Just around the corner is my sewing table. This is a four foot (I think) foldable table from Sam's Club, although it never gets folded up, obviously! I do like the height for sewing, and hope to someday clear out other parts of the room more so that the table has a little more space for cutting and ironing. I have enough space on the edge (in front of the clock) for a cutting mat/ironing combo so I use this for quick pressing and trimming as I sew. When I need to cut or iron large pieces, I do usually have to go out to the kitchen! I painted the room a sunny yellow when we moved in, and the color (and my sunflowers quilt) really is bright and cheery on even the gloomiest day!)
Even though there is a lot of stuff on my sewing table, I do like the easy access to various rulers and cutting equipment. This also helps me put things back in the right place after I use them! I really like these wooden ruler racks -- they don't take up much space, they hold a lot of rulers, and when purchased with a coupon at JoAnn's, they are quite reasonable!
I have a general rule that you can never have too many scissors or rotary cutters, so I have two baskets of those on top of a small baker's rack! I have a hard time passing up a rotary cutter on clearance!
On the wall opposite my sewing table stands a tall metal baker's rack from Sam's Club. I bought this about five years ago, and while it took me a while to assemble, I am very happy with how versatile it has been. You can set the shelves to various heights when you build it, but to change the height, you would basically have to rebuild it! Most of my shelves are around the same height, but I do have a small one toward the top. Two of the shelves store quilts for my Etsy shop that are ready to ship!
Another nice feature of the industrial baker's rack is that you can hang things from the shelves with metal hooks. My husband bought me this Gutermann thread rack as a Christmas present several years ago (it was one of those after Thanksgiving doorbuster deals!) and I really love it since we live in a remote area, and running out of thread is a common problem! Every time I'm headed to a thread sale at Joann's I write down the numbers of the thread colors I need to replace, and I'm back in business! These are small spools, so I generally don't use them for piecing or quilting, but they are great for occassional top stitching or for finding the right color for handsewing a binding.
This last area is my favorite thing in the room, even if it blocks the window and rack a bit! I saw this idea on a scrapbooking blog a few years ago, and it occured to me that it would work great for fabric! These are scrapbooking cubes purchased individually (on sale, over time!) at Michael's. Each cube contains 4 drawers (except for the bottom right) and the cubes interlock with one another to create the unit. You can purchase various combinations of cubes (open shelving, drawers, etc) to create exactly the storage unit you want!
Since I generally like to store my fabric by collection or designer, before I bought the cubes, I had been sorting fabrics in plastic bags and putting them in baskets. It was so hard to find the one I was looking for, and the fabric was always wrinkly and unorganized. Now, I label each of the drawers with a designer or collection, and store the fabrics inside!
They are absolutely the perfect size for folded fat quarters!
Jelly rolls and charm packs also store beautifully! (Yes, this is one of my Tula Pink drawers where I hoard special fabrics!)
This sideways picture (sorry!) is of one of the bottom right drawers, where I keep extra jelly rolls and charm packs. The bottom drawer holds layer cakes!
I do wish I had more space to build up -- I could definitely make use of a few more drawers - but I guess that also forces me to start using what I have on hand to clear space for new collections. The drawer labels are easy to remove and change, and I can also move the drawers to different cubes if I want to reorganize the collections.
I guess this would be my sewing room annex -- our back porch houses my quilting machine! I'm working on the 39 quilt tops I brought back from California (see previous posts on my month of quilt tops!) I'll be sharing those as I work on them -- not all of them made it on the blog posts yet!
Hope you enjoyed your visit to my sewing room - I need to get back to my latest quilt!
Edited to add: Be sure to check out my recent updates to my sewing room HERE!