Welcome to my sewing room! Come on in…
I’ve been very lucky to have a sewing space in most of my previous homes, but I’ve always had to make do with ill-fitting, mismatched furniture donated by family and friends. When I moved in here I knew I wanted to prioritise this room. Sewing brings me lots of enjoyment, so I decided to treat myself to a nice environment to do it.
As it turns out, I was able to reuse lots of the furniture and décor from my old house, so this room was actually made-over on a small budget. I finally finished organising my space just after Christmas and I’m really happy with the way it’s turned out. I find myself spending lots of time in here, even when I’m not sewing. Its a lovely spot to curl up with a cuppa.
The rest of my house is fairly neutral, but in here I was keen to have lots of bright colours. It’s the one room where anything goes! I kept the walls and carpet pale and plain so if I do change my mind I can easily switch up the accessories for a new look.
My desk is the old version of the Micke from Ikea. I’ve had it forever, but it’s in pretty good nick and fits the space well. It has a large drawer where I keep some of my sewing essentials like pins, markers and machine feet. The shelves below the desk aren’t especially useful for storage but it’s a nice place to display my mint green emergency machine, which is too cute to hide away! I keep machine pedals, chargers and extensions in the basket under the desk so that they’re hidden from view and I don’t have a tangle of cords to tackle every time I sew. It was a plain basket from La Redoute that I decorated recently with some pom pom trim from The Fabbadashery.
I use magnetic hooks to hang scissors and my rotary cutter on the backboard. I also like to keep the pattern packet of my current project and a note pad hanging back there. The rail and pots are Ikea Sunnersta. I don’t use the coloured pens and pencils all that much but they needed somewhere to live and they look pretty there.
The shelves on the left hold more pens, my notebooks and diaries, and a scented candle. I keep a few essentials, like my glasses, a hair clip, and maybe a snack, in the pink box.
My Ikea Ranarp lamps were intended for another room but it didn’t work out as planned. Rather than go to waste, I clipped them above my desk and it turned out to be one of my better ideas. I suffer with eye strain, but with two adjustable lamps and the ceiling light I can alter the light level to suit what I’m working on. If I had one tip for improving your sewing set up, it’d definitely be to add some lamps.
One of my sewing room luxuries is my mini coffee machine. I love having it in here! I just bring a jug of milk and a mug for every sewing session and I’m caffeinated for the whole day. I use this room as an office if I work from home so coffee on tap is essential! It’s a Nespresso Essenza Mini that I got for £1 as part of a loyalty programme. I have a bigger Nespresso machine in the kitchen that I LOVE, so it seemed silly to pass up such a good deal when I knew I had the perfect space up here for a little one.
The top shelf is where I keep my sweetie jars of thread. I think they look great on display and the colour co-ordination makes me smile whenever I glance up at them. The little glass pot holds my coffee pods and sits next to my neon pink drippy vase. It was a gift from a friend and is the perfect size to hold these bamboo knitting needles.
The gallery wall above my desk was an impromptu decision. Whilst unpacking, I found a pile of birthday cards I’d kept over the years, a couple of photos, some postcards and some prints I’d been hanging onto for ages. I stuck them up on a whim and now it keeps growing! It filled an expanse of white wall with colour and I think it looks really cheerful.
The cube shelf unit was the only new thing I bought for this room. Originally I was planning to use Ikea Pax wardrobes with lots of shelves and drawers, but decided to give the Kallax a go instead. It was much cheaper and is perfect for what I need. It’s not that tall, so I can store my machines on the top when they’re not in use.
As this room gets a lot of sunlight, I keep my fabric in the yellow cupboards to protect it from fading. I keep essential-but-ugly stuff, like my iron, instruction manuals and spare parts, in the white boxes. The big pink storage boxes hold my patterns, knitting stuff, and fabric scraps along with other craft supplies and stationary.
My magazine files are from The Range and I use them to keep- you guessed it!- sewing magazines. They’re a bit wider than a standard file and fit these shelves perfectly.
The collection of glass jars is home to my lace, bias tape, elastic, trims and buttons. I don’t keep tonnes of that kind of thing “in stock” as I tend to buy what I need depending on the project, but I do like to keep my modest stash on display. Zips, hooks and eyes and other, less pretty, supplies are in the button print tin.
My little library of sewing books were all gifts from family and friends, except the Tilly book that I got at a fabric swap- score!
I divided up one of the shelves to store my works WIPs and sewing magazines on my to-read list.
The giant vase was an impulse purchase from a few years back. It was supposed to be over £100 but I bought it for a tenner because it has a chip. Bargain! I didn’t realise quite how big it was until I got it home! It was unused in a cupboard for years but now its home to my yarn stash. I’m glad to have found a use for it at last. Its looked after by Gus the guard dog- a silly gift from my brother!
The enormous chair was another bargain- I bought it ex-display from Next. It was in the living room at my last place but I’ve changed my colours in my new house and there was nowhere else for it to go. It’s a bit too big for the space and I’m not all that keen on the design, but its super comfy and I’m not ready to get rid of it yet. It’s a nice place to curl up with some hand sewing or knitting, if I can get in before one of the cats! I like to keep my latest finished project hanging on the back wall, especially if I’m particularly proud of it!
I use my letterboard to keep a list of my upcoming projects. Changing the letters can be a bit faffy, but I quite enjoy doing it. There are two smallish windows in the room, but no curtains- yet. The room isn’t overlooked so it’s not a problem but, if and when I find the right fabric, I’d like to make some curtains or blinds. In the meantime these lanterns are doing a good job of brightening the place up!
Here’s a picture of the whole room taken with one of those clip on mobile phone wide angle lenses. It isn’t the best quality, but it does give you an idea of how the whole thing comes together. The floral rug came from Urban Outfitters many years ago. It’s not a great fit for the room but I love the colours and the print so, for now, it stays. I’ve got my eye on the button rug from Ikea that we all know and love. Watch this space!
I’m lacking a cutting table and I’m still on the hunt for the perfect light fitting, but otherwise I’m really pleased with my sewing space. I think it’ll be a will be a perpetual work in progress. I’m already tinkering with things!
So, what do you think of my new sewing room? Do you have a dedicated spot for sewing? How do you organise your supplies?