Sewing Space Cleanup

I took some time to put things away and get myself a little more organized in my space.  I was looking for a spot to store (read ‘hide’) a new folding table I bought for use at retreats and as an additional workspace, but there was misc fabric, tea towels, and cloth diapers already residing where I was planning to stash it.  I knew I needed to just spend the time and deal with that stuff and find a more permanent home for them.  So I put on my big girl panties and did it.

And because things were put away and organized nicely, I decided it was the perfect time to snap a few pictures. I’ll take you on a little tour of my sewing space.

Straight in the room from the door is a double pantry cabinet – two 24″ wide x 7′ tall. One of them currently houses my very rarely touched scrapbooking supplies. The cabinet on the left is now (thankfully) very well organized with project boxes. I love ArtBins and I have several with WIPs stored in them.

Just to the left of the pantry cabinets is my cutting space – it’s the perfect height for me and the countertop is wide enough for a 24×36″ cutting matt that permanently resides there.   I have 3 glass jars from Hobby Lobby here – one is labeled ‘Odds’ (scraps), one is labeled ‘Ends’ (selvedges), and one has bindings in it.  The IKEA kitchen wall organizers are what I use to hang up my rulers & rotary cutters and where I currently store my ribbon stash and a little garbage bucket.  (A new lightbulb is on my IKEA shopping list.)

When we planned this space I hadn’t gotten back to the quilting habit (was still scrapbooking) and we left the area under the cutting counter open. I have a tall rolling stool that I can use in that space. But now there’s a 2×2 IKEA Expedit bookshelf under there with IKEA Kassett storage boxes labeled with the box contents. I think I got a little too excited when we bought the label maker after Christmas!

Continuing to the left is a nice open wall space (not for long!) and plenty of counter space for cut fabric.

And finally the space where I actually sew, right in front of the window.


If I were to keep going around the room, next to my sewing machine is the printer, then the final wall where my husband has his space – upper & lower cabinets and his desktop computer.  He is rarely in there, and that might be partly because I’ve pretty much taken over the room!

While shopping at Hobby Lobby I found the most fantastic open backed frame and I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it.  I’ve been planning to make an organization station with peg board for a few weeks.  When I found the frame I knew I had to have it.


After I found the frame I started stalking Pinterest for sewing space organization ideas and came across this one from Jeni Ro Designs:

My finished organization station is quite a bit smaller.  The main reason I wanted it was for thread and ribbon storage.  It’s an added bonus to have some space to hang rulers.  The rulers I’ve hung are ones I am not using for my current projects.

Don’t you love how the Mr. just jumps right in to help out?
He’s pretty fantastic!


About msminnesota

I'm a wife, mom of two (one blue, one pink), and I work full time. Our family loves to camp, and we're often on mini adventures during the summer. My fall/winter/spring/rainy day hobby is quilting. I started about 10 years ago, then put everything away when The Blue One was born. A few years ago a good friend decided to take up this 'hobby' and I've been back at it ever since. She's my partner in crime (A.K.A. 'the enabler'). I have no aspirations of becoming a quilt designer - I'm just not that good at geometry (I rely on my math major/computer programmer husband to help with piecing backs at times!). This little blog is my way of chronicling my quilting adventures. Occasionally I post about non-quilting things as well. Thanks for stopping by. Don't forget to say HI! IG: wannabequilter
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6 Responses to Sewing Space Cleanup

  1. Quiltmouse says:

    Your sewing space looks like you’re already to be creative. I bet, you’ll be doing some sewing soon!

  2. Michelle E says:

    I am now formally inviting you and family to Colorado to work some of your magic on my space 😉 These are all things I need to do, just need to DO them!! Well done!

  3. quiltykanuck says:

    How lovely! Great job organizing… Still getting there myself. I need your motivation!

    Peg board is the ABSOLUTE best for sewing / craft spaces. It,s a life saver for me because I have a 3yo that wants to do everything mom does… which includes playing with very sharp scissors and rotary cutters. Yikes!!! Your space will be lovely! can’t wait to see it done…

    I’m in the middle of a similar project. Nowhere near as grand as yours (I get one wall in the living room), but mine none the less. Here if you want to check it out : (scroll down to see the beginnings of my new sewing table – I have a lovely hubby that makes all my stuff as well! )

  4. Shanice says:

    What a great idea! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams on Fridays 😀 Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party

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