Hello boys and girls, a very exciting post tonight! I’m finally unveiling my new sewing room!!
You might have noticed on Twitter that I’ve been in Ikea flat pack heaven at the weekend.
I do love myself some power tools, such a sense of empowerment! This has been so long in the planning, I could hardly sleep on Friday night! My fiance went back to school this year to do his second Masters, so we had been sharing the spare bedroom/sewing room/study/storage for the past few months, not fun at all!! So exams finally over (not a moment too soon for both my social life and my sewing life!), I banked on my capital of guilt and made Carl drive me to Ikea to get what I needed to turn the spare bedroom into my nice tidy sew heaven!
And ta dah!!
We still need some sort of an office, so I had to keep some ofice-y stuff. But what I wanted most was tidiness, a nice working surface for my beloved Hildi (my Select 4 Pfaff sewing machine) and her new brother, the Coverlocker (on which very soon). I also wanted a nice cutting surface, which was high enough to use without back pains. Plus a lot of storage space to put all my countless bits and bobs away. Don’t open any of the drawers, it’s all shoe-horned in, but at least it looks clean and tidy :).
So, what did I use?
2x Kallax cube shelves (former Expedit)
The wall shelves (Ikea Lack shelves) and the blue drawers (Kallax drawer insert) I had from the previous incarnation of the room, and they were painted to match the wall (what, did you think that was a coincidence?!?)
The cutting table used to be my sewing table/desk for Carl to study on and it hasn’t been so clean and tidy for at least a few years.
It is an old Linnmon pinewood table top (1.8 x 75 cms), on trestle legs, all from Ikea. Not sure if the legs are still available in white, I have had them a while now. The desk lamp is also from Ikea and I painted it blue to match, you guessed it, the back wall.
The Variera sorting basket was great to keep my pattern paper and all other papery bits and pieces. It is hanging from a Bygel kitchen rail, that Carl handily screwed under the table. I also used bulldog clips to gather and hang my rulers to the same rail. Very handy storage solution! The tube thingie bob on the opposite side is also a Variera, used for storing carrier bags, but in this case it’s my new fabric scrap bin.
Another really important part was pattern organisation. I used the Pappis boxes, cheap and cheerful, but oh so perfect for storing patterns, both cut, uncut and PDF. I store my cut patterns in Ikea freezer bags, they are the perfect size.
I’ve added card dividers to help me find various categories of patterns. OCD, what OCD?!?
Next, thread organising. I already had the blue drawers and realised that my overlocker cones will fit in them perfectly, as well as the box I used to store the regular spools in.
And last, but not least, using Tjena divider boxes for all other odds and ends, in this case, buttons. Not looking too pretty, but I wanted to keep them in bags, so they don’t roll about.
Overall, very pleased with the outcome, the space was really well utilised and I got all I need for my sewing necessities, but also I can still share the room with Carl when he needs to.
So I’m leaving you with a teaser of new exciting sewing projects that are in the pipeline. It’s June already, so let’s Jump into June, here’s my first contribution!