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Do you have a room; a small space, a large place, a secret hiding place or nook in your home dedicated to your sewing projects?

In my new home I have a small room, which was probably a maid’s room at some time in the early 1900s, that has been donned as the sewing room. It is a very sweet space with moldings on one wall, tin ceilings, a large window and an even larger built-in cabinet. I painted this room the color of “Heirloom Lace”, installed an old Victorian shelf above my desk, placed some amethyst & crystals on the windowsill and began working on my design projects before even painting the trim or the baseboards or molding. I’d like to place some cork board on the wall, paint it white to create a blank canvas to pin up images of inspiration, drawings my friends have made me, photos and art. My boyfriend & I plan to build a large cutting / screen printing table in the adjacent room, but for the time being I feel settled enough to sit and work.

Where do you work? Do you surround yourself with striking visuals or prefer a more minimalist setting? Does it matter where you sew if you’re really into the project anyway?

Hi guys,
We are working on posting a slide show or presentation to feature your sewing spaces. We are troubleshooting exactly how we are going to present this to the community, but in the meantime, anyone who wishes to submit photos of their sewing rooms can do so by following these directions:

Take a picture of your space
Size: 300dpi
Width: No Less than 600pixels wide

Optional Description, 350 words or less

Email it to: alison@burdastyle.com

*If you don’t follow the guidelines I will not be able to post your sewing room, so please make sure to double check the specifications in order to show us your loved space! Okay? :)


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    Mar 11, 2010, 04.43 AMby loyl8

    I am soo happy this got posted as a topic!!!!! I had some great responses on the discussion area, when I have time I will be reading through this for even more ideas. I have my sewing room now, but have not done a single thing to it yet. I don’t even have a place to sew on!:( next week I m going shopping though yeah!!! I’m going to post photos of the slow transformation. yeah for sewing room corners desks cubbies!!!

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    Mar 11, 2010, 04.05 AMby bluephin

    In as much as I would love a sewing room, for now it’s just a sewing space for me. But after reading some members’ posts here I now begin to feel lucky that I don’t have to drag my things around when I want to sew and then pack them up when I’m done. I’ve got a photo of it in My Sewing Corner featured in my blog if you guys want to check it out.

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    Mar 11, 2010, 02.35 AMby cantare

    i have my large 4-leaf dining room table that is usually covered with everything! when i sew, there is stuff on the sofa, the floor, the whole table, and the plant hangers from my ceiling. i live in a small apartment with my best friend who luckily doesn’t mind my 2-3wk messes that eventually get cleaned up! i really need a non-carpeted area, table space and a couple of hanging places for me to sew. this will do for now—oh and the lab at school, plenty of space.

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      Mar 11, 2010, 09.31 PMby alisondahl

      Yes, carpets can be so difficult, as the threads just cling all over them! I love the dining room theme many of us seem to have!

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    Mar 11, 2010, 02.10 AMby monibug

    my space is about a third of my dinning room. I paint and sew. We have a very small space and I dream of having a space of my own. I can’t tell you how many times my daughter has taken a nap in my fabric bucket wile i was sewing..lol…

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    Mar 11, 2010, 12.26 AMby oliverands

    Is that Marilyn Minter I see? Excellent source of inspiration!

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      Mar 11, 2010, 09.32 PMby alisondahl

      yes yes yes!! love love love

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    Mar 11, 2010, 12.01 AMby nuiwida23

    I started out in the dining room, but soon my fabric storage situation was out of control! So I cleared out a room in the basement which has enough space to fit the 4’ by 6’ cutting table my dad and I built. It has it’s pro’s and con’s; I can turn my music on and it doesn’t bother anyone, but there’s only one window for natural light. And of course it’s messy, but it’s “organized” chaos! I hope one day to have a super sunny white room that is decorated simply by my fabrics and supplies :)

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    Mar 10, 2010, 10.44 PMby handmadehappiness

    i have just recently sorted out my sewingroom, i am very lucky to have a very large……. i bought a set of pine shelves for my fabric’s, and lovely patterned boxes for scraps of fabric’s. I have old dinning table for my over locker and bit’s and bob’s including my cutting mat….. i have a set of drawer’s for all my felt button’s ribbon’s ect my manequinne is in the window with her floppy sunhat!!!! i also have my book shelve in there which is ever growing!!! and last but not least….. my 1930’s writting desk with display cabinet it has all my elephant’s in it this is where i do all my drawing’s and letter’s home i find this part of my room the most insparational. i do all my sewing in my horn cub cabinet down stairs in the dinningroom, this way i can keep one eye on my sewing and the other on my 2 lovely boy’s!!!!! i hope that the slideshow goes ahead would love to show my writting desk to everyone it’s a great source of insparation to me…… x

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    Mar 10, 2010, 10.31 PMby reneebeth

    My sewing machine is sitting, sad and lonely, at the top shelf of my closet. I live in an apartment with five other people, and that combined with all of the schoolwork I have to do and the fact that all of our tables are wobbly (haha) makes sewing difficult. This summer, when I have time, it’ll get used again. Right now I’m just happy helping young kids sew at my job, where we have lots of machines (though the kids break them when I’m not looking all the time) and cabinets for donated fabric. It’s a really nice sewing room!

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    Mar 10, 2010, 10.10 PMby gramanana

    Alas I have no sewing room yet. My dining room table serves as my sewing room. My sewing stuff, fabric and yarn stash and patterns and books all live in my walkin closet. My family is kind and probably would tolerate the sewing machine and stuff on the table a few days, but there is nowhere else to eat so I really can’t do that. When my daughter, son-in-law and their baby move to their own place again, I am going to refashion the guest room to pull double-duty as my studio/craft room too.

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    Mar 10, 2010, 09.40 PMby bjorgg

    Because its so expensive being in school I still live at home with my mum and dad , its very hard at age 25. But luckily I can have two rooms by myself and one of them is my lovely sewing room, which I love! :) Its small, under a sloping ceiling, with big windows, so cozy. I try to keep it clean and inspiring, if I see something that inspire me I buy it and put it on the wall or somewhere where I can see it. I inherit a very old Singer sewing machine (hand driven) from my 102 year old grand grand mother which I have as an adornment, just to adore. Its very nice to have a separate room for my sewing stuff, so if the room is very messy I can always just close it for few days and don’t think about it :)

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    Mar 10, 2010, 09.16 PMby jaylarodri

    My sewing space is in my room right next to my bed. There is an extra room in the house now, my cousin moved back to New York. I was hoping to make it an art studio/sewing room. But I haven’t gotten around to it cause some of his stuff is still there. Once it’s all gone, I’m taking over. I think I would miss working right next to my bed though. I work all night sometimes and it feels good to crawl into bed after a finished project. Nothing feels better than well deserved rest after working all night. The sewing room slide show is a great Idea. I would show you the cork board above my working/sewing/reading table, and my inspiration wall. Let’s do this.
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    Mar 10, 2010, 08.57 PMby latulipenoire

    When we moved to our new assignment I took one look at the lovely upstairs sitting room surrounded by windows and staked my claim! It’s large and open with lots of lovely Ikea shelves for my fabric collection, a chandelier lovingly hung by my sweet, tolerant husband and a desk with my giant imac to play music, movies, and help me find inspiration or techniques with the click of a mouse. All of this is presided over by a very large portrait of Audrey Hepburn, my inspiration and idol.

    I agree wholeheartedly that we should do a special feature on burda of all of the lovely sewing rooms! I love to get ideas from other sewers’ spaces, they reflect so much of one’s personal flair!

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    Mar 10, 2010, 08.20 PMby avirosecreations

    I think that if you love to sew and you are invested in a project you can sew almost anywhere! I started sewing when I was 10 and we converted a storage closet in the basement into my sewing “room”. I have sinced moved up and now I have taken over about two thirds of my living room. I have a big table split into 2 – a cutting station and a sewing station. Even though I could sew anywhere, I do think I am much more efficient when my space is clean and organized and I do my best to keep it that way (although my boyfriend would probably say otherwise!).

    check out the fruits of my labor…www.etsy.com/shop/AviRoseCreations

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    Mar 10, 2010, 07.59 PMby Tamara Stoddard

    I love my sewing area. We are not lucky enough to have a spare room because we live in an apartment in Brooklyn, but I do have a fireplace in my kitchen that I was not using and so I bought a desk from craig’s list and transformed the little fireplace into my sewing desk. I needed storage so I put up some shelves on the next wall over above the washer and dryer and now that holds all my supplies! And like most of you I just take over the kitchen table when I need to cut or lay anything out. Here are some pics. http://www.brooklyncraft.com/2010/02/my-work-space.html

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      Mar 10, 2010, 09.21 PMby jaylarodri

      Lovely space! I was thinking about buying storage for my threads. I was going to get some clear storage boxes, but I like your idea better. I need to get some of those.

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      Mar 15, 2010, 10.56 PMby cgm5498

      I have a clear thread box i love it but i hate my fabrics!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Mar 10, 2010, 07.45 PMby mo-mo-sew-sew

    when i moved into my apartment a year and a half ago, the kitchen was pretty small and had very little counter space to cook/prep on. i set up the ikea stainless steel counter from my old place in the adjacent dining nook for that added counter space which left little room for actual dining. i bought a wall-mounted drop down little dining table for two that could be put up when not used and leave a little more sense of space. truth is, i usually eat at the coffee table in the living room and soon after setting everything up, i got into sewing and bought both a machine and a serger. low and behold, they just barely fit on that drop down table switching one in front of the other depending on what i need to sew. the table has never been put up since! oh and the extra stainless steel counter across from it? it makes a perfect cutting table!! who needs to cook and eat anyway ;-)

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    Mar 10, 2010, 07.01 PMby badkitty-1

    Wow, I am surprised by how many of us are relegated to our dining rooms or bedrooms. Bah, what do we really need them for anyway? I have taken over the dining room here with crates of fabric, 2 dress forms in different sizes, a wrought iron dress stand (handy for pics), one of my (many) sewing machines and a serger. Not to mention shelves, upon shelves of books, buttons, crystals, etc and that sewing room essential – a hifi. I now have the ironing board and iron in there too. The big wooden table in there comes in handy and is always covered in odd bits of things in various stages of construction. There are 6 chairs round so that I can natter and sew when friends are over. When the confusion gets too much I have been known to use the kitchen table as a stand-by. Oh dear ;)

    I have fabric in nearly every room of the house. The study downstairs has my 2 ’puters and fitted storage that is floor to ceiling with fabric and boxes of trim and threads. The garage is also full of crates of fabrics and trims and feathers and….. well the list is endless. I have a lot of quilting fabric in my bedroom and my guest bedroom is full of funky things that I am going to remake/repurpose. Where does it say that you have to be tidy and creative ? LOL

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      Mar 11, 2010, 12.25 AMby gedwoods

      Yes, don’t get me started on dress forms! Maybe we could do another “show and tell” on those, Alison! I have one home-made one out of duct tape, one adjustable professional one with both top and bottom sections (for pants), one lamp in the shape of a rather shapely woman that I also use for draping clothes on, and two “hangars in molded plastic shaped like a woman’s torso”, plus a couple of hat racks for my hat experiments! I’m addicted to websites that showcase mannequins and everytime I go into a fashion boutique, I’m always ogling the mannequins as much as the clothes themselves!

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      Mar 11, 2010, 02.31 AMby wackyblonde

      So funny that dining rooms are always the go to space for sewing. My first nations friends always joke that when they are cooking dinner they are sewing at the same time.

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    Mar 10, 2010, 06.49 PMby fabricaddict

    When we moved into our 3 bedroomed house I immediately claimed the back bedroom as my sewing room. My husband lovingly went and bought lots of wood to make shelving for the cupboard to house my huge stash of fabric and to make counter tops for the machines and all the paraphernalia, he nailed and sawed and after a weekend I had a wonderful sewing machine with lots of work surface – I can honestly say though that I’ve maybe sewn 3 garments in there….very naughty I know, but I much prefer setting up the machine and overlock on the dining room table which links to our lounge and being able to chat to my husband and watch my daughter crawling around whilst sewing (except she is as obsessed with my sewing machine pedal as I am!) – I feel so out of touch in the bedroom!! But I do have big plans to get more organised, tidy it up and start to use it properly again so that we can have a pretty dining room table again :-)

    Our second bedroom is now my daughter’s nursery – who knows what we will do when we decide to have another baby one day – I’ll probably really miss the sewing room I never used!!

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    Mar 10, 2010, 05.43 PMby wzrdreams

    I must confess, the promise of a dedicated sewing space is one of my primary motivations to co-habitate. Right now my sewing competes for space in my bedroom…. it’s very chaotic.

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    Mar 10, 2010, 05.33 PMby vintagerouge

    I was tucked away in the spare bedroom but the light is so much better in the living room I now have the cutting table, iron, and machines set up in there. The light really makes a big difference!

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    Mar 10, 2010, 02.36 PMby gedwoods

    My sewing room is a bit of a saga, too. Before I discovered sewing as a passion, I was doing sculpture (plexiglass, wire, cotton fabric, other materials). This started small and grew to take over my whole house. I live alone in a three storey townhouse – I had person-sized sculptures (and bigger!) trailing across my living room, my store room in the basement, my guest room and even my bedroom! Then I discovered sewing – for over a year the sewing was done on the corner of my dining room table. But I increasingly felt I needed a sewing space – everytime I had guests over for dinner (not often, given the space given over to my sculptures!), I had to move all my sewing stuff. My fabric piles kept growing, and I found I was doing less and less sculpture. So I decided to “downsize” the sculpture and upsize the sewing. I dismantled several sculptures I was less than happy with, and kept only the best ones. These I pushed down to the end of my guest room, and put a love seat in front of them so they are separated from the rest of the space. Then I turned this space into a sewing work room, with my sewing machine and serger, plus shelves for fabric, bobbins, needles, books, etc. I bought some bamboo ladders from one of my local furniture stores and draped fabric across the rungs – these make great “vertical shelves”. I still have fabric piles in my living room, where I do my pattern manipulation, my laying out and cutting. What used to my my sewing corner has become my computing nook. So I am doing well – my spaces reflect my priorities!

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      Mar 10, 2010, 07.47 PMby alisondahl

      I am dying to see pictures of this space, it sounds so cool! If you all submit them we can make a slideshow of BurdaStyle member’s sewing rooms! I will look into that…

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      Mar 10, 2010, 10.12 PMby handmadehappiness

      so sorry alison i marked you as inappropriate i thought it was reply!!!!!!!
      i was just about to say that a slideshow sounds amazing!!!!
      sorry again x

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      Mar 20, 2010, 05.37 AMby bre

      i love the bamboo ladders to display fabric idea i get a lot of my inspiration just looking at fabric but its hard when everything is in a drawer or box i think i need to look into that!!!!

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      Mar 20, 2010, 05.52 PMby gedwoods

      I’ve put photos up as a “project” under the name “Sewing Room (gedwoods)” :)

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    Mar 10, 2010, 02.09 PMby dreambubble

    My sewing room is my bedroom, part of my dining room, and soon to be part of my basement. I am never happy with the color of my bedroom so now it’s a greyish purple color for the walls (Orchid) and it has hot pink trim with 4 black and white zebra print drapes over the windows that go from ceiling to floor (old house = shorter rooms = high windows).

    My sewing machine is right up against the wall next to my bed, and I have two bookcases of fabrics, my idea jar, inspirational manga, fabric paint, acrylic paint, yarn, a treasure chest with other old inspirations (the original handheld Game Boy, my Pokemon cards, the CO2 car I made in middle school…), button jars, embroidery floss jars, my Bolex, my film supply, the movies I’ve made, thumb tack jars, index card tin, fake cigarettes box for theatrical and prank purposes, my patterns, sewing pins, hand-sewing needles, sewing machine needles, and a massive amount of old clothing I won’t/can’t wear anymore which will become something else.

    My dining room has all my jewelry-making items as well as my lightbox, all my yo-yo manufacturing supplies (scissors, needle, spool of thread, pre-cut circles I spent five hours cutting, and bag for finished yo-yos), more fabric, more clothing I won’t/can’t wear anymore, some ribbon, fat quarters, bandannas, my digital camera, fabric paint, acrylic paint, paint brushes (I use make-up brushes to paint with), and scrapbook paper. I also keep my business information in a box filled with empty containers, so I have big yellow envelopes with invoices, supplies lists, and an assortment of receipts from past purchases.

    The basement will probably house everything once I get down there. It’s not like a typical storage basement. We have two entrances, one through my dad’s office which goes down the stairs and into the family room (3 couches, tv, bathroom with shower) and directly to the left is an old bedroom which will be the room I move into (My older brother is away for school and took everything with him), and past the family room is a long hallway that goes through a door into another hallway which has another bedroom we use for storage on the left and the laundry room at the end, which has a storage hallway to its right and my dad’s macho-man workshop to the right. We also have a refrigerator/freezer and a big freezer down there so I can easily store my film. Our house isn’t actually big, but the basement is gigantic.

    I’ll try to move all my bookcases, my sewing machine, my crafting goods, and my light box down there so I can be secluded. My dad is getting me one of our old tables from the storage room so I’ll be able to save up for a cutting board, and section off a spot to spread out my yo-yo production goods.

    I’ll see if I can talk him into taking me to get some corkboard to make my first inspiration board ever, another bookcase or one of those cubbyhole cases with tons of openings so I can separate my yarn/needles and jewelry supplies, and get a new clock so I can visit Wonderland—ahem, sorry, tell the time.

    The walls are black, the ceiling I believe is white, the floor is grey, so I’ll try and convince him to let me paint the ceiling and trim purple. The trim, at the very least. If not, I’ll try to convince him to get one of his painter friends to paint the room a different color for me. =) Any good ideas for wall art? I was thinking a massive purple tree with grey and white leaves.

    When I’m sewing or doing crafts, I typically can do them anywhere with any noise in the background. I’m focused on the project, unless I’m messing it up miserably in which case I keep getting annoyed and bored with the item.

    For example, I’m working on a purse right now, my first time designing a purse pattern that actually works, and the sewing machine is being temperamental (she’s quite old, a Singer from 1952) and keeps messing up the thread on the bottom of my stitches. I’ve tried loosening and tightening all the tensions, but nothing is working, and it does that sometimes for no apparent reason. Heavy sigh.

    I have a hoarding issue, though, so I always have so many crafts I could do but I can’t ever settle down and just do it. I’d rather stash whatever I can find and just look at it and tell myself it’ll become something some day. Hopefully once I move into the basement, it will.

    Of course, if I end up dorming in the fall I won’t be able to take my crafting items with me. Hello coming home on the weekends!

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