Take a Tour of Lazy Girl Designs’ Sewing Studio

I posted about a sewing room in a box yesterday. It made me think about my own sewing room so I thought I’d share it with you today.

Over the years my sewing space has moved and changed while growing with my needs. I’ve been sewing since the seventh grade. That was close to 30 years ago. During my college years I rented a room in a boarding house for a work term in downtown Philadelphia. I had one big room. I could keep all of my supplies in a tackle box back then and it tucked away nicely in the closet with my sewing machine. I used the floor as my pinning and cutting space. I had a desk where I sat my machine.

Sewing Studio

Now that I’m a quilter, it’s hard to imagine that I could fit all of my notions, patterns, supplies and material stash in a few boxes and containers. I started quilting in 1996 and my collection of supplies grew and grew and grew. It quickly took over an armoir, then we moved and it took over a closet. Then I moved my sewing stuff into a bedroom at our first house.

Finally, my sewing space has moved three times within our current house. My sewing stuff seemed to multiply when I started Lazy Girl Designs and made quilting my business interest. When that happened, I had to stay current with products and fabrics so a lot of stuff entered my life.

One of the biggest changes I noticed when my hobby and love became my business was the role of my sewing space. In the past I could pack things up, turn off the light and everything was out of sight. Now, however, my sewing efforts remain active even when I’m not working on them. I think of my studio as being alive. It’s a friend waiting for me to visit and play. Some times my projects need time to gel and take shape.  Once in a while I have to wait for the puzzles of a project to work themselves out before I go back and finish.

It’s hard for me to pack everything up and put it all away before a project is complete. So, I leave projects in progress when I leave my sewing space.

Sewing Studio

In 2001, I designed my own sewing space for the basement. After six months of work, Lazy Girl moved in to its current studio. You can take a tour of my studio here.  These are photos and a tour before I moved my goodies in. I cannot bring myself to take pictures now. I’d need a few days to clean and organize before I could share that information.



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8 Responses to “Take a Tour of Lazy Girl Designs’ Sewing Studio”

  1. Katrina Kahn — November 30, 2006 @ 8:14 am

    Wonderful Joan! I just love llooking at your converted basement as an inspiration since we have been toying with the idea of converting ours for about 4 years now. It’s funny that you should post a tour of your studio today since I did the same thing on Monday LOL! Great minds think alike I suppose 🙂 Thanks again!

  2. Joan — November 30, 2006 @ 9:10 am

    Hi Katrina, It’s nice to hear from you. I missed your post on Monday. Where is it posted?


  3. Katrina Kahn — December 6, 2006 @ 7:49 am

    Hi Joan! Here is the link:
    My room isn’t as nice as yours (or as organized since mine has all my “stuff” in it) but I hope that you enjoy the tour 🙂
    Take care;

  4. Virginia — June 30, 2007 @ 9:03 pm

    Hi I found your website while searching for Philadelphia quilt patterns. It seems they are hard to come by and thought since you have lived in Philadelphia you may know of patterns from this area. Patterns that may be named for Valley Forge, or Lancaster and other places around the Philadelphia area. If you would know of these would you please let me know. I really would appreciate it very much.

    Thank you.

  5. Annie Curran — November 30, 2007 @ 3:29 pm

    Hi Joan – I am just so excited about this website. And even more excited when I found out that you are in Westerville! (Cheryl G – Stitching Post teacher told me) I am in Lewis Center.

    If I ever get organized I want to have a sewing room like yours! Mine is in the basement, too, but nothing like yours….bits and pieces…..


  6. Diana — January 9, 2008 @ 2:34 pm

    Can you spell J-E-A-L-O-U-S ?
    This is wonderful.
    I had a studio at one time. I’ve always had a work space but now I’m in a 2 room plus kitchenette apartment and my work space is in both of them.
    All my fabric, cutting table sewing machines, and a tiny, tiny sewing table is in the bedroom. The trims, fringes and that sort of stuff is in the walk in closet along with vintage clothes and linens to rework, play with, cut up, whatever. (clothes are jammed into the two tiny closets. Its all about priorities! LOL)
    Beads, buttons, paints, pens, pencils, journals, paint, paper etc are all in the living room… I guess it is the dining area of the Living Room. I thought the couch was for eating, or the computer desk… (I don’t have children and no one to answer to.)
    It seems to be OK, though I haven’t really done any work since I’ve been here, I mostly move things around trying to find the perfect arrangement. Isn’t organizing part of the fun of textiles and craftiness?
    Getting to retouch, re discover all that fabric lusciousness, the images saved, the colors of the paints. YUM!

    I should put this on my blog. I just started it and don’t write because I don’t know what to say.

    Do you mind if I blog your studio pix?

  7. Towanda Foster — September 13, 2011 @ 4:17 pm

    I am in the process of trying to design my new sewing studio. Presently I have a nook and of course I have outgrown it. We are building and I have been searching for design ideas and I must admit your design is perfect (with a little tweeking for my needs). I was wondering if you knew your room size (10 x 9?). And I click on the tour button but the site has been removed. Maybe we can see an updated version as it is today.

  8. Catherine Becker — July 6, 2015 @ 9:21 pm

    Can you email me your dimensions ????