Crafty Spaces: Sarah from EmmylouBeeDoo

Hello Craftaholics!  I am so thrilled to be here, among so many of my crafty idols!
My name is Sarah, and I occupy a wee home in blogland called EmmylouBeeDoo! I started sewing after my daughter was born last March, and I have been lucky enough to have recently moved into my own legitimate sewing room!  It’s such a pleasure and I’m here to share it with you!  Come!
So first, a little background… This was actually my laundry room.  Still is, except the laundry goings-on live to the right of this picture.  And that’s where they’ll stay.  You’re welcome. ;)
If you want to see some of the construction photos, check out this post.
The actual area I occupy in here is only about 7 foot by 7 foot.  So, anyone out there who’s short on space, let this be your inspiration!  You don’t need a whole entire room to store a lifetime supply of fabric and patterns.  Trust.
Here’s my ironing area.  Beneath that is my Unfinished Business Box.  Sadly, it’s at capacity.  Hanging above is my press cloth, a pattern I’m working on, and my favorite little sign.
Under my ironing board to the left is a pot (?) where I keep my freezer paper and rolled-up patterns waiting to be traced… some embroidery hoops… a bookshelf with my glue gun and glue related paraphernalia, sewing machine manuals and books, fabric paint, dye, and a basket on top with all of my needles and feet and whatnot.
Did you notice my ribbon holder?!  It’s an old CD rack!  Holler! I highly recommend scooping one of these up if your out thrifting.  Most can be hung on a wall, and they are perfect for ribbon-housing.  Awesome.
And a hammer and pliers, ’cause every girl needs a hammer and pliers at the ready.
Here’s my desk!  And my Bro’s.  :)  This desk is actually an old artists’ desk that I’ve had since I was probably 12 or 13.  It’s great.  It’s super huge, and it has several little compartments on the right side there.  I didn’t get a great picture, but those compartments are where I keep my scissors, rulers, pattern weights, etc.  Very handy indeed.
Getting to the good stuff!  To the left of my desk is my notions drawer unit.  On the wall above is a picture of my sweet Emmylou, and a thing (old spice rack?? No idea.) that is the perfect size for fat quarters.  Further to the left, my fabric and pattern shelves!  Gah!
This wooden shelf has [from bottom to top] a basket where I keep my vintage patterns, another basket with random crafty goodies, cottons for Emmylou, voiles and other lightweight fabrics, and finally flannel and corduroy chillin’ up top until the fall.  And some yarn?  Ok…
The bottom part of the wooden shelf holds my large cuts of fleece, and other big, unruly items.

Close up of the notion drawers, and a beautiful antique sewing box to the right, gifted by my Aunt. :)
This here green metal shelf has really impressed me.  I totally didn’t want to use it in here – it’s hideous.  However, it’s a workhorse and it holds SO much!  So, from bottom to top – knits and bottom-weights, various apparel fabrics, a basket with trims, another basket with all of my printed patterns – BurdaStyle and the like, a woven basket with the squares for this quilt, a box with my regular envelope-type patterns, and up on the tipy-top (not in this picture) are bolts of quilting cotton from my momma!  They’re great for testing things out, and they’re cute.  Win.
Now here’s where we get really fancy!  I used to keep all my silky fabrics folded like the other fabrics, but they never stayed put.  So, I got some tiny bungee cords and attached them to said workhorse shelf, and that’s how I keep my silkies cooperative!  And they’re so pretty to look at like this, not all slumped over one another.
Close up of the bungee action.  Excellent.
So that’s the grand tour!  Whaddya think?!  I am madly in love with it, and wish I could spend every waking moment here!
Come on over to EmmylouBeeDoo to see some of the fun creations made in this room!
And Linda, I cannot thank you enough for having me!  What an honor!  Plus, it’s good for us Craftaholics to have a safe haven to share.  :)
I can’t wait to see more rooms and more inspiration!
Thanks again!
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 jealous. I really wish I had a craft room! Maybe in our next house. ;-)

  2. 2

    Great craft room!! I can’t wait for the day one of my kids moves away so that I can have my own craft room. lol. I have a lot of time before that happens but oh well! I like how you used many different organizational ideas in just a small space. You have taken advantage of the space and made it work for you. Thanks for sharing.


  3. 3

    wow!!! Love the cd rack ribbon holder and bungees! Great ideas!

  4. 4
    Jonas Haag

    Congratulations on your feature! It was a wonderful tour, it was like seeing it for the first time! How exciting! who knew that cluttered little laundry could look so damn good!

    1. 4.1

      Thank you, sweet husband ;)

  5. 5

    What a great sewing room. I absolutely love your silk storage idea. I am definitely going to use that one!!

  6. 6

    Thank you ladies! And thank you again, Linda!! :D

  7. 7

    cd rack for ribbon – brilliant! I hate the ones where you put the roll on the stick bc then it’s so hard to get ONE roll off if it’s in the middle!

    1. 7.1

      Exactly! Couldn’t agree more! :D

  8. 8

    That is just so organized and beautiful!! I have an entire sewing room and I don’t know that its EVER been that organized! :( You are giving me inspiration to get in there and clean it out and organize!!!!!

  9. 9

    gorgeous. i want a room like that.

  10. 10

    I long for a craft table big enough that my sewing machine (okay, machines) and my serger can both stay out all the time. See also: A full-sized ironing board that’s always open and at the ready. Nice space, thanks for sharing!

  11. 11

    Thank you all so much!!!

  12. 12

    I love your sewing room – I am completely envious! I keep thinking about converting our living room/school room into a craft zone – maybe one day. :)

  13. 13

    I just love an organized craft space! Great idea for storing ribbon. Now I’ll be looking for cd racks when I’m out at garage sales this weekend.

  14. 14

    omg what a great sewing space.. completely jealous!!!!

  15. 15

    That is AWESOME!! Thanks for sharing. I hope to have a space for all my crafting/sewing needs someday. I am going home and checking my basement for a CD rack – I have so much ribbon and it is everyrwhere!

  16. 16

    Thank you ladies so much! It is deninitely a lovely place to hang out. :) And since it’s sooo tiny, it HAS to be ultra-organized. I had to really use my noggin in here :)

  17. 17

    Love the ribbon holder. Very creative! Thanks for sharing your photos. Always looking for new ideas for my craft room!

  18. 18

    Wow, great ideas! Cd rack and bungees? Sarah is an awesome repurposer (yes, I just made up a word for her).

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  20. 19

    I really love what you did with such a small space.I have limited space as well as half of my soon to be craft room is my husbands work out area.I have been looking for ideas that I can use with my limited budget as well ,and cannot wait to incorporate some of your nifty items into my room.Thank you so much ,I feel energized and ready to “get at it”now.

  21. 20

    Hermoso todo,bien organizado