The only thing missing in our studio was a sewing area. My sewing machine and serger were basically stored away, under one of the work tables and then pulled out as needed. I really wanted to use them more so I came up with a plan. First I had both machines serviced as it had been a while. Bill at Heather's Fabric Shelf did an awesome job of cleaning and tuning them up and now they just hum and purr.
Next was to create my own sewing area space and so started my search using Pinterest. If you aren't hooked on Pinterest yet, you do not know what you are missing! It is such a great way to get all sorts of fun ideas. If you are looking for some cool ideas to fine tune your studio, you can check out some of my Pinterest boards and follow them if you wish. I have a board on "Studios" and another on "Getting Organized". Some of the ideas may not be for a polymer clay type studio but many of the ideas could still be applied.
And so this is where my new sewing area is ... Taa daa!
That's right ... believe it or not, it is hidden away in the closet. And since it is the closet in the studio, it is even handier. I never thought about it before until I came across a few on Pinterest so started searching closet studios or closet sewing areas further and found so many cool ideas. So I thought, why not make more use of the space we already have and I love how it turned out and everything just seemed to fit!
Here is my sewing area that fits nicely on the one side. The desk we had fit perfectly in that space. We happened to have a piece of pegboard that Dave hung on the wall for me. My large thread spools for the serger fit on a shelf at the top. The other important factor with having an area like this is proper lighting. I managed to easily hook up two Ott lights so the area is nice and bright. The one Ott light clips onto the corner shelving so it is out of the way. I've had this light for several years but never liked the way it clipped and always felt it was so awkward but it has finally found a suitable spot.
The other Ott light hangs right on the pegboard!
The drawer in the desk holds all of my thread so I can easily see all the colors.
Besides all the work area, I still have the shelves on the side and above for storage.
So that was just half of the closet and this is what I did with the other side:
Our photo light box fits inside on some shelving. I love how it is out of the way and frees up more counter space. And because I have a power bar in the closet for the lights and sewing machines already, the light box can plug in as well. Above are fabrics for sewing hung on skirt/pant hangers -- another idea I picked up on Pinterest. The hanging closet shoe shelf just fits down the one side for storing other items such as more fabric and odds and ends.
So now I not only feel the studio is more organized I have a lot more counter space freed up and I can sew when I want without the hassle of pulling my machines out and setting them up every time.