Sewing Room Picture Ledges

I made my first set of picture ledges for the living room and they went so well that I wanted to have a few more in my sewing room. In fact I started making picture ledges for my sewing room so long ago I can’t even remember when I first started.

So, many months ago my first step was to cut the wood to size. This time I think I went with 2′ long ledges. These ledges were made from 2 1×3’s for the back and bottom and 1 1×2′ for the front.

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Then I marked spots were I wanted to drill kreg holes.

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The last time I made these I attached the front and back board with the kreg screws. This time around I only attached the back with screws.

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Here’s the back attached to the bottom with the screws. You can see that the pocket holes are on inside of the shelf.

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Since I originally wanted to stain the ledges I chose to use small finish nails to attach the front. I lightly pounded the nails in the front board to line then all up first.

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Then I set the board on the ledge and pounded away.

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After I was done assembling I filled in the kreg holes with wood filler.

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After the wood filler dried I gave everything a good sanding, wiped it all down and stained the ledges using Minwax express.

At the time I made these (months ago) I wanted the ledges to be onyx black so that they would go with the thread holder that I had already made.

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I took so long to hang the ledges at this point that I started to change my mind. I had painted the walls in the sewing room and I no longer liked the black shelves against the grey walls. So while I was already painting the TV stand and jar shelves I went ahead and got ready to paint these as well.

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At first I thought I would just go with the same off white paint I had used in other projects but in the end I went Sunken Pool by Martha Stewart. I had some left over from painting the sewing room ceiling and I thought it would be the perfect way to bring the ceiling color into the rest of the room.

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Once the ledges were painted they sat around in the room for weeks. After all why hurry these along at all. Last weekend I finally had Chris help me hang the shelves. We used screws to install them just like the previous ones right into the studs. I came back with a little touch up paint and painted over the screw heads to hide them.

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Then I filled up the shelves with a bunch of things I had hanging around my sewing room.

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I know they are a little overcrowded for now but I’m sure I’ll do some more rearranging. That is the beauty of the picture ledges; you can easily move things around.

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It’s nice to finally have all this stuff up off the floor.

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Anyone else the kind of person that likes to drag out some projects for a long time? It feels like one week I can blast through and complete five projects and then other projects take months to finally get around to finishing.

*These ledges are based on the plan from Ana White. Go check out the $10 ledges.

** Update: This room is being converted into the Nursery but these shelves are staying!

The Roman Shade to End Them All

I may have thought I was crazy for doing the first five roman shades in our house but I really think I hit a new level of crazy with this one. It may very well be the last roman shade I ever sew (at least for a long time).

This project took me months to finish of off and on work. The intimidating size coupled with the tedious work made for a project that I just wasn’t motivated to finish. But this last weekend I finally finished the last steps and got this shade hung!

I wanted to save a little money on this shade so I was trying to use things that I already had. Since I already had some 45″ wide white cotton I used that for the half of the lining. Since my window was wider than 45″ wide I had to piece fabric to make it wide enough.

First I cut down my fabrics to about the right height. I had two strips for each layer.

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Then I had to cut one of the strips for each layer down the center lengthwise. Then I just sewed these two half size pieces with the full size piece in the center to make it wide enough.

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Once all the layers were pieced together I had to cut down both sides so each later was the right total width.

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Here’s a snapshot of what the main fabric looks like. I wanted the shade to be white but a little more interesting than a plain. It’s basically a white on white pattern that it’s obvious from a distance but it does add a little interest.

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Really from there on I just follow the steps that I previously did.

This time for the header board I wanted to stain it instead of covering it with fabric like I did before. Sine the window I was putting it in is fully framed in wood I thought it would blend in a little better that way.

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Once I had the header stained and the mounting hardware on I marked for the rings.

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Another small difference in the header was that I added an extra ring close to the right edge where I planned on having the pull cord come from. In the past we mounted one in the window frame so this was just a little bit of an upgrade.

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Just like with the curtains I had a really hard time taking good photos because of the lighting.

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Here’s a close up shot of the two fabrics.

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It may look a little less than fantastic in pictures but I’m so happy to finally be done.

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It’s nice to finally feel like the window is finished out and to have a little more privacy for this room if I ever need or want it.

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Seriously, after almost 6 months I’m glad to call this done.

Anyone else tackle a project multiple times over and finally decide that you’d done one too many?

If you want more info I how I have sew my roman shades check out my tutorial part 1 and part 2.

**Update: I’m converting this room into the sewing room but I’m keeping this roman shade, just changing up the curtains. 

Sewing Sewing Room Curtains

I’ve been working on a roman shade for my sewing room and lets just say that it hasn’t been going all that well. It’s tedious and super intimidating for me. All this equals a project that has probably taken at least 6 months and is still going. In the mean time I decided to finally get on making the decorative curtains that I wanted for over the window.

Months back I bought an inexpensive white curtain rod from ikea. Last week I finally went into the fabric store and looked for something to make the curtains.

Since I used the curtain rings all I had to do was cut the fabric to size and finish the edges. On the sides I did a double turned 1″ hem and on the bottom and top I did a 3″ hem.

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I wanted something cotton so that it would be lightweight and inexpensive.

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As for the color I really wanted something that would lighten up the room as well as tie in the teal ceiling as well as include some bright pink.

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I’m actually really pleased with the fabric I found. From a distance it just looks like a blur of light colors. I’m glad I didn’t go with a large bold pattern which would have been too overwhelming.

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After just a few hours I had the fabric cut and hanging on the newly installed curtain rod. Now all I need to do is finally get on that roman shade.

Shelving in the Sewing Room

A while back I organized all my sewing notions by putting them in canning jars. Since then they have pretty much just sat in a pile around the sewing room. After I finished the jars I started thinking about a set of shelves that would organize the jars a little better.

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To fix my problem I drew up a little plan to make shelves out of 1×3 boards. Since the 1×3’s were actually a little skinny for the jars I also added little slats on the backs of the shelves so the jars won’t fall off the back.

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A few weekends  back when I was working on a some other projects I cut all the wood pieces down to size.

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From the beginning I intended to put the shelves together using the nail gun. I thought to would be easier to paint everything before assembly so I set out all the pieces to start painting.

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At the same time I also decided to work up a simple TV stand also for my sewing room.

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I cut the tv stand out of a 1×12 board.

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Since I used the kreg jig I assembled the tv stand before I painted.

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Next I started in with the primer. I used the Behr primer first since I already had it on hand and it turned out to be a big mistake. The paint was really clumpy and it dripped all down the side of the wood. I ended up having to sand most of it off then prime again using the Kilz 2 primer.

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That being said here’s all the pieces with the primer on.

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I went back and forth on what color I wanted to paint the shelves. In the end I decided I wanted the shelves to blend into the walls so that the jars would be the focal point, not the shelves. Since I had some Zinc paint left over from painting the sewing room I decided to use that.

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It took two coats to fully cover the wood but they turned out pretty good.

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Once they were all painted then we used the nail gun to attach all the pieces together.

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After it was all assembled I wanted to spray a finish coat for added durability. Since I already had a can of polyurethane in the garage I went with  that. In hindsight I don’t think it’s meant to be used over paint and it ended up living a sticky finish. I finally went out and bought a clear gloss spray paint to finish off the shelves and it seemed to fix the stickiness.

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After more than a week of trying to paint and finish they were finally done.

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Even with the glossy finish the shelves do blend into the wall  pretty well.

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It’s so nice to finally have the jars off the table and displayed so that I can see what’s in each one.

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I think it looks pretty good with the rest of the things that are set up on the sewing tables.

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I also set up the TV stand in the corner. It takes up a little more room than just the tv did but it gets the dvd player out of the way which is nice.

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It’s even tall enough to store the remotes and some dvds under the stand.

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With those few little things checked off the list I’m getting closer to feeling done with this room. Maybe it will be the first room in our house to be “finished”.

Paint It Like You Mean It

Surprise, surprise I’ve been painting again! Well the buy 2 get one for a dollar sale is still going on at my local paint store so I took the chance to get another three gallons of paint.

This time around I painted the sewing room. With some help from Chris I was able to do all the painting in one weekend and get everything back in the room Monday night. I love when a project takes only a weekend.

I knew that painting the room, especially the ceiling with everything in the room would be too difficult. So Chris helped me to drag everything out of the room and put it in the dining and living room. We had to lock up some of the stuff in the powder room so that the cats couldn’t get to it.

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Once everything was out I taped off all the molding, around the light and laid out the plastic to cover the floor.

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Just as I was getting ready to paint I noticed a certain cat named Marshall had taken up residence on top of one of my shelves. I made the perfect cat spot just getting all the stuff out of the room.

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Now back to the room. I started off by painting the ceiling. (It’s always easier to paint the ceiling first.) This time around I decided to the paint the ceiling in Sunken Pool by Martha Stewart. Just like last time I had it paint matched in the Acro Pure paint.

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As usual I went around all the edges first and then came back with the roller. It’s always so awkward to paint the ceiling the only way I feel like I can get the right pressure it by standing right underneath the roller. At least this ceiling isn’t huge.

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I was only able to paint the two coats on the ceiling on Saturday. I cleaned up all my supplies but accidentally left the room open all night. When I woke up there were quite a a few holes in the plastic. The cats really do like the plastic.

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Back to the paint; Here’s what the ceiling looked like when I came back in the next morning. So pretty even without the walls painted.

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Part of painting the ceiling was deciding what parts to actually paint. You see there’s a beam that runs across the room and leave a small broken piece of ceiling. It’s hard to see in the photo but I decided to keep that awkward corner the same color as the walls.

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Speaking of the walls I went with Zinc by Martha Stewart this time. Just like I did on the accent wall in the guest room. I had about a half gallon left over from painting the wall so I mixed the two cans together just in case the colors weren’t an exact match.

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A while back we heard a tip on Ask This Old House that you should use a nail to pound holes in the rim of the paint can. This way the paint will drain out back into the can. I’ve actually been doing this for a while now. It doesn’t keep the paint from dripping down the front of the can when but it does help to drain out of the rim little by little.

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Once the paint was mixed we got to painting the walls. For the first coat I did most of the edges and tight corners while Chris came behind with the roller.

I couldn’t resist adding this picture in. Here’s some evidence that Chris did help paint. I am also told this position is the only way to paint high walls.

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After the first coat dried then I came back and used the roller to paint a second coat on the insides of the walls since the edges were already well covered.

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It really is amazing how much the paint color changes as the paint dries.

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After I finished the second coat we immediately pulled off all the tape.

Then of course I stood back and admired our work. I love the contrast of the Sunken Pool and the Zinc paint. The dark color makes the ceiling pop that much more.

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Here’s a shot of what the corner by the door ended up looking like. I’m glad I just went with painting it all grey instead of trying to paint the ceiling teal. It all just blends together.

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I tried to take another shot a little closer to show the colors. The grey is pretty true to life here but the teal is a little brighter in person I think.

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Once the paint was dry I put back all the outlet plates and moved all the furniture back in.

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I took this as a great opportunity to try out a different layout in the room.

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I switched the chair to the other side of the room and relocated the plastic drawers out from under the tables. Everything isn’t in the perfect place yet but it looks pretty good.

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I think the dark color looks pretty great with all the white furniture and all the bright colored fabrics and accents.

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I feel like I’m finally getting really close to being able to call this room finished!

*Update: This room is being converted into the nursery but I’m keeping the paint colors!

Sewing Notions Conquered

For a many years now this is how I have organized all my sewing notions.

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Basically with very little organization. I tried to keep like things together but they still pretty much just all got thrown into these drawers. I never liked digging around in the drawers filled with all sorts of things and I have never really been happy with this corner of the room.
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I knew I wanted some knew so I started brainstorming ideas. I finally came up with the idea of using canning jars to organize everything.

The first thing was take everything out of the drawers and pile them up to see what I had.

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I had a couple of different sizes of jars already so I used those to see what could fit in each jar and how many jars I thought I would actually need. At first I thought I would go with the short fat jars that’s in the back and the larger jar. I figured I would need about 12 jars of each size.  When I really started looking at the choices of jars i found in a local store I ended up picking two different jars. Since the smaller fatter jars are actually hard to stack I choose a a 4oz quilted crystal jelly jar and the taller 12oz one that matches.

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I filled all the jars up with the piles I already had. I even found a couple of cute bird cage containers at Micheal’s to hold a few of the things that didn’t fit in the jars.

Once I had everything all sorted out I wanted to create labels for the jars so I could tell what was in each jar. I had these two oval punches that I used on our wedding invitations and they were the perfect size to fit inside the flattened label area already on the jar. I punched out a bunch of the smaller size in a white card stock and wrote on them.

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Then I punched out the larger oval out of the papers left over from recipe box to make the labels a little more pretty.

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I used the tape runner to tape the labels to the pretty paper and the dots to glue the labels to the jars.

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While I was at it I even labeled other storage boxes in the sewing room to match the jars. This has already come in handy when I’ve been looking for things.

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Now I couldn’t stop at just some pretty labels I had to make the lid rings pretty too. I bought a can of spray paint in aqua and set up all the rings in the garage. I was going to do the other part of the lid as well but I liked the pattern it has on the top and I thought the contrast might be nice.

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A few coats of spray paint later and they look really pretty.

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Then all I had to do was put the lids on the jars.

The next day however I came back and most of the labels had started to peel off the jars. It seems that my tape dots were not strong enough.

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So I was back to the drawing board looking for another way to attach the labels to the jars. I came up with some other solutions but decided to try using another tape first. This time around I used the dots to tape the labels to the scrapbook paper and then I used this stronger tape to attach the labels to the jars.

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I tried just two jars to see how it would go and when I came back the next day they were still attached to the jars!

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Unfortunately, since the dots and tape from the first labels were well stuck to the papers I had to make all new labels.

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Once I had the labels done and attached I even ran a few dots of hot glue to attach the seals to the rings so the lids would come off in one twist.

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I love how pretty and well organized they all look. Now all I need is some kind of a tiered stand so I can see all the labels a little better.

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Anyone else been using canning jars for something other than canning? Have you come up with a non-traditional way to store your craft supplies or sewing notions?

Ribbon Covered Pencil Cups

I got sick last week and spent most of the week at home. Do you know what’s worse than being sick? Being home and having no energy to work on all those projects that I really want to.

Finally by Sunday I was starting to feel a little better. I was dying to finish something on my list so I picked something I knew I could finish quickly.

I have been using an old cup and a broken mug to hold pens, scissors and other notions in my sewing room. It wasn’t really enough space and they didn’t look so pretty.

A few months ago I started collecting cans that we used, cleaned them well and ripped off the labels. I choose cans that were white inside since I thought they would look a little nicer.

At first I considered using yarn to cover them but when I tried I just didn’t like the way it looked. Instead when I was at Hobby Lobby a while ago I picked up a few rolls of ribbon when they were half off. I think I paid about $2 a roll so total of $6. Not the cheapest project but not bad for 4 pencil cups. I also didn’t use all the ribbon so I have something left for more projects.

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As far as putting them together there really wasn’t much to it.

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First I figured out what I wanted the cans to look like and which ribbons to put where. Then I figured out how long I needed each strip to be and added on a little so I could turn under one edge.

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Then I flattened it out on a ruler to measure the length so I could cut the rest the same size.

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Using the hot glue gun I turned under one edge of the ribbon so that it won’t fray when it’s done.

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Then I started gluing on the ribbons around the can.

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Then I added another ribbon. I tacked the ribbon down a little along the top or  bottom so that it wouldn’t slip around once it was done.

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I knew that I wanted the center ribbon to be on top of the other two so I put it on last. I ran a little glue along the back to keep it in place.

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The seems at the ends ended up being a little bulky so I staggered them a bit.

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I did the same thing with the next can.

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Since I didn’t want to have two cans that were exactly the same I switched up the pattern on the last two.

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In the end what did I think? Well they still look like cans yes but they look so much better than just the uncovered cans. They were pretty cost effective and they give me a lot more room to store things and organize which I like. So I’m pretty happy with them.

Anyone else creating your own pencil cups for your craft room or office?

Bolting Fabric

I tend to accumulate excess fabric. Whether it’s just left over from a project or too good of a deal to pass up.

When we moved to the new house I chose to use our downstairs dens as a sewing room since we don’t really have a need for a home office. Unfortunately, because this room doesn’t have a closet I can no longer just shove all my fabric in a box and hide that in the closet.

So, after doing some online browsing I found multiple examples of organized and pretty displays of fabric rolled onto “mini bolts”. Tired of my fabric being shoved into the shelves of my Expedit bookcase and armed with a ton of Ikea cardboard boxes I got to organizing!

I cut each piece of cardboard about 7.5″ x 10.5. I folded each fabric (45″ wide) into quarters matching the selvage edges and it came close to being the 10.5″ tall. Then I just wound the fabric around the bolt and pinned in the loose end of the fabric at the end.

It took most of an afternoon to cut out all the mini bolts and wrap the all my fabric around them but I love the way it turned out.

I’ve always wanted to have a little mini fabric shop. Now All I need to do is clean up the rest of the room. Man, that looks a little messy.

Anyone else been creating some pretty storage or organization solutions lately?

Chevron Thread Holder

For a while now I have been thinking about making a thread holder. I love the idea of having all my thread displayed and organized instead of shoved into a drawer all mixed together and hard to find. I have a hard time remembering what I have and finding it if I do.

After looking at and pinning a number of options I finally decided to go with a tutorial I found on Craptastic. I liked that it was simple and inexpensive but it didn’t just look like the standard thread holder with a bunch of pegs.

To make the thread holder I used one 1×6 – 6′ which I cut into 3 – 2′ lengths making the overall size 16.5″ x 24″. I screwed the three boards together using my kreg jig and stained them using Minwax Express Color in onyx. Then I taped off the chevron pattern and painted over it using a few coats of an off the shelf high gloss white paint that I had left over from another project.

Originally I considered painting the stripes using a bright color but I love the way it turned out and I’m glad I went with the glossy white. After all the thread holder doesn’t need any color since the threads bring all the color.

Once the boards were painted I used graph paper to map out where I wanted the nails in a 8 x 12 grid so that the nails would be about 2″ a part. Then I just hammered in the nails at a slight angle over the graph paper and ripped the paper off.

So there it is, one more small project done in the sewing and craft room. I’m happy to finally have a thread holder and one that I think look great.

Anyone else finishing a small project that was quick and rewarding?