I’ve been playing along with Helena’s linkups at Gray All Day for the past several weeks that I’ve been able to. I enjoy being able to see everyone’s projects in one spot and to meet new (to me) blogs along the way. This week instead of posting a picture of a women’s garment, Helena asked people to show their sewing stash.
I have to say, this is a tough challenge for me right now because my sewing room is very much is the middle of chaos. But really, when you’re in the middle of projects, is your space ever NOT in chaos? Do actual, non-robotic people truly ever work in all of those perfect kitchens and craft rooms you see in magazines? My Dad’s motto has always been,
“A clean desk is the sign of a sick mind.”
So, I didn’t clean up for you all, and maybe that’s okay. Welcome to the work-in-progress that is my sewing room.
I sew in my basement in a fabulous room that is bigger than our master bedroom when you add in the space of the walk in closet. I’m really glad to have so much space, but it’s dark and cold most of the year. This is remedied by magical things called lightbulbs and a space heater. Also, fleece leggings and my zippered cardigan help a lot.
All of my books and pattern magazines are currently under the table from when we painted my bookshelves after Christmas.
The paint did NOT want to stick onto the devilish laminate, and after we MADE it stick with brute force, I didn’t want to risk it peeling off by putting the books back on. Is it dry now after 4 months? I’m pretty sure yes. And yet the books remain…
My fabric is on shelves. Small pieces are folded and stacked in this little cubby storage unit.
Bigger pieces right now are folded in half widthwise and rolled. My husband is actually in the process of building a custom rack for me not unlike a giant wine rack that I can stuff cardboard tubes of fabric into. It’ll be really nice to see everything. It is organized by color now, but it’s difficult to know what’s under the first few layers since everything is stacked 10 deep.
My deep stash (fabric that I’ve either set aside for a later, specific project or fabric that is only to be used for a very special occasion) resides behind the curtain. Fabric for mockups, knit lining fabrics, and my scrap box also lives under here. This is where the stuff that is really messy and generally unorganized goes. It always looks like a tornado struck under here.
I stapled snap tape to the edge of the shelf that snaps onto snaps on the curtain.
I do always admire quilters for how neatly they have their fabric folded and sorted by color, but I always wonder–is there a way to make your garment fabrics neat and organized in an actually aesthetically pleasing way, or is this just all a fevered Pinterest-fueled dream?
Check out other people’s stashes at Gray All Day too!