I had such a great response to my sewing room reveal recently, thank you! Many of you commented how refreshing it was to see a real craft space that wasn’t overly styled or used expensive storage items for organisation. Here are just some of your comments:
“I very much like the fact that your space isn’t perfect, not everything matches and that you’ve used “normal” things and adjusted everyday items to meet your needs.” – Thais
“…I also love that your space is pretty and real, love that you have repurposed things for storage!” – Mamie
“Oooooh, this makes me feel half normal again. Thank you. The amount of times I see absolutely PERFECT rooms on Pinterest (in theory) but I just wonder how they would go actually being used… your room looks tidy and normal to me and approachable. Practical.” – Brigitte
“I loved this post – sewing room done in just my style. Not completely new and IKEA based! Thanks for sharing.” – Pia via Facebook
I consider myself pretty thrifty, why buy something new when I can reuse something else that is laying around? There are so many benefits to creative reuse of secondhand items, it keeps junk out of landfill, it reduces the need to use virgin resources to make new products, but mainly it’s inexpensive and I’d rather spend my hard earned dollars on travelling, enjoying a nice meal, or buying craft supplies.
You don’t need to spend lots of money for storage items, most of my containers are re-purposed and recycled.
Here are some practical items that you can find around the house or inexpensively in thrift stores.
- Large Glass Jars – Ideal for storing buttons, threads, ribbons, beads.
- Shoe Boxes – Perfect for filing ribbons on cards, patterns, small tools.
- Shoe Box Lids – Make perfect trays to keep small items like bobbins, pins and clippers corralled.
- Baskets – Ideal for storing fabric and yarn in. Ask around before buying, you’ll find friends and family may have some they don’t use tucked away.
- Strong cardboard File Boxes – These make great improvised drawers for fabric scrap storage in bookshelves. Ask someone that works in an office if they are getting rid of any.
- Wire Baskets – Great for fabric storage because you can see exactly what you have. You can sometimes find the wire drawers from broken draw units on the side of the road. Make sure they are rust free.
- Free shelves – Before buying an expensive shelving system, ask around to see if anyone has one to get rid of. You’ll be surprised at how many people are happy to let go of something as long as you are happy to take it away.
I’ve found plenty of pretty good stuff on the side of the road, including my ironing board. It was actually left on the curb across the road from my house so I just had to walk it home, but I’m not too proud to stop the car and load up items that I think will be useful. Finding a free ironing board saved me around $100.
Sure, sometimes mismatched shoe boxes or donated shelves don’t look super stylish, it doesn’t really bother me, but if you like things to look co-ordinated or share your craft space, it’s a great opportunity to use your creativity. Have a go at covering boxes with fabric, paint your shelves or line them with wallpaper.