With holiday sewing now behind us, it may be a great time to turn our attention to our busy sewing areas. Whether a space made for sewing on the dining room table, or a closet made into a sewing cubby that holds away any notion of what might lay behind the closed doors, to an entire room devoted to walls of sewing supplies, stacks of fabrics, patterns, sewing machine(s) and serger(s), the last minute frenzy of finishing up necessary sewing projects may have left our designated sewing areas in some disarray.
Designing a sewing space to maximize its potential, keeping organization storage bins and cubbies visible yet orderly, and applying ideas with thrift and perhaps limited space in mind can be a challenge to find the inspiration and time to do so.
Swinging arm skirt and pants hangers are great for layering and coordinating cut fabrics by color or type then hang in a spare closet, clear storage bins of various sizes or open wooden storage crates are perfect for printed patterns, an old bookcase can hold several square fabric bins that then can hold all those miscellaneous sewing notions, fabric scraps, sewing magazines, UFO’s/PhD’s (UnFinished Objects, Projects half Done), for example.
Additional sewing organization might come from pocketed potholders that are useful to hold sewing scissors and rotary cutters, large binder clips hold clear acrylic quilter's rulers together, thread racks hold thread spools neatly and visibly, plastic ice cube trays can hold all those thread bobbins, and long traditional - a padded bulletin/memo board crisscrossed with ribbon to hold pictures, project ideas and more.
Even if organization attempts are minimal, then claim the sewing area for the happy place it surely is by securing a beautiful fabric piece on a stretched artist’s canvas frame and hang in the sewing area, or stretch a lovely piece of scrap fabric onto an embroidery hoop and over lay with a favorite sewing saying to hang on the wall.
A few delightful sewing sayings:
Sewing Mends the Soul
Measure Twice, Cut Once
Cut, Stitch, Press, Repeat
Beautiful Things Come Together, Once Stitch at a Time
When Feeling Low, It’s Time to Sew
Sewing is Cheaper than Therapy
Sew Much Fabric, Sew Little Time
Keep Calm and Grab the Seam Ripper
To Sew or Not to Sew, What a Silly Question
When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Sewing
Any Day Spent Sewing is a Good Day
Sew On and Sew Forth
I’d Rather Be Sewing
And so many more funny, poignant, creative, loving, and happy sewing sayings to inspire and delight.
Sew happy, sew inspired.