Sewing Spaces - Do's and Don't to Make a Perfect Sewing Area

Sewing workspace
criene / Twenty20

Creating the perfect sewing space for you may not be the same as what is the perfect sewing space for me. Browse through my experiences while I created my perfect sewing space and kept the entire project on a budget. Learn what you need to consider no matter what size or where your sewing space is located.

  • 01 of 07

    Sewing Room Floor Plan

    Sewing Room Floor Plan
    Sewing Room Floor Plan. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    Not everyone has an entire room they can devote to a sewing room. And you don't necessarily have to have an entire room. If you have small. children though you must have an area that can keep all of the sharp sewing implements safely out of their reach. Scissors, pins and rotary cutters, just to name a few, do not belong in little hands!

    It has taken me many, many years to have a totally new space that can be designed as a dedicated sewing room. All of the cubbies and make shift rooms that I had along the journey, made me think long and hard about what I needed in my dedicated sewing space but my needs are not necessarily the same needs as someone else.

    I am sharing my floor plan so you can choose what is important for you or perhaps use my floor plan with adjustments to meet your sewing needs. If you are building a sewing room from the bare bones, consider having extra electrical outlets installed. It's amazing just how many things will be plugged in in a sewing room!

    Not everyone will need a dedicated computer area in their sewing area but with the development of machine embroidery and all of the free sewing patterns on the internet, space for at least a lap top is well worth considering in your plans.

    A kitchen or dinning room table was my sewing machine table for many years.  The worst thing you can have for your sewing is a card table. I always found that the machines vibrations would cause it to bounce all over on a table that could not handle the vibrations. An economical option to obtain a sturdy table is to watch thrift shops and yard sales. Sandpaper and a coat of pain might not work your you family dinning table but it will for a sewing machine. How to Refurbish a Table Top

  • 02 of 07

    Fabric and Notion Storage

    Fabric and Notion Organizational Cubbies
    Fabric and Notion Cubbies. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    A storage location that is close at hand is the easiest but when your stash of fabric grows, you may need to be creative in finding locations to store the fabric.  Remember to keep it out of direct light so you don't find faded fabric when you are finally ready to use it. I always preshrink fabric when I get it home and store it in containers of one form or another, even if it's just a plastic bag, to keep it clean and odor free.  Under the bed storage is a great place to keep the fabric out of direct light and out of sight for family members who may think the stash is out of hand.

    A place for sewing notions is the best way to keep notions like zippers and buttons organized so that you are able to find what you have on hand when you need it. My aggravation level would always elevate when I went and bought a particular color zipper to later run across the ones I had on hand to begin with or when I wasted hours searching for something I knew I had on hand but couldn't seem to find it no matter how hard I searched.  My new storage system with labeled bins of my various notions and tools makes things so much easier!

     My husband built individual cubbies for my bins of fabric and shelves for my baskets of notions. We used three quarter inch sanded plywood for the shelving and supports.
    We did a lot of planning to utilize every inch of space and keep everything accessible. Although the fabric bins are heavy, I am able to get any bin out without moving other bins. The top shelf is utilized for interfacing, rolls of cording, stuffing and bolts of fabric which didn't fit in bins.

  • 03 of 07

    Fabric Organization

    Organizing Fabric Storage
    Organizing Fabric Storage. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

     Building a fabric stash is wonderful and once you are addicted and the creative spirit is awakened, resisting buying fabric when you see it may be impossible.  In my case, my fabric sources are far and few between so when I see fabric that I like or find a bargain, I can not resist buying the yardage when it is available. It once took me me two hundred miles to collect the zippers that I needed for a project. To many that may seem impossible but my area of New York is not plentiful in fabric stores or special sewing notions such as purse zippers.

    Labeling your fabric with fiber content, width and the amount of yardage you have, can save you hours of unfolding and re-folding your fabric when you are looking for enough fabric for a particular project. As your stash grows attempt to keep like types of fabric together and label the packaging to make it easier to find what you need.

  • 04 of 07

    Economical Sewing Machine Tables

    Preview of Corner Desk Sewing Area
    Preview of Corner Desk Sewing Area. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    Table space is essential to comfortable sewing. Having the amount of space you want and keeping it economical can be a challenge.

    When we designed the floor space, I knew what I wanted but hadn't priced what it would cost me. When I did price the cabinet units I would need to achieve what I wanted, it knocked my ideas out of the realm of possibilities... until I put my thinking cap on and scoured my favorite bargain spots. In this photo you can see how I am achieving my dream computer desk and sewing desk. I will have a 6 foot desk with drawers for under $100 and fourteen feet of sewing table with drawers, that won't vibrate as I operate the sewing machines, for just under $200. That's my kind of bargain!

    Learn more about these desk creations by reading Economical Sewing Machine Table - Create Your Own Details

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  • 05 of 07

    Sewing Cutting Table with Storage

    Sewing Cutting Table
    My Cutting Table. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    While I was organizing and creating my new sewing space, one of my goals was to keep everything in the new sewing room.

    No more taking large cutting jobs to the kitchen table or living room floor would have to be achieved! Learn more about my Cutting Table

    If you are signed up for Joann flyer's you can use the coupon to help finance the purchase.

    Sewing Furniture at Joann Fabric and Crafts - Buy Direct
    Sewing Furniture at - Buy Direct

  • 06 of 07

    Sewing Cabinets

    Sewing Cabinets
    Sewing Cabinets. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    Cabinets above the sewing machine desk, keep tools and supplies at hand.

    For these cabinets, I bought unfinished kitchen cabinets and matched the stain to my bargain drawers as closely as possible. I did see base units that "might" have made desk drawers if the were cut down to eliminate one drawer. By using pieces of the "motel" desks that I found at a yard sale, only disassembly was required.
    By attaching the cabinets at a usable height, the space above the cabinets makes a perfect location for the dust collectors that I want to display.
    One word of caution! Always be sure to close the cabinet doors, no matter how involved you are in what you are doing! Standing up without looking up with a cabinet door directly above you is not a pleasant experience!

    Looking at the sewing machine counter, the legs from one of my yard sale desks were used to support the corner. The frame attached to the legs from the original desk, was cut down to fit and is attached the the wall as well as the bottom of the counter top. The legs are set back so there is room for my legs as I switch between my machines.

  • 07 of 07

    A Computer Desk for a Sewing Room

    Computer Desk Area of Sewing Room
    Computer Desk Area of Sewing Room. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    Machine embroidery, pattern making software and free patterns are just a few of the reasons you may want to consider working a computer area into your sewing room.

    A computer area is essential for me to share free patterns and scour the best of sewing information on the Internet. This new computer desk and cabinets are meeting my every need.

    We did find desktop grommets for the computer wires at Lowes Home Center, where they have the computer and electrical wiring supplies.  Be sure to check your local home building center if you will be converting counter top into a desk. The "grommets" work very well for the sewing machines and for computer wires!

Changes Happen

Over the years computers and sewing machines will change. Having flexibility in your plan is essential if you change things regularly. The more organized you are when you start your sewing space, the easier it is to keep it cleaned up... or at least undertake cleaning the space and having a specific location to put items away so you can clean up between projects.