To accommodate a lower table for my sewing machine involved rearranging my tiny sewing craft room – which in turn had me decluttering, tossing and cleaning.
An old dining table was a freebie from a friend. I was using it for as a desk but, it is a perfect fit for my new sewing machine table. The vintage chalkboard followed me home from the school attic. I love it but, it takes up a LOT of wall space. I plan to cover and convert it into a quilt design wall.
The shelves (which reside behind the door) now only hold craft supplies, cleverly disguised in new and vintage baskets. The sewing nook (originally a closet) was tidied up. I keep a Brother Project Runway machine because it can sew over 100 different stitches — not that I use them all. My Juki only straight stitches and there are times I need to zigzig. 😉
My husband hung a pegboard next to my project board (old crib frame), placed the cutting/craft table on another wall, turning it sideways to maximize what little wall space there is. I saved $$$ everywhere I could. So I didn’t feel toooo bad purchasing the IKEA Kallax cube shelving unit. It was easy to put together, all tools included. I even added a drawer option. This unit is awesome. The perfect solution for storing fabric and organizing quilting tools! Underneath, vintage wooden crate boxes hold my tools, sander, polisher, staple gun, etc.
I’ve posted about purchasing thrifty quilting supply and storage alternatives in the past. It seems as soon as one mentions “quilting”, the price goes up. I’ve started to look differently at everyday items that can increase functionality in my room: dollar store items, fishing or automotive supplies, small dishes or saucers, or other household items. Why buy when you already have something of use? I’d rather spend my hard earned $$$ on fabrics. 😉
When not sewing, I like to paint. Paint supplies can lean towards the messier side. But, if I put them away, I’ll never drag them out to use. I made a gallant effort organizing all of my paint gear together and within reach. My husband made the paint rack and the shelf below it. Vintage biscuit jars and pitchers hold brushes and other tools. The easel is cleverly hung behind the door. 😉
This little oasis has gone from feeling cramped and junky to a brighter, more flexible work space. So, the obligatory sad BEFORE IMAGES recap:
I’m so excited. It looks like a different (more efficient) sewing craft room. I’m ready to to get crEE-ATE-tive! 😀
Have a good week!! — Joanne