My current sewing room has a history and story all it's own, which some of you may have read in previous posts. It was a creation brought out from tragedy. As I mentioned earlier, my previous sewing room was in the basement, underneath an apartment we added on for my elderly father. My father, who is very forgetful, has had several disasters with water. He has flooded our home 5 times, two of which "rained" on my sewing/craft room in the basement.
In desperation, I knew I had to find a space somewhere else in the house. My sister, who felt so badly for me, was the driving force behind getting my sewing room up from the basement to an area off our family, what was then a three season porch. The porch had long eating tables and was used for all our large family celebrations and holiday dinners. Well, there have been lots of changes over the last 4 years, but here is what the space looks like now.
Today, I wanted to share a whole new post with you with tons of pictures for inspiration. I know sewing and craft room are not the same, but the ideas can be incorporated into any room or space. My life is based on using things I already have, saving money with thrift store finds, upcycling things with paint and turning unwanted items into gems.
Every single thing in this room is a hand me down, a thrift store find, bought on sale and refurbished or made by me. Throughout this post, I will share all the pictures and the links to the project posts, so you can make them too!! There are lots of links to other post with the instructions, so just click the words HERE that are linked in red.
This post is very picture heavy, so grab a cup of your favorite beverage and let's start the tour.
The first spot is the wall that isn't showing in the main photo. It's the wall behind the door as you enter.
This is my work bench where all my tools, paints and hardware are stored. In the previous sewing room post, this cabinet had white plastic containers in it filled with supplies. Not sure what this pieces of furniture was before, but it does look like a dresser with all the drawers removed.
The frame above the cabinet is a piece of sheet metal with magnetic plastic cups for storage. The cups hold all my tiny parts and pieces...screws, nails, tacks etc.
Click HERE for the link on how to make the magnetic frame and
Click HERE for the post on how to make the magnetic plastic cups.
Here are some ideas from the top shelf...
This is a lamp I found in a thrift store. It's a wood planer with a lamp kit added. Perfect for a work bench!
You could probably turn anything into a lamp with a simple lamp kit!
This is an old oil can I use for a picture holder.
Just twist a wire and place it inside the hole where the oil comes out.
Include special things in your sewing craft room to add a person touch.
I framed a piece of road asphalt I found on a walk with my husband. It's shaped like a heart!!
I have the 2 Slinky's my daughters played with when they were little. They are great to hold papers and notes...like a mini organizer.
I also use old fashion expandable ruler for another picture holder.
The slats in the ruler holds the photo.
The first 2 shelves are for all my tools.
I bought the galvanized buckets at Tractor Supply for $2-3 a piece.
You can click HERE for the post on how to make the chalkboard labels!!
All my spray paint cans are stored in the bottom rows. I use plastic French Drain tubes that I cut to fit the shelf.
You can click HERE for the post on how to make them yourself.
The French Drain tubes help to use the whole space of the shelf, top to bottom.
Moving along that wall is an old dental cabinet my boss gave me. I am a dental hygienist, so I couldn't pass it up.
The small drawers are perfect for a card organizer. I used my label maker to identify each drawer
Now everyone in the house can find a card when they need one.
An old waste basket holds yard sticks.
If you gather up like items and put them in one place, they are easy to find and you won't repurchase more of the same thing.
These yard sticks will some day edge the border of my cutting table or my sewing table. On the "to do" list!
This is the only long wall in the room. Holds lots of stuff.
This is my desk...
The base is an old farm table. I painted the legs black and I left the butcher block top natural. I added the top part of my old dining room china cabinet to the top. I removed the glass doors and painted it black too.
Here is an old "before" picture of the china cabinet in 2 pieces. You can paint all different kinds of furniture one color to unite them.
Starting at the top of the desk...
I added 2 clip lamps to the top for light shining down on my desk. This way, I don't needs lamps "on" my desk and that frees up space for my computer and other things.
I plugged the lamps into a surge bar, so I can control both on one switch on my desk not at the top of each lamp.
The polka dot boxes have been a popular post on my blog. I use these to store all kinds of things.
Click HERE to see how to make these.
I screwed in electrical conduit pipe straps into the boxes for handles. Key tags hang from the straps to identify what's in each box.
In the next section, I bought old CD storage boxes from the clearance section of Staples. They fit perfectly in the space.
The boxes came with a slot to label each drawer.
I keep pencil, pens, staples, ink, post it notes, memory cards etc...all office supplies.
These fabric boxes below that were $1.00 in a discount store. They hold big things like rolls of tape etc.
I made little tags with a paper punch.
Keeping things in one place and labeling them makes it easier for everyone to find things.
The one little drawer in this table had a sad drawer pull, so I changed it out with a valve handle.
Click HERE to see the post on this!
Keep the inside of the drawer organized too.
Click HERE for that! This is an old egg tray from my refrigerator.
Underneath my desk, I salvaged our old drawers from our kitchen renovation project to hold all my books and magazines. I painted the drawers black and added cute pulls. On the "to do" list is to add casters to the bottom, so the drawers roll out easier.
Click HERE to see the drawer project post.
Just down from my desk is a collage wall with lots of goodies!! The black piece of furniture is the bottom of the china cabinet. Tons of storage in there.
A wall of storage and a little pretty too!
These $1.00 wire baskets from The Dollar Tree hold my supply of different types of string. I pulled the end of the string through the wire basket to dispense it. I keep scissors hanging on the basket, so they are always there to cut the string.
Click HERE if you want to see that post.
My daughters' old childhood chalkboard is given a little oomph by adding a thrift store frame I painted.
Click HERE to see how.
These boxes are drawers from the kitchen renovation that weren't used. I filled each one with rolls of freezer paper, tracing paper, adhesive paper, Heat & Bond etc...all stored on curtain tension rods.
I also shared an idea for using binder clips to label the rolls of paper...click HERE to see that!!
These embroidery hoops don't function as storage. They just add a pop of pretty fabric to the wall. I buy all the hoops in thrift stores or yard sales for $1.00 or less.
Click HERE to see how you can make decorative fabric hoops too.
This coffee can storage idea was super popular too. I've painted this from red to black, but I still love using it for so many things. It held all my string before, now it's great for skeins yarn!!
Click HERE to see how to turn an old wood board and coffee cans into a great vertical storage solution. Lots of storage, but doesn't use a lot of wall space.
Yarn now, but this also held my paint cans before!
This folding table from Ikea isn't in this spot any more, but I wanted to share it with you . Great table for crafting. This is just on loan. It's my daughter's and I'm storing it until she gets an apartment of her own.
In the picture below, I used it for a glue gun station.
Click HERE for that post. Filled with lots of tips and tricks for your glue gun.
I moved it out of the way under the window. Still my glue gun station though...
but the expanding leaf is a great work area if needed.
One great tip for your hot glue gun or even your iron is to plug them into a surge bar, then plug a lamp into the surge bar.
When you turn the surge bar on to heat up the glue gun, the lamp comes on too. Prevents the glue gun from staying on by accident. I made a sign for the family and it's hanging from the lamp.
"If the light is on...So is the glue gun"
Next to that table is a hand me down couch my sister is giving my daughter. I'm just "holding" it here until she moves out some day.
Shhh...she might not get this one!!
I had a comfy chair in here, but moved it out temporally. If you have the space, always try to add one comfy spot for you to read, hand sew or just relax.
This is my cutting table in the center of the room.
Lots of ideas I'll share below...
First is the height of this table. Cutting tables should be higher to ease back pain.
Click HERE to see that post.
Tension rods between the legs holds all my spools of ribbon.
Click HERE for other posts on ribbon storage and ideas.
There is one drawer on my cutting table and I removed the knob and used a special spool of my mom's in remembrance of her.
Click HERE to see how to make a spool of thread into a knob and a wall hook too.
I also attached a old fashion towel rack just under the table.
Great to hold ironed fabric as I'm cutting. Keeps it neat, clean and out from underneath that "pile" of fabric.
Under my sewing table is a file cabinet that didn't fit in my husband's office anymore.
Perfect for filing my fabric though!!
Click HERE to see how to fold your fabric over hanging files.
Keeps fabric organized and out of the sunlight which can fade fabric so easily.
The top of the cutting table has a few tips for you too.
I have been using this old mug tree for my scissors for years.
It normally would hold coffee mugs, but this keeps my scissors and rotary cutters up off my table where they'll get lost under piles of stuff.
These little glass cups line the back of my cutting table. They hold different kinds and sizes of pins, needles and safety pins.
These cups are something we all have around the house.
Click HERE to see how you can recycle the tops to your candle jars and use them for so many things. I even have a post there to make a mini wreath with the plastic rings from the top.
Click HERE to see the whole post.
This is a paper holder. It would normally be used to hold a paper up next to the computer when typing.
I use it to hold the pattern I am working on, especially when cutting different sizes of fabric pieces. I usually lose that pattern somewhere on the table. This way, it's up and always visible.
Behind my cutting table is a recycled mail slot holder from an office.
For me it holds computer paper, card stock, stationary, scrapbook paper etc.
The top is perfect for my Go Accuquilt fabric cutter.
As I mentioned before, I use every available space. On the sides of this cabinet, I screwed in a rack that would hold sauce pan lids.
These are great for my Go Cutter dies and great for quilt rulers too.
The other side holds all my paper supplies for mailing packages.
Just behind that and screwed into the table is a curtain rod that holds rolls of brown paper used to cover packages for mailing.
Another work station that has changed over the years is just past my cutting table. It's another old painted kitchen table with a mismatched hutch on top.
The fabric boxes hold projects I've started or categories of scraps and fabrics...like all my "I Spy" fabric, 1930's fabrics etc.
The hutch was was too short for that wall, so I lifted it up with 2 shoe organizing shelves that you assemble yourself.
The green arrow shows where I stacked the hutch on the 2 shelves.
Not only did the shelves raise up the hutch, they gave me added storage for my scrap fabric.
Old storage boxes labeled with the scrap size in each one and the pipe strap idea used for a handle again.
Under that table is more fabric filing, but in Banker's Boxes. My sewing room is not damp, so storing in cardboard boxes is fine for me.
Click HERE to see how you can turn different boxes inside out for a uniform look
Easy fabric filing if you don't have a filing cabinet.
Here's a quick tip to keep scissors in all areas of your sewing room. Maybe not a good idea if you have kids around.
I hang a funnel where I need the scissors...easy and safe container to hold them.
Click HERE to see where to hang them in your space.
The last area is the wall unit and my sewing machine area.
The framed peg board to the left of the wall unit is a new feature for my paper punches.
You can click HERE if you want to see how to make one too.
I like my sewing table to be low...because I'm short! Lol
I made this sewing desk with 2 end tables and a hollow core door.
Click HERE to see that post.
Then click HERE to see how I revamped it when I covered it in vinyl!!
This organizing tiered tray comes from the hardware store to hold nails and things...not for me. Sewing supplies it is!!
Click HERE to see more
Then I found a silicone ice cube tray in a discount store!! Perfect for all the feet for my sewing machine!!
Click HERE for other sewing organizing ideas for this tray.
I also keep an olive tray near by too. Holds my glasses, seam ripper etc right under the machine. An olive tray from a thrift store is the perfect fit for that space...long and narrow.
The ironing station is next.
I have a small ironing board next to my machine and my larger one is next to another machine I have when friends come over to sew.
I use the same concept for my iron as I do for my glue gun with a surge bar and lamp.
If the lamp is on...I left the iron on.
Another great item that I found in an automotive store is this magnetic cup.
Super strong magnet to stick to the car when they are repairing it. It holds nuts and screws.
For me, it holds my pins. The magnet really sticks to the metal of the ironing board. Never falls off!
The wall unit is the place that holds all my craft supplies.
I save everything!!
Our house is the place where friends and family go to for supplies. My daughters are 22 and 21 and still use supplies from here. They and their friends just raided it to make costumes for a performance and Halloween costumes too. Saves them money and I love it when they all come by.
Each section is label so they know where to find something.
The top cans are mine though. They hold all the parts and supplies for my Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt or English paper piecing.
The cans are tomato sauce cans I pick up free from a pizza restaurant.
Click HERE to see how I covered them.
Below the cans are more of the covered cardboard boxes for fabric projects.
All the white boxes are plastic shoe boxes that I have collected over the years. They are about 88 cents - $1.00 in Walmart. I always buy the ones with the white covers so they will always match. I can change the colors in my sewing room and never have to worry about all these boxes not matching.
They hold everything from small paint bottles, ric rac, coin rolls, zip ties, beads, zippers, elastic, pom poms, pipe cleaners etc. Pretty much everything...and as always...labeled!!
The top middle section has more sections of French Drains.
This time the hold canning jars full of my buttons. Each lid has a button glued on, so I know what kind of button is inside.
Click HERE for that post.
In the middle lower section, I removed 2 of the shelves and replaced the back wall with sections of fabric covered cork boards. Great for photos, inspiration pictures or patterns.
Click HERE for the "how to" to make one for yourself.
Next is a drying rack idea I use for fabric. I have it hanging on wreath holders over the door, but you can click HERE for the post and other ideas for your sewing room.
Using a drying rack is great to keep ironed fabric neat, but it also frees up space when it hangs on the door.
The wall unit itself was made from 3 cheap short bookcases, a top section of wood boxes my dad made to connect the bookcases and some crown molding. My sister was the head of this project.
These were old teak bookcase I had in the basement. When I painted them back then, I had been painting furniture for days and didn't even bother priming it. The paint is still good. Chips here and there, but I'm good with it.
If you are painting laminate or wood furniture and it's in a high traffic area or a place where company might see it, maybe I would prime then paint.
The thin backing was removed and sturdy bead board was added to strengthen the unit.
Crowning molding was added to make it look like one piece of furniture not 3 bookcases.. My sister is the queen of crown molding. I will beg her to do a tutorial on how to cut and add trim molding to old furniture.
Well, I hope you enjoyed another tour of my sewing room and all the new updates. If you want to see other ideas in my older sewing room posts, you can click up at the top of my blog under "Sewing Craft Rooms"
Thanks so much for visiting. Feel free to pin ideas from this post to your Pinterest boards or link to this post here on your blog!
Have a great day,