I wasn’t sure where to start with my first blog post. I thought about writing on my current project, then I changed to the bound buttonhole technique I just learned. Then it hit me, write about the remodel of your sewing room. After all, it played an integral part in bringing me off my sewing hiatus.
A little background. I have been on a sewing semi-hiatus for about 3 years. But in that time, I did manage to complete a few garments here and there. I wasn’t sewing at the frequency I was before my hiatus. At one point I was making 50% of my wardrobe. I gained a few pounds, okay I gained alot of pounds. It made altering patterns challenging and I began to lose my enthusiasm.
About a year ago, I started following sewing blogs. WOW!! I couldn’t believe the number of sewing blogs. But there were some that I found myself reading weekly, then almost daily. I have to tell you these blogs have been motivating, inspiring, informative and have helped to jump started my creative juices. But as I begin to spend more time in my sewing room, the yellow painted walls , the hodge podge of furniture and the lack of organization began to distract me. So I decided to remodel my sewing room.
So, I begin researching sewing rooms and sewing furniture. Koala and Horn of America cabinets are awesome, but out of my budget for this project. I wanted to complete this remodel for under $800. This budget included everything; paint, furniture, organization, decorative items, etc. I stumbled on The Ikea Sewing Room. Voila!!! Here was my solution. The interesting thing is that I pass Ikea everyday going to work and it never occurred to me to it could be my solution. Anyway, I begin creating my new sewing room. My color scheme is taupe, black and white. Sorry I do not have before pictures, but I never imagined I would catch the blogging fever.
I wanted a pressing area in my room. I found a YouTube video on how to make a pressing board. I followed this video and made a board to fit the dimensions of my area. A friend found a kitchen cabinet on Craig’s list for $40 and I got the second cabinet on sale at Lowe’s for $70. I love my pressing area. I have storage for all my pressing tools. I also added a wall shelf and a floor lamp for additional lighting.
I had nine banker boxes of patterns. So, I went through my patterns and scaled down. Then I went on the hunt for pattern storage ideas and came across Kitty Couture blog on pattern storage. Her idea sent me to Ikea. I love this aneboda dresser. I was able to fit all my patterns with space to spare. I organized by patterns vendor. Long term goal is to complete my pattern database in Access. The top of the dresser also doubles as a place to display my sewing knic-knack’s.
I’ve had this table for 13 years. I purchased it from a coworker for $50. The table had become wobbly over the years. My first thought was to replace the table. But I couldn’t make my mind up on what I wanted. So, I looked into refurbishing the table. My friend husband came to the rescue. He placed L brackets on the leg panels. Voila!!! my table is as good as new. Next issue was additional lighting above my cutting table. I came across a lamp on JCPenny website. The lamp was originally $120, I got it for $30. What a bargain!!!!
I wanted a L shape configuration. So back to Ikea I went. I decided on the vika amon table collection to create my L shape desk. I absolutely love the table space and being able to turn to use my serger. This table setup came to $52. I also found a grommet kit at Ikea. The kit included 3 covers and the device to create the holes for $9. I had 3 holes strategically cut on the tables for cords. I found my black leather chair at office depot on sale for $50.00.
My fabric stash is currently in the closet. This area is still under construction. I struggled with how I want to organize this space. I have dormers so I don’t have alot of wall space. I decided to use elfa storage from the container store. Ikea has similar storage for much less, but they lack the flexibilty to customize. I customized two racks on thier website. The first 41 in height, 22 wide, mesh drawers with a white top. Second, 41 inches in height, 14 wide , mesh drawers with a white top. I’m currently waiting for the next elfa sale before I purchase.
The additional items added; an Ikea billy bookcase, full length mirror , a pillow bed for Buster (my shihtzu) and an Ikea vika TV stand. Below are few more pictures. My total amount spent so far is $520.23. Not bad!!! I must say…..I love my new sewing room.
|View from the door way