Tuesday, 26 July 2011

.Where I Sew.

I'm excited to be featured by Kathy Mack over at Pink Chalk Fabrics today.  During July she is taking her readers on a virtual tour of sewing spaces of some of her favourite designers and sewing enthisiasts, and today you can read a bit about me and where I sew!

There have been some gorgeous sewing rooms shared so far, and I have to admit that I was a little nervous that my room wouldn't compare to some of the amazing sewing studios that I was waiting to be featured, but it is lovely to see a mix of rooms from people who creatively and beautifully "make do" with small spaces in their homes to stunning studios and work rooms.  I think we are all a little bit curious as to where others do their work, and I've certainly enjoyed picking out fun little details on sewing desks, walls and cupboards.

I asked Kathy if I could be towards the end of the month to give me time to get my room cleaned up - haha!  While it was tidy (and I'm telling you now...this is a RARE occurrence!) I took a few snaps as I realise that I've never given you a decent peek into my sewing space before.

My sewing room is situated directly off our dining area, and from it I can see into the kitchen, dining area, lounge room, deck, and play area outside.  When we designed our house we were deciding between including an ensuite off our bedroom or a sewing/rumpus room.  Because I sew a lot, this option far outweighed a second bathroom and I love that we can keep all of the toys out of the bedrooms and loungeroom as well.  The sewing room is combined with our playroom, kids toys on one wall and sewing stuff on another.  It works beautifully.  I leave my sewing stuff out all the time and my kids are so used to it being around that they very rarely touch anything.  Other people come around and ask me how I keep them away from it, but I really don't have to.  The only time they are interested in the sewing machine is when I am actually using it!  I LOVE LOVE LOVE that I can keep my sewing space set up all the time - gone are the days of packing everything away before going to bed each night.  It makes it much easier to quickly sew for 10 or 15 minutes here and there and get things finished a lot faster.  I don't sew a lot when the children are awake, but when I do, it is nice that they can play at my feet and we can all make big messes together in the one room!  The only downfall about sharing the space with the toys is I feel like I have to clean them up before I can sit down and sew properly so sometimes that turns me off sewing for the night!
Toy storage = Ikea Trofast...best storage investment we have ever made.
This is my sewing wall...table from Officeworks where all the action takes place.  There is a built-in cupboard to the right where I keep all of my bulky sewing bits and pieces - baskets and boxes full of haberdashery, loads of Make It Perfect samples, quilt wadding, etc.


 Inspiration board made by me (I'm not very good at putting stuff up though!).  Saffron Craig Wall DecalsSarah Jane Calendar.
The chairs are ones that we rescued from the side of the road when we first got married!  They have had many a coat of paint over the years and I recovered the seats with oilcloth to match the chairs at our dining table.  Cupboard - Billy with Nyckelby doors, Ikea.
My fabric cupboard is full to the brim now...but how can I resist the lovely new ranges that keep being released?!  Buy another cupboard
 

My non-sewing sister embroidered the funky sewing machine for me.  Love it!  And I think every crafty person needs a spool or two of bakers twine, right?!
 
The back of the sewing room houses another slim Billy cupboard.  I keep some Citrus Pop stuff in here as well as pieces of fabric under 1/2m and ribbons, spools of thread, buttons, etc.  You can also see my view onto the deck.
 So there you have it, a sneak peek into my sewing room! 

15 comments:

Little Munchkins said...

Your sewing are is amazing! I love it. Mine is my dining table so I have to pack up each time :(

Domestic Artisan said...

It's a great area, and much better than a second bathroom (IMO). I love your table and wish I could ransack your cupboard ; ) Thanks for sharing!

Keera @ live.love.sew said...

Have been following the pink chalk feature and living.in sewing room envy... amazing just how curious one can be when it comes to the spaces where we create... slowly designing, setting up and DIY-ing {and dreaming} my own space... thank-you for sharing x Keera @ live-love-sew.blogspot.com

LionessLady said...

I'm totally jealous of your crafty supplies! Fantastic!

Yana said...

love your sewing room, great storage ideas and so much natural light!!! i quite like that billy bookcase from ikea, might consider it for myself :)

L!$@ said...

One day I will have a room like this where I can sew and do all sorts of crafty stuff :D You've made great use of that space!

kamielandodille@hotmail.com said...

Whow. So beautiful. But are you not afraid the sun will bleach your fabrics?

Emily said...

LOVE your cupboard and sewing space!! What great light! It's so great that there's room for your kids to so you can all be together. :)

liz said...

thanks for sharing. I share a space we all make a big mess in too-- unfortunately its usually my dining room. Thats also where we need to eat dinner!

katie jean said...

It is very neat and tidy! Well done. Now I feel bad for how awful my room looks! If only a magazine would come do an article of me, I would clean it all up too. well, maybe :)

It truly does look perfect, and I bet now you feel really creative in there and can get a bunch of work done!

sweet emmelie said...

gorgeous space!

SewTara said...

Oh I love your space, it's so bright!
I sew in the corner of the basement so it's not as bright but I've still made it cheery and fun.
It's great that your kids can play right there while you sew, I usually schedule my sewing around naptime!

Sarah Craig said...

What an awesome sewing area, Toni! I love all your light -and whatever would we do without IKEA? Someday I'd like a blank check and two days at an IKEA store......

Katy @ Live Laugh Love Craft said...

Oh my lord!! What a gorgeous room! Thanks for sharing. :) I am now a follower of your blog.

mel said...

I love your workspace and it's so neat! squealed when I saw your Kimmidoll cos Ive got some in my sewing room too xx

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