For most sewists, sewing is a spread-out affair. While having a massive sewing room is a dream come true, it doesn’t mean that sewing cannot be undertaken in a small space. All that is needed is some careful planning and a bit of discipline.
Key to a streamlined sewing space is adequate storage. However, storage is never sufficient if you are addicted to buying fabric without actually sewing it, or if you have a habit of not quite finishing projects!
Start by purging your existing stock and then commit to only buying what you need. (I promise, as hard as this is to do, it will immediately double up your space.)
Decide how you are going to group your fabrics – colour or type – and store them in clear containers so that you can easily grab what you need without tipping out the entire, distracting stock. Hanging your fabric – either on tiered hangers in a cupboard or on a decorative ladder – is another space-saving idea.
Keep your sewing equipment organised so that you can deftly access them while you work. A pegboard is a versatile way to stow items vertically. Alternatively, a magnetic strip can be used for scissors, bobbins, quick-unpicks and so on. A magnetic pin tray is a must-have item.
Stow items in a decorative way to combine practicality with personality.
Sewing room furniture
Yes, a desk or table of sorts is important, but bright and flexible lighting is top of our list of investments. An adjustable lighting system will save your eyes.
Ensure that your table and chair are ergonomically supportive to protect your back. When space is at a premium, a fold-away table or shelf is a handy investment – either to work on or as an ironing board respectively. Tip: attach a measuring tape to the edge of your sewing desk.