Temporary Happy Place
I knew things were gonna get messy when we started the adventure of buying a condemned Victorian. We are a family of 5 and one big dog living in 1300 square feet of our ground floor. I felt guilty for even considering taking up living space for my sewing spot. But with all the stress of remodeling, working on rental units and a health scare, I needed my creative happy place. So, I got creative. Foyer Sewing Room
My foyer is an awkward space. It’s 18.5 feet long and about 5.2 feet wide (8.5 feet wide if you count the staircase). It has 4 doors and a radiator in that space. Not the most optimal spot, but we definitely weren’t using it as living space.
What it Looked Like Before
I was able to hunt down a picture of before I painted the foyer. This was before we moved in. I love a cheerful yellow greeting me when I walk in, so that’s what I painted it. I wasn’t thinking about it being a sewing room, then.
The stairs I did in a striking blue shade that can be seen from the road.
Let’s get started. Look for orange links that give more details and tutorials on the different aspects of the room. I will add them as I write more posts.
Foyer Sewing Room Tour
Here it is, my Foyer Sewing Room. I tried a few different things with thrift store finds, but I’m finally happy with it’s flow.
Since it’s temporary, I did my best to not put anything in the walls and to do it on the frugal side. I hope I can inspire some ideas for your happy place.
FYI-Those walls might look light but it took me 5 coats of yellow to get a true cover. It was one step down from their best paint. The company sent me free replacement paint, but I wasted a lot of time and effort. So if you do yellow, a white primer is a great idea. Oddly enough, their light gray blue paint covered a red wall in one coat. So if I can save one person a lot of extra work, I’ll be happy.
Folding Sewing Table
I was blessed with a large, ridiculously heavy, home made wooden table when we bought our last house. Hubs cut a hole to drop my machine and it was great. Pity it won’t fit in this space. So, generic folding table (loved by budget minded crafters) it is.
The Peg Boards are an upgrade for my sewing area. I figured out how to install them with ribbon and scrap lumber with heavy duty decorative thumb tacks. Two different techniques for the two boards. No holes in the wall. I plan on a tutorial on how to do this as I know lots of folks cringe at putting holes in the wall (even if they didn’t have to prep and paint them 5 times, lol)
1. Light Weight Item Storage
2. Fabric on Comic Boards
3. Project Materials Separated
4. WIP Quilt
5. Sewing Table Extension
6. Paper Craft Shelf
7. Scrap Fabric Storage
8. Design Wall/ Fabric Protector
Craft Room Maximizer
This is one of the reasons I want to share my ideas with other creative people. I absolutely adore the versatility and convenience of my metal shelves on wheels. It holds many totes worth of fabric, and with some plastic drawers, you can store whatever you like. I found random boxes and covered them with cheap contact paper to give a more uniform look. They hold supplies for on going projects.
Not only does it serve as fabric and creative supply holder, I use a flannel lined table cloth to protect the fabric and serve as a design wall. This thing is so awesome!
And if you look at the bottom, I store my scraps by color and the really little pieces in one tote for collage quilts. I sooooooo need to do one of my next posts just on my Craft Room Maximizer.
Wire Craft Shelving
- Bobbles and Trinkets
- Repair jobs & Fairy Supplies
- Testing Items & Blog Tools
- Photo Lights/Extension Table
- Threads & Quilting Notions
- Tissue Paper & Pipe Cleaners
- Uniformly Folded Fat Quarters in both totes.
I’m the kind of crafter that likes knowing where all my toys are. I adore plastic drawers but most of them are pretty short. So I stack them on a wire rack. I’m able to get a lot more in one area. The shelves are 36″ wide, 14″ deep and 54″ tall. I extend my usable space up to 80″ with the drawers on top. (I was lucky that we didn’t need the doorway it’s in front of.)
If you stack drawers high, remember to check your personal height to see which drawers are easy for you to pull out and get what you need. Any drawers above that, store infrequently need items. Or keep a small step stool handy.
If you put drawers on top, make sure to secure it. That can be as simple as using the wheels to lock onto the rack, or duct taping a part of the drawer to the rack. Tying would also work. Give the rack a hard shake to check and try tipping it forward a little.
Craft Book Shelf
- Quilting/Craft Books and Manuals
- Ironing Supplies Hidden Behind the Books
- Binder Heaven to Keep Track of Life
- Glues, Adhesives, Sticky Stuff in General
- Large Pre-Cuts and Saved Squares for Later Quilts (Box of Paints on top)
- Completed Quilt Tops and Unfinished Craft Projects
We got a great deal on this pretty glass book shelf and the foyer was the only place to stick it. (Doubt it will follow me to my permanent sewing room) I found a beautiful scarf to drape across the top and I used to have tissue paper flowers on the branches. I handed them all out one dreary week and hadn’t gotten around to making more.
I love having all my Binders in one spot and I have my favorite Crafting Books out. The rest of my craft books are in a box under the sewing table. Basically, this shelf keeps things I don’t use often.
I park my mobile ironing station in front when it’s not in use. You can see it a couple of pictures down.
Being in the Foyer, means I need to keep an open walkway. The radiator is connected to the upstairs system, so it isn’t on. I used the little bit of wasted space between it and the door to put quilts I’m currently working on. And to protect my WIPs (works in progress)? Some pretty canvas I picked up but haven’t figured out what I want to make with it. This allows me to enjoy seeing it and keeping my quilts cleaner.
Mobile Ironing Station
I actually have 1 iron and 2 ironing stations. One is my regular full size ironing board, two rooms over in the dinning room. It’s 25 steps away so every time I want to iron, I get 50 steps round trip. One little trick to keep me active while sewing. (I do wait until I have a little pile to iron.)
Then there’s my Mobil Ironing Station. My old sewing table was elevated and this would just slide under neath. I had an flat metal shelf on top and a thick folded cotton table cloth on top of that. I’d set my iron and supplies on the lower shelf. I put fusables and iron related notions under the old metal shelf. I loved it.
My current folding table is too short.
The Mobile Folding Station wont fit under it. So I set it opposite the table on the other wall if I need to bounce back and forth. Or I use it right in front of the Craft Book Shelf, so I can at least get a few steps in.
I laughed when I originally painted the random hole in the door yellow. But I discovered it was a great way to access the electric outlet in the closet. I find it so amusing to plug in this way. I make it a habit to turn the closet light on when it’s plugged in. And it leave the plug dangling out so I don’t leave it plugged in. It’s an old Rowena from the thrift store that doesn’t have an automatic shut off.
I’ve become very fond of having a window view. My last sewing room was in the basement, so it’s been a great change. And because I’m in the foyer, I can just open my door and have a full size view outside.
It almost feels like I have company in my little Foyer Sewing Room. My pup loves watching the world outside and she lets me know when someone is passing by.
I enjoy the occasional distraction of families going to the park, people walking their dogs and even the naughty squirrels. There’s a cute black pup who often prances by with a stuffed toy or stick in their mouth. Then, there are the little kids who run until they get to my yard. And then they slow down to say hi to the Fairy.
Fairy House Planter
It’s taken on a life of it’s own and gets daily visitors. I’ve been surprised by the young men in their 20’s stopping by to admire it. It seems to have brought a bit of whimsy both men and women regardless of age.
Thank you for checking out my Foyer Sewing Room. I hope I’ve given you some ideas that you can use in your creative space. Next week, I’ll get into how to get a perfectly sized peg board for your space.