As you may know, I do my sewing on the dining room table. This means that projects have to be tidied away at meal times and the sewing machine is put away in it's box every night. Yeah, I know, it's a real pain.
I'm also not the tidiest person. I grab a pile of fabrics for my current project, get so engrossed in the project, move on to another...and before I know it there's a little fabric mountain at the end of the dining table...
So a tidy up was in order. A big tidy up. I haven't taken any 'before' photos, but believe me, it was a big mess - different piles of this and that - everywhere.
I started off by tidying up my half of the study (this is a very messy place as the OH is as messy as I am and he works from home...in the study...you get the picture). My half of the study is more for storage than for working in, although I do have a desk, just not really big enough for manoeuvring sewing machine and fabrics etc. Plus, I thought if I tidied it up in there it would hopefully make a bit more storage space for my sewing things.
Tidy bookshelves - magazines and scrapbooking supplies.
I had a really good tidy up and clear out, 1 massive bag for the paper recycling bin and 2 bags for the charity shop. That felt good :)
Next I moved onto the sewing corner of the dining room. Luckily we were also headed to IKEA yesterday (no coincidence!) so I managed to pick up an extra set of drawers that would fit neatly into a little space next to the table.
I had fun filling these up...mainly because I was moving fabric from an overspill box into actual proper storage!
A drawer of lovely vintage fabrics.
A drawer for 'large' pieces of fabric!
The top drawer will be a place for useful things - like postage items, odds and ends etc (and I forgot to get a photo of this one!).
I also tidied up the existing cupboards and dug out some old boxes I'd been keeping as I knew they'd come in handy one day!
Fancy ribbons - pretty :)
Lots of binding.
These boxes are now neatly stored in the cupboards along with my scrap basket and every day sewing items - sewing roll, spool basket, etc.
I also purchased some really handy hanging shelf thingys. I think they're supposed to be spice racks for the kitchen, but I knew they'd be perfect for all my jars of buttons!
Ooooh! I was right - it looks fantastic! I can now have pens and scissors to hand - and they're way high up, so no chance of my son reaching them.
I also ended up with some storage space on top of the new fabric drawers. The white box was a present from my OH - it's from Dunelm Mill. My lovely patchwork notebook is now easily accessible too. (My notebook has now become one of my most favourite handmade items - it's soooo pretty!)
You can see here the cupboards above and below my 'shelves' where all those boxes full to the brim with sewing goodies are now stored. (The rest of my fabric has sneaked it's way into cupboards in the sitting room!)
And lastly, as I came across some Cath Kidston scraps and some of the stamping I'd done a few weeks ago I decided to make myself a little lavender hanging for my new sewing space. I don't know how well you can see it but where the 2 fabrics join I have used the frayed selvage edge as a feature!
Now all that remains is for me to keep it this tidy!
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