Where I Sew :: My Sewing Studio Tour

Where I Sew a sewing room tour a happy stitch

Hey, today seems like a good day for a sewing studio tour!  Want to see where I sew? I personally love snooping around creative spaces so my stylish, sewing friend Kelley and I decided to give a tour of where the magic happens for us.

Remember six months ago when we moved? Well, we have been slowly but surely settling in and that, of course, means I have a new sewing studio space. In truth, it was one of the first spaces I established in the new house (yes, it still feels new, very new).   Truth be told, this lovely house we moved into is over a hundred years old and it came complete with creaky windows that rattle in the wind and holes in the hardwood floors big enough to let lights on in the basement shine right through.  It came decorated with musty lace curtains and dust-filled doilies and old brass fixtures and the feeling of holding onto a stuffy, long-ago past.  We were eager to open windows and let in as much clean, pure light as possible.  This desire has translated into longing for a playful, fresh, but minimalist aesthetic.  That feeling has definitely translated into my sewing studio.  If you remember my old sewing studio (discussed here) you know that I had a room to myself and I filled it with color and art prints.  Well, the new sewing studio is a corner of our (rather large) bedroom.  Partially because the house is crying out for light, open spaces and because I have look at my sewing space while I’m nodding off to sleep, my new sewing studio is clean, mostly uncluttered and bare.  I love it!

I’m so excited to show you my sewing studio! Ready to see where I sew? It’s time for the official sewing studio tour!

Where I Sew : Sewing Studio Tour // a happy stitch

As I mentioned, the sewing studio is really a souped-up corner of our bedroom.  I know, it sounds kind of sad but it actually means that I can drape fabric over the bed and really use the whole room when I’m working.  Overall, It’s definitely modest and far more tranquil than my old sewing room.  Let’s start with a general overview from left to right: I have a bookshelf next to a cutting table with two cutting mats and lots of spacious storage underneath.  Beside the cutting table and under the window is my sewing table with both my primary machine and my serger (my pattern tracing paper is underneath the table there).  To the far right is a chest of drawers full of organized cuts of fabric.  I keep my patterns in file cabinets in the finished attic and excess fabric and notions in the linen closet down the hall. I would rather have to walk to get some supplies than clutter up the sewing space.

where I sew : Sewing Studio Tour // a happy stitch

The bookshelf at the end is from IKEA, it’s called Trofast and I’m using every inch of this sucker. I stood it upright and painted one side with chalkboard paint so I can keep track of my deadlines.

Where I Sew : sewing studio tour // a happy stitch

And tucked away behind the bookshelf and cutting table is my ironing board, I love being able to put it away so easily.  On the back of the bookshelf are my collections of magazines and a bucket of patterns on my “to-make” list.  On the front of the bookshelf are my books. I’m a complete sucker for beautiful sewing and crafting books so I have quite a few.

Where I Sew : Sewing Studio Tour / a happy stitch

The cutting table is a basic table top with these adjustable table legs (which don’t work very well, by the way) and it’s held up with a toy organizer from Pottery Barn (similar to this one) that the boys never used.  Of course, the blogger standard the Raskog utility cart from Ikea is also there. I use that to hold sewing essentials so that I can reach for it from my seat at the sewing table and don’t even have to get up! Huzzah! A win for lazy!

Where I Sew : sewing studio tour // a happy stitch

I have to highlight my tracing paper because it is what I consider the sewists best kept secret.  This roll of 900 yards of partially translucent paper is butcher paper from Costco! I have yet to meet a better and cheaper tracing paper.  Go bribe a Costco member and get yourself some!

Where I Sew : sewing studio tour // a happy stitch

Next to my sewing table is this chest of drawers. I inherited this lovely wooden chest of drawers when a neighbor of ours passed away.  He was a mysterious recluse but a really lovely guy and I love that I was able to reuse this sturdy piece of furniture.  The boys and I fixed it up a while ago and used it to hold art supplies.  So, it is technically on it’s third life.  And what a glorious life it is! I keep my precious fabric in here, away from the sunlight and folded kon-mari style so I can glance at what I have quickly.  It’s yummy in here.

Where I Sew : Sewing Studio Tour // a happy stitch On top of the cabinet is also delicious.  In addition to rulers, thread and rotary cutters the top of this bookshelf also holds inspiring books and other precious items like my Uppercase magazine collection.  The bunny is my super-important sewing companion.  She was made by my friend Emma and I often stroke her soft nani iro-filled ears.

Where I Sew : sewing studio tour // a happy stitch

Beside the wooden chest is a full length mirror,  a handy addition to any sewing space. Especially given how often I have to shimmy out of my clothes and quickly try something on.  I’m glad I don’t have to walk around the house with half-sewn items on.

Where I Sew : sewing studio tour // a happy stitch

And that’s it! The walls are pretty bare, which makes it easy for me to tape things up and take photos.  But, I am considering putting up a picture hanging rail because I miss having art prints up. Be sure to check out Kelley’s sewing room in her new house, it’s very inspiring!

Where I Sew : sewing studio tour // a happy stitch


6 Comments on Where I Sew :: My Sewing Studio Tour

  1. Kelley
    March 22, 2016 at 8:39 pm (2 years ago)

    I love it! we had nasty old faux brass fixtures and slightly tarred walls! New houses to us, but not new houses! I love your cubbies under your cutting table. That may be the solution to my moving boxes! Thanks for bringing me along!

    • Melissa Q.
      March 22, 2016 at 8:47 pm (2 years ago)

      House twinsies! I love old homes SO MUCH, it’s just that they don’t love me back. They are like bad boyfriends. Thanks for joining me, it was fun! I love your artwork…makes me think twice about the austere look I’ve got.

  2. Pat
    March 23, 2016 at 11:52 am (2 years ago)

    Love the tour! You have created an amazing creative space. Beats the sewing machine on a piece of plywood in the basement.

    • Melissa Q.
      March 23, 2016 at 9:44 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks! That basement sewing machine was pretty great, though.

  3. Dianne
    March 25, 2016 at 1:33 pm (2 years ago)

    Love the space it looks great. I have my set up at one end of the sun room in my house. At my old house I had a large bedroom just for sewing, then the children came along and I moved into a workshop at the side of the house now I don’t have a dedicated room to myself just a large desk. You have really made your space work I love your collection of crafty books. xx

    • Melissa Q.
      April 2, 2016 at 11:34 pm (2 years ago)

      Aw, thank you! A sun room sewing space seems lovely.


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