I have a rare treat for you today. Come venture down to my basement and check out my craft
lair room. It is not everyday that I invite people into my secret sewing haven. I have been promising for a bit to post an update on my basement sewing area reorganization. Now that I have finally cleaned up and put away all the hat making supplies I can finally oblige. I was inspired to organize and improve my basement area after reading a bunch of blog posts on people’s craft rooms. I loved looking at those beautiful, cheery photos. Unfortunately I am not a great photographer and my craft room is literally in the basement so you’ll have to deal with my amateur photo skills.
The first thing I did was move my fabric and craft supplies from brown cardboard boxes into clear bins so I could actually see what was inside. I then labeled all the boxes by affixing card sleeves to the bins with double sided tape. I added hand labeled pieces of card stock inside the card sleeves with the contents that lay inside. This allows me to switch out the contents of the boxes and swap labels easily. I went as far as to label all the drawers of my desk (which had been included with the underlying rug when we purchased the house. This level of re-organization alone required me to reorganize my entire basement which includes my workbench and tools and a laundry area – not an easy feat.
Because I now own a total of 3 sewing-type machines (sewing, embroidery, serger) I converted my old rolling kitchen cart from college into a stand for my embroidery machine. It works perfectly since I don’t need to sit at the machine while it is working, and while I’m standing loading it, the machine is at the perfect ergonomic height. Below the machine I keep additional craft supplies like embroidery thread, hoops and stabilizers plus numerous craft books and the overfilled bin I call “WIP” for work in progress.
Next to my embroidery machine I took over an area for my cutting table. I’d like to add another overhead light above the cutting table in due time. The table was an old gate leg table my parents used as a kitchen table when they were first married. First I re-glued the peeling formica top with gorilla glue and clamps. Next I needed to adjust the height (bending over while cutting really does a number on your back). I used home depot finials – they have the advantage of including a screw post, come in packs of 6 and the whole pack is only $10.50! To install the finials I just had to drill a starter hole in the legs and then attach the finials. Eventually I’ll repaint the table, but its functional right now. Oh and the rug underneath was acquired for next to nothing for my hat booth! I rented a rug cleaner to get out all the dirt! Looks like new!
That desk in the corner houses all my paper crafts. Amy and I picked up on the corner of a cross street during our run. We noticed the free sign and took them up on it. It is actually solid wood throughout but the sides are still covered by veneers that were badly damaged. It was also completely covered in ugly brown paint. I removed the ugly brown paint, repaired the veneers and re-stained the entire piece. It doesn’t look half bad for a free desk and it is very sturdy. I intend to use it to house a coverstitch machine if I ever decide to invest in one. Oh and of course that desk was used at the faire too – more recycling.
You’ll notice I’ve also hung the wonderful “Whimsical Brims” sign that my best pal Amy made for me. I had been deliberating where to put it, but think it is just perfect in my workshop. Beyond that I’ve hung several curtains. In the background, in front of the oil tank I used 3/4″ PVC pipe to hang a backdrop of cheap bed sheets turned curtains. In the foreground I used the same procedure to hang thrift store blue curtains and wide satin ribbon. It is much better to look at that while I sew rather than the oil tank.
Finally you may have also noticed that I’ve outfitted my pegboard sewing cart. The pegboard is full of rulers, squares and thread while the shelves house buttons, ribbon and other sewing supplies. I’m even able to keep my ironing board on the side! I’m quite happy with it, and it maneuvers smoothly around the workshop wherever I need it!
I hope you enjoyed my craft room tour and will be inspired to fix up your own space little by little. Even if its not perfect the first time around, you can just call it a work in progress.