Sewing Room: Storage 

With all these patterns, magazines and gadgets, I always need new storage ideas to store them all.

Instead of recycling the florist boxes I received with flowers, I upcycled them and I think they look great.

I’m a big fan of succulents and cacti, so when I saw this wrap in Paperchase, I couldn’t stop myself!

 

It’s a wrap!

 

 

 

Finished article …

 

Ta Dah!

 

I’m intending to do this with some of the shoe boxes that I use for storing my patterns too.  I think I will be using a different design, just to add more colour!

 

Emma

Disclaimer: all photos and opinions are my own!

What next to buy (sewing wise)?

You lot should know I like buying things.  However, I’m trying very hard not to buy anything, especially fabrics for the month of February.  Although I have slipped once (I’ll mention that later what fabric I bought!) – I have been quite good about it and I’ll refrain from doing any more fabric shopping until march (will probably go bananas by then.

 I thought I’d share my thoughts on the next few purchases that I’ll be getting.

New rotary cutter – I currently have this one but I have issues with it when the safety cap slides down when I’m using it.  So I’m opting for a Fiskars.

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T-shirt cotton fabric  _ I’ve been thinking of making a couple of t-shirts and think I’ve found a good source online.  

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Seamwork’s “Aberdeen” PDF – I’m thinking of using this pattern for my t-shirts.  I really like the collar/ v-neck detail on this and I presume (correct me if I’m wrong), I could shorten the sleeves to t-shirt length for our “hot Scottish days”.

Spotty fabric with a wine coloured crepe from cloth shop to make an occasion dress, then the spare spotty fabric will be use for detail on a nice top.  Sorry, no pictures at the moment but once I get the fabric, I’ll get them up OR get a Vlog done and really show off!

Dylan Dye for a denim skirt that I will be remaking from an old pair of pink jeans.  I have a pair of pink jeans, that I no longer wear.  A wee while ago I saw a feature in a sewing magazine that showed me how to turn an old pair of jeans into a skirt.  So I’m going to do that and then dye, yes dye the skirt red.  Why red?  I think I need a red skirt in my wardrobe.

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Grading up on many patterns seems to be my objective at the moment.  It’s such a useful tool/skill to have and use.  So whilst watching a Cocowawa crafts YT vlog, (<<< link to that vlog right there!!) the lovely Ana was showing her favourite tools of her trade which included a Pattern Master.  I’m figuring it will be bloody useful and take some time out of grading up.

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I’m actually trying to make space for another double billy from ikea, just to finally finish organising my sewing room – I think that will be the first purchase out of this lot.

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Question is, with or without doors!!??

Thanks for reading and hope you enjoyed!

Emma

Disclaimer: All opinions are of my own and this post wasn’t sponsored and no I’m not on commission xx

Sewing Stuff: December 2016

Over the last couple of months, I’ve seen some things on the internet and instantly feel in love with them because they are sewing related.

I’ve decided to share them with you because, well it’s just nice to share isn’t it?

First up are these monthly sewing boxes  …

https://www.mysewingbox.co.uk/collections/monthly-sewing-subscription-boxes-uk/products/one-off-deluxe-monthly-box-vintage-sewing-uk

There are full of goodies and can have a theme.  They can be a one-off or a monthly thing too!

 

Next up are these rather cool wooden vintage bobbins from Pedlars …

https://www.pedlars.co.uk/shop/1940s-vintage-wooden-bobbins

 

As some you of you know, I love a good sewing book – what’s better than something to hold all these sewing books?  Well, it’s of course, a sewing machine bookend!

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My growing sewing book collection!

https://www.wayfair.co.uk/Castleton-Home-Singer-Sewing-Machine-Shelf-Tidy-Bookends-12503-CCOO1857.html?source=hotdeals

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Photo Courtesy of Wayfair.co.uk

I didn’t know how useful these were for ironing out the darts until I used one at my class just recently!  Found one similar to the teacher’s here –

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Leifheit-71816-Sleeve-Board/dp/B000B8J4CG

 

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Photo Courtesy of Amazon.co.uk

 

Talking of ironing I intend to put an iron board up in my sewing room but lack space for a big one, so I’m going to get this wee one from IKEA!

 

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JÄLL, IKEA (£4) – Photo courtesy of Ikea

 

Now – sit down, this may bowl some of you over!  Soap dish and sewing, surely not.  Get a suction one, attach it to the side of your sewing machine and you can keep tabs on the seam ripper and fabric marker!

 

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Photo courtesy of www.sewmanyways.blogspot.co.uk

 

Hope these have inspired you!

 

Emma

Disclaimer – All photos have credit to their sites.  In no way was this sponsored.  All opinions are of my own!

My Sewing Room: Organise organise organise!

Well after sorting out all my pieces of fabric onto boards, it’s now time to label them so I can pick them out quickly.

I popped into one of my home bargain stores and picked up these labels. I’ll stick the self-adhesive ones onto the luggage labels. And then with a black marker I will write my code letters P M F – pattern (if the fabric has one allocated, but most of them do), meterage (how much fabric is on the board) and fabric (is it cotton, viscose, wool, jersey, etc).

 

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Labels should keep me right!

 

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All ready to go!

 

Ta-DAH!  Oh so Pretty!

 Next, we have my pattern collection. It’s really expanded over the year quite drastically! I’m blaming these pattern sales!


I had already organised the into categories: skirts, trousers, dresses, combos etc but then when I was doing dividers, it was much simpler to do them by the pattern house name (vogue, new look, simplicity, grainline studio, sew over it, simple sew and the list could go on and on!).

With the reminder of the boards, I took 1.5cm from the top of the board and made two marks. Then I drew a line and then wrote a pattern name.

 

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First, mark 1.5cm down from the top of the board with the ruler and pencil, then draw a line where the marks are.

 

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I then added the Pattern Houses by name.

 

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It’s all coming together.

They work a treat as they fit in my white shoe box file system for the patterns and I can hunt quickly for them too!

 

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I think I’m going to have to have a P.A to keep this system intact 😀

Until next time and remember – Measure twice, Cut once!

Emma

 

 

My Sewing Room

My sewing room needs to become functional and comfortable to use.  It needs organising, so I can pull fabric and pattern out, yet put them back in their place when I’m done for the day.  This “putting thing back” needs to become my ethos all over the house, but that’s another post for another time! And before Mr C quickly jumps in, I’ll change the subject!).

I’ve pulled a lot of ideas rather from Pinterest so “had to” create a mood board so I could scale down some ideas and think what I want from my SR.

Two tables would be useful, preferably the same as I join the together to cut out patterns and fabric. One would sit under the skylight as that would be ideal for using the naturally light, providing it’s not too bright to take photographs of my finish projects.

Before I get ahead of myself – the three main points that need to go into the sewing room are: atlier

shelving and lots of it!

a workspace to sew creations

and a seat!

 

The Skålberg/Sporren chair (IKEA)
Billy Shelving from (IKEA)
Linnmon Desk (IKEA)

I don’t want to spend a fortune so as you can see Ikea furniture it is and it’s the basic range as everything adds up very quickly!

 
The notice board will be handy for what project I’m currently working on and what the next few are.  It should keep me focused. It will also a provide a place for all these business cards and fliers that I seem to collect!

I started this post 5 months ago but there have been some changes already and I can now share them!

The room has finally been painted and now shelving has been installed and is very quickly being filled up!

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The desk is much bigger now and is now under the skylight for ultimate natural light!

My sewing space is still going through changes so don’t think these are final photos.  I will post the final touches and a much tidier space very soon!

Do you have a sewing room? Do you have any tips on how to organise it? Have I missed anything, I’m sure I have!?  Please feel free to comment below and give tips!

Emma