I finally decided my sewing space need to a) be organized enough that is doesn't make be curse and b) not take up my entire dining room table. I have a sewing table in the bedroom, but since I like having music or movies on while I'm working, I always end up bringing the sewing machine out to the living room anyway. Sadly, I did not take before pictures, but just imagine total chaos and not being able to see the table top. Not conducive to sewing at all!
Now, the whole table looks pretty again!
And then when I want to sew, I just do this:
I bought those plastic drawers in the corner to go under my bathroom sink, but my house is strangely designed, so they don't fit.
They are, however, the perfect size for organizing my sewing stuff so it's not all over the table anymore. All the many small things are in the bottom drawer, like the pin cushion, rotary cutter, extra blades, etc.
The top drawer holds finished quilt squares for the old clothes quilt, cut squares for the Space Invaders quilt and old clothes quilt. At the moment, it's also holding patterns. I'm sure there is a great way to organize patterns - I just don't know what it is yet.
Those plastic packages on top are actually the packages sheets come in. I bought a couple sets of sheets, because I had many guests coming in a row and two sets of sheets - I was about to throw out the packages and realized they would be perfect for fabric.
Recognize the colors? That's the fabric from the Space Invaders quilt! Once I've cut all the squares from it, I put it in there to use for whatever I do next.
This is the fabric I've been using for the old clothes quilt. I have a ton of quilt squares cut from these already, so they get put to the side while I actually put the ones I have cut together. There will be another post on that one soon - there has been progress!
There is another one that holds scraps and small pieces that's a smaller container. (I think it must have been one sheet or pillowcases or something else little. I do not remember at this point.) Overall, they stack nicely, keep things organized, and protect it from the waves of dog hair that float over my house every time I brush Casey.
And, just so no one thinks poor Casey gets ignored while I sew, the other benefit of moving my sewing space is that his living room bed is right next to me:
That gray thing on the left by the radiator is Casey's current bed covered with his favorite blanket and that pile in the corner is his toy box. (Yes, there will someday be a project to make Casey an attractive bed - I should stuff it with the shredded pieces of toys he leaves all over the place! Hmmm...) He has a tendency to come sit with his head in my lap while I sew, which is alternately adorable and really annoying, depending on whether I'm using the foot pedal.
It is so nice, though, to have my table back and organized again! And my house looks about 10 times less chaotic now too. Bonus!
Till next time (when there will be more sewing),