|From Beth: Lisa from The Domestic Diva has an extensive collection of posts in her Sewing Room Organizational Challenge series. She’s a busy mom and the creative designer and founder of the Downtown Joey label for boys, but Lisa still makes time for a good Spring Clean of her sewing room. Today Lisa helps you Arrange, Brighten & Create with her condensed tips, and we also have a free PDF Spring Clean checklist for you to download so you can get right to work!|
ABCs of Spring Cleaning for your Sewing Room
Have you ever walked into your sewing room and just walked back out? Is the clutter stifling your creativity and messing with your sewing mojo? Not to worry! With these simple steps, you can make your sewing space a place where you’ll look forward to spending time each day.
First things first! Let’s get everything in order. Time to put away all your recent sewing supply purchases and the dozens of sewing projects you’ve been working on since the last Ice Age. Get rid of stuff you won’t use in the next 2 years (unless of course, it’s vintage fabric). Then we’ll arrange our sewing room for maximum creativity.
- Clear off your cutting table or main work area. By doing this, you’ll have a large surface to sort everything.
- Raise height of your cutting table with bed risers.
- Stash away your Fabrics.
- Sort Out Threads and Bobbins.
- Organize Needles, Pins and Stabilizers.
- Tame your Laces, Trims and Ribbons.
- Categorize your Patterns, Embroidery Designs, Magazines and Books.
- End the Notions Commotion.
- Sort unfinished sewing projects into individual baskets and store on a shelf.
- Update family’s measurements and post on your bulletin board.
- Rearrange your sewing room.
Now that everything has a place, it’s time to do the actual Spring cleaning and maintenance. Grab yourself some window cleaner, some paper towels, a vacuum and a mop. Now get moving…
- Thoroughly clean your sewing machine.
- Have your sewing machine serviced by a professional.
- Change your sewing machine and serger needles.
- Oil sewing machines if necessary.
- Remove residue from embroidery hoops.
- Sharpen scissors.
- Replace rotary cutter blades.
- Clean your Cutting Mat.
- Wipe down sewing tables.
- Vacuum and mop floors in your sewing room.
- Clean your iron.
- Wash your ironing board cover.
- Donate your fabric scraps to a quilter or charity.
Now that your sewing room is sparkling clean, how about digging into some sewing and craft projects? Make your sewing room the envy of your fellow seamstresses. Here are some ideas to liven up your clean sewing room:
- Put a fresh coat of paint on the walls of your sewing room.
- Add some additional lighting to brighten your work area.
- Sew a new ironing board cover.
- Sew an ironing board caddy.
- Sew new curtains for your sewing room.
- Sew a new pincushion.
- Sew a craft apron.
- Make some fabric magnets and a magnetic board for your sewing room.
- Create some Modge Podge letters for your walls.
- Sew a sewing machine and/or serger cover.
- Sew a sewing tool organizer.
- Recover your sewing chair.
- Make a Wall Pocket for your sewing room.
- Create decorative jar lids for your jars of buttons.
- Sew fabric buckets for fat quarters.
- Sew trim boxes for laces, trims and ribbons.
- Make fabric covered boxes or fabric lined baskets for pattern storage.
Once your sewing room is back in order, it is important to remember to spend just 5 minutes at the end of the day putting away things away. To motivate you, set a cooking timer. When you go into your sewing room the next day, you’ll be able to get right to work and find everything you need for your next sewing project. Happy Sewing!