Thursday, April 21, 2011

This is so embarrassing

It is embarrassing but true, My sewing room is the biggest room in my house.
I do live in a small house and when we were finishing the basement it just made sense to put my sewing room in that space and then it turned out to be the biggest room in the house.

The embarrassing part is that I really don't appreciate it the way I should.
I mean if you had the biggest room in your house dedicated to your mess and you could just close the door on it and move on with your day, would it always be clean.

Your right you would love it more than I do , I mean I really love it don't get me wrong it just hasn't been that organised and I will be honest with you, I throw things in there and forget it.

So get ready to gasp and shriek in disgust, here it is for your viewing pleasure.

My messy sewing room.

I did not stage this

I just walked in and started clicking pictures.

I mean seriously I couldn't even shut that drawer before leaving my room.
Or put that broom to good use.

So this is what happened last week I couldn't take it any longer.
I took some funds and went to IKEA and bought some storage supplies and got to work.


That door on the left goes to the cold storage.
I even mopped the floor.

Those little baskets on the end of the counter are holding my quilting scraps.

This is my new storage solution, these wire baskets are from the IKEA and they fit inside my cabinets.
Now my fabric is organized by holiday, fiber content and color.
I made bolts out of cardboard to hold anyhting over two yards.
I mean seriously what is cuter than that.

Look at that clean counter, These fabrics are for my current projects.
That pile of satin is going to magically turn into Easter dresses.
As I am typing this on Thursday morning one dress is done, three more to go.
Wish me luck, I am going to need it.

Here are my sewing machines, I am very spoiled I have industrial machines and that super sweet Bernina.
I got Good Looking to hang those thread holders.
There is still a lot of work to do. I haven't cleaned out my drawers and there are still things hiding there under the table, but compared to what it used to be I am thinking it is pretty amazing.
It even echos in there now.

There you go my little secret, well I better go I have three dresses to sew in the next two days.

Also my number one sewing tip that I always tell people is...
 that you need to have your own dedicated space for your sewing. Whether it be a card table in the corner of your family room or the biggest room in your house. I feel that if you don't have a dedicated space you will not get out your stuff to sew.
And if you can shut the door on it even better. :)


  1. Way to go! It looks fantastic now! I think many of us have had very messy sewing rooms like that at times. You must have been sewing alot!

  2. I completely agree with your number one sewing tip! Especially since I've been a kitchen table seamstress for too many years now- even though I have a dedicated spot in my bedroom- it's just too small. I know the time will come {too soon} when I will have the sewing room back, but the quiet of a house not loaded down with children will sound too quiet to me ;) I'll just sew louder then, I guess!

    Nice cleaning and organizing job! I need to come over and sew with you...I've got a knit skirt that needs some lettuce edge and ties for a baptism jumper (cousin', I still need to get cracking on Grace's stuff) that only you can do perfectly.


  3. Way to go Robyn! I wish I had mine in that good of shape. Alas, I'm much more like your before.

  4. It looks so great. It was fun to cut and burn with you today. :)

    I need a sewing space. I don't sew near as much as I'd like cause I gotta pull out the machine. . .

  5. PS Robyn wouldn't point them out, but look for her blue ribbons from the state fair. She is sew talented.

  6. I have just started following your blog and I am enjoying it very much. I have four girls also and it is fun to sew for them, though I don't sew as much as I would like. I am working on that, though!! Thank you for taking the time to give your tips, advice, and inspire me with your projects.

  7. You make me feel so much better about myself. I often read peoples' blogs and see their seemingly perfect life with perfectly kept house and wonder how they keep it all clean all the time - because I am not even close. Thank you for admitting that you don't have perfectly clean house all the time either - even though it looks amazing now!