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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Progress in the Workroom


I need to announce a little change to Make Mine Beautiful's Home Decor Series. Originally I had the NEW Home Decor Series scheduled to begin the first Monday in February.
However, starting something like that would require me to actually be able to find all of the supplies I need to get this off the ground, and due to my recent move across the country, I'm still filtering through the boxes trying to find those things.

So, the 2nd Wednesday of the month is Wednesday in the Workroom day, where I show you the how-to behind the project I'm currently sewing.
We will start the series off on that day, which is  the 10th.
Our first project will be decorator pillows done the professional way.
You'll learn how to 'build' a layered fabric pillow, apply various trims, sew a fringe into the seam, and insert a zipper in the seam.

I am busy trying to finish setting up the workroom, so I'll give you a peek at where I am as of today. The final reveal will be on Wednesday the 10th. I'll be giving you lots of little tips for storage solutions that keep everything in order but leave them right at your fingertips.

The other side of the workroom, which I'll refrain from showing you today, is my office portion, tool storage, and supply storage. I'm downgrading from an actual office/design studio to a spot in a large room. It'll be quite the challenge, but I need to downsize anyway and this will force me to do it.

If you're wanting to set up your own workroom/shop, be sure to keep checking back in the next few days to see how I'll teach you to turn this:
and this:
into this:
That's right, it's electrified!


  1. This looks like a nice size space, Polly. I love how you've set it up already, but of course I want to see your storage and organization techniques.

  2. Looks like a good-sized space to me. Can't wait to see it all decorated, Polly!

  3. What a great space!! So bright and open. Looks large to me!!! Can't wait to see the finished results

  4. I'm looking forward to your tips!

  5. Wow that’s a work room if I’ve ever seen one! I just finished my craft room but it’s nothing compared to your space. Looks like there will be a lot of creating going on in there.


  6. what a great large space, lucky you.
    I have a craft room but it's about 10x12, but better than having nothing.
    can't wait to see the new series!

  7. Wow, what a ROOM!!! And that table is fabulous.

    I'm totally eyeing how you've done your storage. You have some really cool ideas.

    I too look forward to your series on sewing the pillows. I have the most amazing (ahem) fabric and trim that needs tending to and I have no idea on how to go about it. :)


  8. This is a beautiful room. It makes me homesick for my old house, where I had a nice, large workspace. I can't remember how I found your blog -- one place always leads to another when I start "blog cruising" -- but I'm so glad I did. It's beautiful!

  9. For having moved only two weeks ago 1300 miles you are doing far better than me and I moved just 460 miles 6 months ago!:) Loving your crafty room so far! Can't wait to see it on the 10th!

  10. Hi Polly, How nice to have a fresh, clean space to work in. I have a drapery workroom too so I'm excited to follow a fellow seamstress ! Please stop by sometime.

  11. I saw you over at "Color Me Happy", so thought I wud pop in to visit. Browsed your blog, and enjoy it immensely.

    As a fellow sewer (only a Hobby) I am admiring your Cutting Table. Very ingenious! A number of years ago I converted our Antique Billiards Table into one by recycling the top of a Tennis Table (found at a Garage Sale) which fitted perfectly over it. It was done out of necessity as my son was studying Haute Couture at that time. Since then, the table remains the same as oh how I enjoy not having to cut yards of fabric layed out on the floor. Call me spoiled. :)

    I will definitely be back to visit your Blog. It is a such a pleasure to experience someone willing to share their expertise as it distinguises them as 'a true Professional'.

  12. Oops, that shud have read 'distinguisHes'. (Sorry) -Brenda-


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