A Tour of My Sewing Space

My sewing space

My sewing space

Hello Friends,

I don’t know about you, but I find it fascinating looking at other people’s sewing rooms/ spaces/ studios. I think you always get lots of ideas for things to try out, plus…well, who doesn’t like snooping around other people’s houses? 🙂

When I first started sewing I was, like many of you, on the kitchen table. Gradually, I took over a (very) small bedroom. But when we moved into our dream home just over 2 months ago I also got my dream sewing space! Its located in the roof space above our garage, and not only is it spacious, it also has the most amazing light coming in from the Velux windows and is just such a luxury to come and work in.

Warning: everything in the room is from Ikea, so if you don’t like flat packed furniture, move on. Ready for the tour?

My sewing space

My sewing space

It is hard to show the room in one shot, so the first picture at the top of this post was “stitched” together (by my sister, who took most of the shots in this post), whilst the picture above was taken by my husband using the panoramic feature on his mobile. Anyway, thanks to both for the photography (and to Phil for putting all the furniture together).

Starting over on the left hand side of the panoramic photograph, the first thing you see is a set of Malm drawers. This is where I store my patterns. FYI, one of the drawers is empty, two are about 2/3rds full and one is about 50% full. So, that gives you an indication of how many patterns I own. Saying that, these drawers can hold a lot of patterns!

Malm drawers sewing pattern storage

Malm drawers sewing pattern storage

I swear they are not that messy! I just need to find a way to prop the envelopes up so they don’t keep sliding down if the drawers are not full.

Next we have lots of Kallax Shelving Units (on both sides of the room). On the right hand side of the room (panoramic picture), I use the shelves to store my fabric. Kallax is an economical, modular system, but being honest, I chose them because I am pretty restricted height wise in this room (in terms of having storage next to the walls), so Kallax fitted the dimensions of the room. I haven’t got any drawers for the shelves yet. I thought I would wait and see how many/ what I needed.

Kallax shelving to hold fabric

Kallax shelving to hold fabric

Anyway, the Kallax shelves on this left hand side of the room holds…wadding, my old sewing machine, quilting supplies. Next to the Kallax shelves you can see a Hemnes Glass Door Cabinet. This cabinet holds my sewing books, printed patterns (badly stored!), and bits and bobs like fray check, machine oil, buttons, interfacing, tracing paper etc. Erm…still all needs a little more sorting.

Hemnes Glass cabinet sewing space

Hemnes Glass cabinet sewing space

This is my sewing table: it’s the Norden Gateleg table. I bought this some years ago…I am not saying it’s what I would buy right now, but it’s fine. This is where the magic happens, hahaha

Norden gateleg sewing table

Norden gateleg sewing table

I just bought the chair, and I love it because it’s height adjustable, lumbar supportive and on castors so I can move between my sewing machine and serger without getting off my bottom. haha. Its the Skalberg/ Sporren.

The mirror (an absolute must in any sewing room if you are lucky enough to have one, IMHO), is the Isfjorden standing mirror. Again, I chose this because I knew the sloping ceilings in this room restricted having anything fitted to the walls.

Isfjorden mirror

Isfjorden mirror

Love my new thread rack (purchased on ebay).

Sewing rack

Sewing rack

I bought the cutting table just recently too. It’s the Gerton/ Finnvard combination, (two of them pushed together), and I am so pleased with it. I have very bad lower back pain and I specifically chose the Finnvard trestles because they are height adjustable. I have these set up so that, with the Gerton table tops in place, the height is 90 cm…the same height as a standard kitchen unit here in the UK. My back is not quite as painful now I am not leaning over the dining table to cut. We haven’t fixed these in to place yet, so I can move them around if I want/ need too.

Gerton/ Finnvard cutting table

Gerton/ Finnvard cutting table

The last thing I wanted to show you was under one end of the cutting table, my husband fixed a Grundtal rail and we hung a couple of Grundtal containers and S-hooks. You can see my Merchant and Mills scissors hanging there (birthday present from mum), and I like to keep things to hand there that I use during cutting, like chalk, tape measure, pins etc.

Grundtal rail and containers

Grundtal rail and containers

So that’s it. It’s still all quite new, and still not quite as organised as I would like it. I would like to add some colour to the walls eventually and I also need some curtains, oh and I am waiting for a new TV. I will do an update post once everything is finished. But it’s my very own amazing space, and suffice to say, you will have to carry me out of here in a box before I leave this house 🙂

Happy New Year Sewing Everyone!

P.S. if anyone with sharp eyesight was wondering what the heck is going on with my dress form, that creation is the work of my 5 year old daughter Kezia…an aspiring fashion designer 🙂 Until soon…


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About sewmanju

I love to shop, but I also love to sew my own clothes, and am currently on a mission to improve my (fairly basic) dressmaking skills. I confess to going into shops and being outraged at the prices of some (not very well made) garments (is it an age thing?) and think "huh, I could make some thing at least as good as that for less" (is it something to do with coming from the Indian subcontinent?) So this blog details my sewing endeavours, both good and bad....I love to nosey through other people's sewing projects....now everyone can get to see mine.

39 responses to “A Tour of My Sewing Space”

  1. Nakisha says :

    I love getting a peek into other seamstresses’ rooms and yours is GORGEOUS!! So nice to have dedicated space!

  2. stitchedupsam says :

    This looks an amazing sewing space Manju. Although I have taken over our spare bedroom as my sewing room, it also houses our wardrobes and has to have enough floor space incase we need to put up a temporary bed, so I’m not able to have much in the way of fabric storage in that room, or a cutting table. I cut out on the floor, which is not good for my back or knees!

  3. handmadebynell says :

    What a beautiful room! I can completely understand why you love it so 🙂

  4. Carolyn says :

    It’s lovely! Have you tried bookends – slim ones to keep your patterns in line in the drawers? Also, some small cheap plastic bins will help with storage of all the small bits and bobs as you say. Though I have to tell you that I would love to come and sew with you in this beautiful room on those Janome machines. Yeah Team Janome!!!

  5. KellysSewing says :

    What an amazing space!! Looks like the perfect place to create!

  6. CraftedbyCarrie says :

    I’m so jealous Manju – it’s an absolutely gorgeous room! I have the same Ikea trestle bottom table and it’s wonderful – just the perfect height and adjustable if you need to change it. Although I do wish I had a second like you 🙂

  7. Amanda says :

    Wow! That is such an amazing space! 💝

  8. black label says :

    What a treat having a dedicated sewing space ‘ey? Ive also recently finished my sewing room so will post pics soon. xx

  9. Sew, Jean Margaret says :

    I can see why you are so happy with your new sewing space Manju. It’s so spacious and has everything that you need. Enjoy!!!

  10. idaaidasewing says :

    You’ re so lucky having your own sewing space. It’s so spacious and bright. I sew in my living room and it’s not very convenient, but maybe one day… A girl can dream right?

  11. lucy says :

    Congrats on your new home and your beautiful sewing space. I am in love with those windows.

  12. Lynne says :

    Ooo! What a fantastic sewing room, and I love that it has a sofa. Thanks for the nosey around!

  13. Jeanette says :

    What a great space! Looks so tidy and co ordinated and light, just the kind of space I dream about. I love my sewing shed at the bottom of the garden, but it is a jumble of scavanged furniture and charity shop finds, nice in it’s own way, lovely even, but not the dream space I have in my head.

  14. Judi says :

    The best sewing space ever!!!

  15. Alicia @ Pandora Sews says :

    Well, my sewing space is quite a mess, but getting it organized is on my list of projects this month. Your space looks great!

  16. Roberta Fahrni says :

    Love your space! Thanks for sharing. What a great room.

  17. Patricia says :

    I am jealous! I love your new sewing room, especially the windows allowing natural sunlight to shine in above. The television will be another added feature. So nice!

  18. Tracy H says :

    Thanks for sharing I love looking at others sewing spaces and yours is particularly gorgeous. IKEA certainly do seem to be able to cater for all a sewing room needs.

  19. velosewer says :

    Dear Manju,
    Please redesign my sewing space to look just a bit like your sewing space. You’ve got such wonderful style with space and storage.

  20. Faye Lewis says :

    What a blessing to have such a spacious sewing studio. Love it, especially all the natural light coming in.

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