A tale of two sewing rooms: part II

In the house next door to the fabulosity that is Rhonda’s sewing room is JoeAnn’s sewing room. Like Rhonda, she took over the front bedroom, and like Rhonda, she too, was seduced by the same sewing table featured at the Tracey’s Tables booth at the Houston quilt festival last fall. She used the time between the festival and her table delivery date to do some serious cleaning out and organizing, and her efforts paid off.

JoeAnn made space for her new table in the middle of the bedroom beneath the window by pushing her large work/ironing station (left) against one wall and her serger table (created with an IKEA table top resting on two filing cabinets) against the opposite wall.


Next to her work/ironing station is a soft, comfy chair to do handwork, read or watch Downton Abbey.


Next to her serger table is a white storage unit from IKEA,


filled with white polyester cubes holding books, binders, yarn, and other assorted quilting, sewing, crocheting and knitting goodies.


JoeAnn chose this white unit because she wanted her space to appear less cluttered and distracting and more serene. To that end, out of sight on the left side of the unit are all her cutting rulers, affixed with adhesive hooks.


A design wall made with a piece of quilter’s grid interfacing is tacked to the wall next to the storage cubes.


The cabinet next to the closet door was recently acquired at a resale shop for just $50. It’s in excellent condition and holds JoeAnn’s embroidery machine and supplies.




When it’s not in use, everything folds neatly away.


The cabinet doubles as a nice little side table, arranged with a few decorative storage boxes and a pretty lamp found at Goodwill.


The print fabric on the shade contains the soothing blue accent color JoeAnn chose for her space and may be used to cover the shade—she’s still deciding.

Also like Rhonda, JoeAnn is an inventive re-purposer. She used an old, decorative toothbrush holder to store her crochet hooks,


a jewelry stand to hold scissors of varying sizes and purposes,


and this miniature white wicker drawer unit to store buttons.


JoeAnn replaced the knobs with pretty blue glass ones and used a white soap dish liner to replace the missing bottom drawer.


The end table next to her comfy chair is an old computer tower storage unit. The left side holds her cutting dies and the right side pulls out for easy access to her favorite DVDs.


And now for the big reveal. Here is JoeAnn’s room with her new sewing table and drawer unit. It fit right in!


A table in which the bed of the sewing machine sits flush with the table top is a serious upgrade in a person’s sewing life. I know JoeAnn and Rhonda will appreciate their new tables immensely and marvel at how much easier sewing, cutting and measuring will be.




Filed under organizing

2 responses to “A tale of two sewing rooms: part II

  1. Joni brand

    OH, goodness, there should be some sort of competition for cleaning out or upgrading the “sewing/quilting” room. Oh, no, scratch that, I’d come in last place so why bother! 😉

    • Joni, You’re funny! Yes, it can be daunting; however, they both had very large sticks prodding them toward the finish line. If this was a competition, would that be considered cheating?

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