Happy Holidays! I hope your sewing projects and holiday shopping have been going well! We are in Scotland for the holidays staying with my fiance’s grandparents, so the only sewing-related things I will be doing for the next couple weeks is taking advantage of lower fabric prices in Edinburgh.
These past weeks, there has been little sewing and a lot of pinteresting and IKEA trips going on around here. Eugene finally gave me the go-ahead to create a sewing space for myself, so we spent the weekend trying to rearrange the living room to accommodate a sewing corner. Up until now, I had been cutting on the bed, sewing at the kitchen table, and ironing/fitting/piecing together in the living room, much to Eugene’s dismay when I would interrupt his gaming several times in a row to walk past the TV to my ironing board. I think he was just as relieved as I was when we finally created a super cozy living room space by rearranging the furniture so I would have my own corner and no longer have to walk in front of the TV.
Now I have an all in one space, and I have to decide what to do with it! I thought about buying a dining table so it would be multipurpose, but that didn’t quite fit the space. I have been looking for other cost-friendly ideas, and found some really neat ones. It seems like all the best ones use an IKEA Expedit shelf on its side, like this one from Noodlehead:
I love how it serves as both a cutting table and sewing desk, which would be so ideal for the space I have. It looks I would have to do some building. When it comes to woodwork and building things, a handy husband-to-be Eugene is not, so I would have to figure it out myself! The hardest part would probably be getting the wood home from the lumber store by bus. It would be a challenge, but not impossible!
I also found this budget-friendly one, via Custom Style, which uses IKEA LACK tables to create a nice, roomy cutting table:
Isn’t it genius? She also provides great instructions on how to create your own, and it seems pretty easy. All you need is a drill, some wooden pegs, and wood glue. I could probably build it for around 600 SEK/£60/$98. Not bad!
This one from Nested in Stitches made from IKEA shelves is just beautiful, and I wish I had all the space that she does:
I have always dreamed of having a cutting table, as it would be so nice not to have to worry about hurting my back or knees on the floor or the fabric going all wonky on the bed while I cut. Cutting out satin fabric is tough enough, and I bet it would have been easier to cut out my Burda off the shoulder dress if I had a cutting table instead of a bed as a cutting surface!
While looking for cutting and sewing surfaces, I also came across this cute bulletin board setup, via Handmade with Joy:
I just love the bright fabrics, and I am thinking of matching my sewing machine cover and bulletin boards to the drapes in the living room, which I still need to make! We bought a “temporary” pair of curtains at IKEA for the living room and they have been up for several months now. I’ll have to add it to my list of projects. One thing is for sure, it will be so much easier to become more productive with my sewing once I have a dedicated space. I am looking forward to completing a project without having to circle the house for different tasks and fight for space!
How do you organize your sewing space? Do you have a lot of space, or are you limited to a small corner like me?