Tuesday, June 12, 2012

a Sewing Room!

Setting up a sewing room is seriously distracting!  Like, I'm sitting here tonight thinking... there's something I really should be doing.  What is it, what is it.... oh, my post! 

my new space!

Yep, I'm ready to share!  It's totally not decorated and there's still some clutter about, but it's functional.  And I. Am. Happy!  On Sunday we picked up the furniture from Ikea and last night Brandon finished setting things up.  Today I moved everything..

start with Kona.

starting with the Kona.

glorious fabric!

Of course, moving the fabric is the most fun.  I think this Billy bookshelf with wood/glass doors is really perfect for the fabric.  It's in a shady place, so fading won't be a problem and I can SEE it without it being exposed to dust.  My fabric has always been down at knee level.  It's so lovely to look at it this way.  Until I moved it over I felt halfway between the two spaces (old and new), but with the fabric in place I think I finally settled in.  I'm still nervous about the lighting and such, but I'm really thankful to have everything in one place!

that's where the real design wall goes

So, dragging ourselves away from the fabric, this big window is where the design wall will live someday.  The design wall and fancy diffused lighting are projects that Brandon is supposed to get to after putting up 1800 feet of fence (so we can have a cow) and after doing a little cabinet remodel in his workshop  So, yeah, not so soon.  But, someday.

really green wall.

In that back corner is this drawer system that Brandon built for me last year.  It houses my scraps, flat things (like random rulers) and works in progress that can peak out of that top shelf, reminding me that they exist.

bindings and tidbits finally at hand

Because I gained some new storage space, I was able to pull my binding strips, ribbons and trimming bits and bobs out of the dark corner where they were buried to this new drawer.  Score!

kitty magnet

Did you notice the rug yet?  Yes, it's kind of crazy.  It hasn't had a place to be for years and years, but I like it here.  I'm using it to hide the power cord from my sewing machine (sitting on table in middle of room) to an outlet behind the drawer system.  Also, turns out it's a kitty magnet.  This could be a VERY good thing.  Perhaps they'll leave all my sewn surfaces alone?  One can dream.  Also, I figured it'll hide all the fabric dust and threads that accumulate by the ironing board.  I'll just shake the rug outside from time to time.

lovin the drawers as an Ikea table leg

Ok, so looking this-a-way you can see my sewing machine sitting at the corner of two Ikea Vika tables.   Brandon bolted two long tables together so I have a 78"x 46" workspace.  I decided against two tables because I've been cutting happily on a low table for quite some time.  It's probably because I'm on the short side.  Anyways, I didn't want to crowd the room by having two tables and I do love having a HUGE work surface for cutting large pieces of fabric.

Notice how one of the legs of the Ikea table is a drawer system?  Ikea tables are very customizable like that.

out with the old!

I replaced my old clear plastic thread boxes (which are breaking apart from falls on my hard floors) with...

thread storage solution

A drawer.  Maybe a little boring, but really functional.  This dust-free storage works fine with different-sized spools and keeps them right at my finger tips when sewing.  I had already been using old mint tins for my bobbins.  Works.

marking tools and tags

Equally excited about this drawer, so my marking tools and labels are easy to reach.  I say drawers by a sewing station are really handy!  Yeah, you probably knew that.   But still, I'm glad I sprung for the drawers-as-leg thing.

and it's that much harder to leave.

Well, I guess that's all for now!  I'll have you back for a look-see when I've decorated.  I can tell you that this is going to make it that much harder for me to ever, ever want to leave home.  Thanks again for all your advice in the planning stages, and thanks in advance for being excited about my new space with me!!!

73 comments:

  1. It looks awesome! Great job choosing your furniture! I can see why you may never want to leave home for a while- you have an great setup! Congratulations!

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  2. Rachel, congrats! Your new sewing space looks AMAZING!!!! Enjoy!

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  3. So exciting! My room is a continual work in progress. I can't make up my mind on how I want it arranged to do anything drastic :/

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  4. That looks so amazing! You've utilised the space so well! Cabinets, drawers..Great storage ideas..Fancy popping by and redecorating my space too? =D

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  5. Oh, it's beautiful! Yay for you!

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  6. Gorgeous, my dear! Even Chris said "oh cool" as he read your post over my shoulder.

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  7. WOW! Looks amazing! Wish I had half that space, rather than my lil o corner!

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  8. Oh yeah, it is lookin good! I totally get the never wanting to leave home thing. Our dining room is my sewing room and it is similarly decked out with Ikea furniture.I have Billys with fabric in and Paxes with fabric in. I have an expedit with projects and drawers in it (drawers are so great!) and an expedit table. My computer (an essential part of the sewing room!) is on a small Vikka table. Our dining room opens onto the living room and I consider it to be part of my sewing area too. I have ecktorp couches for hand sewing (and knitting! It's winter here and the kids are all knitting!) and a Liatorp table for extra cutting out space or for kids to set a sewing machine up on. We spend a lot of time in here doing and making, it is a wonderful space! I hope your space brings you as much joy!!!

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  9. okay, i LOVE the whole room (hello, i'm totally jealous!), but that fabric in the cabinet just makes me swoon! lovely.

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  10. I think Michelle just said it for me. The room looks awesome, I love the big table in the centre and the fabric.... sigh!!

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  11. Simply wonderful! Love all the space, and the hardwood, and the lighting! ♥♥♥

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  12. Wow, Rachel, it looks really AWESOME! I'm really jealous of your sewing space! Love IKEA furniture!!

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  13. It's beautiful. The things you can make in that room...

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  14. Oh I am going to have to get my butt over to Ikea one of these days. Love it. I can't wait to have a place all my own.

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  15. Oh, WOW! It's a dream sewing space! And those shelves of fabric... I think I'm in love! :)

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  16. it looks fabulous!! I'm so jealous! enjoy your space!!

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  17. Love it! The drawers as a leg thing is great right next to your sewing machine! Enjoy :)

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  18. Your new space looks fantastic! Love that large work area and the glass cabinets for fabric. So pretty :)

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  19. Thank you for sharing! The space looks great and very 'you'. I'm going to go scrounging for some of those tins I've been saving for no reason... my bobbins will now have a happy home!

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  20. Wow, this is a fantastic sewing room! And I can't believe you got so much accomplished since getting the furniture delivered on Sunday. Pretty sure it took us a few weeks to get to that point. Or maybe it took that long for me to decide on furniture? LOL. Happy creating in your big, bright, and beautiful new space!

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  21. WOWEE!! You are going to love that space! So neat and tidy (for now anyway).

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  22. You are going to be so happy creating in that beautiful space. Congratulations on getting it finished.

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  23. Your new sewing space looks amazing! Love the glass cabinet idea! Thanks for sharing.

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  24. You are a lucky woman! Your studio is beautiful.

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  25. Gah. It's GORGEOUS. I shall go die of jealousy now. Not really. But still. Gorgeous.

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  26. That looks wonderful! The extra large work space and fabric shelves behind glass doors are my favourite parts, but then the drawer storage is looking fantastic too. inspires me to get organised!

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  27. Thank you for sharing this! Your work space looks great. And I will surely use some of your ideas as I'm going to (at least I hope so) get my work space soon. I'm so excited about it!

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  28. It looks so nice I am so happy for you!

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  29. Can't wait to see what creative creations come from this new room! Until you get your design wall you should totally go with a picnic table cloth hanging on your curtain rod, just push away when your not using it. Super cheap to get you by, I couldn't work without a design wall.

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  30. It looks wonderful! Such a great space. i love my sewing room, and I'll be so sad to leave it in the summer when we move, but you've got me all inspired about making a new space :)

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  31. Ohhhh, how lovely Rachel. Very well planned but can't help going back and admiring those lovely piles of fabric. Yummo!

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  32. I LOVE IT !! It is a totally gorgeous room. I love the way you have all your fabrics set out in the cupboard in their various colours. So nice. What an awesome job you have done of the whole room. Well done.

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  33. oh and I love that even your pussy loves the rug and has taken up residence there.

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  34. wow wow wow! what an amazing space, R!

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  35. What a great space! I see lots of creativity happening there!

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  36. It's awesome! I hope it is everything you dreamed it would be!

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  37. Looks fantastic! I'm sure you'll change some things up when you get used to your workflow - a bit like in the kitchen how you're supposed to have the fridge-oven-sink in a triangle, maybe your machine-iron-design wall triangle? Enjoy your new space, I'm sure it will encourage lots of creativity!

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  38. Looking good Rachel. You made a lot of progress in s short time. Can't wait to see what great projects come out of that creative space.

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  39. Looks great! I have two Billy Bookcases with doors but havent put the doors on . My space is a little tight and I kept worrying about breaking the glass. I love them and they hold alot! http://www.flickr.com/photos/luckyduckdreams/6196321743/in/set-72157625683560786

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  40. I LOVE posts like this. It's so exciting and inspirational to see a beautiful, organized space! I think you've done a wonderful job.

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  41. I'm in LOVE. I sew in a little corner of my room and have lots of things stuffed under my bed. I dream of a time when I can create my dream sewing area. The shelving with the glass doors I'm pretty in love with!

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  42. Oh to have so much room! I've got a little cubby to sew in, but love it.
    You've done a great job with your new sewing room ~ Ikea furniture is the best!

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  43. Echoing everyone else, your space is beautiful. I have a sewing room but it is apart from everything else and I think I would use it more if I didn't feel so separated. I have no room to complain though.

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  44. i bet you feel like a new woman and can't wait to sew everything in sight! lovely new space rachel. i am excited to see what you create there!

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  45. Beautiful! It's clear you're putting a lot of thought into everything. I love the cord-hiding, thread-catching cat-magnet rug. If only all floor coverings were such great multi-taskers! (I'm also jealous that you're getting a cow. No matter now many projects my husband finishes, we still can't keep a cow in Brooklyn.)

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  46. OMG it looks great! I have sewing room envy now! I'm current sewing off of the dining room table and having to clear everything each day.

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  47. It looks fab, and glad you found all the different leg variations at Ikea :o) I'm giggling just a little about how your design wall is in a queue behind a cow though :oD

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  48. what can I say? it's great! ENJOY!

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  49. Oh wow! I love your space rachel! It is my dream room, I love the glass door fabric cupboards {wish I had one!), Love the drawers under the table (wish I had one), love that you can keep everything set up wwithout packing up at dinner time!! Isn't it fun decorating a new space from scratch?

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  50. A cow! Milk, meat or manure? I think I know the answer - all three.

    Thread in a drawer has always made the most sense to me...nice room.

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  51. Wow! You're sewing studio looks amazing!!! I absolutely love it and I'm sure you will too!

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  52. ok, your new sewing room is all kinds of awesome, but all i can think about is the fact that you're getting a cow. cool!

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  53. turned out great! congrats on a sewing room!

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  54. What a beautiful sewing room! I wish mine had so much space (and was as clean!). I LOVE your rug! Is that just tied pieces of fabric (knit?)? Enjoy your cow!

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    1. Yes, it is! I didn't make it, but couldn't be too hard to do!

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  55. it's totally amazing rachel! I love how it all came together. You've got a great space there, enjoy!!

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  56. Fun times! You will love having this dedicated space. I love having a room all to myself for sewing, it's like my own private oasis.

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  57. Jealous! I would love it if my sewing room wasn't the "front parlor" and a through-way for the house!

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  58. Wow! Usually I read your blog for inspiration and tips on design and sewing; now you're my new "go-to" for organization!
    I love it and I have a question:
    What do you hang your acrylic rulers on? They come with the handy little hole in them; but a bare nail in the wall seems a little rough! What do you do?

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    1. They are slid inside the long narrow top shelf to my scrap drawer system. That's the system that I have the ironing board sitting upon. I store works in progress and rulers in there because it's so big and open!

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  59. I am so super happy for you! I saw your pictures on Flickr earlier this week and it looks awesome!

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  60. It looks beautiful Rachel, just take loads of photos, because it will NEVER look like this again!:)

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  61. Sweet! This looks like such a beautiful sewing space. I'm sure you're thrilled! I know I would be ;-) The Billy bookcases seem especially great for fabric.

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  62. Your setup is lovely, but can I put a plug in for my most favourite studio detail? A tiny local shop (Wineberry Fabrics) makes (Made by Bob) these nifty pressing stations that attach to your sewing table, giving you a fab pressing station at your elbow...great for pressing as you sew. I LOVE mine!
    http://www.wineberryfabrics.com/wf/wineberry-exclusives/made-by-bob.html

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  63. So I've got a question for you. I'm curious what size of fabric do you typically buy for your stash? Like 1/4 yd, 1/2 yd, etc.

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  64. I love your room! DO you remember the paint color name and brand? That green is one of my favorite colors!

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