Crafty Space: Jess from Craftiness is not Optional

Hello fellow crafters! This is Jess from Craftiness is not Optional and this is my crafty space. Welcome.

My name is Jess, and I blog at Craftiness is not Optional. I loved Linda’s idea of showing off our crafty spaces, so I was obviously thrilled when she asked me to participate! I also love to see the “behind the scenes” if you will, of other bloggers. Hope you do too! Here we go!

I love my little “inspiration” board, made with twine and nails. Nothing unique or fancy, just a fun place to fill with pictures, magazine pictures, drawings by my daughters, and supplies I want to use. The DIY white board was gifted to me by my sis. You can also read about the wooden sign in that same post. ;)

These wire drawers are full of my items to refashion…looks like I need to hop to on some refashioning projects! ;) That’s my Silhouette in her pretty dust cover on top!

Here’s my sewing table with my ironing board, cutting mat, sewing machine, fabric weights, wrist pincushion, table pincushion, bowl for different machine foots, garbage/string collector, and an Amy Butler organizing thing I found at Michaels. This houses my needles, bobbins, hot glue gun, fabric glue, pins, size tags, etc.

I have my scissors, turning tools, rotary cutter, fabric pencils, etc, gathered in this cool little vase my brother made in his pottery class. He was going to just throw this away! I love it.


My yardage. Ahh…fabric is just so pretty. See how I organize it here, and about those little jars underneath here!

These shelves are where I store my fat quarters/large scraps (top shelf), ribbons and trims, embroidery stuff, sewing books, elastic and velcro, buttons, hair clip stuff, some jewelry supplies, and on the bottom, all my scraps. Yowsas!

Thread. Not much to say about that, is there?

On this little wooden…thing piece of furniture, I have some notions in a basket (bias tape, piping, zippers) and then those other piles are projects to finish.

Underneath them is where I store my vintage sheets, interfacing, freezer paper, heat n’ bond, ironing stuff, onesies, and some spray paint.

I cleaned up for you all!
Yes, this is it clean. lol. Here is my bulletin board for even more inspiration pics! (and I’ll be honest, fabric store business cards, lol) I have a couple of nails in the wall where I hang up a few of my latest projects for something fun to look at.See that yellow bag in the bucket? Chocolate chips. Yes I am a chocolate fiend and must have my fix at the tip of my fingers. lol!


My serging station-I serge standing up so as not to be moving the chair back and forth. I keep serger thread (all one spool I have right now), some fat quarters, and random notions in those tin pails. You can see more about my serger quilt here.I made those large decorative buttons from some wooden trays I found thrifting! You can see more about that here!

My (awesome) hubby got me those metal ribbon spools ages ago from his work, they used to hold spools of wire, but are perfect for ribbon.

I also got said awesome hubby to hang this little shelf for some random items-buttons, twill tape, headbands, a cute French doll I won in a giveaway, flowers-and a fun sewing machine print. I found that wooden spool for $1 thrifting and wound some yarn around it to look like string. Cute!

This is how I organize my patterns-purchased, and homemade. All labeled and bagged and everything! They did look like this once. If you check the pic below they are not this organized anymore, lol!

I don’t have a decorating “scheme” for this room, it’s kind of a modge podge but I like to let the fabric and notions do the decorating for me! they’re so colorful, why compete?
So thanks for joining me in a little tour of my craft room! And thanks Linda, for enabling my craft addiction on a regular basis!want to show off your Crafty Space? read this post.

Hi! I'm Linda, the craft addict behind Craftaholics Anonymous®, a craft blog. Crafting is cheaper than therapy, right? When I'm not DIYing something, I can be found taxiing around our 4 crazy kids or working out. Or shoe shopping... because you can never have too many shoes! Happy crafting! ♥

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  1. 1

    I am absolutely in awe of those giant "buttons" – SO clever and cute!! =) x

  2. 2

    Love your space…so adorable, yet functional!!! Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. 3
    BB Goad

    just love the button idea!

  4. 4

    Where did you get those wire drawers? I love those! I really enjoy seeing how people organize their space- it's gives me so many ideas!

  5. 5

    Oh my goodness, my crafty space is not fit to be seen at the moment – and this is soooo tidy. Perhaps I should go and tidy right now…..

    Seriously though, what a great room. I'd love to have all that space just for playing!

  6. 6

    Oh my! I LOVE this space. I feel like I could get a lot done in here.
    I'm totally doing the mini fabric bolts now, they look great here!


  7. 7
    Alli and Jason

    I love how it is tidy, but not OCD! It envokes creativity! Loved it! Makes me want to craft!

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    Liz Noonan

    thank you so much for the comic book boards link! i have been looking for those! what a great space, thanks for cleaning up and sharing w/us! i have a chocolate stash too ;-)

  9. 9
    Just this... Alice

    You have a lovely crafting space. Thanks for sharing with us. I can see a few storage ideas I would like to try. Best Wishes!

  10. 10

    Hey all! thanks for your lovely comments. Erin-I found my wire baskets at Target on clearance not too long ago-$3 each! You can bet I grabbed a bunch. :)


  11. 11

    My cousin recommended this blog and she was totally right keep up the fantastic work!

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  12. 12

    What a lovely space!! What does your husband do (and thus, would I be able to find a wire spool holder for ribbons at a hardware store or is it a specialized thing?)

  13. 13

    I enjoyed the tour of your craft room very much!! Wonderful space…great light and some super storage ideas!!

  14. 14

    Thanks all! Misty-my hubby works with medical device testing, etc…so he had access to massive amounts of wire, hence the wire spools, I'm not sure where he got them but they used the wire first obviously. I'll ask him!

  15. 15

    I LOVE those giant wall buttons!! So cute! May I copy those for my craft room? :0)

  16. 16

    LOOOOOOVE the nail and twine inspiration area – SO cute!!

  17. 17
    Tiana Smith

    I just had to write you after seeing your website. WOW! You are amazing and such wonderful ideas. My craft and sawing is in a closet, here and there which is hard but you have given me some great ideas. Thank you so much! You have a real gift.

    1. 17.1

      thank you, Tiana! I appreciate the kind words! I’m so glad you found my site.
      happy crafting,

  18. 18

    Love your website! Those giant buttons are just great! Spent this morning searching thrift shops for old wooden trays. I found just one. Will have to keep up the hunt. Thanks for inspiring me! Have already made one bapron as well for my one year old granddaughter. So cute! I’ll be back!

  19. 19

    Well, Jess, I’m back at your site again. You have such great ideas and have inspired me to re-do my sewing space. I’m having such fun – just finished my giant buttons, and today made up some sewing weights all wrapped in colorful twill tape. I’ve even started to wrap my fabric pieces around cardboard!. Thank you for sharing all your wonderful ideas!