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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

My Workroom Reveal

I've been working away trying to get this room set up, and
gave me the kick I needed to get my sewing room out of the boxes and onto the shelves.

Let me preface this post by saying that if you are expecting to see lots of cutesy colorful ideas in my workroom, well, I'm gonna have to let you down. My workroom is set up for everyday heavy duty use, and streamlined, white, and organized is what works best for me. It distracts me to have a lot of color around me in my sewing room. I only want to see the colors of what I'm working on at the moment.

I don't have to look for anything because I know right where it is!

I got lucky enough to have a clean slate to start with.
I've always had my workroom and office separate in the past, but decided to try to combine them this time so I'm not going back and forth. I've sacrificed a lot of my decor to do it, but that's ok. It works for me.

Here we go:
I'm just going to move along the wall and show you each section.
    This is a big room, so there are A LOT ofpictures to follow.
Those shelves in the corner hold most of my drapery making supplies.
To the right in the window area is where I'm in the process of creating an office space.
This is the actual sewing area. The bulletin boards on the wall stay up to date with "Need to do Now" info.

It's hard to get a picture of the full room at once, so this is full of pictures. I hope you don't mind.

(You will never see this area this clean ever again, trust me.)
Here's my view from the sewing machines every day.
The 6' x 10' table gives me lots of room to work. (and that table is not swaying in the middle. not sure why it looks that way in the pic)
The bulletin boards are now full. I put my current fabric swatch kits on these for my apron business as well as
the patterns I'm working on at the moment.
The pink bins hold the fabrics for projects I'm working on at the moment.
The white bins hold fabrics, patterns, and some craft supplies.
I label each bins and drawer so I don't have to search through them.

The message board holds snipets, pictures, and quotes that have some meaning to me. It's the only personal thing I have in the workroom.
On the sides, you'll see I've used curtain rods and clips to hang a lot of things I use daily.
I even separate my pattern pieces into plastic sleeves and ang them on a rod. It puts them right and my fingertips and keeps them organized.
You could also use rods to hang your fringe and trim.
As you can see, I don't have my tables painted yet. I'll get around to it one of these days.Not on my list of priorities until summer.
I rotate out the machines I need. I only have room for 3 tables, but I use 6 machines on a regular basis. This set up makes it easier to do that.
This area is usually covered up with projects, and looks more like the next picture most of the time.
This is where my drapery making supplies are kept.
I label the bins so I don't have to pull them off the shelf and look through them.
That little rolling cart is what I keep my threads in. When I'm sewing, I just roll it over to my machines.
Each shelf has it's own category. I'm a stickler about organization in my workroom.
This is my small tools area. I only keep what I use in the workroom for small building and craft projects.
(My real tool area is in the garage - which I have yet to finish.)
I separate my screw and nails into clear jars. This way I can see right away what size I need.
I'm attempting to set up my office area here. I didn't quite make it before reveal day, but I'll get there eventually.
Again, all bins area labeled. I keep project and design ideas in these bins, as well as all my paint chips.
Now, moving out into the loft is where I keep my craft station. You'll definitely find a lot of color here that you won't see inside the workroom.
Here's where I keep ribbons, buttons, stencils, paints, etc.
I keep current projects on the table.
And then there's the fabric room. Geez, I don't think I'll ever finish that poor room.
I try, really I do, but other things always seem to take precedence.
See what I mean -UGH - what a mess.

Well, that's it for now. Obviously there are still a lot of things unfinished.
I still need to finish unpacking the boxes, and I definitely need to put a window treatment up on that window.

And then there's my tool area in the day soon, I promise.

Hope you've enjoyed my tour. Head back over to Donna's and see what everyone else has done.


  1. It must have been a lot of work to put together such an incredible studio. I am in awe. It is a crafter's paradise!! I love it!


  2. I would love to work in your space. I'm drooling over that huge work table! I adore (because I write LOVE too much) the clips hanging from the drapery rods! Brilliant!

    I like a clean slate too. Not too much color where I work as well! BTW, you work space looks bigger than my house!! And with all my heart, do I appreciate the effort you put in to clean it up for the photos - which I'm crazy about the quantity. I enjoy a good photo study!!!

  3. It looks so clean and organized ! Is that a Baby Lock serger I see ? I have one of those.

  4. Wow! How awesome to have a nice space to work in. You have everything organized so well. I currently lack the motivation to organize my work space. I bet it makes creating easier! Love it!

  5. sewing room is so undone that I hand sew things to keep from going in there! LOL I love yours...what a lovely place you have created for yourself!

  6. Oh my GOSH Polly... this is an amazing space. I have so much more to say but must dash off to work. I will be back! Just wanted to give you KUDOS right away.



  7. Wow! You are super organized, Polly, and I'm guessing it's out of necessity, too! Love the clear bins so you can see everything {even the clear jars for nails/screws}. Not only organized but very efficient, too. I can't even imagine 6 machines. You've obviously given this much thought, so that you have everything laid out and stored in a way that works well. I enjoyed the tour! {Can't believe you put this together so quickly after your move, too}!

  8. All the bins and boxes and baskets and labels ... this level of organization is unbelievable. Even your 'messy' spaces look fabulous and organized. What a wonderful place to work.


  9. Looks wonderful, wish I had a workshop and one that was as beautiful and organized as yours! Great job! :)

    -Ann Marie

  10. I LOVE it! I especially like the idea of using little curtain rods for holding things. You've got it all together!

  11. And I thought I was organized! Polly, you've got your space all set up and you've barely moved in. You've got some energy. In a workspace functioning for what you do, you have to get the most out of the room to get things done. And you've accomplished that. (My guest room is where everything lands that doesn't have a spot and I'm in a hurry. I think we all have one of those rooms!) I'll put your logo for your aprons on my sidebar. I did that already once and that was when I temporarily lost my blog because my sidebar wasn't big enough. So now I'm slowly adding things back!

  12. Wow, your work room is amazing !! You must be so excited to see it all come together ... what a truly functional space, which I'm sure you're excited to create all things beautiful in. Love it !! Take care, Becca (Adventures in Decorating)

  13. Oh my! I have sewing room envy. What a work area. I would love to have a table like that or room for one for drapes. Just curious what 6 machines you use. I have 3 set up most of the time. Do you have a commercial one?
    I got some good tips for organizing from your room. Thanks for sharing that wonderful work area.

  14. I love your room, the openness, the organization and the way you kept your color palette simple so you can focus on your projects... BRILLIANT!!!
    God's blessings,
    Sarah :D

  15. Ok, I am back. And I'm still as flabbergasted the 2nd time around.

    So pro in every way. The acres of organized storage should make you the major spokesperson for storage solutions!

    And you've also managed style to boot. I love how you colour coordinated the racks (the green is so happy!) as it just makes the room come alive. I can only imagine the effect in person.

    And how creative are those curtain rods? Wow! That bulletin board is huge and amazing.

    I only spotted one window (plus a skylight) in this room and from the little daylight that's visible, I can see it's a very bright and cheerful place to create.

    Wonderful Polly! Looks like your major move of house and home did you right proud, workshop wise! Congrats!

    Thanks for linking up to the before and after workshop event. :)

    FJ Donna

  16. Polly,
    What a fabulous work space! I am speechless. You have maximized every bit of space and it is all so organized!! This has really inspired me to get my space more organized.
    Thanks for stopping by tonight. It was good hearing from you.

  17. With a workshop like this, do you want to spend time in any other part of the house?
    It certainly would be a pleasure to work in!
    You have inspired me, I've been meaning to organize mine for a few weeks now!
    LL Nat:)
    P.S. I'm a first time visitor and always like to leave a comment so you know who stopped by.

  18. Hi Polly it is so nice to meet you!
    I am stopping over from Ginas and wanted to know how did I ever miss out on your blog till now??
    At any rate I am now a follower and will never miss another thing!

  19. Wow!

    Your work space looks fantastic. I love how you have the room to set up all your machines with their own chairs even. You can lay all your work out and see what your doing in stages...

    Good use of all that space.

  20. Polly,

    You are one super organized lady!

  21. This is a WONDERFULLY designed workroom. I work with two different seamstresses for my design customers and I imagine that they would be quite envious of your well laid out space.

    If you have a moment please stop by and enter my giveaway.

  22. Hi Polly-
    I would never want to leave this room, you must LOVE it! It is so well organizied, pretty, and bright and cheery. No wonder you create and make such wonderful stuff.

  23. Amazing, Polly! I'm green with envy!

  24. OMG,, i'm in love with your workroom and craftroom,, that is awesome. I wanna come play.. ha .. I read your guest post today at Donna's, thats how I found your blog.

  25. Hi Polly,

    how wonderful to be able to spread your creative wings in such a large space. Green gets me going - LOVE it.

    Happy Creating -

  26. I want this room!!!! You did a great job organizing and making it a very practical space. Love it!

    I came over from Bobby Pins Boardwalk and liked what you had to say. Kudos!

  27. U have a gorgeous space and good for u for keeping it organized. if i had that space, I would to!


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