The sewing mess challenge

Debbie over at stitches and seams    mentioned the challenge to show our sewing areas “as is”. I’m game. Here it is:


I don’t have a sewing room anymore, just a space in my bedroom. And I spent the last couple of days cleaning things out, so it isn’t as messy as it was. This first picture is the main area. You can see between the serger and sewing machine I have a plastic bin with 4 drawers. The top drawer is notions: scissors, seam rippers(when I can find them), needles, pins, pencils, etc. The next one has some vintage notions that are waiting to be put into a shadow box and hung on the wall. The next one down is my thread. I have two of those wall thread holders, but my old house gets the thread way too dusty, so I put each color thread with matching bobbin and put them in a snack size zip bag, then put all of the thread bags of one color into a quart size zip bag. The bottom drawer has some of the most used patterns, pj’s and whatnot.

The stack of stuff behind the sewing machine are the UFO’s that I really need to get to.

The tall plastic bin holds everything from lace to zips to buttons and interfacing. The small bin behind the serger I just got yesterday to hold doll and doll clothes making supplies. The doll on top is waiting to have her hair attached(my 8yo wanted her doll to have long hair NOT short hair).

On the far left is the original UFO bin. Some of those projects are mighty old.


This is another view of the same area. The bulletin board originally was used to hold directions for patterns in progress. Mostly now it holds very old pictures that my now adult kids made and brought to me.


This is the area just across from my sewing machine. The table on the left is the original cabinet my Bernina came in, but it works better to have the long table, so in theory this has become my cutting board. The desk in the foreground is slated to go into Molly’s bedroom, when we get the Little Tykes desk out of her room.


This bookshelf is in the guest room. The second and third shelf from the top and the two shelves on the bottom hold sewing related books, magazines, and quilting stuff. I have many more books in the storage part of the attic along with lots of fabric. I just noticed the MRE sitting on top of my quilting videos!


This is the closet in my daughters bedroom in the attic. I was inspired by Debbie’s stash closet, and have been moving patterns and fabric up here as I find it. There are still boxes of fabric in the storage section of the attic and some in my bedroom that need to come up here.


Close up shot of the mess! Won’t Catherine be angry  annoyed  surprised to find out she’s sharing the closet with me when she gets home from college?



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5 responses to “The sewing mess challenge

  1. Yea!! Another sewing room.

  2. Eran of Arcadia

    I like how the outline of my head looks down, Big Brother-like, in the second picture.

  3. Oh thanks for sharing your sewing space!

    I had a corner of my bedroom as my sewing “room” for years, and years, and years. It is so wonderful to have an entire room as my creative center.

    And that stack of UFOs you mentioned? Nothing compared to the huge pile I admitted to a few months ago (see my post from the end of Dec.) I easily have three more times the number of UFOs you have waiting for completion!

    Enjoyed seeing your sewing space and reading your blog.

  4. When I was up there in August – probably looking for scissors or something – I saw the pieces of that cream colored voile dress you started for me when I was 15. Hey, maybe you can finish it for Betsy, you have another 15 years…

    Good idea with the snack sized ziploc bags. I was just going to ask you what I should do with all my bobbins…

    My sewing stuff is in yet another one of my kitchen cabinets, although it’s a smaller one than my scrap space occupies. The little machine fits in there perfectly and there’s room for patterns and a few projects I’m working on currently. I sorted out everything else into a big box that goes up in my laundry room (on the shelves that Wally thoughtfully put up for me in September). But, I’m already realizing I have waaaay too many patterns…

  5. Thanks for playing along. I love seeing everyone’s workspace and how they work.

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