Anatomy Of A Small Sewing Space

Anatomy Of A Small Sewing Space

It seems like no matter the stage in life we’re in space is always at an all-time high. Sewists aren’t shy (pun intended) and find ways to incorporate our passions within the space we are given. Recently we asked you to show us your tiny sewing space and you do it! We were amazed by the incredible suggestions you included as well as the sewing spaces you designed.

If you’ve been putting off staking your claim on a particular corner of your home or organizing the space you have, do not wait any longer. We’re here with all the motivation you require to design your own private space in the world and plant seeds of joy.

Without further delay Here are some tips for organizing and sewing in a tight space


Let’s Start With The Sensible, But Difficult-to-follow Advice:

  • Only purchase fabric for only one project at a time
  • purge your stash
  • There aren’t any UFOs (UnFinished Obscure Objects)

The Place To Cut And Sew:

  • small spaces
  • closets
  • the additional bedroom
  • beneath the steps
  • Laundry rooms and basements
  • Cut on the floor on the bed, or on the conference table in the office after the day’s work
  • sew in the kitchen, or at the dining table
  • Campers, buses, RVs, and even barges!
  • If you are in a pinch for space, cut and sew at a friend’s house or, if the weather is pleasant 
  • and sunny, you can go outside!

General Tips:

  • Make sure you keep things simple and tidy up after yourself.
  • Get organized. Find an approach that you like and looks nice in order to inspire you to keep it neat
  • Make sure that you have the tools you use frequently available, but keep them to the most essential tools to ensure your workspace isn’t clutter-filled
  • Use a magnetic tray for pins
  • A magnetic strip can be hung on the wall for metal bobbins, scissors, seam rippers, presser feet, and screwdrivers
  • Invest in good, flexible lighting
  • Use a dry erase board to keep notes or your sewing queue
  • Fabric, fabric, and pattern patterns are cut in batches.
  • Paint or wallpaper the space in front of your dining table to make it as if it’s yours
  • Place a bin underneath your table for fabric scraps and thread scraps
  • Make sure your machines are covered even when they’re not in use.
“If you don’t have a large cutting mat, make due by attaching a measuring tape to the edge of your sewing desk so you can easily measure things on the fly”
Customize the space and personalize it so that you enjoy it as much as you would if you were in a room all just for you. So, you’ll want to spend more time on it.

Storage Tips:

  • Create a list of all your equipment and other supplies, and then think about how you can store them to ensure ease of use and efficiency
  • Make sure to keep the latest projects in zip-lock bags, boxes, or drawers that are clear
  • Make clear storage containers for your stash of fabrics, arranged by type, so that you are able to see what you have
  • Use under-bed storage bins
  • Place patterns in baskets or use a binder that has clear sleeves
  • Utilize your walls! Put up shelves and a pegboard to hold your thread, scissors, and rulers. Use a bulldog clip to hang patterns when you are using. Put cutting mats and the patterns that you are most likely to use on the wall hook.

Make yourself a Tetris master. Finding innovative ways to fill in spaces that are empty will help you make the most of the space you have. Verticalizing your space is an effective way to fill up the problem of having a lot of space left unoccupied.

My personal favorite small storage trick is to use large wall brackets to store big pattern rolls.

Furniture Tips:

  • Make sure you have double-duty furniture. Keep things in dressers and wardrobes. Go to Ikea for furniture pieces that can be put together to maximize space.
  • Utilize storage ottomans for storage
  • Find a table that has adjustable legs to protect your back from discomfort
  • Upgrade to an extendable dining table
  • Get a cart with wheels so that your sewing tools are portable!
Make sure everything is in order and organized. Boxes, baskets…Hang your sewing cutting board!
Consider the furniture arrangement. 
Since my table isn’t directly against my wall, I am able to utilize my sewing machine from one side, and my serger on the other side.
It’s not worth trying to create a small space to accommodate all things at once. Consider storage first. What is in reach? Make room for future requirements. It’s important to understand what you’d like to achieve from your space and the limitations of the space available.

Sewing With Pets Or Children Underfoot:

Being a pet owner or having children living in the house can create an entirely new challenge. Children can’t resist getting their hands on everything beautiful as they explore tiny storage containers and drawers. Numerous outlets, cords, high-powered irons, and sharp tools pose a risk and need to be hidden or secured. Here are some options to protect your kid’s fur, humans, as well as your tools secure:

  • Storage of scissors and other sharp tools on top of a cabinet or on pegboards
  • Install child-proof locks with magnetic magnets on your cabinet drawers and doors.
  • Set up an ironing station rack high on the wall. tie the cord around it as you take the iron out
  • Unplug your devices when they are not using them – or plug them all into an electrical outlet and turn the switch off position after each day’s work.
  • To keep cords from getting in the way Wrap them around the legs of your desk so that they won’t get pulled or tangled with anyone or anything else. Alternatively, you can use Command Hooks that are attached to the table’s back to keep them in place or place them on the floor’s back underneath your desk and slide a display board up in front of them to conceal them
  • Place cups to hold your markers and pencils up high from your pegboard, or your wall
  • Switch out your pins in exchange for clips or sweep your pin holder across the floor after every sewing session
  • Set tables or drawers on top of outlets. Purchase outlets for them that are not being used.
  • Place broken needles in a medicine container that has a child-proof lid. Label it, and store it in a high place that is inaccessible
  • Have a handheld vacuum on hand to take small pieces of thread from floors
  • If your sewing area is located in a room that has doors, you can put on a door handle cover or install an alarm perhaps a bell that will warn that the door was open

“The single best thing I did was put a piece of foam core in front of my small white set of drawers so that my toddler forgot it even existed. I just put it on with Command Strips, so it’s easy to take on and off for me! Literally, overnight she went from pulling out every spool of thread to never touching it again!”

My Small Space Makeover

I was so enthralled by the incredible suggestions and gorgeous photos of your sewing rooms I thought it was past time to do my own sewing area redesign. My sewing space is my office which used to be the dining area that is shared with my partner. There are three kids playing around, so the room must be clean and efficient, however, it must be able to store all the cool tools and other items in a safe place away from prying eyes. I was looking for more lighting, better accessibility to storage, a large mirror, and an ironing station.

Here’s The Prior…

Then, After.

  • These are the changes I created:
    • Better storage system for fabrics and patterns as well as a fabric-floor cabinet with a drawer that costs $80
    • hanging Wall cabinet, $50 with a rod to hang baskets for $10
    • thread holder, $30, and spray paint $5
    • ironing station $14
    • better lighting system: floor lamp ($60 on Craigslist) as well as a gooseneck light, $20
    • rolling stool, $37
    • Wall paint that is a calm and inspiring color for only $32
    • Full-length mirror $22.
    • dry erase board $10

All the rest was there or reused from another room. In all, it was a sum of $348.

It’s like breathing fresh air. I have not been able to sew but to be in my new home. Everything is an airy, fresher, and more uplifting feeling. It’s also like me.

One thing that was striking to me as I researched for this article and read through all of our members ‘ amazing comments was that, no matter how passionate everybody is about sewing, a lot of us do not give the space that is needed to let our creativity grow, including me–and that’s my job! This is why I’ll conclude by saying that your work and time, your imagination, and your love for sewing are all beautiful and worth the effort. If the space you have is a full space or just the desk, it’s the space where your sewing develops and flourishes. You can make it yours.

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