The Sewing Room Reveal

Are you ready to finally see my sewing room?

This has been a long awaited post… last summer, we hired contractors to finish our basement and I was lucky enough to score a huge part of the space.  I am seriously a lucky, lucky girl.

I am posting this as a part of my lovely friend Christina from 2 Little Hooligan’s awesome series called Sewing Spaces.  I absolutely adore Christina so much and was lucky enough to get to know more about her this past year.  She has a fantastic blog full of inspiration.

I spent days designing the layout, even down to the outlets and lighting. I knew where the tables would be, where the cutting area would be set, and even where my fabric hutch would be placed.  The contractors thought I was nuts, but I knew what I was doing.

My dream space has come to life and I still can’t believe that I am fortunate enough to call this space my own!  Everything about it is SO me, including the colors, the organization, the functionality.  I just love it and I hope you will enjoy my tour of the space.

My space was designed to be directly off the playroom (which will be shown in another post, another day).  We also have a 3rd family room space right outside of my room, which is great because I can set the kids up with a movie or a book and they allow me to get some more work finished.  Oh, AND I have a full bathroom right down the hall (again, another post for another day).

Let’s move on to the details!
(please read to see where I purchased everything!)

You walk into my room from the playroom and can immediately tell that it is a creative space.

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Let’s start by going around clockwise.

To the left of the entrance is Ainsley’s own little sewing space.  You may have seen this on my Little Stitchers Series? (details on the machine in the first post)

She loves to sit here and cut, sew, pin…
Table is from Ikea.



To the right of her table is my cutting table.  I love this thing.
My old sewing room had a DIY cutting table which was great, but I LOVE this new one.
It is 2 of the Alex drawers from IKEA and a table top.  My large cutting mat and smaller cutting mats live on top.
This might not be ideal for tall people, but I am short… so it works really well for me.  If you are tall, you could always add risers!

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I used adhesive chalkboard labels that I found at Target to label each drawer.  I love that I can literally organize each and every item.  It makes sewing time so much more enjoyable when I can find things right away.
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Next to the cutting table is a printer cart that I also found at IKEA.  If you use PDF patterns, then you know how important this is!  The cart pulls out so that I can access the printer and it stores all sorts of paper and ink underneath.  It is amazing!

On top of the printer cart, I store many of my fat quarter bundles (thanks Andover Fabrics!) and jars of new and vintage trims.sewing room 12

Above my cutting table is a shelf from IKEA that is clearly not heavy duty enough for all of my stuff… do you see it bowing??  hahah.

So, on that shelf, I store my button jars (again, IKEA), books, a basket full of ribbons, and a nice big jar of trims.
(can you tell I love trims?)
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To the right of my cutting table/ printing area is my ironing area.
I have a dirty secret…. I hate ironing, unless it is sewing related.  I can’t even tell you the last time I ironed anything other than something I was sewing.  There is a joy in sewing and ironing… but no joy in ironing a shirt that needs to be worn.  Am I right?

You will also see that I have hooks on the wall for hanging items that need to be finished or still need to be photographed.  I have these little hooks all around the room and sometimes I have a room full of hanging adorableness.  I feel like it is art that is constantly revolving.  Oftentimes, the walls are covered in pretty dresses.
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My fabric hutch is definitely one of my most favorite pieces that I have ever created.
You can find the original posts HERE and HERE.

I painted it and added the fabric backing last year and knew right away that it would be the best spot for my woven fabrics.
( I really need to go through and sell a good bit of these since they won’t be used… stay tuned for that!)

In the bottom of the hutch, I store my freezer paper, long quilting rulers, batting, sewing machine and serger books and manuals.

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To the right of the hutch is my pegboard area.
We have a TON of pegboard that was given to us, so we use it wherever we can (like in our garage… post for another day!)
I spray painted mine with the same spray paint as I used for Ainsley’s bed (check out her bedroom HERE).
I use the pegboard to hang my threads, clock that has no batteries, extra embroidery hoops, and fabric labels.
Below the pegboard is a rod with pink bins (again from IKEA)… those store my paint brushes, pencils, fabric markers, and sewing machine tools that I need to have handy.

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These cute little magnetic containers are from IKEA and they store my fabric labels.sewing room 17

My threads are stored on the normal thread holders that you can find anywhere and they are held up with pegboard hooks.sewing room 18

Next to the pegboard, I store my store my serger cones on a thrift store shelving unit.  sewing room 15

Now for my sewing area.
I discussed my machines in THIS POST.  At some point, I hope to upgrade, but it hasn’t been a priority yet.
Above my sewing machines is artwork I made using Cutting Edge Stencils and a recycled canvas.

The pink chair is Ikea, as well as the tables.
(can you tell that I love IKEA?)
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To the right of the sewing area is my shipping and supply area.
I used to do lots and lots of shipping, so this was important.  I no longer do that, but I hope to do it again soon!

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The white cupboard houses a lot of practical stuff.
Trash bags, flashlight, extra packing tape, packing labels, MHC labels, postage scale, envelopes, cardstock.

Anyone recognize the butterfly artwork on top?
Tutorial found HERE.sewing room 8

Next to the white cupboard is a wooden unit that houses a lot of things.

From top to bottom:

Wicker basket:  kitty laying area… literally, this is where my cats sleep (weirdos)
Tissue paper:  shipping supplies
2 wicker baskets: left one is ready to ship baby bibs and onesies/ right one is full of items to be fixed
Pillows: ready to sell, just haven’t listed/ wicker basket full of vintage patterns
wicker basket: full of unfinished projects… whoops.
Bottom shelf:  Willow and Co fabrics

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To the right of the boring stuff is a little sitting area that is often utilized by Ainsley.

I created the chair many years ago.  Find that post HERE.
ext to it is my dress form, but I need to get a new one because it is like a size 2-3.  I bought that on Ebay many years ago and don’t remember where.  It was around $40.
Above the chair is a chalkboard from Home Goods that I use to write lists.
The banner was from THIS post.

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Like I previously mentioned, my room is attached to the playroom and I purposely left off the door.
(sometimes, I question that decision haha!)
I love how it is open, but still secluded.  It also allowed me two good sized closets!

I used the hallway to create closets to store a ton of stuff.

The left closet is used to store all of my knits, fleece, and felt.  The lower shelves store the scraps by color.
The bottom bins are fabrics either ready to be repurposed and up cycled or sold.  (seriously, I need to sell a ton of stuff).

The right closet is a mixture.   It stores my photography backdrops, lenses, paints, stencils, watercolor supplies, extra sewing machine, paper punches, steam iron, glues, and pdf patterns.

I hope to one day have a photography studio built, which would eliminate some of these items.

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The only things I feel that I am missing from the informative details would be the flooring.

The rug is from Rugs USA and the flooring is vinyl. Because it is a basement, we couldn’t do real hardwood and we also couldn’t afford the amazing ceramic, so we went with vinyl and we love it.  It makes sweeping up the pins and thread SO easy!

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If you have any other questions, please let me know!

I am always happy to help.

Please check out the rest of 2 Little Hooligans Sewing Spaces tours for major inspiration!

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Hayley Crouse is a wife, mother and multifaceted designer. Her love of sewing, crafting, cooking and interior design infuses her daily life and naturally spills over into her online presence. She pushes the envelope of her creativity and hopes that others will be inspired to do the same. She currently authors the Welcome to the Mouse House Blog, is the pattern designer behind Mouse House Creations and is a collaborative designer with Willow & Co. Patterns.
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44 Responses to The Sewing Room Reveal

  1. kristi July 29, 2014 at 7:57 am #

    What a bright, beautiful space! Every sewist’s dream. The kid sewing space is my favorite, my kids are always asking to sew when I’m sewing, a second machine solves the problem.

  2. Chelise Patterson July 29, 2014 at 8:31 am #

    This room is a total dream, Hayley! You would shudder to see where I am sewing for the next year since we moved. I will say I am also in the basement, but it is unfinished… and I will leave it at that.

    • Bonnie July 29, 2014 at 11:14 am #

      I sew in the same type of space, Chelise 🙂 Still trying to figure out what I can do to make my woman-cave a bit less cave-like!

  3. christina July 29, 2014 at 8:41 am #

    thank you so much for sharing for my sewing spaces series! it is beyond amazing…i don’t even know what to say! i love all of it!

  4. Audrey July 29, 2014 at 9:04 am #

    I am in love with so many things in your sewing room! The fabric hutch, large closets, dresses on the wall, cutting table, and wood floor! Can I come over and sew?

  5. Jodi July 29, 2014 at 10:14 am #

    I’m moving in, I’m sure you won’t mind.

  6. Christina July 29, 2014 at 10:36 am #

    LOVE your sewing space! Also loved seeing your kitty sneaking in the closet picture. Cutie 🙂

  7. melle e July 29, 2014 at 10:37 am #

    Ohmyword. That’s all I got.

    Well. no. It’s not. But I just nearly wrote more in my comment than you did in your blog, so I’ll catch you in the Facebook group


    Your space in amazing.

  8. Lorena July 29, 2014 at 11:22 am #

    I love this room, it is so bright and happy yet so peaceful. So many things I love about it but I think one of my favorite is how bold and beautiful the ironing board is. It is not hidden and it looks stunning.
    I also love that you have a space for your little one, something I will need to do sooner than later. I have the machine already, I think its a big girl singer semi-toy sewing machine. Thank you for sharing this tour.

  9. sarah July 29, 2014 at 4:26 pm #

    we have the same ikea desk & love it… also, my daughter has the same machine… I’m having trouble with it… any secrets that you can pass on? it will only stitch about three before tangling up and stalling…

    beautiful room… love all of the pink. 🙂

  10. Linda July 29, 2014 at 5:29 pm #

    Aaaahhhh!! This makes me want to re-do my room so much! My room is considerably smaller, though, so no matter what I do, I’m cramped in it. Sigh…. Someday…

  11. Emily July 29, 2014 at 7:02 pm #

    What a dreamy space!

  12. Emily July 29, 2014 at 8:08 pm #

    wow!!! seriously SOOO jealous!! this space is amazing and about 1/2 the size of my whole apartment ;o) adorable!! and I want that peg board!

  13. jeanette July 29, 2014 at 10:31 pm #

    Beautiful space I love it! Can you tell me the name or were did you got the white mat in the cutting table, I have the green one but don’t know we’re to find the white cutting table is like yours so I think that one will be perfect for mine to. Thanks

  14. abby @ thingsforboys July 30, 2014 at 4:47 am #

    Love your space Hayley! Those tiny hooks everywhere are a great idea! I have one hook that has a picture on it and I need to take the picture off to hang up clothes for photos.

  15. Krista Lueders July 30, 2014 at 12:07 pm #

    Love this!!! You’ve inspired me to start re-organizing my sewing room! I think my favorite idea is the peg boards holding the thread racks.

  16. Miriam Schulman ( SchulmanArt) July 30, 2014 at 1:22 pm #

    Your sewing space looks incredible! Your hard work planning and designing it has definitely paid off!

  17. Annlucy July 31, 2014 at 8:14 pm #

    Wauv, gorgeous.

  18. Ann August 4, 2014 at 8:48 pm #

    I have a 12 x 12 room that I would love to redo. This gives me some ideas. My sewing room is so small; there is not much room for all the supplies, batting, extra fabric etc. I need a designer to come and help figure out how to reorganize the room.
    Love what you have done and thanks for the ideas.

  19. Aimee @ItsOverflowing August 5, 2014 at 10:56 pm #

    So many great ideas — my head is spinning with creativity after looking through your cute sewing room! LOVE!!! XO, Aimee

  20. brianne August 9, 2014 at 6:21 am #

    Lovely! What kind of lighting do you have? Such bright, clean light!
    right now, I’m stuck on step one-which color to paint my room.

  21. Katie August 10, 2014 at 9:56 pm #

    GORGEOUS!!!! I am so jealous!


  22. An laenen August 11, 2014 at 7:05 am #

    Oooo, i love it! Thanks for the inspiration. Next year I will have a sewingroom too :-). I love the hooks-idea! And funny to see how Ikea-ideas are not that different on the other side of the world … 🙂

  23. perle August 18, 2014 at 3:03 am #

    It’s beautiful, I dream of having a sewing room like this one!

  24. Corky Hines August 30, 2014 at 9:35 pm #

    Thank you for sharing! Your colors are wonderful and just simple pegboard, painted, adds such a great shot of color. I’m signing up for your blog for sure.

  25. Trina McAlpin November 12, 2014 at 11:46 pm #

    Where is that fabulous rug from?! I’m currently re-doing my craft area and that is exactly what I am looking for!

  26. ke December 3, 2014 at 12:36 pm #

    Trina, She tells you where the rug is from right above the very last picture…..

    “The rug is from Rugs USA and the flooring is vinyl. Because it is a basement, we couldn’t do real hardwood and we also couldn’t afford the amazing ceramic, so we went with vinyl and we love it. It makes sweeping up the pins and thread SO easy!”

  27. Lisa B December 22, 2014 at 1:15 am #

    I love your sewing room! And the vinyl flooring is a great idea. Is it 10 or 12 foot wide roll out or smaller pieces? Glued down? Brand? I ask as I’m looking to replace my sewing room flooring. Thanks.

    • Hayley December 22, 2014 at 7:12 am #

      They are the vinyl planks glued down in pieces, just like hard wood! I honestly don’t remember the brand but they were purchased at Lowes. Good luck!

  28. Katforever18 February 21, 2015 at 5:52 am #

    I love your room! It’s so nice & neat unlike my sewing room at the moment because it’s divided between 2 rooms right now. We’re getting ready to move & I’m hoping that there’s a room big enough for all of my stuff & all of my sewing machines. Anyway, great room!!

  29. Michelle February 24, 2015 at 7:39 am #

    This is gorgeous!!!!!! I love your colors!!!!! And, all of your Ikea is sweet! Thank you for the beautiful inspiration!

  30. Jenna March 14, 2015 at 1:56 pm #

    Do you know what the printer cart is called?? I can’t find it at IKEA and it would be perfect for my craft room! Thanks for all of the wonderful ideas!!

    • Hayley May 3, 2015 at 1:15 pm #

      I can’t find it online either!! It looks like they might not carry it anymore… it is the Micke printer cart

  31. Olivia May 4, 2015 at 11:41 am #

    I love the little balloon banner over the kid’s sewing table! Did you make it? I would love more details about that.

    • Hayley May 6, 2015 at 9:11 pm #

      Thank you! I made it a few years ago… I had fabric that had air balloons on them and I just trimmed them out and sewed them together!

  32. Barbm1712 February 11, 2016 at 11:35 am #

    I love your space and that you created an extra space for your child. I’m reorganizing my quilt studio today and I envy the floor space you have. My quilting room is the smallest bedroom in our home and faces a hallway so unless the door is closed, when it’s messy and disorganized I don’t want to walk in and even try to get started on a project. Guess it’s time to clean up and reorganize. Love your space!

  33. Michelly Seidel April 16, 2016 at 7:42 pm #

    Your sewing room is “sew” pretty! I love the colors. I love IKEA too and yes, you are right about ironing is boring unless you are sewing! I also love the chalkboard. I actually made myself one today! I took a picture frame and painted it teal/blue. I then framed some chalkboard fabric and hung it up in my sewing room.

  34. Kathy Mohammed July 29, 2016 at 10:12 pm #

    I love the room layout. I will be building a “tinyhouse” to accommodate my sewing. What size would say is your room?

  35. Judy 'n GA September 28, 2016 at 3:52 pm #

    Your sewing “studio” room is only to die for. I only wish I had the space to create my own space. I had a crafting space in the basement of a home we had many years ago, however, since then I have not had my own space. I have had to share my space with guests when they were over-nighters. Needless to say that my sewing/crafts had a severe kink put in it. We have been downsizing for a few years and still need to down size a lot more, so, I can truly relate to your “need to sell some” stuff.

    When you get around to selling some of your fabric, keep me in mind (HA HA HA).


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