Sunday, 29 September 2013

Sewing room re-organizing - After

So it has taken the best part of 2 weeks to sort out my sewing room but finally it is finished and I can get back to actually doing some sewing.
Here it is
View from the doorway

View from just inside the doorway
The cot under the table will be staying. Once the other corner (not shown) is sorted the cot and cutting table will be going there with another junior bed going where the cot is at the moment (these are for when my nieces and nephews stay)

I have made myself a cutting table ( details of which will be in the next blog post)
Cutting Table

Cutting Table in use
As you can see the table is already getting good use. The mannequin at the back is a small one I made myself for quickly trying out ideas with draping. The silver box is for keeping the items I am working on in one place, the laptop is my old one that I have to empty and dispose of. The cardboard will be swapped for fabric once the wadding arrives. I am going to use these instructions here (from bee in my bonnet) to do my board.

I will just post quick pics of the rest with more details to follow

Designing table closed

Designing table open


 I will post further details of each section of my sewing room in future posts so that this one isn't pages long and boring.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Wardrobe storage

So as a little aside to sorting out my sewing room, I have been re-organizing some parts of my bedroom, just to give me a bit more storage. One of the things I wanted to sort was the bottom of my wardrobe, where I store all my shoes, which looked like this;

Bottom of wardrobe shoe storage.

After cutting the top for my cutting table I had some wood left so decided to make myself a shelf for my shoes. It basically consisted of a piece of MDF with four 2x3 legs.
This is what my wardrobe looks like now;
Wardrobe with shelf added.
 It's still not completely perfect but is an improvement on what it was.


Saturday, 7 September 2013

Re-organizing my sewing room (before shots)

When I 1st started sewing my nan said that as she sewed as well I could set her spare bedroom up as a sewing room. It is the smallest room in her house but I still managed to get a sewing table, a old dining table for cutting out on, a chest of drawers for holding fabric, a computer table for all my books, magazines, TV and radio and a few other odds and ends of furniture. However over time I have purchased embroidery machines which have stayed at my house (which is only about 10 houses down the road from my nan's) The new machines being in a different place plus my nan passing away has meant that I spend less and less time in the old sewing room and things have slowly taken over my brothers old room after they moved out. I only need to go the my old room when I want to cut anything as I don't have a big enough space in my new room but this all about to change as my Mum has agreed for me to build a cutting table in my new room as long as it can be moved for the grandchildren to stay. I am planning one that will fit over the top of the cot and can be dismantled by taking the legs off.
At the moment I have roughly 2 sides of the room sharing with a cot and some other items. I have a sewing cabinet which I managed to get on eBay. It has 4 drawers one side and room in the other side for the sewing machine to be lowered. My machine is too big for this so I leave the flat table top on.

Machine table with  embroidery machines, grey bag currently holds scraps of fabric.

Machine table with door open. Boxes inside holds thread and quilting supplies.
I also have a work table which I use for patterns and making cards (which I don't do much anymore). This table also holds my radio and various magazines.

Work table closed. At the moment this has just become a dumping ground including my old laptop.
Storage underneath (in beige tub) holds my card making supplies.

Work table with section opened out for working on.
In the other corner I have a bookcase from Ikea which holds all my card making items but is slowly being taken over with sewing items. The grey drawer unit was rescued from a skip at a school who were doing a refit. It holds all my paper sorted into colours.

Bookcase holding all sorts. Grey drawers hold paper.
The other 2 side of the room holds a cot, a wardrobe plus boxes of football programmes that my dad is currently selling.
Cot and wardrobe.

Boxes of football programmes.
I also have a bit of storage behind the door, which you can see in the shot above and below.

Storage trolleys and filing cabinet.
The tubs hold more card making supplies, finished cards and items I have made. The storage trolleys hold various supplies like glues, etc. The filing cabinet holds all my business items plus embroidery items (hoops,etc)

I am hoping to get this room sorted and add the cutting table in 2 weeks time so keep tuned for after photo's.