If you love your crafts, quilting and sewing then maybe you have dreamt about a fabulous space to turn into your own sewing room. After all, it’s not always easy fitting in your hobby around a busy family. You find yourself having to compromise the whole time. Putting things away and having to get them out again can be a real chore.
Imagine having a space in which you could have easy access to everything you needed. Imagine a space to sit, doodle and think. You might even cover the walls with a display of your handiwork. Perhaps it would be big enough to accommodate friends from time to time. But above all, it would be your sewing room. But what if you could re-think things and make that space a reality? How would you go about it?
You might like the idea but could be thinking that you might not have space. First of all take a closer look at your home and the use you get out of it. There is nothing to say that this sewing room project of yours might not have to share a space. You could however think of it in another way. Rather than a dining room that could be used for sewing, how about a sewing room that could occasionally be used for dining? In other words, think about giving the sewing room priority.
If you have a spare room that is underused, you need to think about a quiet little invasion. A sewing room could at a pinch have a bed in it that was occasionally used for guests. Take the same attitude to an office or any room in the house. The sewing room cometh! From now on treat this space as yours.
You’ll want a sewing table. And a sewing table is just an extension of the base for your sewing machine. Or could it be a little more than that? What would you like in a perfect world? If you are just starting out or are not sure about your machine check out www.quiltersreview.com for a great review of the best machines to invest in. Make sure you get the right machine for you. That machine deserves space and spaces can double up, but isn’t that what you always have to do? This is about a room dedicated to sewing. For that, you’ll need a good-sized work surface. Something big enough to cut on. Something you can fix a measuring tape to.
You might also want a pressing area, so your ironing board will want a look in. If you are going into business even in a small way, you’ll want to make sure you have the space to process orders and keep everything organised.
You want to be able to approach your cutting table from at least two sides. A central table would be ideal. Some slimmer work areas cope quite happily along a wall with an L-type extension providing further space. Any flat area that folds up and down could work if space were tight.
Invest in a good, solid and adjustable chair. An office chair could be ideal. Make sure it has the back support you need. If you like the idea, a chair with wheels could be useful.
Light is going to be important. You’ll have to consider two sources. The natural light that comes in the window and the light that you can create with overhead lighting and lamps. If you can, maximize natural light. This is better for colour work and, in fact, better for your eyes. While we are on the subject of light, don’t just settle for a dull yellow glow from a central pendant. Try and use white LED light and see if you like the way it sharpens up your focus.
All these lamps, sewing machines, irons and any other electrical devices such as laptops are going to need power. The last thing you want is a tangle of cables tripping you up. Try and organize your room and available sockets so this cannot happen. For many that will mean an extension with an adaptor. Again make it discreet and not a hazard.
Storage is the key to the success of your sewing room. Build it up big time! Get a decent set of shelves and drawers. You’ll want some bits and pieces handy while others, will be happily tucked away. Have a think about how you’d like to store your materials. For example, materials can be folded, stacked, rolled or hung. It will depend on how much fabric you have of course, but think about how a fabric shop organizes itself. Shelves can hold a myriad of items and see through glass jars are a stroke of crafty genius. The best part being you can see exactly what colours of buttons and ribbons etc you are holding.
Use the walls to display
There is still a lot of mileage left in the humble peg board, or even the cork board come to that. A sewing room looks great when it has a lot of inspiration on its walls. You can hang anything you like. But what a lovely idea it is to display pieces such as cushions or covers and even quilts as they are finished. Showcase your work at every opportunity!
It could be a good idea to keep your sewing room fairly neutral. There might be a riot of colour going on otherwise. You could run up some funky curtains! Keep color light to encourage and maximise space. White is fairly clinical. Good energy colours include light blues and greens. Lilac is great cool creative colour.
Lastly, step back and allow yourself to take in the result of your dream and your hard work. There is a tremendous sense of satisfaction to be derived from your sewing room. Look upon it as a gift to yourself that you might, in turn, keep on giving back. Now it just remains for you to make something awesome!