When working I usually work with a theme for a seasonal project- Sometimes a pattern I am working on or a magazine article where the magazine wants a step by step guide to making a little quilt, or dollhouse project.
The dollhouse furniture and accessories gets changed out frequently. Basic furniture stays there but color schemes change for Fall, Christmas, Winter and Spring. I take furniture out, put furniture in, clean the floor with a tiny broom. And then I will hang a quilt, or make a little bed. All the accessories have to match the bedding or the quilt, etc. But as I am sewing I need my sewing accessories nearby. If you sew, you make a little mess during the process. I am good at making messes, but I have learned over the years to clean after myself. Here are some basics that work for me since I am on the messy end, but overcoming and being organized.
I found that I was not a perfect organizer where every single item is where it should be all the time. That didn't fit me. But I could land all the things that go together in a basket. So I got a lot of baskets!
See those baskets in the photo above? They store sewing tools -scissors, miniature screwdriver, sewing machine brush to brush away lint and threads. Little bits and bobs.
And I removed everything in the dollhouse here to plan for the winter holidays. I go from light furniture pieces to darker, richer colors for the winter months. It makes a difference in the pictures.
When first decorating this room, I knew it needed more areas for storing and organizing fabric, miniature furniture, sewing supplies, etc. So I took all the old vintage shutters, old pictures, shelves and baskets, metal flower containers and started decorating the walls. It is a bit much, so I took some things away. I needed a clear backdrop so I mostly have shutters on the walls now, but I may change everything around again too....haha....not sure...but I change it until I get things the way I like them.
Other baskets have tiny things - threads, bobbins, needles, straight pins, seam rippers, etc. I have a lot in a small room but the biggest thing that helps me is having things located where I use them the most.
Dollhouse furniture is stored in plastic bins with lids.
Sewing accessories are near me and near where I sew.
Glues, paints and wood, are under the cabinet since I use them sporadically.
Fabric is stored by color in bins under cabinets and tables. I have 2 long tables that have bins under them. I have a lot of fabric since I have been sewing for over 40 years. And I may buy more....even though I have a lot!
Then I have a wooden armoire cabinet that has plastic bins in it of finished miniature quilts, tables capes, things I have made that are for sale in my Etsy shop.
This year I have focused more on pattern making since our granddaughter is in and out of the hospital. It has been a difficult year to sew and stay on a project so I have had to back away on some things. I know it is for a season. And I feel like I am an anchor to our family boat that is tossed to and fro some weeks.
I must admit to spreading fall leaves, fall throws and pillows on the couch and a few fall candles just to get the season started in our home. I love fall so much. I even created a little fall decorating ebook - 30 pages of ideas, pictures and projects if you wanted to do a 'little' decorating.
My Etsy shop is HERE
But my creative brain is always moving forward and I have a note book with future projects I am just waiting to create, sew and make! So stay tuned there is more to come.
Do you have a sewing area that you have organized?
Ecclesiastes 3:7 A time to tear apart and a time to sew together;