Sewing Room Tour and Craft Room Ideas
Lazies, Join me for my sewing room tour and the craft room of my dreams! Over the years my sewing space has moved and changed while growing with my needs. In 2001, I designed my own sewing room in the basement. After six months of construction, Lazy Girl moved in to its current studio. I designed the studio for work flow and to keep me and my sewing supplies organized.
Basement Before Construction
Here’s the unfinished basement before construction which was about 850 square feet of unfinished space. Just below the Dallas Cowboys sign is where the stairs land at the middle of the basement. I designed the finished space to put walls where the I-beams and support poles were located.
My Sewing Studio and Creative Space
My sewing studio is approximately 13′ x 20′. Here’s half of my studio showing my sewing machine counter, which backs up to the elevated work surface and cutting counter. Beyond the studio is a storage room to the left and a full bath to the right. I chose cabinetry, wood stain, paint, and countertops to match or coordinate with the rest of the house upstairs. The carpeting is a commercial carpet.
Built-In Cabinetry, Shelves, and Drawers
I designed the sewing room to have work surfaces at standing and sitting heights. There are drawers of different sizes for different functions. A large corner cabinet holds bulky things like sewing machine luggage or extra sewing machines. Shelves on the wall are to display my sewing themed gifts, collectibles, and treasures.
Create A More Open Staircase
A stairway to a basement can often feel narrow and dark like going into a cave. I widened the stairs to create a more open feeling and provide some fun display areas. We simply replaced the stair treads with wider boards. We located the new wall about 20″ from the steps which is where the I-beam ran across the ceiling. That created an opportunity to add a built-in element for displaying sewing goodies.
Large Elevated Ergonomic Work Table
This large, elevated counter is my cutting table and work station which has room below to store bolted goods such as my line of Lazy Girl interfacing. Shelves, drawers, and cabinets nearby are perfect to organize books, tools, supplies, and other resources. The work surface will fit a large cutting mat and still have room left over for notions, fabrics, etc.
Extra Storage Room for Craft Supplies
Connected to the sewing room is a nice big storage room with built-in shelves which are perfect for luggage, display items and samples.
The other wall in this room has smaller shelves which are perfect for fabric, sewing supplies, and notions. That door to the left leads to the utility room.
Storage for Large Items in a Spare Room
Finally, there’s an extra room with a desk just off the studio which has become quite handy for all of the unexpected things I need to store. The large closet opens to storage under the stairs and access to the crawl space under the rest of the house.
Sewing Studio and Craft Space
Here are a few pics of my sewing room and craft space with all of my stuff moved in.
Ironing Board and Pressing Supplies
One corner of the studio is home to my pressing station. I also store sewing and craft supplies in this area such as everything from zippers and buttons to KAM snaps and ribbons. I also use drawers for pressing notions and open shelving for my pressing sheets and cloths.
IKEA Ironing Board Hack
Take a tour of my updated IKEA hack pressing station: IKEA Hack Ironing Board.
Sewing Gifts Display Idea
I love having all of my sewing gifts and sewing themed collectibles on display, including treasures I pick up while traveling for my job. Other items are cherished gifts from my stitchy friends.
Sewing Room Organization and Craft Supply Storage
Some free-standing shelves work well for my Lazy Girl line of interfacing, supplies, and notions. I picked the shelves up years ago at Pier-1 Imports. The wooden boxes with clear drawers are old DMC floss display units I picked a long time ago from a store that closed.
Sewing Machine Table Custom Countertop
I designed this countertop to have a lowered area to hold my sewing machine which puts the sewing surface at the same height as the counter. Here’s a closer look at the nook I designed for my sewing machines. It’s perfect for my Janome or BERNINA 740.
Here I am at home in the sewing room of my dreams. Thanks for joining me on a tour of my sewing studio and creative space!
Sewing Room Equipment and Supplies
For more info about some of the equipment in my studio, check out my blog post for Must Have Sewing Room Equipment.
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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!
Hi Katrina, It’s nice to hear from you. I missed your post on Monday. Where is it posted?
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 🙂
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.
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…..
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?
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.
Can you email me your dimensions ????
This is a beautiful studio. I am in the process of re-developing my sewing space. I love your layout.Just a question for you about how long is the wall that has your cutting and sewing desk along with so much storage both upper and lowers and work space as well…
Hi Kathy, The whole room is about 13′ x 20′. The space for the cutting and sewing surfaces is about 6′ total. Thanks for your very kind compliments!
What a lovely space, can we see it ‘today’ in use?
LOVE!!! in my dream, i’ll add an entire 2nd story to my house & it will all be for my crafting, the majority of which is sewing. we don’t have basements where we live, they’d just flood….. but i love looking at all the storage you have as well as your pincushion collection. i have a small one too. thanks for sharing
LOVE your new sewing room Joan! I have a 13×13 bedroom that I am converting into a sewing room and all pictures of sewing rooms help me alot. This has been my sewing room for years, but someday I will have base cabinets and uppers so I can store most of the items I need. Someday I will get this all done, but major renovations through out the rest of the house pushed my sewing room to the bottom of the list! Thanks for showing us yours!!
Love your sewing room, thanks for sharing!
I would love to know where you got your sewing machine furniture? Did you have it built or was it from a store? I just finished my 20’x20’ room and really need a good sewing station. Yours is fantastic.
I think your crafting space is wonderful! I am a newbie sewist and, being from the Philippines, i can only wish for a good sewing machine that i can use. Your site has inspired me to be more creative while building my dream of some day having my own electric sewing machine.