Hi Everybody! I’m back today with a little different type of post. I was inspired by WeWork.com to post about my workspace. They are a company that has co-working locations throughout the country for various types of creators. I have shown pictures of my set up over on Instagram but I don’t think I’ve ever shared it here on my blog, so I thought it would be a fun change of pace.
We live in a three bedroom house with no basement. We moved into this house a little over two years ago when we only had the two boys. Our townhouse only had one main living room, but our house has a living room/dining room combination and a separate family room. Since we only had furniture for the family room, our mostly unfurnished living room became my sewing room. I do my own kind of co-working in this room– it also doubles as the Island of Sodor, where giant train track layouts are created on a regular basis. We haven’t changed anything in this room yet. I am not a huge fan of the wall color or the curtains, but doing updates hasn’t been a priority yet.
My sewing table is set up against the wall where we would eventually like to put a couch. (I am in no hurry for this to happen since I have no idea where my sewing table would go in that case!) The desk is an Elfa unit from The Container Store. The top drawer holds my most used sewing tools– seam ripper, thread nippers, and needles. The other drawers hold fabric, interfacing, and fabric scraps.
I sometimes wish we had an extra bedroom where I could set up my sewing table, but with three small children I think that this is actually the best option for me. Being in the thick of things means I am able to sneak in some sewing time during the day if the boys are playing. If I had to go upstairs to a bedroom I wouldn’t be able to leave the guys unsupervised for long– especially since they’re currently really into hitting each other.
I love that I can leave my sewing machines set up all of the time. This really helps with keeping me productive. Unfortunately, it also leads to the dining room table being a constant mess since that’s where I do my pattern assembly, tracing, cutting, marking, pinning, etc. I try to force myself to clean up after each project, but that doesn’t always happen. (Having to take pictures of my work area really did force me to clean up, though, which was a big reason I thought I should do this post!) It’s always a mad scramble to clean up when guests are coming over.
I keep my apparel fabric stash, notions, sewing books, and paper patterns in this green desk. (My PDF patterns are stored in a file crate in a closet down the hall.) I got this desk years and years ago and it is one of my favorite pieces of furniture. It’s amazing how much stuff I can fit in it! No one would guess all that is hidden away in there keeping the room from being an even bigger mess! The desk is quite full right now, so I think I need to put myself on a stash diet until I get some of that fabric used.
The lighting in this room isn’t the greatest for taking photos. There are 4 windows, but with the trees and the neighbors’ house things are always a bit shadowy. I haven’t figured out a good solution for doing indoor blog photos– I hope that Gillian’s series will shed some light (literally!) on that for me!
Do you sew in a dedicated sewing room or are you in the middle of the house getting threads everywhere like I am?
Thanks to WeWork.com for motivating me to clean up my crafty mess and show where I create!