Kon Marie Your Sewing Room

If you haven’t read the book, The Lifechanging Magic of Tidying Up, you’ve no doubt heard of the corresponding reality TV series, in which the decluttering guru Marie Kondo helps people dig out of their mess and organize their belongings.

I read the book a few years ago and while there were a few things that were just too hokey for me (I don’t thank my belongings for serving me before putting them in the Goodwill bag, for example), I did glean some organization tips from that book that were pretty life-changing. (I mean, not like the births of my children life changing, but you know …)

One strategy in particular and one that I have now employed in my home for three or four years, is the KonMarie method of folding and storing clothing. Not only did this revolutionize my dresser, it changed how I store and view my fabric stash and sewing notions. That’s what I want to talk to you about today!

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Marie Kondo recommends, rather than folding your clothes and stacking them in your drawers, fold them set them upright, file-style. The rows of garments are nice and neat and you can see everything in the drawer, never having to dig to find clothes under other clothes. Brilliant!

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I store my fabric the same way. If you missed it, I blogged about my DIY cutting table we made from a secondhand dresser last week. The drawers hold all my fabrics. I even have a bin of small scrap fabrics inside one drawer that would ordinarily be strewn into a messed up pile, but are neatly folded and filed in a drawer. I have a drawer of “filed” garment fabrics, a drawer of quilting/cotton fabrics and a drawer of fleeces. My holiday fabrics are folded and filed just as neatly and share a drawer with the aforementioned scraps bin.

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But thinking beyond fabric, this method works well for my patterns too. I have the patterns neatly filed into one drawer. I don’t allow myself to keep more patterns than fit in the drawer. I know the thought of limiting your pattern stash this much may give some of you a heart attack, but having fewer patters eliminates a crazy amount of decision fatigue and I’ve experienced so many benefits of my massive pattern clear out!

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I have a second small cabinet in my sewing room that holds thread, notions, interfacing and other small things. My Father-in-law built this cabinet for me many years ago and having several smaller drawers right next to my machine is so handy.

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I organize my thread by color in one drawer and store my ribbons and trims KonMarie-style in another drawes, nice and neat in rows, (though those crazy ribbons need reorganized on occassion!) My rick-rack, bias tape and piping get filed in a bin inside one drawer.

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This method of storing items in my sewing room has been so useful for me and I’ll never go back! Having fabrics in drawers keeps them safe from sun damage and dust too. Also, restricting your storage to only the space you’ve made available for it truly helps you not overbuy. And this leads me to one thing I wish Marie Kondo addressed more on her show and in her book. “Tidying up” is great and all, but If we want to keep a tidy home for the long haul, we must address our shopping habits. It’s not going to work if we continue to bring in new items at the same rate we always did before the clean-out sesh, right?

Do you have thoughts on this?? I’d love to hear them and your thoughts on sewing room organization in general. Are you a keeper or a purger?







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DIY Cutting Table From a Secondhand Dresser

We have less than a year left in our current home until the Army moves us onward, and one of the things I’m already mourning is my giant sewing room. I’ve sewn in all kinds of spaces over the years, including a corner of the living room, a dingy basement and a tiny hallway. But our current house has a large bonus room in the daylight basement and I’ve had it all to myself for two years.

I will survive the loss of space, but knowing that my amazing, but huge cutting table will likely not fit in whatever sewing space I have in our next house is the saddest part! We DIYed this cutting table for the sewing studio out of a second-hand dresser and I just have to share it with you because it’s been an amazing solution to the typical sewing room storage mess/problems.

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This table came about almost accidentally. My husband’s dresser fell apart during our last move and he needed a new one. He found one on the for-sale page in our area, huge and hand built out of solid wood. It was part of a set, however, so he had to buy both. I already have a dresser I like and this one was way too big for our room anyway, but I knew right away it would be perfect for my sewing room!

I painted it a pretty dark blue color and bought new drawer pulls at Hobby Lobby (these ones). Casey put it on castors both to make it taller and easier to move. Then he replaced the dresser’s top with a 4x8 piece of pre-finished plywood from Home Depot. I wanted it larger than the original top so that it overhangs on both sides and on the back, almost like a kitchen island would.

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The best part about this cutting table is that it stores my entire fabric stash, patterns and notions. I do not like a visually busy home in general and that’s just as true in my sewing room. I prefer everything to be put away and enclosed. Also, a tidy home tip for you: when you limit your storage space for certain items, it encourages you to use what you have, buy less in general and just be more mindful of how much you’re accumulating. This is true for every area of the home! I’ve had a couple of very small kitchens, my current one included, and they have been my most organized kitchens because everything needs to have a home. There’s simply no space for extras, so I think long and hard before adding something new to the mix.

This is my fabric stash, housed on one side of my cutting table (the other side holds one drawer of fleece and felt):

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The center section has a door that opens and three sliding drawers that pull out. This is where I keep certain notions, other craft supplies like embroidery floss and beads, my button box and a bin of laces and trims.

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The top left drawer holds all my patterns. This is all of them and when it's overfull, I go through and get rid of some. I talk more about the concept of having less of a fabric and pattern stash in this post.

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This concept will work with any size dresser. The key to a great cutting table is to give it enough height and a large top. It’s a budget friendly idea too, as you can obtain an inexpensive secondhand dresser pretty easily these days. The 4x8 prefab top we put on mine was $50. Another option to use an old flat door or find a tabletop for a good price that will work. Frugality requires creativity! We’re often surprised by how we can repurpose items we already have on hand.

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Someday soon I’ll show you the other side of my sewing room (the side with the sewing machines!) I’d love to see your sewing space too! Link me in the comments :)

Cheers!




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5 Surprising Tools Every Sewing Room Should Have

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We all know about the basic tools, of course. Your scissors, pins, seam ripper, etc … But there are a few tools that have lived in my sewing room for years that I will never again go without! I’m here to share five of those unlikely, but oh-so-useful tools with you.

Unlikely sewing tools you should keep handy in your sewing room!

Unlikely sewing tool #1: Hemostats.

Yes, hemostats. The kind doctors use. Mine actually came from a medic my husband was friends with in his early days in the Army. I asked if he could score me a pair and they’ve been within arms reach in my sewing room ever since! They’re so useful for so many things, like turning tiny things right side out, getting stuffing into hard to reach places and reaching in to grab the elastic end you accidentally let slide inside its casing.

Unlikely sewing tool #2: Washi Tape

I love washi tape! If you’re unfamiliar, this is a decorative tape that you can find in the craft department of any store and in lots of cute prints, to boot. It’s different from regular tape in that it comes off very easily, without ripping paper or distorting fabric. I keep a roll of this handy in my sewing room for a few reasons. It’s very handy for taping the changes into pattern pieces I’m only temporarily altering, since it’s not permanent like other tape. I also use it to mark lines on my sewing machine when I’m sewing a deep hem or just need a line where my sewing machine doesn’t include one (on my serger too!). I also use a small piece of it to stick to the front pieces of something I’ve cut out, if the front and back look very similar, so I can tell them apart.

Unlikely sewing tool #3: An Awl

Many sewists have probably overlooked this notion, although they are sold in the fabric store. An awl has many uses, including helping to feed fabric through your machine if it’s stuck, without getting your fingers involved. It can also be used to turn seams the right direction as they go under the machine. An awl punches holes for snap setting or animal eyes and can get you started when you’re cutting button holes open.

Unlikely Sewing Tool #4: Tweezers

I didn’t know how dependent I was on my sewing room tweezers until they went missing one time. Threading my serger is a huge pain without them! While similar to the hemostats, tweezers can reach things the larger hemostats can’t. They’re also useful when putting your buttons in place if you sew buttons on with a button foot. Mine have an edge on that that I use to tighten or loosen the screw that holds my needle in place (though a set of micro screwdrivers lives in my sewing room as well).

Unlikely Sewing tool #5: Scotch Tape and Paper

Okay, I know this is two things, but they almost always go together. When making pattern alterations (and I almost always need to after making a muslin), I use plain ole’ printer paper and scotch tape. It’s irritating to have to go upstairs and get some, so I make sure to keep a stack in my sewing room at all times, right on my desk. Scotch tape on a dispenser is indispensable (see what I did there?) for making alterations and of course, for taping together your indie patterns. Mine has a permanent place on my cutting table and I keep refill rolls in my desk. Like my sewing scissors, my family knows better than to remove my tape dispenser from the sewing room!

That’s five! But I can’t end it there. There are some just-for-fun-totally-optional things in my sewing room that I LOVE and count among my favorite things.

Sewing room essentials! Click over for my list of unlikely sewing tools AND some just-for-fun items to have in your sewing room. || PIn, Cut, Sew Studio

First is my Spotify Premium Family account!

I procrastinated on going premium for way too long, but now that we have it, we’ll never go back. They don’t even have an affiliate program, so this is not an ad, ha! I just like it that much. Each family member can have their own account and we have any music imaginable at our fingertips. It pretty much feels to good to be true. You can even play your podcasts on it and we all know podcasts and sewing go together like PB&J.

Second is my Bose Colorlink Speaker.

My husband got this for me for Christmas one year and it was a huge suprise, we don’t usually do more than stocking suffers for each other to keep the Christmas budget under control. But it’s seriously one of my favorite things and I use it in the sewing room and all over the house constantly.

Third is my Bluetooth Noise Reducing Headphones.

I hesitated big time on buying these because the price was so much less than what’s mostly marketed these days, but they’ve been awesome. They do a good job of blocking out the Fortnite noise that I partially share a room with, so I can hear my podcast, so that’s a win in my book.

Your turn!

What items do you love having in your sewing room? I’d love to hear about them! Maybe you have a tool I didn’t even know was out there. Lemme know in the comments!

Cheers :)



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Tour my new sewing studio!

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Well, we have successfully moved from Hawaii to Utah, where we bought a house that we immediately had half of renovated. Thankfully, we had a truly wonderful contractor who treated our home as if it were his own and went above and beyond our expectations! One large room in the downstairs of our 1978 split level was tagged for my sewing studio. I have been so excited about bringing my sewing class business here to Utah and knew that a separate set-up would make things so much easier than using my dining room like I was doing in Hawaii. 

Anyway, without further ado, here is the end result! 

I upgraded the four mechanical Brother machines I had to six new computerized Project Runway Brother machines (affiliate link). They have already made my life so much easier!! A couple reasons: First, they have speed control, which is a no-brainer when teaching kids, I have learned. Second, they have certain features that prevent me from having to constantly rethread or unclog the thread. For example, if you try to sew without the presser foot being down, you'll get an error code. Also, I've already used the fancy stitches, the alphabet, the button-holer and and button foot and they all work like a dream! These machines cost $160 on Amazon and I highly recommend them! 

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I'm happy to say I've already put it to good use, not only sewing for myself and with the girls, but I've already held a couple classes here and this space was a dream to work in! 

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The large cutting table is something we got on Craigslist because it was part of a handmade set. My husband is using it's taller partner, but this thing was way too big for my dresser and I already have a dresser I like. So I painted it blue, added cool drawer pulls and had Casey put a new, larger top on it to serve as a perfect cutting table that also holds ALL of my fabric and then some! Casey even put it on castors so if we need this floor space for other uses, this can be pushed to the wall and sewing machine tables (which are from IKEA and were given to me) can be pushed to the other wall. The little stools were actually taller stools we already had, but aren't using. I asked Casey to cut them shorter and they're perfect and don't take up space like bulky chairs would. The curtains were ones I made for our bedroom two states/homes ago. Glad I kept them! 

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My personal sewing space is at the far end, along with the ironing station. I gave myself the mountain view, it's so pretty out that window. That wooden cabinet my father-in-law made me years ago and it holds notions and things. The retro metal desk was a side of the road rescue that I painted, also many years ago. 

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This vanity was a gift from my Dad, which made over for me one Christmas when I was young. I gave it a fresh coat of paint a couple years ago and I love it in this space now. Everyone needs a mirror in their sewing space! 

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I hope you've enjoyed the tour! I'm certainly enjoying the space. I already have more classes planned, so I'll soon have photos of it in use, I'm sure. 

Cheers! 

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