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Sewing Room (kaitui_kiwi)

Added Mar 21, 2010

by thecuriouskiwi

Wellington, New ...






So I am following gedwoods example and posting the ongoing “project” of my sewing room, I think it would be nice to see other peoples sewing rooms to give us all ideas and help new sewers with theirs.
My room doesn’t normally look so clean and tidy but I visited Ikea yesterday for a few organisery type things and since I had a killer headache I spent the day quietly pottering around and organizing my stuff, folding fabric, putting things away in their new home, that kind of thing. I didn’t realize how pokey my room looked until I photographed it, it is quite small but that also makes me keep myself organised and everything is within easy reach.
Here are some points of interest in the photos numbered in order:
1. I use the Expedit bookcase from Ikea to organize my fabric, the shelves are the perfect size to fold to, I pin a label to the bottom corner of each piece with the width and length so I don’t have to unfold it all when I have my pattern in hand. I use a basket for my jars of buttons and other notions and it also holds my pattern binders and magazines (I am just about to go out for some magazine boxes since I “lost” mine to someone else, hehe)
2. Organisation doesn’t have to cost the earth, I got this 4 drawer filing cabinet for $40 from the local rubbish tips recycling center, a coat of spray paint and it’s prefect for all my patterns.
3. My layout table is a piece of pre-finished particle board from Bunnings on top of an old drafting table. It’s nice and high so I stretch and reach instead of hunching as I cut and pin, it also gets me off my bum and moving about which I think is important for posture and avoiding repetitive strain injury.
4. I just got these yesterday, they are called Gorm from Ikea ($5.95 each) and they slide onto any existing top, then you can hook them under each other too, great for keeping bulky things at hand and I also have my fat quarters in them. Easy to move out of the way and put back again. I like to see what I have rather than box it away, that’s why I moved my fat quarters here and why I fold my fabric into the Expedit shelves. If I can see it, I’ll use it.
5. I use a cheap Ikea table for sewing on, it’s already scratched up from scissors and pins but it does the job. My fianc cut 2 holes in the top to put my power cords through for each of my machines (oh my god it’s cardboard inside) and my monitor in on a swing arm that I can move around to suit if I am sewing with pdf instructions up, or typing and posting to BurdaStyle :) Above I have my pinboard, I really need a second one, all my ideas, sewing business cards and photos go up here and you can see the thread holder I made, completely full now but if I get a second pinboard, I’ll add one to that too.
6. I have a mirror on my wardrobe door and another thrift find, this is an old lamp stand that was out for verge collection, I have painted it white and one day I will make my paper tape dress form and this will be its stand. My ironing board is funked up with Ikea fabric and I will also put it on my chair soon.
So that’s it, I think the most important things for me in my room are being able to see my fabrics and thread, ease of finding patterns and magazines and a nice ergonomic layout/cutting table.
I hope this inspires or gives you some good ideas for your own space.
Why don’t you post your room too? :)

Material Notes

Material notes? Hehe, not enough, must…buy…more! :), Lots of Ikea furniture, so cheap, so fun to build.




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    Apr 21, 2010, 12.16 PMby roarah

    Thanks for posting this! I’d love to share my room, but am horribly ashamed at the mess at the moment. This is just the kind of motivation I need to clean it up!

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    Apr 13, 2010, 11.27 PMby flowergirl22

    oh my god,, you have the same shelf(the white one) I just went for the middle size option. look at my space.


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    Mar 21, 2010, 07.46 PMby ashchaser

    Wooow you look so organized! I would like to do this soon yet my “sewing” room takes place in about three different rooms and one toolbox…

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    Mar 21, 2010, 01.50 PMby brownlow3

    I noticed you have a Toolbox in the background, it looks to be the brother to my sewing box. Did you get your Sewing/Toolbox box for under $3.00 too? I love my toolbox better than the sewing box I had before it!

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    Mar 21, 2010, 04.10 AMby judeb

    OK, I will post this to both of you, Gedwoods and Katui Kiwi WOW your sewing spaces are great and make me exceedingly jealous, I love the bamboo ladders for the fabric and the IKEA storage items are great, will take a look when in Melbourne next month. I have to share our space with my stamp collecting husband and 2 craft addicted girls, so although I manage to keep a sewing machine permanently set up we are usually all jostling for space!

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      Mar 21, 2010, 06.46 AMby thecuriouskiwi

      I’m probably a bit lucky to have a whole room to myself because I don’t have any children yet so I’m enjoying it while I can :) I like gedwoods ladders too, it would be a great way to show off new fabric purchases and maybe pull out older fabric you’ve forgotten about, if you have it out you’ll find a pattern to use it think :)

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    Mar 21, 2010, 04.10 AMby gedwoods

    Hmm, I feel rather humbled by your organization – there are some good ideas in there! Mine is quite chaotic, but I must admit “I like chaotic” LOL – if I spent an afternoon in your space, I’m sure I’d manage to clutter it up as well!

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      Mar 21, 2010, 06.44 AMby thecuriouskiwi

      Sometimes chaos is good :) And it doesn’t always look like this, I promise. I love having the garden out the back too, it’s not looking so good though after a harsh summer but the big window is great for getting lots of light in. I hope others will follow your example and post their rooms, it’s great to see where the creations come from.

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    Mar 21, 2010, 02.46 AMby gdac

    OMG!!! I’m moving into your place…. my sewing room was supposed to be part of the spare bedroom… but there is only 1 powerpoint…. on the wrong side of the room!!! So my table is in there as well as some handy storage drawers… but when I sew the machines come out and live on the dining room table (thank god for formal dining – that we never do) so the eight seater table converts to cutting and sewing table and it pretty much looks like someone has ransacked the place oh dear! If there is ever a fire sale at your house I’m taking the filing cabinet and all its contents!

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      Mar 21, 2010, 03.01 AMby thecuriouskiwi

      I only have one power point too, it’s hidden behind the filing cabinet! Haha, what you can’t see in the photos is all the power leads and power boards :) I got the fling cabinet at Balcatta Transfer Station, they have heaps for $10 per drawer, you just have to pop back until you find a goodie, then grab yourself some cheap spray paint from Bunnings and you’re done! :)

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      Mar 21, 2010, 04.20 AMby gedwoods

      Me too, one power point, with a power bar plugged in to it. Kaitui_kiwi, you seem to have a bit more space than I do, and I just love the view of the garden out the back!

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    Mar 21, 2010, 02.13 AMby shellidawn

    I agree about the ironing board cover! Very nice! And, thank you for letting us sneak a peek at your sewing room! It gives me plenty to think about, esp as far as organizing goes! :o)

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    Mar 21, 2010, 01.40 AMby twoboos

    Hey this is GREAT!! I love how organised you are…. also your Ironing board cover is great, I would never have thought to use that fabric but it looks stunning!!!


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      Mar 21, 2010, 01.42 AMby thecuriouskiwi

      Thanks! :) Oh the Ikea fabric is great, it is so thick and wears well, I think even mundane things like ironing boards should look good

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