Monday, December 19, 2011

New Sewing Room!

 Okay, so this is just half my sewing room.  It is currently the home for my Christmas tree.  And it takes up half the room.  There is nothing else in that room except a few pictures on the floor that would have someday had a home on a table on that back wall.  It's actually our study, but I was going to turn it into a formal living room.  But all that has changed.  It is now my future sewing room.

I will be working on my new sewing room now that my Christmas projects are finished.  In between, I'll be making some other stuff that Britt and Austin have for me.  I love when they ask me to make them things.  I feel needed even though my oldest baby is now 21!  haha.

Anyway, I've been designing and researching for weeks.  Since my study will be my new sewing room, and my formal dining room is just across from it, I'll have to make sure that the room and the furniture are a little more formal than typical.  And everything will have to have a place to be stored out of sight.

So what I've decided to do is make it look more like a study.  I'm going to the Restore in Bluffton sometime this week to look for kitchen cabinets.  I'll have an island for my cutting/pressing table with lots of storage and maybe some cabinets for my sewing table or simply find a pretty desk.  At some point in the future, I'll have a tall armoire for storage.

My cutting table will have some long shallow drawers for my rolls of tissue and tracing paper and for stabilizers.  I'll also have some long deep drawers for my fabric.  I'll use these and these to roll them on.  I'll have one cabinet with vertical slots (like for cookie sheets) for storing my long rulers.  The shorter rulers with other cutting supplies will go in another drawer.  I'll have cabinets too for storing batting.  I will also have either cubbies for baskets or drawers for fabrics scraps.  I really love this idea for storing scraps. Then I could slide the baskets right into little cubbies. 

I think (but haven't decided yet) that I would like the top of my table to look like this.  That way when I'm not using it, the black will blend with the cabinets and not stick out like a sore thumb.  I initially wanted the pressing board on hinges with my cutting board underneath (stationary).  Then I could just move it out of the way easily.  My ingenious, carpenter brother thought it would be better to do that in sections though.  He said the table would be too wide forcing me to bend way over the table (even with a strap) to lower it.  Plus the table will be 37" tall so it may hit the floor.  With sections, I wouldn't have to keep moving it around while I was working.  You know sometimes you need both cutting and pressing tables.  I could flip one section out of the way when I needed the cutting part whilst still having one small pressing section.  I like that idea a lot.

My sewing table will house my threads and bobbins for both my sewing machine and serger and at some future point, embroidery threads and bobbins.  I really like this idea, but I'm not sure I can pull it off.  I wonder if these would work the same way.  I thought I'd use those plastic jewelry organizers for my presser feet so they would be within easy reach.  I wish I could design little slots like I have in my sewing machine so they are easily visible.  I'm still working on that.  This is a great idea for Bernina feet, but it won't work with my Viking feet.

I thought this cutting/sewing table was ingenious, but it won't work in my room.  I thought I'd share it though in case any of you would like to try it.

I like this idea for smaller things like buttons, snaps, hooks, extra empty bobbins, small needles, metal hair bow thingies an such.  It would fit into my future armoire.  I think this idea is fabulous for ribbons.  I would probably put it in one of my smaller open cabinets on my cutting table though, because I don't have a huge stash of ribbons.

Have I analyzed this enough???  I just feel as though I'm forgetting something.  But it will just be a work in progress.  I am excited though to have a designated sewing room.  My dh is excited too.  He is tired of my sewing stuff all over the kitchen.

I would love any feedback or suggestions.  So please feel free to comment or email. me.


P.S.  I love this sewing room! And this one!  And some of these are great too!


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