Monday, July 12, 2010

Sewing Room Makeover - In Progress

I didn't take any real "Before" shots so all of these are going to show the room in "During" disaster mode.

In this photo, you can see there is a little table with a machine on it sitting at the end of my cutting table. What you can't see is that next to this little table, there was a Sterlite 3-drawer plastic bin thingie.

Both of those are now gone. You can also see the IKEA 4x2 shelf set up in the corner. DH repositioned my mirror, but I still need to re-hang the bulletin board.

This is the far wall where my ironing board was set up.

The ironing board is currently in limbo. But the two 4x4 units are set up and in position.

This corner was a complete mess before.

The bookcase holds all my sewing books, BWOFs, and some other magazines. There are also plastic bins and ugly shelves squished together.

My TV was sitting on top of a piece of plywood on top of a table missing its glass insert. I had plans to refinish this table, but I hadn't gotten to it yet. The best laid plans …

TV table and ugly shelves/bins gone! I've moved in a cabinet from the attic that used to be DH's grandfather's, which DH and I refinished about 20 years ago. I'm thinking of painting it and turning it into an ironing station. The TV has been moved to the top of the IKEA shelves, where I can actually see it now. The tall bookcase has been relocated to my bedroom and the sewing books will again be stored in it. My bedroom is where I read those books anyway so this will actually be more convenient and my bedroom is plenty big enough to take on the bookcase. In fact, I like it a lot in there and have decided that now (as in sometime later) I am going to make a little reading corner in front of its new home.

There's still a lot of stuff to put away, rehang, and/or remove, but I'm making progress. The hardest part is deciding on new homes for the stuff. And I will still either make or buy some bins for the cubbies to make some of the utility more decorative. And curtains, which are looooong overdue.

Actually, the hardest part will be when we put in new flooring someday. Also looooong overdue. Then I'll have to move everything out, which will mean emptying everything first – including the pattern cabinet. I don't look forward to that, but I'm not going to think about that until I have to.

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Before I started this disaster makeover, I was digging through my pile of Stuff I Want To Do. I found these tapestry panels which I bought years ago (like before we moved into this house!) and had planned to make into deco pillows for my sister. Well, I decided it was finally time. Well, it was either that or admit defeat and toss them.

These were pretty simple. Trim the tapestry panel, cut some backing fabric to size, stuff and sew up the stuffing hole. But for this one, I decided to also add some welt cording around the edge. My welt cording foot made easy work of that. Love my presser feet!

Because I thought a single layer was going to be too thin, the backs are double-layered with khaki colored linen scraps.

This may be the only sewing to come out of this room for a while. You know how it is when you start a room re-do — a million other little "improvements" sneak in and take over, and boy do I have plans! We'll see how far I get.


  1. Okay so where did the bins come from? Did you make them? I realize the plastic ones came from the sterlite shelves just wondering about the others.

  2. There are really only 4 existing bins - they were just being moved around between photos. But they're old and dingy so they will either need to be freshened up with some spray paint or just trashed.

  3. Thanks for the progress report. I really like the idea of moving your bookshelf into the bedroom - might work for me. Enjoy your new challenge (or at least the results when finished).

  4. well, at least you're making progress. My serger is at the "doctor" today. I hope it will be coming home tonight, or else I might just have to buy a second one. Then my sewing table will be a real disaster. And then I'll have to stare at your pictures in ever greater fits of jealousy!

  5. You will feel so empowered when your sewing room is finished, cleaned and organized. I just did mine a few weeks ago. Makes sewing much more pleasant.

  6. I'm living vicariously through you. I LOVE your IKEA shelving. I have Billy shelves, but I'm jealous of those little cubbies. Have fun reorganizing. I understand about finding lots of little set-aside projects as you go. I'm doing the same thing as I reorganize, only for me, reorganizing is mostly just attempting to find the floor ;-)

  7. I love what your doing! It's going to be so fresh and exciting; a really wonderful place to work in.

    BTW many of my book are either by my bed or by living room chair, the two places where I read.

  8. I love the IKEA shelves! Being organized just helps boost your creativity to a whole new level! Have fun with your newly organized sewing room:)

  9. You are definitely making progress and those new shelves are looking pretty nice...they are a great addition.

  10. I'm interested in seeing the results, but I guess I will have to wait!

  11. First your IKEA purchase, and now your pictures... I'm heading downstairs right now to go clean and organize! Nice job, what a happy place to sew!!!

  12. Love looking at other peoples "stuff" and re-orgs, etc.

    You don't mean those manilla covered things in the IKEA cubbies (I see three) are old and dingy? They look good from here.

    Please remind us what your floor is right now?

  13. I'm loving what you're doing with your sewing room. I really need to do a make over on mine, but I think I need another set of eyes to make everything fit and workable.


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