I love this one even more than the chalkboard paint!
I recently took up sewing as a hobby, but I didn't have a dedicated space for my sewing machine, much less all the fabric, thread, ribbons, bobbins, scissors, elastic, etc. that go along with sewing. I would set up my sewing machine on the breakfast room table when I was working on a project. We don't use the table to eat on (it's too small for our family of 5 so we eat all our meals in the dining room), but the table gets tons of other activity in the form of homework, snacks, playdough, kid crafts, etc., so I could never leave the sewing machine up for long and with it right in the middle of family life, my kids were always messing with it. The fabric was stacked in a corner of my bedroom and the thread and ribbons tucked into random drawers.It became obvious that I needed to create a sewing area.
I first began looking into Ikea shelves and desks, but I really hated to buy anything because we are trying to get rid of things, clean out, not continue to cram things into our already stuffed house.
Then inspiration hit! In a corner of our master bedroom, we have a china cabinet passed down from my grandmother. I have another china cabinet from a different side of my family to house dishes in the dining room, so this one has sat in our bedroom filled with books. I consolidated the books from the bedroom china cabinet (even got rid of some of them -- gasp!) into our family room bookshelves, leaving AN ENTIRE EMPTY CHINA CABINET!
We moved a rarely-used desk downstairs from upstairs and I was ready to move into my sewing corner!On the top shelf I put glass jars and vases I already had and filled them with various small items, like extra bobbins, buttons, safety pins, hair clips, and ribbons. The 2nd shelf down has clear plastic boxes that house elastic, thread, sewing machine parts, and small piece crafts. It also has ribbon on spools and little pink buckets to hold scissors, rotary cutter, seam ripper, etc. The 3rd shelf down has stacks of poorly folded fabric. And there are 2 shelves in the bottom cabinet without glass window doors where I can hide the uglier plastic bins of fabric scraps, tracing paper and steam-a-seam.
I love the results of this project so much because now I can work on projects in pieces, 10 minutes here, 10 minutes there and before you know it, you have a new skirt! I'm a mom to 3, so free time doesn't usually come in large chunks of time! Also, I can create things so much quicker when all my supplies are in the same spot! Best of all, this sewing corner cost me $0.00 -- all things we already had that just were not being used effectively!
This post is part of the Moms' 30-Minute Blog Challenge.