I cleaned up my sewing room a few weeks ago, and I haven't really been able to come out of it since then. Now, when I say clean, I mean *clean*. I don't have any before pictures, but lets just say that it was difficult to walk into the room. I was inspired by a marathon of "Hoarders" on TV to actually take a crack at getting the sewing room under control, and by the end of the weekend it was almost done.
To do that, one thing I did was get rid of 7 large shopping bags of fabric. 4 were of scraps, and 3 were of yardage. I've been quilting for 10 years, and I had collected a lot of fabric that I no longer like and probably didn't want to use. That fabric was making me feel guilty for not using it, and it was also taking up a significant portion of my storage space. I gave it away on Freecycle to people who were excited to get it. Win-win.
After I cleaned out my space, I re-arranged the tables in the room to make it a better fit. I love how it turned out!
This is the view from the door.
In front of the window, I have a table with a large cutting mat. It's also where a lot of my tools and trimmings are kept (over to the side). I really like being able to look out the window while I'm working.
I came up with this holder for a lot of my sewing tools.
To make it, I bought a $2 plate and a plate hanger at Target, and some strong magnets at JoAnn Fabric. I hot-glued the magnets to the plate and hung it on the wall. For the tools that didn't have any metal, I hot glued a small washer onto them so they would also stick on the plate. It works really well!
Here is another view of the wall with the fabric storage.
I arranged the fabrics in color order, which has been great for some of my quilting projects. (More on that to come.) The boxes on top of the bookcase hold scraps-- two for quilting cottons, and one for knit fabrics.
This is the opposite side of the room.
The design board is simply some batting glued onto some foam board. I taped a piece of yarn on the back to be the holder for it. I'm glad that I now have a good place to put my guitar case and a large suitcase as well without them getting in the way.
I have a very shallow closet in this room, and it has been put to use as well.
The shelving in there is actually a cd rack, so it's only about 8 inches deep. It hold my clothing patterns (I should get prettier boxes for this!), some paints and glues, and then my project bags. I have a lot of clear zippered bags, and they're each holding a different sewing project. Up on the hanger bar are three clothing items that need to be finished or altered. My spool storage rack is full! Maybe I need to get a second one?
So that's my new room. I love, love, love it, and it's been great for productivity. More on that soon!