Hello, and Happy Tuesday, friends! After working hard to get my sewing room moved from the back garage room into Josh’s recently vacated room, IT. IS. DONE. YAY!! I posted a walk-through of the reveal on my Flosstube Channel. The first eleven minutes show some of the process work before the finish, so if you want watch the video, but get straight to the reveal, go directly to minute 11:00. The reveal is 15 minutes long, and the last seven and a half minutes detail what I purchased and the cost of creating this room. I thought I would share that in case anyone else was considering doing this and wanted an idea of the budget it would take.
However, if videos aren’t your style, I’ll be sharing what I did in this post. We started by painting the walls with Behr Silver Shadow in a Satin finish. I love how it turned out.
The first thing you see when you walk into the room is the cutting and pressing table with the zippers hung above it. This table was made for me by my husband almost a year ago, in April of 2018. If you’d like more information about it, you can find it in this post HERE. I also tucked a RÅSKOG Utility Cart under the table, since this table has a hand-crank that allows you to raise or lower it, depending on your needs. I have used this table at desk height as often as I have at counter height for cutting.
While the table didn’t really match the white IKEA furniture, its functionality has made it an invaluable addition to this room. I anticipate that I will mostly keep it at counter height for cutting, but it’s great to be able to put it at desk height if that is needed. It also has wheels on the back of the base to allow for rolling and easy maneuvering. I put it in the middle of the room in this picture to show how versatile the table is. I have a little over two feet of clearance on the front and back of the table which allows me to cut from both sides.
The zippers were hung on an IKEA DIGNITET Curtain Wire with RIKTIG Clips (I didn’t use the hooks that came in the package). I found this idea from Alicia of Swoon Bags and loved it so much I incorporated it into the design plan for my sewing room.
The wall the door opens onto has two IKEA BILLY book cases with a 3 x 4 KALLAX unit in between. The book cases hold all of my fabrics, books, and interfacing bolts, as well as some of my cross stitch projects loaded onto scroll rods. The top of the book cases hold my beloved vintage sewing machines. The far right book case has my 221 and 222K Singer Featherweights and the left book case has my Singer 301 long-bed. They look so great up there! I just have to take them down and be sure to sew on them to keep them in great running condition.
The center KALLAX unit has 3 red DRÖNA boxes and 3 blue DRÖNA boxes. Those boxes hold various items such as cross stitch fabrics, WIPs, as well as hoops, rods, stretcher bars, and Q-Snap frames. The second shelf down holds my kitted cross stitch projects. I bought a couple of sets of 20-pack mesh A4 plastic bags from Amazon for $13.99 along with some key tags to label them. I also use an expandable file folder I purchased from Amazon to hold my paper cross stitch patterns.
The desk area was made from an IKEA LINNMON Corner Table Top, a LINNMON 43.25″ Table Top, 5 ADIL Table Legs, and a five-drawer ALEX unit. I bought an extra ALEX to sit beside the table. The Mister purchased a red low-back office chair to match the room… but it also feels amazing on my back. I sewed all day today and didn’t feel any fatigue at all. So glad for that! I’ve got plenty of space now for my sewing machine, my steam press, and my serger. The first project I did in the room was to make a cover for my serger using some Tula Pink fabrics! There is plenty of space to work, and I am absolutely thrilled with how this area turned out. The Mister bought me a new 32″ SANYO Roku TV from WalMart and mounted it for me on the wall too. He decided he didn’t want to move the TV that was installed in the old sewing area, since he is taking that area over. So now he has his own TV out there, and I’ve got mine in here. Yay!
The Mister took some time to go to the hardware store to buy materials to make me two custom organizers. The first was this spool rack. I love it so much! He used some baseboard trim and drilled 1/4″ holes at an angle in them about an inch-and-a-half apart. He mounted those onto a thin sheet of plywood (I think he actually used a dry-erase/chalk board piece cut down to 24″ square) by screwing them down from the back of the board. Then he cut some 1/4″ dowels down to 4″, and used a belt sander to narrow the tips of the dowels so they would hold my bobbins. He then put a little glue put into the holes on the baseboard and then pushed the dowels in and let them dry. The top two rows he made with 1/2″ holes spaced two-and-a-half inches apart. He cut 1/2″ dowels to about 5″ and instead of sanding the tips of those dowels down for bobbins, he tapped finishing nails into the ends of those. Once the glue was dry, we spray painted the entire rack white, and touched up the edges and dowels with white latex paint. He mounted the entire unit onto two studs in the wall, and used caps to cover the screws since they would be visible from the front. I absolutely love it!
The other custom piece was a ruler organizer! I kept complaining about how I couldn’t find a way to store my big 20.5″ and 15″ ruler, as well as my rotating cutting mat and my long 8.5″ and 6″ by 24″ rulers. He came up with a fantastic plan to use white peg-board and some 1 x 2 boards to create a perfect box for me! It’s perfect at protecting my rulers and they are right at hand for me to grab and use.
The bonus to using pegboard was that I could hang my rulers that I had shoved in a drawer. I’m telling you, that Quick Curve ruler is screaming my name!!
After planning the room out and installing all of the furniture, I realized I had no space left for a design wall. I was just going to deal without having one, until I realized that the closet doors are hung on a metal rail. I had the perfect solution! I grabbed some magnets I had purchased to make needleminders with, pulled down some batting, and tested hanging it up from the metal rail with the magnets. It held perfectly! Brad loved the idea, but saw that it was a bit of a struggle to hold the batting, separate the magnets and try to put it all up. He suggested getting a very light piece of trim wood and I can glue the magnets to it. Then I can just put the batting up and hold it down with the longer strip of wood. I love that idea, so we are going to be testing that out shortly.
So, now that all is said and done, I am back to sewing! I worked on two bags today and was *this close* to finishing them. I have five more bags to make this week, and I hope to have them all done by Friday! I hope you enjoyed seeing the new sewing room! I look forward to catching my breath a bit after this whirlwind month and catching up with all of you!
This week’s To-Do list:
- Get 5 Project Bags Sewn
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