Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Sewing Space

I really enjoy sewing. I love to sit down at my machine when I've got a few minutes and throw together something useful. Now, I'm not a great seamstress, by any means, but I can generally come up with something workable, given enough time and some extra fabric to cobble together my mistakes.

But, getting the machine out and commandeering the dining room table was an ordeal. I usually have free time in the evenings, and that's the time when we're trying to pull together dinner and it's just a mess. Leaving the machine out for longer than a day was really difficult, because it tied up the dining area.

So, I did some 'net searching and looked at a lot of sewing room plans and photos, and came to the conclusion that our guest room had extra, unused space that just might make a nice sewing area. First, we moved the furniture along one wall. Then, I pulled out an old card table and traded the entryway table for something a little more modern.

And the Princess and I (with a little help from a curious chihuahua) put together a permanent sewing area.

I used the card table as a cutting/ironing table, with a couple of shelves for fabric storage tucked underneath and out of the way.

And I added a design board above the sewing table, for inspiration as well as for putting together quilt blocks. I just stuck some random fabric up to see if it worked (it does), but at some point I'll start a quilt and I'll be able to use the design board to plan out my block placement.

And, now, if I want to work on a project over several days (or even weeks), I can do that without disrupting everyone's routine. The best part, though, is that both tables fold away and there's ample room in the guest closet for all of the mess if we're having guests. This way they don't have to feel like the "guest" part of the room is an afterthought, nor do they have to tiptoe around my mess. I can leave one table and chair out as a writing desk and whisk everything else into the closet. And I have a sewing space of my own, finally!


Anonymous said...

I love it Terri! What a perfect out of the way place to craft and create. Good for you.

Susie said...

Terri that looks great! Don't you just love it when things come together like that?!?!?!

Your little princess is quite cute! Did you make that little bag she had on?

Terri said...

Thanks, Mildred! It is nearly perfect, because I can still hear what's going on in the main part of the house (if, for instance, somebody happpened to be wrestling in the living room!) and intervene if needed!

Susie, it turned out better than I thought it would. I know it doesn't look like much, but it makes me happy!

Yes, I made the bag she has - in fact, I wish I'd taken a photo, because I made her an apron, a headband and a bag - all matching out of 1 yard of fabric + a scrap or two. She was delighted.

Jenny said...

It's great you found a spot. I am the same way, if I have to get all the equipment out, I usually won't.

The blue in that room is pretty.

Terri said...

Thanks, Jenny! I was actually afraid the blue was too dark, but the more I'm in there the more I like it. Anyway, I was sick of white/neutrals in all the rentals over the years - this house was going to have some color! :)

andrea said...

That is SO COOL
I'm trying to figure out what to do with a guest room to make it more user friendly - maybe I'd better learn to sew ;)

(I'm going over to my blog to post a picture of your chihuahuas look alike! in that picture at least I had to do a double take to make sure you hadn't borrowed one of our dogs!) hopefully blogger will upload pics tonight - didn't want to last night

(and thanks for link to Farm Divas - I signed up - I canm admit it I'm a diva ;))

Daisy said...

Very clever and wise use of the space you have at hand, Terri. I hope you enjoy many hours in your new sewing space. :D