I have to confess though – that I don’t have any lovely photos of light-filled studios decorated with rustic charm and filled with enough crafting supplies to make Martha swoon. Sorry. That’s in my “someday” file.
In reality – my “studio” looks shockingly like my dining room. Weird coincidence. So since I don’t have a bunch of studio eye-candy for you – I thought I’d share some tips that I’ve found for making the most of a Crafting space that is a shared room. Maybe some of them will come in handy if you are in the same boat!
Make the Most of Your Storage Spaces
This might seem like an obvious one – but when your crafting space is part of your living room, bedroom or dining room, storage and organization is key. It doesn’t take much in the way of supplies lying around for things to look messy.
Get creative with where you store your things- a nearby cabinet, closet, dresser, or all of the above, work great for keeping things tidy and out of sight.
Now, I will confess that I don’t often do well in that department. I’m a messy crafter. When I’m making a dishtowel or clutch or really anything, I have to pull out lots of different fabrics, trims and other supplies to see what will work. Which usually leaves a pile of things on a chair that need to be put away. After I finish my project of course. :)
I’m really working on trying to get things put away quickly though.
Develop a System of Organizing that makes sense to you!
Pinterest is a great source of inspiration for this. You can easily browse tons of sewing rooms to see how they are organized to find ideas that work for you!
Here’s my fabric storage system – maybe it will spark some ideas for you too!
- Larger cuts of fabric are wrapped onto these little “bolts”. I picked these up from Amazon – they are actually little comic book inserts. They work great as long as the fabric cut isn’t huge or bulky. In those cases I use pieces of foam board that I’ve cut up.
- Fabric pieces less than 1/2 yard are rolled up and rubber banded, kind of like little remnants. They are stored in tubs, organized with similar colors.
- Medium sized scraps are in two smaller tubs, and wee tiny scraps are stored in pretty mason jars. I can’t seem to throw much away. Even a little piece of fabric can be a rosette or little piece in an applique.
I use similar systems for paints, trims, etc., trying to keep everything organized by type and color. Sometimes I have to go back through and do a re-organization if things get a bit messy, but overall it works! Tubs, carts and little boxes are perfect for keeping everything in its place and easy to access.
Find a Space that “Works for You”
This is sometimes hard when you don’t have a separate place for crafting, but really try and find a space to work that you feel comfortable in. You will feel more creative and inspired if you’re not cramped in a corner or trying to sew in a dark little room. If that means your supplies are in a different room than where you work – or you have to put your sewing machine away every night to actually eat dinner at the table in order to get some space and decent light, then I recommend trying it to see if it works for you.
Have a Work Table
This might seem like an obvious one – especially if you already have a room dedicated to crafting. But if you’re squeezing into the corner of your bedroom, or your TV room, then it might be super easy to just layout your project on the floor or bed or where ever. But let me encourage you to use a table to work. Have someplace decent sized to cut out your fabric, paint your signs and string your necklaces. Besides being easier on your back, you will be less likely to rush or accidentally cut through your carpet. Not that I’ve ever done that.
Obviously my work table is my dining table. I overlap onto the buffet behind it too – that is great as an extra workspace. (messy crafter – remember?) ;)
But mine is super sentimental too. I’m sewing on the table that I learned to sew on. Eons ago. So that’s fun. And mine has built in cutting grooves. (not really – but that’s what I use them for!) They little grooves are 4″ from the edge of the table – which might explain like most ruffles, waistbands and other things start out 4″ wide in my tutorials.
If you can’t or don’t want to use your dining table, you can pick up one of those folding tables from Costco or someplace. They are super sturdy and have easy clean surfaces. When you are finished with your project you can just fold them up and slip them in a closet. Easy peasy!
Use a “Work In Progress” Tote
Odds are you have a couple (or 10) projects going at once. Find a cool tub, maybe with a little handle, that will hold all your supplies for the project. You can keep your fabric, pattern, interfacing, etc. all in that box for easy access! You can easily pack up your project in one place at the end of the day, then pull it back out the next day and get back to work!
I am super excited about that Colette dress! I’ve got some great plans for it!
So those are my handy tips for sharing my Crafting space with my Dining room. I’d love to hear any tips or ideas you have for storage, organization, or sharing a space!