Being the Nosy Parker that I am, I'm starting a new series taking a peek at other sewists sewing spaces. Each month I'll be chatting with other bloggers about what makes there space special to them and how they went about putting it all together. In part, this is going to help inspire me as I create my own creative space in my new home. I hope you all find this as interesting as me, I do love looking around other peoples homes.
Today I'm chatting with Courtney, from Makesphere. She's lucky and has a whole room of her own to sew in, which she shares with her pet rats. Let's have a look around!
My favourite element [of my sewing room] is definitely the fact that it's my little space. I love that I can have everything set up and ready to go- I would definitely lose the sewing buzz if I had to pull everything out and put it away every time! (I'm not a good tidier!)
I also really enjoy having my rats up here. They used to live in the living room but they took up so much space (we got rid of our dining table for them!) and they made a lot of noise when I was giving flute lessons! I made the decision to move them upstairs, which I thought I would hate after having them in the main room of the house, until I realised that I actually spend most of my time in my sewing room anyway! Now I get to combine all my favourite things in one room. Sometimes, when something just isn't working right I can just pause, have a rat cuddle and come back feeling refreshed.
I was definitely limited by space here. This is the tiniest room in the house (which isn't saying much anyway- the whole house is tiny!) As I mentioned, the rats weren't always here so in theory I should have had a lot more space but actually it wasn't used very well. Now, the rats take up a very large proportion of the space so I've had to think very carefully about my storage options and in turn it's made the space more useful and I seem to have more of it!
It's important for me to have things on show- remember how I'm not a good tidier? If I had to get things out to get to my stuff I would either never sew or live in a massive pile of fabric and yarn! (I think we know which one!) The bookcases are perfect for this and allow me to sort my fabric- novelty cottons, plain cottons dressmaking fabrics with a plan, dressmaking fabrics without a plan, linings, fun fur/fleece and WIPs
This shelving unit is my absolute fave. I spotted it outside a charity shop in Orpington when I was visiting a friend. We didn't have a car with us so I made my husband and her boyfriend carry it up the hill home for me! Totally worth it though- this thing was £6.50 and holds all the 'extras'. Patterns are in the boxes at the bottom- books (sewing on the bottom, other crafts on top), the printer to immediately print my PDF patterns, my spare sewing machine and lots of other bits.
And then we have the naughty drawer. WIPs that have taken a (very long) break, things I've made I'm not happy with- they all live in this drawer, away from the light of day!
I'm generally a happy person anyway but when I'm in my sewing room I just feel content. I have everything around me I need, everything around me I love and at the end of the day once I've made a mess I can just shut the door and not have to look at it!
I see lots of beautiful sewing rooms on the interwebs- big, airy, light spaces with beautiful decor and awesome tailor-made furniture. We rent- we can't paint, decorate or even put shelves up so I don't have that opportunity. However, I still love my room. There are lots of removable options out there for wall art if you're so inclined- my memo board is hung by picture strips, pictures hung up with blu-tac and colour added with furnishings. My main tip for a small room would be storage, storage, storage. It seems counter-intuitive to add more furniture to an already cramped space but seriously, it creates many more options and means things aren't left out to add to the clutter. Floor to ceiling furniture works really well in small rooms as it gives you plenty of space as well as making the room look larger (I'm sure there's some science behind this but I don't know it- trust me that it does!)
These tall bookcases can be expensive but my fabric one is actually two small bookcases stacked on top of each other! (FYI- they were £12 each from Argos!)
The one thing I wish I had is a large desk for pattern cutting. I didn't think about it when we bought the desk so if you're just putting a space together now then go for a large desk or table so you don't have to cut patterns on the floor like me!
Thanks so much for sharing, Courtney. I love that you share your sewing rooms with your rats! I had rats once too and they make such lovely companions- as long as you can stop them nibbling your fabric stash!
If you'd like to share you're sewing space with us too, just drop me an email at freyamgilbert(@)gmail(.)com for he details, I'd love to feature you too!