This week we'll explore our sewing spaces. Up until a few years ago, I sewed in my old, unfinished basement and then in a bedroom that I converted into a sewing room. The basement was gross, dark, cold, and damp and the sewing room was cramped. Neither was ideal, but I made it work.
I realized that when I enjoyed my space (the converted bedroom), I enjoyed sewing more. I truly believe when we love where we sew, we love to sew. But often, it's difficult to find a space. I'm lucky to have the room that I have.
In 2009, I moved to an actual studio where I sew and teach lessons. It's about 1000 square feet. Sounds like a dream until you realize that I share this space with everyone who walks through the door. So like many of you, I have to be mobile with my projects.
It took me about two years to figure out what worked for me. I've rearranged a lot, but there are two items that help me keep me sane and organized: a laundry basket and Hefty Jumbo Zip Bags.
|Packing up for a class.|
The Laundry Basket: I put this near my machine and when I need to pack up, I throw my fabric/scraps, pattern, etc in and toss it on a table in my back room. There is nothing pretty about it - I lightly fold fabric and just fling. I've gotten past being a neat and orderly - it wasn't working for me (it was nice to let go!). If I sewed at home, I'd make sure my laundry basket fit under a bed or in a closet. If your bed is too low, you may want to try bed risers and lift it a bit. Then you have an excuse to make a cute new bed skirt!
|Projects in Hefty Jumbo Bags|
Hefty Jumbo Zip Bags: If I have a project with lots of pieces, I put them in a Hefty Jumbo Zip Bag and label it using a Sharpie marker. This gets tossed in the Laundry Basket with all my other stuff. When I'm not working on the project, I use some big thumbtacks and tack it to my project bulletin board. And, as you can see, I'm not too orderly. I'm lucky that they make it that far; so, yes, I don't put pressure on myself to make everything look perfect. My goal is to be able to find things... not win an award for the most pleasant looking sewing space.