This was my sewing area before:
Ugh. I needed to get better organized before our lessons.
Actually, I like to organize. I organize and organize and organize, but them things get busy and I get too many projects going at once and I make a big mess and then I get frustrated because I can't find anything. I know they say creativity is messy, but so is frustration.
So this is what I did -- I sewed up an organizer thingie:
And, of course, I didn't make up a pattern or write down my steps. Awesome, pin-worthy craft tutorials are not really turning out to be my thing. If you want to make one of these, just come over and we'll work it out together.
I did, however, want to share one thing. Part of my problem is that my sewing tools get covered with stuff. Fabric, patterns, stuff. I thought if the pockets in my organizer were clear, I could find my stuff better, so I decided to use some clear vinyl. And I wanted to bind the edges of the vinyl pockets so that the scissors wouldn't poke through. So here are my vinyl sewing tips:
1) For a huge piece of cheap vinyl, go get a clear shower curtain at the dollar store. I wish I could say this is my original genius idea, but I'm pretty sure I read it somewhere else.
2) You don't want to pin the vinyl, but these little clips work great:
3) And since the vinyl will get sticky and not move too well under your presser foot, a simple solution is to put some tissue paper under the vinyl as you sew, then tear it away later.
I ended up moving the bulletin board to the workroom door, hanging up my mom's thread holder, and moving the washi tape to the basket where I used to keep my thread. I folded fabric, picked up pins, swept the floor, took apart the vacuum after I clogged it with thread and dog hair, finished sweeping and generally gussied up the joint.
I think I can be much more creative in a neat space. At least that's what I've been telling myself.