in the hallways. I LOVED their depiction of me as a sewing teacher, and my sweet little baby too. The original drawing was about 5 feet tall. They let me have it at the end of the year. I later took it to Office Max and had it shrunk down to this, so I could frame it and always treasure it in my sewing room.

On the other side of my sewing machine is this little collage. The floral decoration is a treasure my husband sent to me when he was an LDS missionary in Hungary. The type of needlework is called Kalocsa. The cute aqua and gold heart is from Just Add Sunshine. The mug rug is from Ashley.

This adorable print is something I ordered from Tasha Noel. She personalized it with the specific hair colors and names that I requested. It originally came as an 8x10 and I trimmed it to a 5x7 to fit in the frame I had at home. I really wish I would have just bought a frame big enough to put it in... because once I trimmed it, I realized I chopped off Tasha's signature. I may order it again in the future just to get the full size back! Regardless, it is so adorable, and one of my favorite little decorations on my wall!

Over to the side is where I keep a colorful stash of fabrics. These are prints that don't necessarily belong to any collections or specific designers- it's just an assortment of favorite prints. The cuts of fabric rannge from fat quarter to about a half yard. Anything larger gets put in a different place.

The first cubby holds all my colors. The second shelf is for black, white, gray, cream, brown, solids, and linens.

Here's a look at everything together. The shelves are from Target. I have two hanging side by side.

On top of my shelves is a sweet little vintage toy sewing machine. My sister Hannah gave it to me for Christmas a few years ago. She found it at a thrift shop and I will always treasure it! The string art is another make by Strings By Samantha. I asked her to recreate my virtual sewing machine (the logo I use for Sewvivor) into string art. She totally NAILED it! ;)

A little picture of the button bouquet that my girls made for me on Mother's Day a few years ago.... it makes so so happy.

Below my shelves of fabric, I have my Ikea cart where I store my serger, iron, and a spot to keep my latest project. I also keep my cutting mats next to it (I have this and this). Inside my sewing desk drawers is where I keep things like my rulers, sewing machine feet, velcro, zippers, boning, piping, metal closures, sprays and starches, etc. I plan on getting a new desk for Christmas, and then I'll update this post with what's actually inside the drawers!

Another treasure that I keep underneath my desk is this garbage can. Who has a cute painted garbage?! I do! My darling sister Emily painted this and gave it to me for my birthday. What a totally original and thoughtful gift, right?! It is so perfect for my sewing room, and so incredibly 'me' since I love sunflowers and barns. The fun thing about this gift was that I had no idea she could paint. Turns out- she's really good at it! :)

Moving on to the second space I want to show you....

My amazing husband built these cabinets for me. They are Hemnes Glass Door Cabinet in white, from Ikea. They were not cheap, but they are perfect. I have two, side by side. I was looking for something with a glass door instead of open shelving, to protect my fabric from dust and bugs, but would also let me look at what's stored inside because well, fabric is so pretty! And I love the drawers below, because I can store the things that aren't as pretty. While I was organizing, I really narrowed down what I was going to keep. Our house is 1800 square feet- for 7 people- so there is no room to waste. I got rid of two big boxes of fabric and notions I knew I was never going to use. I also have one plastic bin full of old or really plain fabric- and I'm storing that in the attic for a rainy day.

Here's a peek at the right cabinet with the doors open.

The top shelf houses: apparel fabric- rayons, linings, knits- on the left; and large cuts- quilt backs, canvas, duck cloth- on the right.

The next shelf is where I keep all my trimmings. Buttons go in the small jars, and ric rac, pom poms, bias tape, lace, etc are in the large jars.

Everything is color coordinated of course. The jars and bird are from Hobby Lobby.

The next shelf is where I keep my specialty fabrics... laminate cloth, wool felt, leather cuts, decorative linens and canvas, and my holiday collections. (I have a huge stack saved for Back to School, Halloween and Christmas projects). The Sew Happy print is something I had created to give as gifts to my past Sewvivor contestants. I will be selling it in my Etsy shop soon, hopefully.

This shelf is where I keep my sewing magazines and books. The cute little box covered in Liberty scraps, was a gift from my friend Mary. I store my business cards inside of it for now.

Here's a peek at the left cabinet with the doors open.

On this shelf, I keep all of my special precuts and collections. I bundled them all with twine. Can you spot Allison Glass, Amy Butler, Denyse Schmidt, Joel Dewberry, and a few more?

My Russian dolls are from World Market, and basically just make me happy. I keep extra golf tees and empty bobbins inside of them. :)

The next shelf is reserved special for my Cotton + Steel, Liberty, and Anna Maria Horner collections. There is lots of room to grow. I also keep a lovely jar full of my hand-quilting threads, mostly Valdani  (which I buy from Sunny Day Supply), and a few DMC spools.

The next shelf is also reserved. My Tasha Noel, Bonnie and Camille, and Pam Kitty Morning collections are soooo pretty together!!!! (I'm obviously drawn to the navy, red, aqua, pink and white color palettes. Anything else from these designers, I've put on my rainbowtized cubbies).

I keep a little stack of coordinating solids and my precuts in the corner.

The last shelf is where I keep my daughter's Janome sewing machines, and my huge collection of embroidery thread. I bought most of these back in 1993 when I was 11 years old. I still have the receipt- 394 skeins of thread for $84! What a deal! This was the time in my life when I fell in love with cross stitching, and I haven't stopped loved textiles, fabric, and sewing since! I have enlisted the help of my daughters- we are in the process of winding all the skeins onto cute wooden clothespins.

In the boxes sitting atop my cabinets is where I store all my patterns- PDF and packaged. In the drawers below the glass doors, I keep all my thread, pictured below. Not pictured in the other drawers are my fabric scraps, interfacing, batting, muslin, and unfinished sewing projects.

So here is my thread collection. It's so pretty to look at, and I would love to have it out in the open on display. BUT, I was taught that you should leave your thread in a drawer to protect it from dust, which would weaken the fibers, so that's what I do. Since thread is the glue that holds all my sewing projects together, I figure its worth protecting.

This drawer stores my Coats and Clark and serger thread.

This drawer contains my Aurifil, with a little room to grow.

I like to store my bobbins with the coordinating spool of thread. A few years ago, I invested in a bunch of empty bobbins, and every time I need a new color of thread, I just fill the bobbin and keep it with the spool. I snatched a bunch of golf tees from my husband, and use them to keep the bobbin with the spool. Then I just lay them down in the drawer and it all stays in tact pretty well. :)

To the right of my cabinets, I have a dress form that my mom gave to me for my birthday a few years ago. Behind it, I hung another treasure- an autographed butterfly print by Anna Maria Horner. Below it, I hung my quilting hoops.  

Around the neck of my dress form, I keep my name tags from special sewing or blogging conferences that I've attended- like Quilt Market, Sewing Summit, and SNAP. I also display my name tags from my favorite jobs- when I was a sewing teacher at Centennial Middle School, and when I worked in the MTC Mailroom during college. I also included the medal I received for running a half marathon a few years ago.

Well, that concludes my tour for now! I know it was super long... but hopefully a fun or helpful read to those who might be interested. I'm SEW happy to have my space all set up!!! I have so many unfinished projects and new ideas up my sleeve. Now I just need to find the time to sit down and sew. All the moving and having babies we've done in the past year has put a halt to my creating, but I hope to be back at it soon!

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  1. I was going to say that your sewing room is the most beautiful thing I've ever seen, but then I clicked on over to Instagram...Congratulations! Violet is perfect, and I adore her flower-inspired name, as my daughter is Linnea (flower-inspired as well).

  2. Your sewing room is amazing, Rach
    Congratulations on your new baby cutiebootie girl
    What fun to have a special space in your log cabin for your stuff, and it can be so inspiring to have everything sorted and filed.
    It looks wonderful
    Enjoy your new baby, sew when you can, and just have fun

  3. What a wonderful sewing space! Love it! Wishing you many hours of happy sewing!

  4. Thanks for the tour!!!! I really enjoyed it! 😀


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