I have been resisting it for a long time. Converting our guest bedroom into a craft room for me that is. I used to have my own room until I got pregnant with Alice, and we converted it into a nursery for her (I blogged about that previously here). Since then I have been doing all my sewing on the dining table in our family room. After eight months of this both me and my husband are fed up with the mess, and it is a total pain having all my fabric and craft supplies in a cupboard upstairs, and having to go up and down the stairs twenty times a day for stuff.
This is the room that will be my new sewing room, as it looks now. We were going to take the bed out, but for now we just pushed it under the window. Depending on how cramped the room gets it may or may not stay there. I actually like the idea of having a bed in there - I can put my feet up whilst crocheting or embroidering. It's not a big room, so there is just enough space for a desk and a cabinet in that empty space to the left of the bed. And that's all I need for the time being.
For planning inspiration, I pinned some fantastic sewing rooms onto my Craft Room board on Pinterest. How amazing would it be to have a studio like these to create in. I especially love that red polka dot armchair, I want one!
Having limited space and a small budget, these will remain a dream for the time being, so this is what I am planning instead. A free standing cabinet with glass doors (I am fussy about keeping my fabric and yarn dust-free), and a pegboard above the desk to organise all my tools. A drawer unit under the desk for my packaging supplies. Some glass fronted kitchen cabinets would be perfect above the desk, though probably not immediately, I think I will just put a shelf up there to begin with, and add the cabinets at a later stage.
(links to all original images on my Pinterest board here)
So we are off to Ikea this weekend to get the furniture (where else!). In the meantime, I have been organising my trims and ribbons. I roll my ribbon onto wooden pegs (another Pinterest idea). It keeps
them tidy, and I use the peg to clamp the end of the ribbon, so no pins
are required (which is handy - as I like to stick my hand into the jar
to fish out ribbons).
For the trims, I found some delicate glass jars in Spotlight, with bird handles. The ribbons I keep in a large glass jar, which I am especially pleased with as it didn't cost me a penny. It consists of a large glass vase that I had for ages (but almost never used), which I coupled with the lid of a very large apothecary jar that our cat broke a few months ago. Somehow the lid survived the fall and it fits the vase perfectly!
Back with 'after' shots of the sewing room in a few weeks!